- Series: In a Nutshell (O'Reilly)
- Paperback: 444 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (June 11, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1565920015
- ISBN-13: 978-1565920019
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #871,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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UNIX in a Nutshell: System V Edition: A Desktop Quick Reference for System V Release 4 and Solaris 2.0 (In a Nutshell (O'Reilly)) 1st Edition
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Simply the best System V and Solaris reference on the market today, Unix in a Nutshell won't steer you wrong. The book's concise style delivers the essential information on Unix, shell, and utility commands. Its command documentation is clear and complete and its examples are relevant and easy to follow.
Gilly starts with a complete, alphabetized listing of core Unix commands. Each entry includes a syntax summary, a clear statement of what the command does, and a full list of options, each with commentary on its function. The author then covers shell documentation, supplying details on the Bourne, Korn, and C shells and documenting each shell's commands in the standard format. Gilly also includes a section on regular expressions as they apply to grep, egrep, text editors, and various scripting languages.
Next, the book offers complete documentation of Emacs, ex, and vi, the powerful editors whose command structure proves perennially difficult to learn. The commands, once again, appear alphabetically with statements of their respective purposes. Other popular utilities--sed, awk, nroff, troff, tbl, and several macro languages--follow. Code managers SCCS and RCS, rarely documented in Unix books, bring up the rear.
Users need to know what they're looking up or they won't find this book useful. Otherwise, Unix in a Nutshell's documentation is the best. --David Wall
From the Publisher
You may have seen UNIX quick-reference guides, but you've never seen anything like UNIX in a Nutshell. Not a scaled-down quick reference of common commands, UNIX in a Nutshell is a complete reference containing all commands and options, along with generous descriptions and examples that put the commands in context. For all but the thorniest UNIX problems, this one reference should be all the documentation you need. The second edition of UNIX in a Nutshell starts with thorough coverage of System V Release 3. To that, we've added the many new commands that were added to Release 4 and additional commands that were added to Solaris 2.0. Contents include: All user and programmer commands. New Korn shell documentation. Expanded text editing section, including GNU Emacs and nawk. Shell syntax (sh and csh). Pattern-matching syntax. vi and ex commands. sed and awk commands. troff and related commands and macros. sdb and dbx commands. make, RCS, and SCCS commands. If you currently use either SVR3 or SVR4 or are planning to in the future, or if you're a Sun user facing the transition to Solaris, you'll want this book. UNIX in a Nutshell is the most comprehensive quickref on the market, a must for any UNIX user.
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None of these books is designed as a tutorial, but I think it's worth noting that when I first started using the 2nd Edition in 1993, I knew little of UNIX (although I was not a noob to computing). In any case, almost sixteen years later, this edition is still serving me quite well for probably ~90% of the *nix info I need. I am delighted to see that it is still available!
It is more of a command and function reference than a tutorial, in fact it is NOT a tutorial but with a little practice on a UNIX system you will find this book invaluable. I have O'Reilly books specific to vi, sed and awk, but this one is the main reference I use for looking up command structure.
Its the most comprehensive and usable UNIX references I have seen and compares well to the big books that cost a lot more and could prop the wheels on a DC-3.
This book in easily carried in an brief case for quick deployment. You can look up things quickly even when folks pop out of the room for a moment, you can look up something and be working away with your newfound information whenthey return and everyone will think you knew it all along. hahaha
Great book, highly recommended. I even use it for AIX although mostly for vi, se and awk.
The information presented in this book is very clear, well arranged, and very detailed. If you are stuck and need a little brain jog, pick up "Unix in a Nutshell" and get instant satisfaction.
Not only does this book cover the basic commands of Unix it also covers, the EMACS and VI editors, Bourne, Korn, and C Shells, and Debugger.
If you are a Unix user or programmer and this book is not on your shelf I have to assume that you are using it. If you take your Unix seriously this book is for you.
The command summary is great, with no fluff like those big, useless books you use as a platform for your monitor. I have manuals on awk and sed, but I rarely need to look at them because I can find what I need here. The same is true of the shells, emacs, and vi. It covers the territory well.
Of course, this is not a tutorial book, so you need to know what you are doing to begin with. But if I was stuck on a desert island with a Unix box and only one book, this would be it!