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If you use UNIX, you probably use csh to type commands even if you've never heard of it. It's the standard shell (command line) on most UNIX systems. tcsh is an enhanced version that's freely available and highly recommended. Using csh & tcsh describes from the beginning how to use these shells interactively. More important, it shows how to get your work done faster with less typing. Even if you've used UNIX for years, techniques described in this book can make you more efficient. You'll learn how to: Make your prompt tell you where you are (no more pwd) Use what you've typed before (history) Type long command lines with very few keystrokes (command and filename completion) Remind yourself of filenames when in the middle of typing a command Edit a botched command instead of retyping it Let the computer correct command spelling for you This book does not cover programming or script writing in csh or tcsh because the tasks are better done with a different shell, such as sh (the Bourne shell) or a language like Perl.
I do not understand the bad reviews either.
With that said, as a long time sh users around the time the book was publshed someone changed my shell to csh on the server I... Read more
An absolute novice might find this book useful...but the book is thin and skips a myriad of essential info for the power user. Not one of the better 'nutshell' books.Published on February 26, 2011 by D Anderton
Csh and tcsh are no good for shell scripting, but they're great for an interactive shell. With bash, the reverse is true. Read morePublished on June 30, 2010 by A. P. Chamberlain
This book is for learning how to use the tcsh and csh shells from the command line, not for scripting. If you want scripting look elsewhere. Read morePublished on May 18, 2008 by calvinnme
A book for the basic UNIX user. Does NOT include anything about writing scripts for this shell! Worthless! Don't waste your money. Read morePublished on October 20, 2006 by Joe
What the heck ? This book omits MOST of the commands of csh/tcsh.
I later realized that I could have found this from the other
reviews, but I fundamentally... Read more
I've been a csh and tcsh user for many years now, using tcsh on a daily basis. This book taught me even more about my familiar shell. Read morePublished on August 21, 2000 by Jon Parise
Is it just me, or shouldn't a work which purports to teach how to use a shell which includes such conditional statements as "if", "else" and "then"... Read morePublished on September 23, 1999