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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing; 4 edition (Aug. 17 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672328143
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672328145
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 839 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
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From the Inside Flap


Welcome to the fourth edition of Sams Teach Yourself Unix in 24 Hours! This book has been designed to be helpful as a guide as well as a tutorial for both beginning users and those with previous Unix experience. The reader of this book is assumed to be intelligent, but no familiarity with Unix is expected or required.

Does Each Chapter Take an Hour?

You can learn the concepts in each of the 24 lessons in one hour. If you want to experiment with what you learn in each lesson, you might take longer than an hour. However, all the concepts presented here are straightforward. If you are familiar with Windows applications or the Macintosh, you will be able to progress more quickly through the lessons.

What If I Take Longer Than 24 Hours?

Since the publication of the first edition of this book, I've received a considerable amount of praise and positive feedback, but the one message that has always been a surprise is "I finished your book, but it took me a lot longer than 24 hours." Now you can read here, direct from the author: It's okay! Take your time and make sure you try everything as you go along. Learning and remembering is more important than speed. And if you do finish it all in 24 hours, let me know!

Are There Really 24 Hours Worth of Lessons?

Actually, don't tell the publisher, but if you look at Appendix B, on working with the Apache Web Server in the Unix environment, you'll find out a secret: there are actually 25 hours worth of lessons in this book. I'll make you a deal: you don't tell anyone at Sams, and I won't either.

How to Use This Book

This book is designed to teach you topics in one-hour lessons. All the books in the Sams Teach Yourself series enable you to start working and become productive with the product as quickly as possible. This book will do that for you!

Each hour, or lesson, starts with an overview of the topic to inform you of what to expect in that lesson. The overview helps you determine the nature of the lesson and whether the lesson is relevant to your needs.

Main Section

Each lesson has a main section that discusses the lesson topic in a clear, concise manner by breaking the topic down into logical components and explaining each component clearly.

Interspersed in each lesson are special elements, called Tips, Notes, and Cautions, to provide additional information.

Note - Notes are designed to clarify the concept that is being discussed. They elaborate on the subject, and if you are comfortable with your understanding of the subject, you can bypass them without danger.

Tip - Tips inform you of tricks or elements that are easily missed by most computer users. You can skip them, but often Tips show you an easier way to do a task.

Caution - A Caution deserves at least as much attention as a Tip because Cautions point out a problematic element of the topic being discussed. Ignoring the information contained in the Caution could have adverse effects on the task at hand. These are the most important special elements in this book.


This book offers another special element called a Task. These step-by-step exercises are designed to walk you quickly through the most important skills you can learn in Unix. Each Task has three parts: Description, Action, and Summary.


The Workshop section at the end of each lesson provides Key Terms and Exercises that reinforce concepts you learned in the lesson and help you apply them in new situations. You can skip this section, but we recommend that you go through the exercises to see how the concepts can be applied to other common tasks. The Key Terms also are compiled in one alphabetized list in the Glossary at the end of the book.

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From the Back Cover

If you're in need of a tutorial to learn UNIX from the ground up, this is it. Sams Teach Yourself UNIX in 24 Hours, Fourth Edition will let you experience UNIX through hands-on tutorials divided into 24 one-hour lessons so that you can learn the most common UNIX tasks at your own pace. The author will guide you through the basics of maintaining and manipulating a UNIX/Linux operating system. This hands-on approach will allow you to work through the exercises and grasp common UNIX/Linux concepts, including:

  • Using the Command Line
  • Listing Files and Managing Disk Usage
  • Slicing and Dicing Command Pipe
  • Shell Programming
  • Printing in the UNIX Environment
  • Using telnet, ssh, and ftp
  • Perl Programming in UNIX
Gain the fundamental knowledge you need to begin working with UNIX with the help of Sams Teach Yourself UNIX in 24 Hours, Fourth Edition.

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People who have a need to learn how to work with Unix at the command level.
This book is a hands-on tutorial on the Unix operating system divided up into 24 lessons.
The book contains the following chapters: What Is This Unix Stuff?; Getting Onto The System And Using The Command Line; Moving About The File System; Listing Files And Managing Disk Usage; Ownership And Permissions; Creating, Moving, Renaming, And Deleting Files And Directories; Looking Into Files; Filters And Piping; Wildcards And Regular Expressions; An Introduction To The vi Editor; Advanced vi Tricks, Tools, And Techniques; An Overview Of The emacs Editor; Introduction To Command Shells; Advanced Shell Interaction; Shell Programming Overview; Slicing And Dicing Command Pipe Data; Job Control; Printing In The Unix Environment; Searching For Information And Files; Archives And Backups; Communicating With E-mail; Using telnet, ssh, And ftp; C Programming In Unix; Perl Programming In Unix; Working With The Apache Server
I'm seriously considering starting to explore the use of Linux as an alternative to using Windows. And fortunately for me, the Linux desktop has evolved to the place where you can use it much like a Windows environment. But like earlier versions of Windows, there is a lot of power if you delve under the graphic layer of the operating system. In Windows, that was DOS. With the Linux, it's the command line interface. If you don't know where to start when you get there, Teach Yourself Unix In 24 Hours will get you off on the right foot.
Dave Taylor takes you through a hands-on approach to the basics of maneuvering and manipulating a Unix-style operating system.
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I read this book in under 24 hours, and as the author recommended, I emailed him to tell him that I had managed to get over the material in that time. He emailed me back and asked me to write him a review on Amazon, so here I am.
I was impressed with the book. I read the older 2nd Edition but it was mostly still relevant for a Mac OS X 10.3 "Panther" user. It was a thorough introduction to the Unix sub-system. The only chapers I had trouble with were the one on programming. I found these a little too advanced for me since I have absolutely no experience in programming. Plus, Panther users will find that they need to install Apple's XCode to get the C compiler to work. But the rest of the book is really very good and so I strongly recommended it to anyone who wants to explore their Mac (assuming you are running OS X).
Thanks Dave!
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I have taught UNIX at the college and professional level using several different books, but none of them were right for an introductory class. This one is. If you have a UNIX reference book you don't understand, get this one. Work through it cover to cover, and you'll have a good enough command of UNIX to use any other book out there.
Dave Taylor's writing style is fun and easy to read, but he doesn't "talk down" to you either. His enthusiasm for UNIX as an operating system shines through. He supplies lots of simple exercises to build confidence and experience, even in the notorious editor vi.
The only caveat I would warn someone about is, Dave heavily favors bash, the "Bourne Again Shell." You might want to make sure you have this shell available before purchasing the book.
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I knew no UNIX when I got this book. It was so helpful in getting me started in the UNIX world that I never had to graduate to the O'Reilly books after reading it. Instead the use of man pages and google was enough to supplement this book when I needed to do more serious stuff. (I often find searching for stuff on google to be the quickest way to debug difficult problems!)
So if you need to get started in the world of UNIX, get this book!
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Dave Taylor does an excellent job of presenting Unix to the beginner. My company used this book to train about 20 of us in beginning Unix. The hands on training and do by example while you are reading through the book is invaluable for learning. Also, Dave provides his website and responds promptly to emails send to him. I was impressed that an author would respond to my email in less than 24 hours.
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This is the best book to start learning Unix from scratch. It doesn't go into extensive detail about everything, but it does nail down the fundamentals. It walks you though a bunch of exercises so if you do not get it at first you eventually will. I wish the other books I own would be as instructive.
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