The Linux Command Line, 2nd Edition

The Linux Command Line, 2nd Edition

A Complete Introduction
by William Shotts
February 2019, 504 pp.
ISBN-13: 
9781593279523
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The Linux Command Line takes you from your very first terminal keystrokes to writing full programs in Bash, the most popular Linux shell (or command line). Along the way you'll learn the timeless skills handed down by generations of experienced, mouse-shunning gurus: file navigation, environment configuration, command chaining, pattern matching with regular expressions, and more.

In addition to that practical knowledge, author William Shotts reveals the philosophy behind these tools and the rich heritage that your desktop Linux machine has inherited from Unix supercomputers of yore.

As you make your way through the book's short, easily-digestible chapters, you'll learn how to:

  • Create and delete files, directories, and symlinks
  • Administer your system, including networking, package installation, and process management
  • Use standard input and output, redirection, and pipelines
  • Edit files with Vi, the world's most popular text editor
  • Write shell scripts to automate common or boring tasks
  • Slice and dice text files with cut, paste, grep, patch, and sed

Once you overcome your initial "shell shock," you'll find that the command line is a natural and expressive way to communicate with your computer. Just don't be surprised if your mouse starts to gather dust.

Author Bio 

William Shotts has been a software professional for more than 30 years and an avid Linux user for more than 20 years. He has an extensive background in software development, including technical support, quality assurance, and documentation. He is also the creator of LinuxCommand.org, a Linux education and advocacy site featuring news, reviews, and extensive support for using the Linux command line.

Reviews 

"I can honestly say I have found THE beginner's guide to Linux."
Jayson Broughton, Linux Journal (Read More)

"This is exactly what a Linux beginner needs to get up to speed quickly. The book goes beyond simply walking through all of the command line utilities, and ventures into the realm of theory and how things work together."
Nicholas C. Zakas, Yahoo! (Read More)

"Anyone who reads this book and makes use of the examples provided will not be able to avoid becoming a Unix command line pro by the time they've hit the end of the book. It provides an excellent introduction to the command line that takes students from knowing nearly nothing to using impressively sophisticated commands."
Sandra Henry-Stocker, ITworld (Read More)

"The most approachable tome on the subject."
Federico Lucifredi, Linux Magazine (Read More)

"If you would like to start using the command line, improve your existing skills, or simply want to discover tools that you were never even aware existed, this book has everything you need, and I wholly recommend it."
Phil Bull, author of the official Ubuntu documentation (Read More)

"This is the best introduction to the command-line I have read."
BeginLinux.com (Read More)

"A perfect companion to more remedial guides to Linux that touch on the command only briefly, and also a terrific bridge to deeper technical programming books. Highly recommended."
Game Vortex (Read More)

"The Linux Command Line is pleasant to read. It has a light tone, while also getting down to business."
John D. Cook, The Endeavor (Read More)

"A delightful read and you can hand it to a junior colleague or friend with more limited Unix shell exposure and be confident that they come back significantly shell-wiser and probably happier."
Peter N.M. Hansteen, That Grumpy BSD Guy (Read More)

"If you're a novice Linux player, or just want to get beyond the pretty graphical wrapper of your MacBook, put this book at the top of your list."
Michael Larsen, TESTHEAD (Read More)