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Unix in a Nutshell, 4th Edition


As an open operating system, Unix can be improved on by anyone and everyone: individuals, companies, universities, and more. As a result, the very nature of Unix has been altered over the years by numerous extensions formulated in an assortment of versions. Today, Unix encompasses everything from Sun’s Solaris to Apple’s Mac OS X and more varieties of Linux than you can easily name.

The latest edition of this bestselling reference brings Unix into the 21st century. It’s been reworked to keep current with the broader state of Unix in today’s world and highlight the strengths of this operating system in all its various flavors.

Detailing all Unix commands and options, the informative guide provides generous descriptions and examples that put those commands in context. Here are some of the new features you’ll find in Unix in a Nutshell, Fourth Edition:

  • Solaris 10, the latest version of the SVR4-based operating system, GNU/Linux, and Mac OS X
  • Bash shell (along with the 1988 and 1993 versions of ksh)
  • tsch shell (instead of the original Berkeley csh)
  • Package management programs, used for program installation on popular GNU/Linux systems, Solaris and Mac OS X
  • GNU Emacs Version 21
  • Introduction to source code management systems
  • Concurrent versions system
  • Subversion version control system
  • GDB debugger

As Unix has progressed, certain commands that were once critical have fallen into disuse. To that end, the book has also dropped material that is no longer relevant, keeping it taut and current.

If you’re a Unix user or programmer, you’ll recognize the value of this complete, up-to-date Unix reference. With chapter overviews, specific examples, and detailed command.

Table of Contents
Part I: Commands and Shells
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Unix Commands
Chapter 3. The Unix Shell: An Overview
Chapter 4. The Bash and Korn Shells
Chapter 5. tcsh: An Extended C Shell
Chapter 6. Package Management

Part II: Text Editing and Processing
Chapter 7. Pattern Matching
Chapter 8. The Emacs Editor
Chapter 9. The vi, ex, and vim Editors
Chapter 10. The sed Editor
Chapter 11. The awk Programming Language

Part III: Software Development
Chapter 12. Source Code Management: An Overview
Chapter 13. The Revision Control System
Chapter 14. The Concurrent Versions System
Chapter 15. The Subversion Version Control System
Chapter 16. The GNU make Utility
Chapter 17. The GDB Debugger
Chapter 18. Writing Manual Pages

Part IV: References
Appendix A. ISO 8859-1 (Latin-1) Character Set
Appendix B. Bibliography

Book Details

  • Paperback: 908 pages
  • Publisher: O’Reilly Media; 4th Edition (October 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596100299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596100292
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