The Linux Command Line
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The Linux Command Line

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You've experienced the shiny, point-and-click surface of your Linux computer--now dive below and explore its depths with the power of the command line. The Linux Command Line takes you from your very first terminal keystrokes to writing full programs in Bash, the most popular Linux shell. Along the way you'll learn the timeless skills handed down by generations of gray-bearded, mouse-shunning gurus: file navigation, environment configuration, command chaining, pattern matching with regular expressions, and more. In addition to that practical knowledge, author William Shotts reveals the philosophy behind these tools and the rich heritage that your desktop Linux machine has inherited from Unix supercomputers of yore. As you make your way through the book's short, easily-digestible chapters, you'll learn how to: -Create and delete files, directories, and symlinks -Administer your system, including networking, package installation, and process management -Use standard input and output, redirection, and pipelines -Edit files with Vi, the world's most popular text editor -Write shell scripts to automate common or boring tasks -Slice and dice text files with cut, paste, grep, patch, and sed Once you overcome your initial "shell shock," you'll find that the command line is a natural and expressive way to communicate with your computer. Just don't be surprised if your mouse starts to gather dust.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 177.8 x 233.68 x 30.48mm | 861.82g
  • No Starch Press,US
  • San Francisco, United States
  • English
  • 2nd pr.
  • black & white illustrations, black & white tables
  • 1593273894
  • 9781593273897
  • 39,231

About Williams E. Shotts

William E. Shotts, Jr. has been a software professional and avid Linux user for more than 15 years. He has an extensive background in software development, including technical support, quality assurance, and documentation. He is also the creator of LinuxCommand.org, a Linux education and advocacy site featuring news, reviews, and extensive support for using the Linux command line.show more

Review quote

"Anyone who reads this book and makes use of the examples provided will not be able to avoid becoming a Unix command line pro by the time they've hit the end of the book. It provides an excellent introduction to the command line that takes students from knowing nearly nothing to using impressively sophisticated commands." --Computerworldshow more

Review Text

"Anyone who reads this book and makes use of the examples provided will not be able to avoid becoming a Unix command line pro by the time they've hit the end of the book. It provides an excellent introduction to the command line that takes students from knowing nearly nothing to using impressively sophisticated commands." -Computerworldshow more

Table of contents

Acknowledgement Introduction Part 1: Learning the Shell Chapter 1. What Is The Shell? Chapter 2. Navigation Chapter 3. Exploring The System Chapter 4. Manipulating Files And Directories Chapter 5. Working With Commands Chapter 6. Redirection Chapter 7. Seeing The World As The Shell Sees It Chapter 8. Advanced Keyboard Tricks Chapter 9. Permissions Chapter 10. Processes Part 2: Configuration and the Environment Chapter 11. The Environment Chapter 12. A Gentle Introduction To vi Chapter 13. Customizing The Prompt Part 3: Common Tasks and Essential Tools Chapter 14. Package Management Chapter 15. Storage Media Chapter 16. Networking Chapter 17. Searching For Files Chapter 18. Archiving And Backup Chapter 19. Regular Expressions Chapter 20. Text Processing Chapter 21. Formatting Output Chapter 22. Printing Chapter 23. Compiling Programs Part 4: Writing Shell Scripts Chapter 24. Writing Your First Script Chapter 25. Starting A Project Chapter 26. Top-Down Design Chapter 27. Flow Control: Branching With if Chapter 28. Reading Keyboard Input Chapter 29. Flow Control: Looping With while / until Chapter 30. Troubleshooting Chapter 31. Flow Control: Branching With case Chapter 32. Positional Parameters Chapter 33. Flow Control: Looping With for Chapter 34. Strings And Numbers Chapter 35. Arrays Chapter 36. Exoticashow more

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