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  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 2 edition (Sept. 7 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201823764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201823769
  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 18.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #714,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have used this book as a reference time and time again, and own both the first and second editions. This is not an "idiot's guide to UNIX," nor is it a reprint of man pages. It falls somewhere in between, and seems to be aimed at technical professionals who find themselves in a variety of operating systems at a moments notice such as Digital Unix (formerly OSF/1), Linux, Solaris, and AIX. You name it, I've been there.
This book won't hold your hand and teach you what a file or directory is. It is not a tutorial. It is assumed that you know the basics. I have referred to this book on numerous occasions when I had to write CGI scripts, or assigned to quick and dirty projects involving some flavor of UNIX, or porting applications to UNIX from Windows/Win-32.
So, if you are like me, and don't want to spend a few hours plowing through a UNIX man pages just to remember the syntax of gzip, tar, or locating a command you used before and don't really remember what it was, this book is for you.
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My main experience is in Microsoft technologies and one day I cautiously embarked on a UNIX learning adventure, so to speak.
I purchased this book for a Beginning UNIX course, since it was a required course material. I was surprised by how well this book is structured and how easily it can be used as reference. It's impossible to fit all that is UNIX into 900 pages of text, although the author provided more than enough information for this UNIX novice.
"UNIX for the Impatient" patiently takes you through the most rudimentary topics like shells, kernel, and file permissions to the utilities, editors, and scripting. The section on mailers and newsreaders was most interesting to me, since I work with the Microsoft-based messaging applications.
The best thing - after reading this book, I was able to use various funky terms like "grep", "Emacs", "chmod" and "kill" which are usually not understood by the rest of the uninitiated MCSEs.
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By A Customer on Oct. 19 2000
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This book is a wonderful resource for someone comfortable with computers but new to UNIX. It covers a lot of introductory topics with minimum wasted space. The authors don't go into any single subject too deeply, so it's not overwhelming to someone who just needs to get around on a UNIX system, but it's nonetheless very information-rich, and by the end of the book they cover some surprisingly complex topics.
I highly recommend this book to anyone starting off in UNIX, be it user or sysadmin.
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If you just need to get something done--using Emacs to write some C++, or zipping up some files on a Unix box and ftp'ing them somewhere else--then this is the book you need. The authors assume that you know what a file, or a directory, or a compiler is. The target audience is someone for whom Unix is the third or fourth (or more) operating system they've had to work with.
The book is indexed by function, not just by command. For example, suppose you want to compress a bunch of files. Looking up compress takes you to p.140; reading the possibilities you soon discover that gzip and tar are probably the programs you want to use. You can check out tar and discover the alternatives, cpio and pax, and find out which might be most portable in your situation.
I use this book for several projects at a client site where I had to write Perl and Tcl/Tk apps. I found it invaluable for everything from help with Emacs to locating utilities.
I should also add that the book is written very much in the style of a reference manual, *NOT* of a tutorial or guide. You should be comfortable with digging in reference books before you buy this, or you might find it a frustrating book to work with. I think most programmers pick up this skill very quickly, so I think this will exclude mostly beginners.
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By A Customer on Nov. 4 1999
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This is a great book, but it's not for the Unix novice. For them, there's Teach Yourself Unix in 24 Hours. After you get through that, buy this book. I'm a 20-year mainframe veteran who last saw Unix in college, before it had nice things like shell scripts. This book was overwhelming when I first returned to the Unix world; however, after a little experience, this book is an easy and incredibly informative read.
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