- Paperback: 816 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 3 edition (11 Aug. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596000251
- ISBN-13: 978-0596000257
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 5.3 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,024,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Linux in a Nutshell (In a Nutshell (O'Reilly)) Paperback – 11 Aug 2000
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Like any guide to an operating system this is not a gripping read, but it's well structured and 'does what it says on the tin'.
It is basically a printed manual for all those commands you use but can't quite remember the syntax for. While endlessly typing "man" would get you a fair bit of the same information for free, the usability of a book is considerably greater :-) It's great as a desktop reference, and as you can imagine my copy has multiple bookmarks in it...
It covers the "important" bits in quite a lot of detail, such as sed, awk, routing... I also bought a Perl book and together these have provided all the information I need to get acquainted with Linux. Now I just need to do it!
Caveat: This is not an introductory book. If you don't have a clue what command you're looking for, this book will not always be of help (the best advice I can give there is to use Google and an expert friend - if you don't have an expert friend, there are many many mailing lists out there that tolerate such silly questions as "How do I reset the date on my computer?") -- however, Linux's logical command-naming system often means you can guess, look it up in this book, and find out what a command does *without* it damaging your system. Also, for a beginner the endless possibilities of command-line options can get really overwhelming, but they also provide the power behind Linux and so it's a great thing that this book lists them in intense detail. Not a cover-to-cover read, but definitely indispensible.
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Obviously since this is a reference book (basically a Linux dictionary) you will not read it cover to cover. Instead you will find yourself constantly referring back to it, looking up new things you haven't seen before or old things that you can't quite remember. Having this book on your shelf is sort of like having a good Webster's dictionary, it's a must.