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2.0 out of 5 stars
Tries to cover two angles and ends up covering none., 6 Oct 2000
This book is not what I wanted, and what it looked like being. If you an existing Unix administrator wanting a conversion guide to HP-UX (like I was) then this is not for you. Conversley, if you want an introduction to Unix, I do not think this book is for you as it is too focussed on HP-UX.
Too much of the book is padding and waste. Why take up nearly a third of the book with print outs of the man pages when any HP-UX user can get these instantly for free? (This is just a con). Why is there so much treatment of IP networking and subnetting in a HP-UX specific Unix book? Why include shell scripting when anyone who wants to learn this would be far better off with one of the excellent O'Reilly books?
On the relevant subjects (eg backups) it is far too brief and there is no technical detail. If it were not for the dozen or so really useful pages I would have returned this book - 12 useful pages out of over 800 does not represent good value!
In summary, an experienced HP-UX Unix admin will find little use of this book. There are snippets for a Unix guru new to HP-UX but not nearly enough. Ideally buy this book if you want to learn HP-UX and Unix from scratch but use it in conjunction with a decent Unix text as well.