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New book focuses on Linux CLI, shell programming, editors

Jul 29, 2005 — by Rick Lehrbaum — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Prentice Hall has released a 1008-page reference guide to Linux commands, editors, and shell programming. Touted as an “essential reference for core commands that Linux users need daily,” the new book by Mark G. Sobell also provides a “superb introduction to Linux shell programming,” according to the publisher. It's aimed at those whose jobs depend on being able to work from the Linux line, including software developers, quality assurance engineers, and system administrators.

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“Linux is famous for its huge number of command line utility programs, and the programs themselves are famous for their large numbers of options, switches, and configuration files,” says the publisher. “But the truth is that users will only use a limited (but still significant) number of these utilities on a recurring basis, and then only with a subset of the most important and useful options, switches and configuration files.”

In keeping with its focus on the Linux command line, the new book, titled A Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming, also provides an in-depth introduction to the vi and emacs editors.

Further details, including the book's preface, table of contents, and a sample chapter, area available here.

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