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The Linux Command Line—New from No Starch Press
A Complete Introduction to the Linux Command Line

The Linux Command Line: A Complete Introduction

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San Francisco, CA, January 10, 2012—Thanks to user-friendly distributions like Ubuntu, more people are running Linux than ever before. But many users stick to the graphical user interface (GUI) and point and click their way through tasks, missing out on one of the key advantages of Linux: the command line. The command line interface is the most efficient and powerful way to interact with Linux; by typing commands, users can quickly move files, install new packages, and make complex tasks easy.

The Linux Command Line (No Starch Press, January 2012, 480 pp., $49.95, ISBN 9781593273897) is a complete introduction to the command line. Author William Shotts, a Linux user for over 15 years, guides readers from their first keystrokes to writing full programs in Bash, the most popular Linux shell. The book's extensive coverage tackles file navigation, environment configuration, command chaining, pattern matching with regular expressions, and much more.

"The command line is like a window into Linux," said No Starch Press founder William Pollock. "Strip away the GUI and you're in control of your machine. The difference is kind of like driving a stick versus an automatic. The automatic is great for shepherding the family around town, but the stick puts you in control of that souped up sports car."

Among the command line's many features, readers will learn how to:

  • Create and delete files, directories, and symlinks
  • Administer their system, manage networking, and control processes
  • Use standard input and output, redirection, and pipelines
  • Edit files with Vi and write shell scripts to automate tasks
  • Slice and dice text files with cut, paste, grep, patch, and sed

Learning the command line is the natural next step for Linux users who want to make the most of their systems. The Linux Command Line will put even diehard GUI users on their way to mastering the true power of Linux.

For more information or to request a review copy of The Linux Command Line, contact Travis Peterson at No Starch Press ([email protected], +1.415.863.9900, x108), or visit

About the Author

William E. Shotts, Jr. has been a software professional and avid Linux user for more than 15 years. He has an extensive background in software development, including technical support, quality assurance, and documentation. He is also the creator of, a Linux education and advocacy site featuring news, reviews, and extensive support for using the Linux command line.

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The Linux Command Line The Linux Command Line
Publisher: No Starch Press
By William E. Shotts, Jr.
ISBN 9781593273897, $49.95 USD
January 2012, 480 pp.
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