Unix Power Tools, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: October 2002
Pages: 1156

With the growing popularity of Linux and the advent of Darwin, Unix has metamorphosed into something new and exciting. No longer perceived as a difficult operating system, more and more users are discovering the advantages of Unix for the first time. But whether you are a newcomer or a Unix power user, you'll find yourself thumbing through the goldmine of information in the new edition of Unix Power Tools to add to your store of knowledge. Want to try something new? Check this book first, and you're sure to find a tip or trick that will prevent you from learning things the hard way.

The latest edition of this best-selling favorite is loaded with advice about almost every aspect of Unix, covering all the new technologies that users need to know. In addition to vital information on Linux, Darwin, and BSD, Unix Power Tools 3rd Edition now offers more coverage of bash, zsh, and other new shells, along with discussions about modern utilities and applications. Several sections focus on security and Internet access. And there is a new chapter on access to Unix from Windows, addressing the heterogeneous nature of systems today. You'll also find expanded coverage of software installation and packaging, as well as basic information on Perl and Python.

Unix Power Tools 3rd Edition is a browser's book...like a magazine that you don't read from start to finish, but leaf through repeatedly until you realize that you've read it all. Bursting with cross-references, interesting sidebars explore syntax or point out other directions for exploration, including relevant technical details that might not be immediately apparent. The book includes articles abstracted from other O'Reilly books, new information that highlights program tricks and gotchas, tips posted to the Net over the years, and other accumulated wisdom.

Affectionately referred to by readers as "the" Unix book, UNIX Power Tools provides access to information every Unix user is going to need to know. It will help you think creatively about UNIX, and will help you get to the point where you can analyze your own problems. Your own solutions won't be far behind.

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4.0

A great way to become a *nix ninja

By DC Crowley

from Netherlands

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  • Concise
  • Well-written

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    Comments about oreilly Unix Power Tools, 3rd Edition:

    The quality of the information in this book is on a par to none imo. This book wlll teach you so much, and there is so much to learn. Probably proof of the adage 'it's about the journey, not about reaching the destination'. It is all really well explained, but it's going to take practise to make perfect. You will need to invest time to make this second nature. A great book. This is one of those classics you just have to have in your collection.

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    5.0

    Great Reference!

    By Gene

    from Metro-Atlanta, Georgia

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      Comments about oreilly Unix Power Tools, 3rd Edition:

      I use this book as my 'On Desk Reference' manual for all things Unix.

      (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Not for everyone but something for everyone

      By silentsoldier

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      Comments about oreilly Unix Power Tools, 3rd Edition:

      I just *bought* a copy of the second edition to this book. I say *bought* because I paid $0.50 for the darn thing, along with a copy of 'understanding the linux kernel'. Total--one dollr!

      The great thing about this book is that it is well written, the binding is excellent, so a user can get years of use out of it until the next editon comes out and the structure and outline is great--done in a *link* style, where you can jump around from one article to another, thanks to the authors including the subsections at the top of each page. Most authors don't think about the ORGANIZATION of the information they present but these guys have. You can jump around easily when a subject is mentioned in an article that may be related but not explained in the current article your reading--you don't have to read straight through and, in fact, the authors discourage this.

      My only real problem is that not enough time is spent explaining how the programs 'think'--I think this is the true basis for becoming a power user. Some programs are explained, like the shell and the find command but most are not. Again, I have the 2nd edition and maybe they've changed this, I don't know. Otherwise a very good great book!

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      4.0

      Great Book, but where are the example files?

      By PETERV

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      Comments about oreilly Unix Power Tools, 3rd Edition:

      This is a great book, even for Unix beginners. You should have some programming background, but the examples are clear and concise. There are a lot of practical examples that can be used straight out of the book. The only complaint I have is that it refers constantly to a companion CD that doesn't come with the book, and refers to a website for file examples, "www.oreilly.com/catalog/upt3" that should actually be "http://examples.oreilly.com/upt3/". I'd still prefer to see examples on the CD, but this is an essential reference for anyone working with Unix.

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      Not for beginners

      By Jdaigle

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      Comments about oreilly Unix Power Tools, 3rd Edition:

      I'm not a fan of this book. It is poorly constructed, disappointingly brief even on subjects that are "extensively" covered (such as awk, sed, perl, vi), doesn't contain a good list of Unix commands, and in general isn't worth the two slots it is taking up on my safari bookshelf. If you are already fairly knowledgable on a topic and are just looking for a hack, maybe this would work for you, but if you actually need some information about how a utility works, what it does, and how to use it in a general sense, there is no information in this book at all.

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      By Olivier Wulveryck

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      Comments about oreilly Unix Power Tools, 3rd Edition:

      This is one of the best book i've ever read about Unix...

      This is the definitive handbook you must have when you work under any version of Un*x.

      The introduction made of certain tools is more complete than some other dedicated book.

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      Being a ten year user and a five year Unix / Linux admin, all I can say, tthis is a must have for a Unix admin and user.

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