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Daniel J. Barrett
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28 Feb 2004 Pocket Guide: Essential Commands

O'Reilly's Pocket Guides have earned a reputation as inexpensive, comprehensive, and compact guides that have the stuff but not the fluff. Every page of Linux Pocket Guide lives up to this billing. It clearly explains how to get up to speed quickly on day-to-day Linux use. Once you're up and running, Linux Pocket Guide provides an easy-to-use reference that you can keep by your keyboard for those times when you want a fast, useful answer, not hours in the man pages.Linux Pocket Guide is organized the way you use Linux: by function, not just alphabetically. It's not the 'bible of Linux; it's a practical and concise guide to the options and commands you need most. It starts with general concepts like files and directories, the shell, and X windows, and then presents detailed overviews of the most essential commands, with clear examples. You'll learn each command's purpose, usage, options, location on disk, and even the RPM package that installed it.The Linux Pocket Guide is tailored to Fedora Linux--the latest spin-off of Red Hat Linux--but most of the information applies to any Linux system.Throw in a host of valuable power user tips and a friendly and accessible style, and you'll quickly find this practical, to-the-point book a small but mighty resource for Linux users.

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So many books are thick, wordy, and conceal their nuggets of wisdom, but not this one. It's not big, so you won't find full details on (eg) all of the many Linux email clients - but they get a mention.
Works well for me (ex BSD 4.x sysop in the 1980s) as well as friends with no previous knowledge of operating systems. It's the examples that are such a help - most of the things we've needed to do are covered with a brief, relevant example. We use it with Ubuntu mainly - Debian distros are not identical to Fedora but we've not seen a problem - both are Linux and conform to the POSIX standard.
Reading it cover-to-cover is logical, informative, and highly recommended. Three times, and the info is starting to stick..... Then keep it handy to look things up when you need them! Highly recommended.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb companion to "Linux in a Nutshell" 6 May 2004
By targz
The book is the perfect pocket guide to Linux. Never mind the Fedora slant. This book will introduce you to all the important commands and if you want to take anything further O'Reilly's "Linux in a Nutshell" is the perfect companion.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 2 April 2005
By jerryf
I don't envy Mr Barrett's task with this book. Everybody has a slightly different wishlist of commands to go in a book like this; it's impossible to please everybody. That said, I think he's got it about as close to perfection as possible. This book has an incredible amount of useful info in a usefully small volume. If like me you can normally remember the command, but always struggle to remember the right option (which one do you add to TAR for BZ2 files?) this book is a godsend.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great command reference 27 Sep 2004
By A Customer
This is an excellent reference to Linux commands - perfect when you need to get something done, but do not know the command to use, or cannot remember the syntax of a particular command. Top drawer! I have had the O'Reilly "Running Linux" book for a number of years, but this book is a great companion/replacement.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best command line deskside Linux guide 9 Feb 2008
If you do choose to explore the command line interface of Linux this may be the only book you need buy. True, if you are setting up a network or a LAMP server you will need much more, but if your goal is to gain an insight into what goes on under the hood of Linux or you just need an aide memoire for common Linux commands, this is the best book available. Written in a style that works both as a tutorial and a reference work its only real weakness is the absence of a simple quick reference guide to Linux commands - you have to rely on the index. Although it aims at a Fedora audience, there is probably no user of any other distro that won't find this book worth the purchase price. And it's a very convenient size to literally slip into your pocket.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
I'm surprised how often it's got what I'm looking for - with something I didn't know on almost every page - though I've used Linux for several years now.
Also recommended as a newbie's survival guide.
Inexpensive and excellent.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No nonsense 21 Jun 2006
If you just want to know how to use linux in 10 mins, this is the book for you. Teaches you what you need to know, without getting caught up in any specifics. As well as teaching you all the standard linux commands (and some application specific ones for RedHat), this book gives a brief overview about other things you'll need to understand about linux, such as how the file system works. Recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Into LINUX then you need this Book. 27 July 2010
By Ivanhoe
I became fascinated by Linux a few years ago, and for me you improved on my Linux skills i needed a no nonsense Book that was easy to read and understand. This is the Book i choose, and i haven't looked back...Get it if you're interested in learning about LINUX.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
100% satisfied with this purchase! Never hesitated for a moment. I am a happy buyer. Always feels nice to receive an item as described!
Published 15 months ago by hermihamdani
5.0 out of 5 stars must-have reference
As a long time windows user looking at linuxthis guide is invaluable. If you understand what a cmd line can do then this reference guide will quickly remind you of what the keyword... Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2012 by CodeMonkey
5.0 out of 5 stars On Point
This is a very good pocket reference for Linux. Contains all I needed. The book is short and brief with relevant information, very satisfied.
Published on 16 Jan 2012 by Folarin
5.0 out of 5 stars Book
Good book which I needed at time for college course I was doing.

Probably dated now however, but if author has anything recent would be worth taking a look!
Published on 4 Nov 2011 by HenryLafferty
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Perfect
Excellent little book. Even though it's a reference book, I've read it from start to end. But that's just me, I wanted to try all the commands. Read more
Published on 17 Sep 2011 by bioShark
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Bought this book to help me learn more about the Linux terminal for a university degree,
taught me alot and made me understand key concepts alot more clear.
Published on 11 April 2011 by Draken
5.0 out of 5 stars good layout for novices
Grouping the commands in terms of operations like file operations, text manipulation etc means you can reference a command before you know what it is unlike books that reference... Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2011 by L. Trodd
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good Linux reference book
I'm new to Linux. I recently purchased Fedora 14 Linux, 4-disks DVD Installation and Reference Set and it comes with plenty of PDF books for all levels of users but I was looking... Read more
Published on 15 Mar 2011 by Jimmy K.
2.0 out of 5 stars What the Grep?
I was kind of hoping for a short guide to some of the more esoteric elements of Linux, a quick guide on the things I wanted to know in order to become a better user, an... Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2011 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Reference guide, but not an easy introduction
The opening chapter of the book offers this guide as both an introduction to Linux and a quick reference guide. I think it is very effective at the latter. Read more
Published on 23 Jun 2010 by Wimbledog
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