A Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming (4e) : 9780134774602

A Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming (4e)

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Linux continues to evolve. Today, it’s the world’s dominant Internet server platform. Google runs on Linux. So does Amazon -- including its market-leading EC2 cloud-based platform. It’s no wonder more and more system administrators and web developers need to be fluent in Linux. But fluency means knowing how to operate a Linux system from the command line, not from a pre-programmed GUI: that’s the only way to gain full control. Through three previous editions, Mark Sobell’s A Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming has earned a global reputation as the best way to gain this mastery. Now, Sobell and top Linux expert Matthew Helmke have thoroughly updated this best-seller to reflect Linux’s latest innovations.


Like all previous editions, A Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming, 4th Edition is fully distribution agnostic: it will serve you just as well, whether you work with Ubuntu, Fedora, Red Hat, or any other distribution. Sobell’s style is famously compact, concise, and comprehensive. He lives Linux, understands exactly what system features Linux professionals really need to master, and what examples can help them understand it quickly and in depth. This edition’s extensive new coverage includes the latest distributions, as well as DNF, Python 3, the zsh shell, Maria DB, and more.

Table of contents
  • Preface
  • 1: Welcome to Linux and Mac OS X
  • Part I: The Linux and Mac OS X Operating Systems
  • 2: Getting Started
  • 3: The Utilities
  • 4: The Filesystem
  • 5: The Shell
  • Part II: The Editors
  • 6: The vim Editor
  • 7: The emacs Editor
  • Part III: The Shells
  • 8: The Bourne Again Shell (bash)
  • 9: The TC Shell (tcsh)
  • Part IV: Programming Tools
  • 10: Programming the Bourne Again Shell (bash)
  • 11: The Perl Scripting Language
  • 12: The Python Programming Language
  • 13: The MySQL Database Management System
  • 14: The AWK Pattern Processing Language
  • 15: The sed Editor
  • Part V: Secure Network Utilities
  • 16: The rsync Secure Copy Utility
  • 17: The OpenSSH Secure Communication Utilities
  • Part VI: Command Reference
  • Utilities That Display and Manipulate Files
  • Network Utilities
  • Utilities That Display and Alter Status
  • Utilities That Are Programming Tools
  • Miscellaneous Utilities
  • Standard Multiplicative Suffixes
  • Common Options
  • The Sample Utility
  • Part VII: Appendices
  • Appendix A: Regular Expressions
  • Appendix B: Help
  • Appendix C: Keeping the System Up-to-Date
  • Appendix D: Mac OS X Notes
  • Glossary
  • File Tree Index
  • Utility Index
  • Main Index
New to this edition
This new 4th edition covers the latest Linux distributions, as well as DNF, Python 3, the zsh shell, and Maria DB.
Features & benefits
  • Includes new MySQL/MariaDB primers and Python 3 tutorials, coverage of the transition from Yum to DNF, and new Linux utilities readers are clamoring to learn about
  • Distribution agnostic! Works for any Linux user, including Ubuntu, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Fedora, and Debian users -- even includes macOS command-line utilities!
  • Includes an outstanding 300-page command reference covering all the most popular Linux commands with carefully constructed examples of each: a HUGE improvement over Linux man pages
Author biography

Mark G. Sobell has forty years of eperience working with UNIX and Linu systems and is the author of many best-selling books, including A Practical Guide to Fedora™ and Red Hat® Enterprise Linu®, Seventh Edition, and A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linu®, Fourth Edition.

Matthew Helmke got his first computer in 98, a TRS-8 Color Computer. He started using UNIX in 987 while studying LISP. He works as a technical writer and has written about Linu and other topics for magazines and a diverse set of companies. He is the author of several books, including Ubuntu Unleashed, The Official Ubuntu Book, and VMware Cookbook.