Series: What You Need to Know
Paperback: 141 pages
Publisher: O'Reilly & Associates; 1st edition (April 11, 1995)
Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
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Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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This book will tell you what you will probably discover on your own after a couple of months of serious use with Unix. The examples are very practical and very useful. I liked another interesting thing about this book. The authors from O'reilly books (Linda Lamb, Mike Loukides and the other unix gurus) tell some of their practical experiences. That's a nice touch!
If you work on a UNIX system and like 90% of UNIX users have no system-related training, you _need_ this book. Unless you have the long-sought, never-found "world class support" that IT purports to strive for, you _need_ this book. If you work at a typical place where UNIX support exists in name only or is haphazard at best (I give my sys admins Christmas gifts) then you _need_ this book. If my own company would issue this book to new hires, productivity would increase with very little commensurate increase in risk. It's all about "employee engagement" and a big part of that is giving them the tools they need, right?
I like this book a lot - it's a quick ramp-up to the basics of unix, from a different angle, that is not how to do things but rather how to solve problems.As someone who used to be a VMS system administrator, I think *all* users should read this book. Most of the problems are rather trivial, and a sysadmin shouldnt be bothered with them.As someone who had to was thrown into the water as a new unix user who could *not* talk with the computer's sysadmin (except via email, which would be answered by the very busy sysadmins who have to handle hundrends of students when they dont have more urgent things to do) at about the time this book came out, I've found this book a gem.I recommend this book to any site which has new unix users, and have a copy made available to any new user to check with before escalating it to the sysadmin.
This book is a "must have" for every Unix user. At our office we have in the past created "cheat sheets" for Unix users in the event that our administrator is not around. This book covers everything that a user needs to know and more. I found the chapter on problem solving to be extremely useful. I plan to recommend that all of the Unix users in our office get a copy of this book.
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