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5.0 out of 5 stars All you need to use sed or awk well. 13 Sep 2000
By Jane Avriette - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this "book" because I am writing a program that deals extensively with strings and text (natural language parsing). I was having some difficulty mastering sed, and understanding how it works. For example, "s/[^A-Za-z]//" was not working (to remove non alpha chars). After five pages in this little gem, I knew what I needed. A trailing "g".
The book is rich with examples, explanations, and really just cuts straight to the chase.
This is not a book for the casual user. It is, after all, a reference, not a tutorial. Unix users (and administrators) who already have a basic grasp of regular expressions and just what sed and awk are (and grep/egrep too) will find this most rewarding.
While I have a hard time paying this much for what amounts to less than toaster oven instructions, it is absolutely invaluable to me, and it doesnt take up space on my desk or bookshelf.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A super fast lightweight reference 19 Dec 2000
By Bruce D. Meyer - Published on Amazon.com
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I use this pocket reference more then any other reference for sed and awk. This is mostly a syntax guide for folks who already know sed and awk. If you don't know sed and awk, get the Ellen Quigleys 'Unix Shells'(for beginners) followed by O'Reillies 'Sed and Awk' reference. (Big book.) I tend to forget exactly how to do something, so I will just quickly look at my bookmarked pocket reference, and flip quickly to an example of syntax to get that bash code going correctly. If your desk has as many papers and books on it as mine, this is nice for freeing up some elbow room, while keeping the big books on the bookshelf most of the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unix in a nutshell 26 May 2000
By Ricky - Published on Amazon.com
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well I find it informative and almost all of the 'unix' realted programs where in there.
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