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2.0 out of 5 stars Better titled "UNIX System Management Leisure Reading", January 14, 2000
This review is from: UNIXÂ System Administrator's Bible (Paperback)
This book is for managers, not for techies. Quite different from Aelene Frisch's or Nemeth's books, this book talks a lot about management issues and sometimes tells us real world stories. However, writing too much about these in an overly verbose manner makes me feel uneasy about the price of the book. Verbose talk on such topics is typically published in magazines which you read once and discard. Since the authors want to distinguish them from Frisch and Nemeth by these topics, I'd love them to tell us more real world stories like the three cases in Chapter 13. Or tell us more on what to watch for in vmstat, iostat etc. in the context of a real working environment. In addition, authors' and editors' fault on letting screen output inappropriately wrap, frequent typos (such as "./etc" instead of "/etc") all reduce the value of this book. Some people find some code snippets in this book valuable. Me too. Such as timedexec (I assume the authors wrote this program). But in other cases such as the buffer overflow attack, the authors should at least describe the logic of the source code instead of just listing the original code. I guess it's too difficult for them too.
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