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Learning the UNIX Operating System A Concise Guide for the New User

ISBN-10: 0596002610
ISBN-13: 9780596002619
Edition: 5th 2002
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Description: If you are new to Unix, this concise book will tell you just what you need to get started and no more. Unix was one of the first operating systems written in C, a high-level programming language, and its natural portability and low price made it a  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.99
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

If you are new to Unix, this concise book will tell you just what you need to get started and no more. Unix was one of the first operating systems written in C, a high-level programming language, and its natural portability and low price made it a popular choice among universities. Initially, two main dialects of Unix existed: one produced by AT&T known as System V, and one developed at UC Berkeley and known as BSD. In recent years, many other dialects have been created, including the highly popular Linux operating system and the new Mac OS X (a derivative of BSD). "Learning the Unix Operating System is a handy book for someone just starting with Unix or Linux, and it's an ideal primer for Mac and PC users of the Internet who need to know a little about Unix on the systems they visit. The fifth edition is the most effective introduction to Unix in print, covering Internet usage for email, file transfers, web browsing, and many major and minor updates to help the reader navigate the ever-expanding capabilities of the operating system: In response to the popularity of Linux, the book now focuses on the popular bash shell preferred by most Linux users. Since the release of the fourth edition, the Internet and its many functions has become part of most computer user's lives. A new chapter explains how to use ftp, pine for mail, and offers useful knowledge on how to surf the web. Today everyone is concerned about security. With this in mind, the author has included tips throughout the text on security basics, especially in the Internet and networking sections. The book includes a completely updated quick reference card to make it easier for the reader toaccess the key functions of the command line.

Preface
Getting Started
Working in the Unix Environment
Syntax of Unix Command Lines
Types of Commands
The Unresponsive Terminal
Using Window Systems
Introduction to Windowing
Starting X
Running Programs
Working with a Mouse
Working with Windows
Other Window Manager Features
Unresponsive Windows
Other X Window Programs
Quitting
Using Your Unix Account
The Unix Filesystem
Looking Inside Files with less
Protecting and Sharing Files
Graphical Filesystem Browsers
Completing File and Directory Names
Changing Your Password
Customizing Your Account
File Management
File and Directory Names
File and Directory Wildcards
Creating and Editing Files
Managing Your Files
Printing Files
Redirecting I/O
Standard Input and Standard Output
Pipes and Filters
Using the Internet and Other Networks
Remote Logins
Windows from Other Computers
Lynx, a Text-based Web Browser
Transferring Files
Electronic Mail
Usenet News
Interactive Chat
Multitasking
Running a Command in the Background
Checking on a Process
Cancelling a Process
Where to Go from Here
Documentation
Shell Aliases and Functions
Programming
Using Unix on Non-Unix Systems
Glossary
Index

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