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Beginning Unix

Beginning Unix

Paul Love, Joe Merlino, Craig Zimmerman, Jeremy C. Reed, Paul Weinstein

ISBN: 978-1-119-11450-5

Mar 2015

480 pages



  • Covering all aspects of the Unix operating system and assuming no prior knowledge of Unix, this book begins with the fundamentals and works from the ground up to some of the more advanced programming techniques
  • The authors provide a wealth of real-world experience with the Unix operating system, delivering actual examples while showing some of the common misconceptions and errors that new users make
  • Special emphasis is placed on the Apple Mac OS X environment as well as Linux, Solaris, and migrating from Windows to Unix
  • A unique conversion section of the book details specific advice and instructions for transitioning Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux users

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Who Is This Book For?

What Does This Book Cover?

How This Book Is Structured.

What Do You Need to Use This Book?


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Chapter 1: Unix Fundamentals.

Chapter 2: First Steps.

Chapter 3: Understanding Users and Groups.

Chapter 4: File System Concepts.

Chapter 5: Customize Your Working Environment.

Chapter 6: Unix Commands In-Depth.

Chapter 7: Editing Files with Vi.

Chapter 8: Advanced Tools.

Chapter 9: Advanced Unix Commands: Sed and AWK.

Chapter 10: Job Control and Process Management.

Chapter 11: Running Programs at Specified Times.

Chapter 12: Security.

Chapter 13: Basic Shell Scripting.

Chapter 14: Advanced Shell Scripting.

Chapter 15: System Logging.

Chapter 16: Unix Networking.

Chapter 17: Perl Programming for Unix Automation.

Chapter 18: Backup Tools.

Chapter 19: Installing Software from Source Code.

Chapter 20: Conversion: Unix for Mac OS Users.

Chapter 21: Conversion: Unix for Windows Users.

Appendix A: Answers.

Appendix B: Useful Unix Web Sites.


“…works from the ground up, covering Apple OS X (which is Unix based) as well as the Linux and Solaris operating systems.” (Publishing News, 25th March 2005)
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