Linux in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference

Linux in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference

by EllenSiever (Author), StephenFiggins (Author), Aaron Weber (Author)


This is an essential desktop reference for the commands that users of Linux utilize every day, with the depth of information and the practical, succinct "In a Nutshell" format that made the previous editions so popular. Comprehensive but concise, Linux in a Nutshell covers all substantial user, programming, administration, and networking commands for the most common Linux distributions. It's several quick references rolled into one: sed, gawk, RCS, CVS, vi, Emacs, bash, tcsh, regular expressions, package management, bootloaders, and desktop environments are all covered in this clear, to-the-point volume, along with core command-line utilities. The fourth edition continues to track the major changes in bootloaders, the GNOME and KDE desktops, and general Unix commands. Several commands related to CDs and music reflect the evolution of multimedia on Linux. Coverage has been added for GRUB, which has become the default bootloader on several Linux distributions, and for vim, the popular and feature-loaded extension to vi. The addition of several new options to the iptables firewall command and new commands related to DNSSEC and ssh show the book's value as a security tool. With this book, you no longer have to grope through long manpages and info documents for the information you need; you'll find it here in clear language and an easy-to-read format. Contents include:programming, system administration, networking, and user commands with complete lists of options GRUB, LILO, and Loadlin bootloaders; shell syntax and variables for the bash, csh, and tcsh shells; pattern matching; E macs, vi, and vim editing commands sed and gawk commands; the GNOME and KDE desktops and the fvwm2 window manager Red Hat; and Debian package managers.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 944
Edition: 4
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Published: 20 Jun 2003

ISBN 10: 0596004826
ISBN 13: 9780596004828

Media Reviews
This is one desktop companion which confident Linux users simply cannot be without. Linux User, November 2003 The best way to sum this book up is with the original reviewer's words: If you don't lock your office, this will be the first thing that a techie colleague will steal! . Linux Format, September ...anyone serious about Linux programming and administration needs this book...The authors are to be congratulated for the scope of coverage, as here's enough here about both the vi and Emacs editing systems, desktop set-ups and packages, as well as a nod to multimedia use. - Gary Flood, IT Training, October 2004
Author Bio
Ellen Siever is a writer and editor specializing in Linux and other open source topics. In addition to Linux in a Nutshell, she co-authored Perl in a Nutshell. She is a long-time Linux and Unix user, and was a programmer for many years until she decided that writing about computers was more fun. Stephen Figgins is a computer hacker, animal tracker, musician and student of the humanities. His ambition is to gain a deep and powerful native awareness of both the Noosphere and the Biosphere and share that with others. For five years he made his living as O'Reilly's book answer guy, drinking in the knowledge contained in their tomes. Now, having returned to the valley of the Kaw River on the eastern edge of the free state of Kansas, he uses his knowledge to make a living as a writer, editor and consultant. Aaron Weber is a technical writer for Ximian, Inc. and wrote the manual for Ximian Evolution, Red Carpet, and Red Carpet Enterprise, as well as a section on GNOME in Running Linux. He's also published in Interex Enterprise Solutions ( and Boston's Weekly Dig (, and is the host of