Linux in a Nutshell

ISBN-10: 0596009305

ISBN-13: 9780596009304

Edition: 5th 2005

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Over the last few years, Linux has grown both as an operating system and a tool for personal and business use. Simultaneously becoming more user friendly and more powerful as a back-end system, Linux has achieved new plateaus: the newer filesystems have solidified, new commands and tools have appeared and become standard, and the desktop--including new desktop environments--have proved to be viable, stable, and readily accessible to even those who don't consider themselves computer gurus. Whether you're using Linux for personal software projects, for a small office or home office (often termed the SOHO environment), to provide services to a small group of colleagues, or to administer a site responsible for millions of email and web connections each day, you need quick access to information on a wide range of tools. This book covers all aspects of administering and making effective use of Linux systems. Among its topics are booting, package management, and revision control. But foremost in Linux in a Nutshell are the utilities and commands that make Linux one of the most powerful and flexible systems available. Now in its fifth edition, Linux in a Nutshell brings users up-to-date with the current state of Linux. Considered by many to be the most complete and authoritative command reference for Linux available, the book covers all substantial user, programming, administration, and networking commands for the most common Linux distributions. Comprehensive but concise, the fifth edition has been updated to cover new features of major Linux distributions. Configuration information for the rapidly growing commercial network services and community update services is one of the subjects covered for the first time. But that's just the beginning. The book covers editors, shells, and LILO and GRUB boot options. There's also coverage of Apache, Samba, Postfix, sendmail, CVS, Subversion, Emacs, vi, sed, gawk, and much more. Everything that system administrators, developers, and power users need to know about Linux is referenced here, and they will turn to this book again and again.
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List price: $44.95
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/6/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 944
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.728

Ellen Siever is a writer and editor specializing in Linux and other open source topics. In addition to Linux in a Nutshell, she co-authored Perl in a Nutshell. She is a long-time Linux and Unix user, and was a programmer for many years until she decided that writing about computers was more fun.

Aaron Weber is a technical writer for Ximian, Inc. and wrote the manual for Ximian Evolution, Red Carpet, and Red Carpet Enterprise, as well as a section on GNOME in Running Linux. He's also published in Interex Enterprise Solutions ( and Boston's Weekly Dig (, and is the host of

Stephen Figgins is a programmer, animal tracker, musician and life-long learner. He honed many of his computer skills while working as O'Reilly's book answer guy. Now living in Lawrence, Kansas, he works as a writer, editor and consultant.

Robert Love is an author, speaker, and open source software developer. He is best known for his contributions to the Linux kernel, with notable work including the preemptive kernel, process scheduler, kernel event layer, virtual memory subsystem, and inotify. Love is also active in the GNOME community, working on NetworkManager, GNOME Volume Manager, Project Utopia and Beagle. Love currently works for Google in Boston, where he is a member of Google's Open Source Program Office and is involved in the development of Google Android. Previously he worked at Novell as an engineer in the Linux desktop group and as Chief Architect, Linux Desktop. He has given numerous talks on the kernel and is a Contributing Editor for Linux Journal. He graduated from the University of Florida with degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics.

Arnold Robbins, an Atlanta native, is a professional programmer and technical author. He has been working with Unix systems since 1980, when he was introduced to a PDP-11 running a version of Sixth Edition Unix. His experience also includes multiple commercial Unix systems, from Sun, IBM, HP and DEC. He has been working with GNU/Linux systems since 1996. He likes his Macintosh laptop, but it has been commandeered by one of his daughters. Arnold has also been a heavy awk user since 1987, when he became involved with gawk, the GNU project's version of awk. As a member of the POSIX 1003.2 balloting group, he helped shape the POSIX standard for awk. He is currently the maintainer of gawk and its documentation. O'Reilly has been keeping him busy: He is author and/or coauthor of the bestselling titles: Unix In A Nutshell, Effective awk Programming, sed & awk, Classic Shell Scripting, and several pocket references.

The Excitement of Linux
Distribution and Support
Commands on Linux
What This Book Offers
Sources and Licenses
Beginner's Guide
System and Network Administration Overview
Common Commands
Overview of Networking
Overview of TCP/IP
Overview of Firewalls and Masquerading
Overview of NFS
Overview of NIS
Administering NIS
Linux Commands
Alphabetical Summary of Commands
Boot Methods
The Boot Process
LILO: The Linux Loader
GRUB: The Grand Unified Bootloader
GRUB Commands
Dual-Booting Linux and Windows NT/2000/XP
Boot-Time Kernel Options
Initrd: Using a RAM Disk
Package Management
The Red Hat Package Manager
Yum: Yellowdog Updater Modified
up2date: Red Hat Update Agent
The Debian Package Manager
The Bash Shell and Korn Shell
Overview of Features
Invoking the Shell
Arithmetic Expressions
Command History
Job Control
Command Execution
Restricted Shells
Built-in Commands (Bash and Korn Shells)
Pattern Matching
Filenames Versus Patterns
Metacharacters, Listed by Program
Examples of Searching
The Emacs Editor
Conceptual Overview
Command-Line Syntax
Summary of Commands by Group
Summary of Commands by Key
Summary of Commands by Name
The vi, ex, and vim Editors
Conceptual Overview
Command-Line Syntax
Review of vi Operations
vi Commands
vi Configuration
ex Basics
Alphabetical Summary of ex Commands
The sed Editor
Conceptual Overview
Command-Line Syntax
Syntax of sed Commands
Group Summary of sed Commands
Alphabetical Summary of sed Commands
The gawk Programming Language
Conceptual Overview
Command-Line Syntax
Patterns and Procedures
Built-in Variables
Variable and Array Assignment
User-Defined Functions
Gawk-specific Features
Implementation Limits
Group Listing of awk Functions and Commands
Alphabetical Summary of awk Functions and Commands
Source Code
Source Code Management: An Overview
Introduction and Terminology
Usage Models
Source Code Management Systems
Other Source Code Management Systems
The Concurrent Versions System (CVS)
Conceptual Overview
Command-Line Syntax and Options
Dot Files
Environment Variables
Keywords and Keyword Modes
CVSROOT Variables
Alphabetical Summary of Commands
The Subversion Version Control System
Conceptual Overview
Obtaining Subversion
Using Subversion: A Quick Tour
The Subversion Command Line Client: svn
Repository Administration: svnadmin
Examining the Repository: svnlook
Providing Remote Access: svnserve
Other Subversion Components
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