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  • Paperback: 54 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 2 edition (22 Jun 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596003528
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596003524
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 0.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The sed & awk Pocket Reference is a handy, quick reference guide to frequently used functions, commands, and regular expressions used for day-to-day text processing needs. This book is a companion to both sed & awk, Second Edition and Effective awk Programming, Third Edition.

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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 O'Reilly's Learning the vi Editor. Since late 1997, he and his family have been living happily in Israel.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Panos on 24 Mar 2006
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suprisingly you can learn awk from this tiny book. synacticly awk can fit on 2-3 a4 pages anyway. for a good grounding in the approach and feel of these tools get the classic o'reilly tome, but for a goodish intro, refresher or reference this is excellent too
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By Amazon Customer on 19 Oct 2009
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To become proficient in any powerful programming language you really have to emerse yourself in it for some time, and sed and awk are absolutely in that catagory. This little book is therefore a vital aid to short-cutting that process allwoing you to make the most of all the power there is in those utilities. Vital for both beginners and seasoned veterans.
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A good compilation of command resume and how do you do scripts based on.
Doesn't expect complex examples for your daily scripting.
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By Lee on 22 Dec 2013
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Generally I love the pocket guide books, This book is only 46 pages. I feel that given the power of Sed and Awk the book could have been a little longer.
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a must have 18 Mar 2004
By Jeff Pike - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This little book is great. I've only had it for about a week. I needed to match some text today with a pattern that was a little bit more involved than my usual simple needs. I flipped through a few pages and found some examples that quickly helped me derive the search pattern I needed in a few minutes.
I have the full "sed & awk" second edition book, but I went to the pocket reference instead. I would not have been able to find what I needed in the larger book as quickly.
Some have complained about some of the pocket references lacking indexes. This one doesn't have one, but it's so easy to use that it doesn't need one. Just flip and few pages and you'll find what you need. As far as I'm concerned time is money. This little book has paid for itself in one weeks use.
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Key text searching programs 6 Mar 2004
By W Boudville - Published on Amazon.com
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Sed and awk are the mainstay for those of you who write shell scripts on unix/linux machines that manipulate text files. It is difficult to overstate the usefulness of these two programs.
So O'Reilly and Robbins decided to help you by providing this pocketbook reference that encapsulates the online help for the programs. The book is aimed at someone who programs, but still prefers a traditional hardcopy reference as an aid to human memory. It assumes that you basically already know how to use the programs, but just need some reminder as to the exact syntax and all the possible options.
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UNIX Sys Admin essential reference 26 Aug 2012
By T. Kolbe - Published on Amazon.com
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While Google and manpages are great, there's no replacement for reference guides like these and the aforementioned are not exactly "readily available" when you're sitting in a datacenter with a downed non-virtual server. If you are a Linux/FreeBSD/AIX/MacOSX Admin and want an edge on really making life easier for yourself, then you need to be able to have a good series of references to do such. You cannot know everything after all and every little bit of code snippet or reference set helps tremendously.

Sed & Awk Pocket Reference is just one of those necessities that one should have for such a job as it really will help you become proficient and may even help you get out of a situation a bit faster. I have gone through 2 of these references personally and use it for everything from troubleshooting to automated cronjobs. My only complaint with this 2nd Edition is that it doesn't have as many examples as I'd like, requiring one to fiddle around with switch & option syntax a few times to get right. Otherwise, it's a gem in doing my job. Get it!
For something quick & moderately easy, it's adequate. 21 July 2014
By Lance Alligood - Published on Amazon.com
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Awk though is a command that most Linux admins overlook, misuse, or just use poorly. This pocket reference may not do a lot to change that, but it will help when you when you can't remember exactly what a switch or option does. And while much of what is in this book can be found online too, sometimes it is still easier to just pick up a book than try to find that one bookmark or google for the right term. It's adequate for this purpose, however, I wish I would have just gone right to buying "Effective Awk Programming" by O'Reilly, which I did a few weeks later, because I really was wanting something more in depth.
It is a pocket size book, a quick reference ... 7 July 2014
By Ali FT - Published on Amazon.com
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It is a pocket size book, a quick reference. I think it is too expensive for its size and contents, but however it is useful
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