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Unix in a Nutshell 2ND Editionby Daniel Gilly
Synopses & Reviews
You may have seen UNIX quick-reference guides, but you've never seen anything like UNIX in a Nutshell. Not a scaled-down quick reference of common commands, UNIX in a Nutshell is a complete reference containing all commands and options, along with generous descriptions and examples that put the commands in context. For all but the thorniest UNIX problems, this one reference should be all the documentation you need.The second edition of UNIX in a Nutshell starts with thorough coverage of System V Release 3. To that, we've added the many new commands that were added to Release 4 and additional commands that were added to Solaris 2.0.Contents include:
Not a scaled-down quick-reference of common commands, UNIX in a Nutshell is a complete reference containing all commands and options, along with generous descriptions and examples that put the commands in context. For all but the thorniest UNIX problems, this one reference should be all the documentation needed. Covers System V Releases 3 and 4 and Solaris 2.0.
You may have seen UNIX quick-reference guides, but you've never seen anything like "UNIX in a Nutshell. Not a scaled-down quick reference of common commands, "UNIX in a Nutshell is a complete reference containing all commands and options, along with generous descriptions and examples that put the commands in context. For all but the thorniest UNIX problems, this one reference should be all the documentation you need. The second edition of "UNIX in a Nutshell thoroughly covers System V Release 3, including commands that were added to Release 4 and additional commands that were added to Solaris 2.0. If you currently use either SVR3 or SVR4 or are planning to in the future, or if you're a Sun user facing the transition to Solaris, you'll want this book. "UNIX in a Nutshell is the most comprehensive quickref on the market, a must for any UNIX user.
System V ed., rev. and exp. for SVR4 and Solaris 2.0.
About the Author
Daniel Gilly joined O'Reilly Media, Inc a year after his graduation from MIT. As a staff writer, Daniel authored the2nd Edition of Unix in a Nutshell, doubling its contentsand paving the way for it to become one of O'Reilly Media's best-selling Unix titles. He revised Learning the vi Editor,co-wrote X Window System in a Nutshell, and had an editorial hand in several other books in the X Window series.
Daniel left O'Reilly after 6 years to pursue technical writing in Silicon Valley. He had a successful career with a wide range of tech companies — from start-ups to mid-sized companies to one-time tech titanslike Netscape and Sun Microsystems — culminating with 5 years at Google.
In 2010, Daniel retired from Silicon Valley life and moved to Palm Springs, California to enjoy the sunshine and relaxed pace of this desert oasis.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents Preface Audience Scope of This Book Conventions Acknowledgments Section 1. Introduction Merging the Traditions Bundling What's in the Quick Ref Beginner's Guide Communication Comparisons File Management Miscellaneous Printing Programming Searching Shell Programming Storage System Status Text Processing Troff Guide for Users of BSD-derived Systems Section 2. UNIX Commands Alphabetical Summary of Commands Section 3. The UNIX Shell: An Overview Introduction to the Shell Purpose of the Shell Interactive Use Customization of Your UNIX Session Programming Shell Flavors Common Features Differing Features Section 4. The Bourne Shell and Korn Shell Overview of Features Syntax Special Files Filename Metacharacters Quoting Command Forms Redirection Forms Coprocesses Variables Variable Substitution Built-in Shell Variables Other Shell Variables Arrays Arithmetic Expressions Operators Examples Command History Line-edit Mode The fc Command Built-in Commands (Bourne and Korn Shell) Job Control Invoking the Shell Restricted Shells Section 5. The C Shell Overview of Features Syntax Special Files Filename Metacharacters Quoting Command Forms Redirection Forms Variables Variable Substitution Variable Modifiers Predefined Shell Variables Example .cshrc File Environment Variables Expressions Operators Examples Command History Command Substitution Command Substitution Examples Word Substitution Word Substitution Examples History Modifiers History Modifier Examples Built-in C Shell Commands Job Control Invoking the Shell Section 6. Pattern Matching Filenames Versus Patterns Metacharacters, Listed by UNIX Program Metacharacters Examples of Searching Examples of Searching and Replacing Section 7. The Emacs Editor Introduction Notes on the Tables Absolutely Essential Commands Summary of Commands by Group File-handling Commands Cursor Movement Commands Deletion Commands Paragraphs and Regions Stopping and Undoing Commands Transposition Commands Capitalization Commands Incremental Search Commands Word Abbreviation Commands Buffer Manipulation Commands Window Commands Special Shell Characters Indentation Commands Centering Commands Macro Commands Basic Indentation Commands Detail Information Help Commands Help Commands Summary of Commands by Key Control-key Sequences Meta-key Sequences Summary of Commands by Name Section 8. The Vi Editor Review of Vi Operations Command-line Syntax Command Mode Insert Mode Syntax of Vi Commands Status-line Commands Movement Commands Edit Commands Saving and Exiting Accessing Multiple Files Interacting with UNIX Macros Miscellaneous Commands Alphabetical List of Keys Setting Up Vi The :set Command Options Used by :set Example .exrc File Section 9. The Ex Editor Syntax of Ex Commands Options Addresses Address Symbols Alphabetical Summary of Ex Commands Section 10. The Sed Editor Command-line Syntax Conceptual Overview Syntax of Sed Commands Pattern Addressing Group Summary of Sed Commands Alphabetical Summary of Sed Commands Section 11. The Awk Scripting Language Command-line Syntax Conceptual Overview Patterns and Procedures Patterns Procedures Simple Pattern-Procedure Examples Awk System Variables Operators Variables and Array Assignments Group Listing of Awk Commands Alphabetical Summary of Commands Section 12. Nroff and Troff Introduction Command-line Invocation Using the Requests: An Overview Common Requests Specifying Measurements Requests That Cause a Line Break Default Operation of Requests Group Summary of Requests Alphabetical Summary of Requests Escape Sequences Predefined Number Registers Read-only Registers Read-write Registers Special Characters Section 13. mm Macros Alphabetical Summary of mm Macros Predefined String Names Number Registers Used in mm Other Reserved Macro and String Names Section 14. ms Macros Alphabetical Summary of ms Macros Number Registers for Page Layout Reserved Macro and String Names Reserved Number Register Names Section 15. me Macros Alphabetical Summary of me Macros Predefined Strings Section 16. Preprocessors Tbl General Coding Scheme Tbl Macros Options Format Data A Tbl Example Eqn Eqn Macros Mathematical Characters Mathematical Text Greek Characters Diacritical Marks Keywords Recognized by Eqn Precedence Eqn Examples Pic Pic Macros Declarations Primitives Options Text Object Blocks Macros Positioning Arithmetic Operators Default Values A Pic Example Section 17. The SCCS Utility Overview of Commands Basic Operation Creating an SCCS File Retrieving a File Creating New Releases and Branches Recording Changes Identification Keywords Data Keywords Alphabetical Summary of SCCS Commands sccs and Pseudo-commands Section 18. The RCS Utility Overview of Commands Basic Operation General RCS Specifications Keyword Substitution Revision Numbering Specifying the Date Specifying States Standard Options Conversion Guide for SCCS Users Alphabetical Summary of Commands Section 19. The make Utility Command-line Syntax Description File Lines Macros Internal Macros Macro Modifiers Macro String Substitution Macros with Special Handling Special Target Names Sample Default Macros, Suffixes, and Rules Section 20. Program Debugging The Sdb Debugger Command Specifiers Commands The Dbx Debugger Alphabetical Summary of Commands Section 21. ASCII Character Set Section 22. Command Index
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