on 7 January 2001
Ever wanted to know just how UNIX works and what its doing when you use it? Ever wanted to know a bit more about the people and the evolution of UNIX? If so, this is the book for you. Although somewhat aged now, it still contains enough factual and apropriate material for any undergraduate or postgraduate Degree study of UNIX. In fact I would rate this book as the most important in my Computer Science degree - and it certainly didnt let me down! The book starts with a look at the more basic aspects of the OS, its history and how it appears to traditional users. Then the book moves deeply into the internal fundamentals of how it works by examining the file system structure, memory addressing, scheduling algorithms (it even lists snippets of the source code!), security etc. It then winds up with some basics on distrubuited systems. Although it lacks information on things such as nfs, nis, PAM etc it is arguable that these are services added onto a core UNIX environment and consequently not really apropriate for this book. Modern changes to kernels such as modular UNIX however are not covered as a result of its age. Any decent system administration book would cover off these extra topics and maybe one day we can persuade Maurice to update his excellent work.
on 27 June 2008
I'm re-reading this classic UNIX text for the first time in 10 years. Not an easy read by any means, and let down slightly by the lack of solutions to the exercises at the end of each chapter.
Nevertheless, if you need to know the how and why of System V UNIX, this is the place to start. It provides an excellent intoduction to the UNIX kernel and paves the way to exploring the Linux kernel in more recent texts such as "Understanding the Linux Kernel" from O'Reilly.
on 8 April 2003
This is the only book I need to understand the basics of a kernel and its purpose. The book covers everything that a hobbyists needs to know in relation to the Unix operating system. This book was printed in 1986, luckily I managed to purchase it in a library for £1.40, however it's price is 30* that in this day. It's a valuable reference to all things Unix and will remain on anyones bookshelve who managed to bag a copy.