You may have seen UNIX quick-reference guides, but you've never seen anything like UNIX in a Nutshell. Not a scaled-down quick reference of common commands, UNIX in a Nutshell is a complete reference containing all commands and options, along with generous descriptions and examples that put the commands in context. For all but the thorniest UNIX problems, this one reference should be all the documentation you need.
The second edition of UNIX in a Nutshell starts with thorough coverage of System V Release 3. To that, we've added the many new commands that were added to Release 4 and additional commands that were added to Solaris 2.0.
All user and programmer commands.
New Korn shell documentation.
Expanded text editing section, including GNU Emacs and nawk.
Shell syntax (sh and csh).
vi and ex commands.
sed and awk commands.
troff and related commands and macros.
sdb and dbx commands.
If you currently use either SVR3 or SVR4 or are planning to in the future, or if you're a Sun user facing the transition to Solaris, you'll want this book. UNIX in a Nutshell is the most comprehensive quickref on the market, a must for any UNIX user.
Daniel Gilly joined O'Reilly Media, Inc a year after his graduation from MIT. As a staff writer, Daniel authored the2nd Edition of Unix in a Nutshell, doubling its contentsand paving the way for it to become one of O'Reilly Media's best-selling Unix titles. He revised Learning the vi Editor,co-wrote X Window System in a Nutshell, and had an editorial hand in several other books in the X Window series.
Daniel left O'Reilly after 6 years to pursue technical writing in Silicon Valley. He had a successful career with a wide range of tech companies -- from start-ups to mid-sized companies to one-time tech titanslike Netscape and Sun Microsystems -- culminating with 5 years at Google.
In 2010, Daniel retired from Silicon Valley life and moved to Palm Springs, California to enjoy the sunshine and relaxed pace of this desert oasis.
Our look is the result of reader comments, our own experimentation, and feedback from distribution channels. Distinctive covers complement our distinctive approach to technical topics, breathing personality and life into potentially dry subjects. The animal featured on the cover of UNIX in a Nutshell is a tarsier, a nocturnal mammal related to the lemur. Its generic name, Tarsius, is derived from the animal's very long ankle bone, the tarsus. The tarsier is a native of the East Indies jungles from Sumatra to the Philippines and Sulawesi, where it lives in the trees, leaping from branch to branch with extreme agility and speed. A small animal, the tarsier's body is only six inches long, followed by a ten-inch tufted tail. It is covered in soft, brown or grey silky fur, has a round face, and huge eyes. Its arms and legs are long and slender as are its digits, which are tipped with rounded, fleshy pads to improve the tarsier's grip on trees. Tarsiers are active only at night, hiding during the day in the tangles of vines or in the tops of tall trees. They subsist mainly on insects, and though very curious animals, tend to be loners. Edie Freedman designed this cover from illustrations drawn by Arthur Saarinen.
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