The Linux Command Line: A Complete Introduction Paperback – 17 Jan 2012
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About the Author
William E. Shotts, Jr. has been a software professional and avid Linux user for more than 15 years. He has an extensive background in software development, including technical support, quality assurance, and documentation. He is also the creator of LinuxCommand.org, a Linux education and advocacy site featuring news, reviews, and extensive support for using the Linux command line.
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I would definately recommend this book to anyone interested in learning to use the Linux terminal.
By the way- the book is also available in PDF form on the authors website. Google the name of the book and you'll find it. :)
The book is very practical - you learn through "doing".
For instance ^ normally acts as an anchor to say "search for matching items from the start of the line".
However the ^ inside a bracket means something totally different.. it "negates" the command. DUH!! Quite a difference there then!
Next is the [RANGE] command. So if you search for [A-Z] or [A-z], the second command will not find a little a, if you're in "Locale" mode. We expect locales to work like ASCII works A-Z and a-z...
BUT the locale mode works on aAbB. Now [A-Z] will miss the starting baby a... as A is the second letter, not the baby a which is first. So asking it to find [A-Z] means you're starting the search from the SECOND letter, and it can never locate a little a... Well, that might mess up your results.
You'll find yourself reading and rereading each section, as you don't want to miss anything.
I don't think there's a command line book on the market to rival this book. It's stunning.
A real strength of The Linux Command Line is its task-based approach. Related commands are grouped together, with the discussion flowing logically from the simpler aspects of a task through to what can be achieved with the more advanced tools on offer. This guarantees that there will be something in every chapter for both beginners and more advanced readers alike. Indeed, the grouping of common commands with less well-known ones in each chapter means that there's lots of potential for discovering neat new tricks. A number of key commands are treated in a careful, detailed manner, which serves to equip the reader with some very powerful tools. I especially appreciated the extended sections on commands like find and sed, and thorough discussions of concepts like redirection and expansion. These had always seemed like something of a mystery to me, but now I know how they work, I use them all of the time!Read more ›
Along with the Linux Foundation Introduction course which is now offered for free on their site I have also purchases the Pocket Guide to Linux. The course lacks in-depth content but does cover what it gives you well. On the opposite side the Pocket Guide to linux is brilliant as a reference.
This book combines the two. You can read from front to back and it will take you on a guided linear tour through linux from your first steps in the command line right through to advanced shell scripting and others. I am sure I will keep returning to this book for a long time to come.
Note: I am also interested in the networking side of Linux, this is covered in the book. The book doesn't go too super in-depth on the subject, you will need to purchase another book on Networking or Sys Admin stuff alone. This is not to slate The Linux Command Line as this book covers those topics in more than sufficient depth, just personally I will be looking into additional reading material for those subjects.
For anyone looking to just understand the Linux system a bit more or if you're wanting to delve right into the dirty with it and touch on everything there is to learn this book is an essential addition to anyone's reading material.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm only 10% or so in but a well set out book. Great for anyone looking at hardware development and wanting to start at the beginning with LinuxPublished 15 days ago by Slih
A fantastic introduction for people wishing to learn the linux command line, containing anecdotal notes about historical *nix systems, and practical demonstrations of the commands... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dr. A. Andersonn
Brilliant book , read few chapters on pdf @ author website , as other reviewers said ,best book to learn fundamentals of command line @linuxPublished 3 months ago by Nv
It is always difficult to make a write up of books. Certain authors don't write in a style which engages me; not true in this instance. Read morePublished 4 months ago by SaturdayScience
Best Linux Bible there is. It is well written, easily referenced and a real troubleshooter to have on your desk.Published 8 months ago by Mr. Dirk T. C. Wiersma
If you are not an expert and want to know more about the Linux Command line, this has to be the book for you. Read morePublished 8 months ago by kingrf