- Paperback: 908 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 4 edition (November 5, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596100299
- ISBN-13: 978-0596100292
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 50 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Arnold Robbins, an Atlanta native, is a professional programmer and technical author. He has worked with Unix systems since 1980, when he was introduced to a PDP-11 running a version of Sixth Edition Unix. He has been a heavy AWK user since 1987, when he became involved with gawk, the GNU project's version of AWK. As a member of the POSIX 1003.2 balloting group, he helped shape the POSIX standard for AWK. He is currently the maintainer of gawk and its documentation. He is also coauthor of the sixth edition of "Learning the vi Editor" from O'Reilly.
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The O'Reilly Unix in Nutshell guide was the way I first learned how to use the Unix environment, and after I became a full time Unix Sys Admin after college, it made the best reference possible. The greatest use I've found for it is when writing a quick script in one of the languages I don't use very often, as it gives excellent examples and provides a dictionary-style comprehensive guide to bash/sh and t/csh as well as general Unix commands. Combining this with the also excellent Perl in a Nutshell and you have 98% of my desktop Unix reference books.
Here is how to create this book right from your Unix terminal:
man `compgen -b` | cat
Content: ***** (as usual, O'Reilly books are definitive)
That makes it (one of) the best Unix shell references out there.
Sadly the index is all but useless. All commands in the index link to the start of the alphabetical list of commands in the book, rather than the location for the command itself.