Synopses & Reviews
If you are new to UNIX, this concise introduction will tell you just what you need to get started and no more. Why wade through a 600-page book when you can begin working productively in a matter of minutes? It's an ideal primer for Mac and PC users of the Internet who need to know a little bit about UNIX on the systems they visit.This book is the most effective introduction to UNIX in print. The fourth edition covers the highlights of the Linux operating system. It's a handy book for someone just starting with UNIX or Linux, as well as someone who encounters a UNIX system on the Internet. And it now includes a quick-reference card.Topics covered include:
- Linux operating system highlights
- Logging in and logging out
- Window systems (especially X/Motif)
- Managing UNIX files and directories
- Sending and receiving mail
- Redirecting input/output
- Pipes and filters
- Background processing
- Basic network commandsv
If you are new to UNIX, this concise introduction will tell you just what you need to get started and no more. The fourth edition thoroughly covers the Linux operating system and is an ideal primer for someone just starting with UNIX, as well as for Mac and PC users who encounter a UNIX systems over the Internet.
About the Author
John Strang now finds himself "a consumer--rather than a producer of Nutshells." He is currently a diagnostic radiologist (MD) at Stanford University. He is married to a pediatrician, Susie, and they have two children, Katie and Alex. John enjoys hiking, bicycling, and dabbling in other sciences. He plans to use his experience as an author at ORA to write his own book on radiology.
is a long time user of the Unix operating system. He has acted as a Unix consultant, courseware developer, and instructor. He is one of the originating authors of Unix Power Tools and the author of Learning the Unix Operating System by O'Reilly.
Table of Contents
Preface; The UNIX Operating System; Versions of UNIX; What This Handbook Covers; What's New in the Fourth Edition; Format; Acknowledgments; Chapter 1: Getting Started; 1.1 Working in the UNIX Environment; 1.2 Syntax of UNIX Command Lines; 1.3 Types of Commands; 1.4 The Unresponsive Terminal; Chapter 2: Using Window Systems; 2.1 Introduction to Windowing; 2.2 Starting X; 2.3 Running Programs; 2.4 Working with a Mouse; 2.5 Working with Windows; 2.6 Other X Clients; 2.7 Quitting; Chapter 3: Your UNIX Account; 3.1 The UNIX Filesystem; 3.2 Looking Inside Files; 3.3 Protecting and Sharing Files; 3.4 Electronic Mail; 3.5 Changing Your Password; 3.6 Customizing Your Account; Chapter 4: File Management; 4.1 Methods of Creating Files; 4.2 File and Directory Names; 4.3 File and Directory Wildcards; 4.4 Managing Your Files; 4.5 Printing Files; Chapter 5: Redirecting I/O; 5.1 Standard Input and Standard Output; 5.2 Pipes and Filters; Chapter 6: Multitasking; 6.1 Running a Command in the Background; 6.2 Checking on a Process; 6.3 Cancelling a Process; Chapter 7: Where to Go from Here; 7.1 Standard UNIX Documentation; 7.2 Shell Aliases and Functions; 7.3 Programming; Reading List; General UNIX Books; Text Processing and Programming; Shells; The X Window System; Reference; Commands and Their Meanings; Special Symbols; Colophon;