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Sams Teach Yourself Unix in 24 Hours, 4th Edition


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  • Copyright 2006
  • Edition: 4th
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  • ISBN-10: 0-672-32814-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-672-32814-5

If you're in need of a tutorial to learn UNIX from the ground up, this is it. Sams Teach Yourself UNIX in 24 Hours, Fourth Edition will let you experience UNIX through hands-on tutorials divided into 24 one-hour lessons so that you can learn the most common UNIX tasks at your own pace. The author will guide you through the basics of maintaining and manipulating a UNIX/Linux operating system. This hands-on approach will allow you to work through the exercises and grasp common UNIX/Linux concepts, including:

  • Using the Command Line
  • Listing Files and Managing Disk Usage
  • Slicing and Dicing Command Pipe
  • Shell Programming
  • Printing in the UNIX Environment
  • Using telnet, ssh, and ftp
  • Perl Programming in UNIX
Gain the fundamental knowledge you need to begin working with UNIX with the help of Sams Teach Yourself UNIX in 24 Hours, Fourth Edition.

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Moving About the File System

Moving About the Unix File System

Table of Contents


    Does Each Chapter Take an Hour?

    What If I Take Longer Than 24 Hours?

    Are There Really 24 Hours Worth of Lessons?

    How to Use This Book

HOUR 1: What Is This Unix Stuff?

    Goals for This Hour

    What Is Unix?

    A Brief History of Unix

    What's All This About Multiuser Systems?

    Cracking Open the Shell

    Getting Help

HOUR 2: Getting onto the System and Using the Command Line.

    Goals for This Hour

    Beginning Your Session

    Seeing What's Going On Around You

HOUR 3: Moving About the File System.

    Goals for This Hour

    What a Hierarchical File System Is All About

    Directory Separator Characters

    The Difference Between Relative and Absolute Filenames

HOUR 4: Listing Files and Managing Disk Usage.

    Goals for This Hour

    The ls Command

    Special ls Command Flags

    Permissions Strings

HOUR 5: Ownership and Permissions.

    Goals for This Hour

    Working with File Permissions

HOUR 6: Creating, Moving, Renaming, and Deleting Files and Directories.

    Goals for This Hour

    Manipulating the Unix File System

HOUR 7: Looking into Files.

    Goals for This Hour

    Looking Inside Files

HOUR 8: Filters, Pipes, and Wildcards!

    Goals for This Hour

    Maximizing the Command Line

HOUR 9: Slicing and Dicing Command-Pipe Data.

    Goals for This Hour

    The awk Programming System

    How to Use cut in Pipes

    Inline Editing with sed and tr

HOUR 10: An Introduction to the vi Editor.

    Goals for This Hour

    Editing the Unix Way

HOUR 11: Advanced vi Tricks, Tools, and Techniques.

    Goals for This Hour

    Advanced Editing with vi

    Summary of vi Commands

HOUR 12: An Overview of the emacs Editor.

    Goals for This Hour

    The Other Popular Editor: emacs

HOUR 13: Introduction to Command Shells.

    Goals for This Hour

    The (Command) Shell Game

HOUR 14: Advanced Shell Interaction.

    Goals for This Hour

    Which Shell Is Which?

HOUR 15: Job Control.

    Goals for This Hour

    Wrestling with Your Jobs

HOUR 16: Shell Programming Overview.

    Goals for This Hour

    Build Your Own Commands

HOUR 17: Advanced Shell Programming.

    Goals for This Hour

    Searching a Database of Filenames with mylocate

HOUR 18: Printing in the Unix Environment.

    Goals for This Hour

    Making a Printed Copy

HOUR 19: Archives and Backups.

    Goals for This Hour

    The tar Tape Archive Utility

    Shrinking Your Files with compress

    Exploring the Unix Tape Command: cpio

    Personal Backup Solutions

    Working with Unix Package Managers

HOUR 20: Communicating with Email.

    Goals for This Hour

    Interacting with the World

HOUR 21: Using telnet, SSH, and ftp.

    Goals for This Hour

    Stepping Beyond Your Own System

HOUR 22: Searching for Information and Files.

    Goals for This Hour

    Finding What's Where

HOUR 23: Perl Programming in Unix.

    Goals for This Hour

    Flexible and Powerful: Perl

HOUR 24: GNOME and the GUI Environment.

    Goals for This Hour

    Tweaking Your Inner GNOME

    Working with GNOME Applications

APPENDIX A: Common Unix Questions and Answers.

    How do I use find|xargs with filenames that contain spaces?

    How do I find large files on my system?

    How do I run a program on a schedule?

    How do fix file permission problems?

    How do I list files that don't match a given pattern?

    How do I view lines X-Y in a text file?

    How do I add a new directory to my PATH?

    How do I recover deleted files?

    How can I set my shell to protect me from accidental deletions?

    What do the shell errors "arg list too long" and "broken pipe" mean?

    Why use ssh instead of telnet?  Or sftp instead of ftp?

APPENDIX B: Working with the Apache Web Server.

    Goals for This Hour

    Working with a Unix Web Server



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