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Title:
Unix in a Nutshell 3ed
Author:
Arnold Robbins
ISBN:
1 56592 427 4
Publisher:
O'Reilly
Pages:
598pp
Price:
£15-95
Reviewer:
Silvia de Beer
Subject:
unix
Appeared in:
12-2
The subtitle (a desktop quick reference for SVR 4 and Solaris 7) exactly describes it. It is not a book to learn Unix from. Beginners should study a tutorial first. It is a useful reference to keep beside your computer to look up commands, which you do not exactly remember. A simple start instead of the man pages.

The book contains clear tables and has a good layout. The book is divided with black tabs on the side of the pages. The first part of the book gives short descriptions of all Unix commands and describes the Bourne, Korn and C Shell. The second part of the book covers pattern matching, Emacs, Vi and sed and awk. I do not know how relevant text formatting is to most Unix users, but nroff and troff and their macros are covered in part three. Part four describes Source Code Control System (SCCS) and Revision Control System (RCS) and the make utility.