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For use with all versions of Linux, including Ubuntu,™ Fedora,™ openSUSE,™ Red Hat,® Debian, Mandriva, Mint, and now OS X, too!

  • Get more done faster, and become a true Linux guru by mastering the command line!
  • Learn from hundreds of realistic, high-quality examples
  • NEW! Coverage of the Mac OS X command line and its unique tools
  • NEW! Expert primer on automating tasks with Perl

The Most Useful Linux Tutorial and Reference, with Hundreds of High-Quality Examples for Every Distribution–Now Covers OS X and Perl, Too!


To be truly productive with Linux, you need to thoroughly master shells and the command line. Until now, you had to buy two books to gain that mastery: a tutorial on fundamental Linux concepts and techniques, plus a separate reference. Now, there’s a far better solution. Renowned Linux expert Mark Sobell has brought together comprehensive, insightful guidance on the tools system administrators, developers, and power users need most, and an outstanding day-to-day reference, both in the same book.


This book is 100 percent distribution and release agnostic: You can use it with any Linux system, now and for years to come. Use Macs, too? This new edition adds comprehensive coverage of the Mac OS X command line, including essential OS X-only tools and utilities other Linux/UNIX books ignore.


Packed with hundreds of high-quality, realistic examples, this book gives you Linux from the ground up: the clearest explanations and most useful knowledge about everything from filesystems to shells, editors to utilities, and programming tools to regular expressions. Sobell has also added an outstanding new primer on Perl, the most important programming tool for Linux admins seeking to automate complex, time-consuming tasks.


A Practical Guide to Linux® Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming, Second Edition, is the only book to deliver

  • Better, more realistic examples covering tasks you’ll actually need to perform
  • Deeper insight, based on Sobell’s immense knowledge of every Linux and OS X nook and cranny
  • A start-to-finish primer on Perl for every system administrator
  • In-depth coverage of basic and advanced Linux shell programming with bash and tcsh
  • Practical explanations of 100 core utilities, from aspell to xargs–including Mac OS X specific utilities from ditto to SetFile
  • All-new coverage of automating remote backups with rsync
  • Dozens of system security tips, including step-by-step walkthroughs of implementing secure communications using ssh and scp
  • Tips and tricks for customizing the shell and using it interactively from the command line
  • Complete guides to high-productivity editing with both vim and emacs
  • A comprehensive, 286-page command reference section–now with revised and expanded indexes for faster access to the information you need
  • Instructions for updating systems automatically with apt-get and yum
  • Dozens of exercises to help you practice and gain confidence
  • And much more, including coverage of BitTorrent, gawk, sed, find, sort, bzip2, and regular expressions



Book News Annotation:

This book explains how to work with the Linux operating system from the command line, and provides guidance on tools that system administrators, developers, and power users need when using Linux. The first few chapters bring readers with little computer experience up to speed; the rest of the book is appropriate for more experienced computer users. Sections cover the Linux and Mac OS X operating systems, the editors, shells, programming tools, and the command reference. Chapter summaries and exercises are included, along with a 50-page glossary. This second edition adds coverage of the Mac OS X command line interface throughout the book, with a new chapter on the Perl scripting language and new coverage of the rsync secure copy utility. The audience for the book includes students, power users, system administrators, and programmers. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


This guide has been the #1 Linux book for four years because of Sobell's singular ability to focus on the most useful utilities, presenting their most valuable options, and delivering hundreds of powerful examples. Sobell has now updated his classic text.

About the Author

Mark G. Sobell has more than 25 years of experience working with UNIX and Linux. His many best-sellers include A Practical Guide to the UNIX System, UNIX System V: A Practical Guide, A Practical Guide to Solaris, A Practical Guide to Linux, and A Practical Guide to Red Hat Linux, as well as A Practical Guide to Red Hat Linux, Third Edition and A Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming. He is president of Sobell Associates Inc., a consulting firm that designs and builds custom software applications for UNIX and Linux systems.

Table of Contents

1. Welcome to Linux

PART I. The Linux Operating System

2. Getting Started

3. Command Line Utilities

4. The Linux Filesystem

5. The Shell

PART II. The Editors

6. The vim Editor

7. The emacs Editor

PART III. The Shells

8. The Bourne Again Shell

9. The TC Shell

PART IV. Programming Tools

10. Programming Tools

11. Programming the Bourne Again Shell

12. The gawk Pattern Processing Language

13. The sed Editor

14. The rsync File Transfer Tool

15. The Perl Scripting Language

PART V. Command Reference

PART VI. Appendixes

A. Regular Expressions

B. Help

C. Keeping the System Up-to-Date


Product Details

Sobell, Mark G.
Prentice Hall PTR
Operating Systems - LINUX
Operating systems (computers)
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
November 2009
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
9 x 7.4 x 1.724 in 1746 gr

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