Linux in a Nutshell: a Desktop Quick Reference Paperback – 1 Jan 1999
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This book is a superb command reference guide but if you try to read it from cover to cover, you will be soporiphic by page 2 and in a coma by page 3..!
This book is NOT an introduction or getting started guide, for that you should get Running Linux by the same publishers.
This book IS probably the best LINUS investment you will ever make. It covers almost every command in good detail, (but you do need to have at least an idea about the command first! ) It is outstanding value for money, but ONLY as a reference.
The book is clearly and logically presented and there is NO waffle or unnecessary explanation, just the commands, what they do and how to use them.
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Any fairly new user who tried running "info ln" would be in a little world of pain, as well. It executes the text-mode emacs editor, and I imagine people would try typing 'C' and 'h' to get help, instead of Ctrl-h.
But all that aside, I think this book deserves the 5 stars because it's perfect for its very useful role. Its chapter on CVS is better than entire books on the subject, since you just have to look at a page of reference, instead of plodding through some nightmare book that makes CVS seem more profound than it is. The chapters on shell programming get you into the thick of the subject pretty quickly. (My one beef with the book is where it says csh programming is 'bad for your health' without explaining why. C shell lacks some capabilities for file handling. But that's probably only very important for sysadmins, and it's even very unmaintainable for them to use deep shell programming anyway.)
This sounds like a review against the book, which is good. I just wish to define what this book is not, since that is what is greatly important for a reference.