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UNIX for the MS-DOS User

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UNIX for the MS-DOS User


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  • describes the most common and useful features of the shells and tools.
  • covers operations that most MS-DOS users perform (e.g., copying files and editing text) and explores the Shell (the user interface to the operating system).
  • describes the multi-user, multi-tasking features of the UNIX system.
  • explains the shell script files—which are comparable to MS-DOS batch (.bat) files (the Bourne shell, the Korn shell, and the C shell)—showing how the differences between them for many common operations is minimal, and how their programming constructs are different.
  • explores the administrative side of the UNIX system—backing up files and setting up new users.
  • examines text processing utilities.
  • contains Workouts—examples to try out on the UNIX system.
  • provides references to additional information.


  • Copyright 1994
  • Dimensions: 6" x 9"
  • Pages: 240
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-146077-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-146077-5

This volume is designed to help MS-DOS programmers become rapidly proficient in the UNIX environment. It focuses on the similarities and differences between the two operating systems, enabling programmers to perform all the operations they did in MS-DOS plus those available only on UNIX systems. KEY TOPICS: First considers the operations that most MS-DOS users perform and the user interface to the operating system (the Shell); then explains the features unique to UNIX—multi-user, multi-tasking; and examines in detail the UNIX shell script files (Bourne shell, Korn shell, C shell)—which are comparable to MS-DOS batch files—showing how they produce the same result, but whose constructs are different. Concludes with an examination of the administration features of UNIX, and its text processing utilities. MARKET: For MS-DOS users who want to become rapidly proficient in UNIX systems.

Sample Content

Table of Contents

 1. Introduction.

 2. File and Directories.

 3. Shells.

 4. A Common Editor - vi.

 4a. Another Common Editor - emacs.

 5. Multiple Users.

 6. Multi-tasking.

 7. Shell General.

 8. Tools.

 9. Bourne Shell.

 10. C Shell.

11. System Administration.

12. Text Processing nroff/troff.

13. Text revision systems - SCCS.

14. Pattern Scanning Language - awk.

Appendix: DOS Commands and UNIX Equivalents.


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