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Linux Pocket Guide


O’Reilly’s Pocket Guides have earned a reputation as inexpensive, comprehensive, and compact guides that have the stuff but not the fluff. Every page of Linux Pocket Guide lives up to this billing. It clearly explains how to get up to speed quickly on day-to-day Linux use. Once you’re up and running, Linux Pocket Guide provides an easy-to-use reference that you can keep by your keyboard for those times when you want a fast, useful answer, not hours in the man pages.

Linux Pocket Guide is organized the way you use Linux: by function, not just alphabetically. It’s not the ‘bible of Linux; it’s a practical and concise guide to the options and commands you need most. It starts with general concepts like files and directories, the shell, and X windows, and then presents detailed overviews of the most essential commands, with clear examples. You’ll learn each command’s purpose, usage, options, location on disk, and even the RPM package that installed it.

The Linux Pocket Guide is tailored to Fedora Linux–the latest spin-off of Red Hat Linux–but most of the information applies to any Linux system.

Throw in a host of valuable power user tips and a friendly and accessible style, and you’ll quickly find this practical, to-the-point book a small but mighty resource for Linux users.

Table of Contents

  1. What’s in This Book?
  2. Getting Help
  3. Fedora: A First View
  4. Logins, Logouts, and Shutdowns
  5. The Filesystem
  6. The Shell
  7. Installing Software
  8. tar.gz and tar.bz2 files
  9. Basic File Operations
  10. Directory Operations
  11. File Viewing
  12. File Creation and Editing
  13. File Properties
  14. File Location
  15. File Text Manipulation
  16. More Powerful Manipulations
  17. File Compression and Packaging
  18. File Comparison
  19. Disks and Filesystems
  20. Partitioning and Formatting Disks
  21. Backups and Remote Storage
  22. File Printing
  23. Spelling Operations
  24. Viewing Processes
  25. Controlling Processes
  26. Users and Their Environment
  27. Working with User Accounts
  28. Becoming the Superuser
  29. Working with Groups
  30. Basic Host Information
  31. Host Location
  32. Network Connections
  33. Email
  34. Web Browsing
  35. Usenet News
  36. Instant Messaging
  37. Screen Output
  38. Math and Calculations
  39. Dates and Times
  40. Scheduling Jobs
  41. Graphics and Screensavers
  42. Audio and Video
  43. Programming with Shell Scripts
  44. Final Words

Book Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: O’Reilly Media (February 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596006284
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596006280
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