Linux Pocket Guide
Essential Commands
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: February 2004
Pages: 204

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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5.0

Great pocket guide book!

By YSoliman

from Plymouth, United Kindom

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Pros

  • Accurate
  • Concise
  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Expert
    • Intermediate

    Comments about oreilly Linux Pocket Guide:

    Excellent book for Linux - always by the side of my desk ready to solve any Linux problem for a real cheap price!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    New edition

    By Marc

    from LP

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    Comments about oreilly Linux Pocket Guide:

    I would like to see a second edition of this great book!!!

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great book

    By smilliken

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about oreilly Linux Pocket Guide:

    The book has come to help and understand several of the commands I had seen used or asked to use. Would be nice to see a version/edition that was geared towards Debian and their commands.

     
    5.0

    Best companion guide

    By octopusgrabbus

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about oreilly Linux Pocket Guide:

    This is the most valuable guide I own. It contains enough bash, sed, awk, and other information that I keep it with me always. In addition, it is full of what you would expect regarding linux commands and utilities.

     
    5.0

    Very good book

    By marcelo

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about oreilly Linux Pocket Guide:

    I like so much this book.

    An Idea for futures edition. There is a lot of command but not all are in this book, so... you can put some blank pages at the end of each chapter or at the end of the book for write the commands that are useful for the user. I think so, becouse I like to have al the commands in the same place.

    Sorry for my english.

     
    5.0

    Linux Pocket Guide

    By ijy2

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about oreilly Linux Pocket Guide:

    For a book this small, and about Fedora Linux, excellent. For Linux, in gheneral, very good! Don't let book size fool you; it's a keeper!!!

     
    4.0

    A Life Saver

    By Zuggy

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about oreilly Linux Pocket Guide:

    A very nice, pocket sized guide to Linux. The guide covers many common commands. The only major complaint is that the only version available is for Fedora Core, however most of the commands are still applicable in most other distributions.

    A must have for anyone that uses Linux and has a short memory for commands.

     
    5.0

    Book Review: Linux Pocket Guide - Essential Commands

    By Crouse

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    Comments about oreilly Linux Pocket Guide:

    Reviewer: Crouse - http://www.usalug.org

    Book: Linux Pocket Guide

    Author: Daniel J. Barrett

    "Essential Commands."

    200 Pages , $9.95 US, $14.95 CA, £6.95 UK

    1st Edition March 2004

    ISBN:0-596-00628-4

    Publisher: O'Reilly

    Publisher Book Link: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/linuxpg/index.html

    Table of Contents

    One of the first things you will notice about this book is the size. Measuring a tiny 4.25 inches wide X 7 inches tall and only about a 1/2 inch in thickness, you might be under the mistaken impression that it doesn't have much to offer. Don't let it's size fool you. Personally, I love the size of this little book. It is small enough to take with you in your coat pocket, giving you reading material while waiting in line or any time you have spare time to kill.

    This book is written as a short guide, and not intended to cover every single topic. What it does cover, it covers very well. Basically it shows you the "Essential Commands", just like the note on the front cover says. If your like me, and don't have every command and man page memorized or are just learning the Linux command line, this is a valuable tool. The book covers almost all of the basic command line commands and gives a very readable account of how they are used and some intersting comments thrown in for good measure.

    The book starts out with the obligatory introduction to Linux and progresses very fast from there. A few comments on "What's a Command" and "Users and Superusers" and then into a few pages on "The role of the Shell". Now it starts to get into the bulk of what makes up the book. The bulk of the rest of the chapters cover mostly commands and what each one does. The book progresses nicely through these, starting with the basic commands for moving through the Linux filesytems, and then to basic file operations. The flow of the book is nice because as it progresses, you don't feel lost. Each section builds on the others and feels almost like a textbook in that regard.

    So much is covered in the 200 pages, it's hard to believe that it actually all fit into this small book. Again, don't let the size fool you, there is an enormous amount of information packed into it. The final chapters cover some graphical things (it's not all command line), like audio/video, screensavers, web browsing. The final section deals with shell scripting and the basic bash commands. This ties in nicely as it allows you to use the commands from the previous chapters and integrate them into some bash scripts which, very nicely, wraps things up.

    One of the only things that might initially make people think the book isn't something that they want, is that it says "Covers Fedora Linux" on the cover. While it does go into some Fedora specific things on a few pages, in reality, it isn't much of an issue and 99% of the book is applicable for other distro's as well. So don't let that stop you from getting this book!



    This is definatley a must have for those new to Linux that want to get up to speed on using the command line. I saw this book the other day in the bookstore and bought it. It's such a great value, I had to write a review for it. For $10, you would be hard pressed to find a better book for the money.

    This gets my 5/5 rating.

    Book Review: Linux Pocket Guide - Essential Commands

     
    4.0

    short review of Linux Pocket Guide""

    By George Woolley of Oakland.pm

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about oreilly Linux Pocket Guide:

    This is a small book: 4 1/4 inches by 7 inches and just 179 pages. It's motto is "short, sweet and essential". It delivers essential info on Linux very compactly. The essential is mostly, but not entirely, carefully selected Linux commands and carefully selected options of those commands.

    I'm happy to recommend this book for just about any Linux user who doesn't consider themselves a Linux expert. Hey, I'm not a Linux expert so I'll let them come to their own conclusions.

    Personally, I've used the book first to review Linux commands and then as a reference. It's done the job for me.

    Want more? See my more detailed review.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Linux Pocket Guide Review

    By Igor

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about oreilly Linux Pocket Guide:

    I am a big fan of oreilly ( ordered 'running mac os x' today from amazon )

    I looked over the online excerpts and found the following error,

    page 175:

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    The until loop repeats until a condition becomes true:

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    The for loop iterates over values from a list:

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    this will actually print again 3 times.

    Other than that, I found the writing style very enjoyable and accessable.

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