Linux Pocket Guide

Linux Pocket Guide

Paperback Pocket Guide: Essential Commands

By (author) Daniel Barrett

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  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Inc, USA
  • Format: Paperback | 200 pages
  • Dimensions: 114mm x 179mm x 19mm | 184g
  • Publication date: 2 March 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Sebastopol
  • ISBN 10: 0596006284
  • ISBN 13: 9780596006280
  • Illustrations note: illustrations
  • Sales rank: 56,694

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O'Reilly's Pocket Guides have earned a reputation as inexpensive, comprehensive, and compact guides that have the stuff but not the fluff. Every page of Linux Pocket Guide lives up to this billing. It clearly explains how to get up to speed quickly on day-to-day Linux use. Once you're up and running, Linux Pocket Guide provides an easy-to-use reference that you can keep by your keyboard for those times when you want a fast, useful answer, not hours in the man pages. Linux Pocket Guide is organized the way you use Linux: by function, not just alphabetically. It's not the 'bible of Linux; it's a practical and concise guide to the options and commands you need most. It starts with general concepts like files and directories, the shell, and X windows, and then presents detailed overviews of the most essential commands, with clear examples. You'll learn each command's purpose, usage, options, location on disk, and even the RPM package that installed it. The Linux Pocket Guide is tailored to Fedora Linux--the latest spin-off of Red Hat Linux--but most of the information applies to any Linux system. Throw in a host of valuable power user tips and a friendly and accessible style, and you'll quickly find this practical, to-the-point book a small but mighty resource for Linux users.

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Author information

Dan Barrett has been immersed in Internet technology since 1985. Currently working as a software engineer, Dan has also been a heavy metal singer, Unix system administrator, university lecturer, web designer, and humorist. He is the co-author of Linux Security Cookbook, SSH, The Secure Shell: The Definitive Guide, as well as monthly columns for Compute! and Keyboard Magazine, and articles for The O'Reilly Network.

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"Whilst there does seem to be a trend amongst many publishers to deliver ever more comprehensive titles, cramming details of almost every command-line switch and GUI option across a huge range of tools and packages, O'Reilly can always be relied upon to publish works that deal concisely with one aspecty of GNU/Linux or excel in offering a psecific functionality. Linux Pocket Guide is exemplary in this respect, cleverly avoiding the unnecessary bloat associated with titles that share the same subject matter - Fedora Linux. Indeed, this highly portable volume manages to kill two birds with one stone, funcitoning both as handy quick reference and an essential introduction to basic everyday tooks and commands. And though Fedora specifics such as desktop and package managerment are covered in some detail, nearly all of the material here could well be applied to almost any distro." Martin Howse, Linux User and Developer, Issue 40 "Can't memorise man pages? This is for you." Linux Format, Oct (top stuff award)

Table of contents

What's in This Book?; What's Fedora Linux?; What's a Command?; Users and Superusers; Reading This Book; Getting Help; Fedora: A First View; The Role of the Shell; How to Run a Shell; Logins, Logouts, and Shutdowns; The Filesystem; Home Directories ;System Directories; Operating System Directories; File Protections; The Shell; The Shell Versus Programs; Selected bash Features; Job Control; Killing a Command in Progress; Terminating a Shell; Tailoring Shell Behavior; Installing Software; Basic File Operations; Directory Operations File; Viewing File Creation and Editing; File Properties; File Location; File Text Manipulation; File Compression and Packaging; File Comparison; Disks and Filesystems; Backups and Remote Storage File; Printing; Spelling Operations; Viewing Processes; Controlling Processes; Users and Their Environment; Working with User Accounts; Becoming the Superuser; Working with Groups; Basic Host Information; Host Location; Network Connections; Email; Web Browsing; Usenet News; Instant Messaging; Screen Output; Math and Calculations; Dates and Times; Scheduling Jobs; Graphics and Screensavers; Audio and Video; Programming with Shell Scripts; Whitespace and Linebreaks; Variables; Input and Output; Booleans and Return Codes; Conditionals; Loops; Break and Continue; Creating and Running Shell Scripts; Command-Line Arguments; Exiting with a Return Code; Beyond Shell Scripting; Final Words; Acknowledgments