Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: IDG Books; 4th edition (September 15, 1998)
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First, this is a beginner's book. It does the job, no question. If you already know the basics of UNIX, skip it ... you won't learn that much. Buy O'Reilly or Power Tools or whatever you think will help you the most for the *specific* way you want to use UNIX.For those of you who want to set up a BSD network, or Linux cluster...[sigh]...please buy a book on UNIX networks and/or Linux clusters. You will by no means master MPI or system's level programming in C with this book. What you will learn is a bit more than the very basics. What a directory structure is, how to create, delete, re-permission files, configure some of your user preferences, etc. You will be introduced to the UNIX paradigms that we all live with, and might or might not learn how to tweak the specific thing you're interested in (like "nice"-ness of processes, and the perfect ".alias.all" file, though you'll glimpse their existence). So .... use this to learn about UNIX, not how to use UNIX to automate your life. If you need to write a 200 line shell script, you should already know all this and more. If you want to organize and move some files around, and generally not be an ignoramus in UNIX, then this is as good a place to start as any. It will not, however, make you worthy of a black T-shirt and the title of SYS. ADMIN.(My UNIX background is extensive, starting around '91, so while I am by no means a UNIX guru, I use it effectively without letting it become a hobby. For things I don't know or can't remember, I "man page", just like everyone else. I taught intro classes at the University level, and I *ONLY WISH* my students had come to me already knowing 25% of what's in this book! It is reasonable to learn only what is in this book, and stop forever unless your job/curriculum demands more.
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