Unix in a Nutshell is the standard desktop reference, without question (Manpages come in a close second). With clean layout and superior command tables available at a glance, O'Reilly's third edition of Nutshell is an essential to own.
Like a dictionary, Unix in a Nutshell helps you find what you need, even if you're not exactly sure what it is you're looking for (or how to spell it!) With that in mind, this book is for intermediate to advanced users only--those new to the Unix operating system would be better off with Learning the Unix Operating System or Unix: Visual Quickstart Guide.
The last full revision of the book was in 1992, and the new edition covers Solaris 7, as well as newer versions of shells (ksh, in particular), RCS and GNU emacs. Topping off at over 500 pages, Unix in a Nutshell contains--literally--everything you could want to know about the various commands, shells and functions. Fifty new commands have been added to the already sizable lists, and even the most seasoned user is likely to find a timesaving command not previously known. --Jennifer Buckendorff
The bestselling, most informative UNIX reference book is now more complete and up-to-date. You may have seen UNIX quick-reference guides, but you've never seen anything like UNIX in a Nutshell. Not a scaled-down quick reference of common commands, UNIX in a Nutshell is a complete reference containing all commands and options, along with generous descriptions and examples that put the commands in context. For all but the thorniest UNIX problems, this one reference should be all the documentation you need. The third edition of UNIX in a Nutshell includes thorough coverage of System V Release 4. To that, author Arnold Robbins has added the latest information about: Sixty new commands in The Alphabetical Summary of Commands Solaris 7 Shell syntax (sh, csh, and the 1988 and 1993 versions of ksh) Regular expression syntax vi and ex commands, as well as newly updated Emacs information sed and awk commands troff and related commands and macros, with a new section on refer make, RCS (version 5.7), and SCCS commands Obsolete commands In addition, there is a new UNIX bibliography to guide the reader to further reading about the UNIX environment.
If you currently use UNIX SVR4, or if you're a Solaris user, you'll want this book. UNIX in a Nutshell is the most comprehensive quick reference on the market, a must for any UNIX user.
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