Unix Power Tools

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", 2003 - Computers - 1116 pages
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With the growing popularity of Linux and the advent of Darwin, Unix has metamorphosed into something new and exciting. No longer perceived as a difficult operating system, more and more users are discovering the advantages of Unix for the first time. But whether you are a newcomer or a Unix power user, you'll find yourself thumbing through the goldmine of information in the new edition of Unix Power Tools to add to your store of knowledge. Want to try something new? Check this book first, and you're sure to find a tip or trick that will prevent you from learning things the hard way.

The latest edition of this best-selling favorite is loaded with advice about almost every aspect of Unix, covering all the new technologies that users need to know. In addition to vital information on Linux, Darwin, and BSD, Unix Power Tools 3rd Edition now offers more coverage of bash, zsh, and other new shells, along with discussions about modern utilities and applications. Several sections focus on security and Internet access. And there is a new chapter on access to Unix from Windows, addressing the heterogeneous nature of systems today. You'll also find expanded coverage of software installation and packaging, as well as basic information on Perl and Python.

Unix Power Tools 3rd Edition is a browser's book...like a magazine that you don't read from start to finish, but leaf through repeatedly until you realize that you've read it all. Bursting with cross-references, interesting sidebars explore syntax or point out other directions for exploration, including relevant technical details that might not be immediately apparent. The book includes articles abstracted from other O'Reilly books, new information that highlights program tricks and gotchas, tips posted to the Net over the years, and other accumulated wisdom.

Affectionately referred to by readers as "the" Unix book, UNIX Power Tools provides access to information every Unix user is going to need to know. It will help you think creatively about UNIX, and will help you get to the point where you can analyze your own problems. Your own solutions won't be far behind.

 

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Not really useful as a reference, but good to flip through when you're bored. Nice odds and ends. You'll pick up a few things. Read full review

Contents

Getting Help
2-2
Part II
2-11
Setting Up Your Unix Shell
2-13
Interacting with Your Environment
4-2
Getting the Most out of Terminals xterm and X Windows
4-20
Your X Environment
5-27
Part III
6-17
Directory Organization
6-19
Saving Time on the Command Line
27-29
Custom Commands
29-1
The Use of History
30-2
Moving Around in a Hurry
30-26
Regular Expressions Pattern Matching
31-16
Wildcards
32-24
The sed Stream Editor
34-1
Shell Programming for the Uninitiated
34-31

Directories and Files
6-26
Finding Files with find
8-17
Linking Renaming and Copying Files
9-30
Comparing Files
10-15
Showing Whats in a File
11-15
Searching Through Files
13-1
Removing Files
13-16
Optimizing Disk Space
13-31
Part IV
13-47
Spell Checking Word Counting and Textual Analysis
13-49
vi Tips and Tricks
17-2
Creating Custom Commands in vi
17-30
GNU Emacs
18-15
Batch Editing
19-12
You Cant Quite Call This Editing
20-22
Sorting
21-31
Part V
22-12
Job Control
22-14
Starting Stopping and Killing Processes
23-15
Delayed Execution
23-52
System Performance and Profiling
25-10
Part VI
25-21
Shell Interpretation
25-23
Shell Programming for the Initiated
36-1
Shell Script Debugging and Gotchas
36-35
Part VII
37-10
Backing Up Files
38-1
Creating and Reading Archives
38-18
Software Installation
39-11
Perl
39-28
Python
39-58
Part VIII
42-12
Redirecting Input and Output
42-14
Devices
44-1
Printing
44-14
Connectivity
45-22
Connecting to MS Windows
46-14
Part IX
47-15
Security Basics
48-1
Root Group and User Management
49-1
File Security Ownership and Sharing
49-13
SSH
50-16
Glossary
50-35
Index
50-42
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About the author (2003)

is a long time user of the Unix operating system. He has acted as a Unix consultant, courseware developer, and instructor. He is one of the originating authors of Unix Power Tools and the author of Learning the Unix Operating System by O'Reilly.

Shelley Powers is an independent contractor, currently living in St. Louis, who specializes in technology architecture and software development. She's authored several computer books, including Developing ASP Components, Unix Power Tools 3rd edition, Essential Blogging, and Practical RDF. In addition, Shelley has also written several articles related primarily to web technology, many for O'Reilly. Shelley's web site network is at http: //burningbird.net, and her weblog is Burningbird, at http: //weblog.burningbird.net.

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