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Beginning Unix

  • ID: 2250948
  • Book
  • May 2005
  • 480 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Beginning Unix

The Unix operating system is the basis for some of today′s most–used platforms, including Mac OS® X and Linux®. This book covers Unix basics for these as well as the more commonly recognized Sun Solaris and BSD.

First, you will learn Unix terminology, core concepts, methodology, and how to log in and out. You′ll progress to customizing your work environment and learning commands. Then you′ll be ready to learn to manage processes, handle security, automate tasks with shell scripting in Perl, install Unix programs, and back up your data. To facilitate the process, you can use the Knoppix distribution on the CD–ROM to work in a Unix environment without installing Unix.

What you will learn from this book

  • Different configuration options in the Unix shell
  • Advanced tools and commands, including regular expressions, Sed, and AWK
  • Fundamental ways to enhance Unix system security
  • Basic programming, including shell scripting and Perl programming
  • Network administration and additional aspects of communicating with other operating systems
  • How to convert Windows and Mac OS commands and concepts to Unix

Who this book is for

This book is for anyone interested in learning the concepts of the Unix operating system in any of its derivatives. It is designed for the absolute beginner, but it can also be a valuable refresher course for those with some knowledge of Unix and a useful resource for those who want to transfer knowledge from Mac OS or Windows to Unix or its derivatives.

Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.

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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.


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