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Old 01-31-2012, 06:31 PM   #1
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Need to find a Command Line Server Book...not GUI!!!


Hey all,

I am in search of a command line focused Ubuntu or general Linux server book. All that I have learned is from forums and practice and failure past few years in college and I would like a book that focuses less on all the GUI how to and more on CLI/Command Line/Shell how to.

As I run Ubuntu server at the moment for a ton of different applications and non of it is GUI based. I want to learn more basics that I may have not caught the first time.

But every book I find at stores/Safaribooksonline ect..all GUI focused.

Thanks

-Dan
 
Old 01-31-2012, 08:01 PM   #2
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You could start at tldp.org or the Debian Reference, or both.
 
Old 01-31-2012, 08:17 PM   #3
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I would like a physical book. =( Hard to do something in Linux when your in a non GUI environment and can not see those websites.
 
Old 01-31-2012, 11:35 PM   #4
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I would like a physical book. =( Hard to do something in Linux when your in a non GUI environment and can not see those websites.
You will want to go back to the classics.
_The Unix Programming Environment_, Kernighan and Pike, Prentice-Hall 1984 ISBN 0-13-937681-X
_The Practice of Programming_, Kernighan and Pike, Addison-Wesley 1999 ISBN 0-201-61586-X
_Effective AWK Programming_, Robbins, O'Reilly 2001 ISBN 0-596-00070-7

This should keep you entertained for quite a while.
 
Old 02-01-2012, 02:07 AM   #5
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Wink Official Ubuntu server book.

Hi,

There's an `Official Ubuntu server book' by Kyle Rankin out there. I found it in Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Official-Ubunt...8079544&sr=1-2

That's a good start. I personally own the `Linux in a Nutshell' printed by O'Reilly, and found it to be a good quick recipe book to have around when I was starting.

As you gain more knowledge... books will become too `slow'. So I'd recommend getting used to finding information on online manuals, particularly using search queries.

EDIT: Get used to using LYNX (a command-line based browser). The online Debian reference website renders nicely in a console.

Last edited by rvca; 02-01-2012 at 02:10 AM.
 
Old 02-01-2012, 07:27 AM   #6
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One simple one would be to print what you already have (assuming you have a printer available).
use the command: "man bash >bash.prn" and then print the bash.prn file. If you don't have a printer accessible from the server you can transfer the file and print it from anything. If you're not using bash as your shell then substitute the name of your shell in use.

Hope this helps a little -
 
Old 02-01-2012, 07:47 AM   #7
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Hey all,

I am in search of a command line focused Ubuntu or general Linux server book. All that I have learned is from forums and practice and failure past few years in college and I would like a book that focuses less on all the GUI how to and more on CLI/Command Line/Shell how to.

As I run Ubuntu server at the moment for a ton of different applications and non of it is GUI based. I want to learn more basics that I may have not caught the first time.

But every book I find at stores/Safaribooksonline ect..all GUI focused.

Thanks

-Dan
As rvca said, you'll have more chance finding what you want online than in a "real book".

If you don't like websites, what about PDFs ?

- The official Ubuntu server guide for version 11.10
https://help.ubuntu.com/11.10/server...erverguide.pdf

- Or any of the PDFs at the Linux Documentation Project:
http://tldp.org/guides.html
 
Old 02-01-2012, 05:24 PM   #8
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Problem for me is these servers are in a closet and are command line only. So a written book be what I am looking for as I cant load a website or read a pdf.
I understand this is an odd question. It More odd in my opinion that no book has been written that is command line centered. As linux works so well at the command line. Better I think thank power shell or any of type of I/O type.

Well throw me a book name if anyone sees this and thinks of a good direction.

The above 3 options given with those ISBNs I will check out. Might be great =)

Thanks
 
Old 02-01-2012, 07:16 PM   #9
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Code:
wget -rkp -np http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/debian-reference/
w3m file:www.debian.org/doc/manuals/debian-reference/index.html
Or links or lynx or whatever text browser you like.
 
Old 02-02-2012, 01:50 AM   #10
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Problem for me is these servers are in a closet and are command line only. So a written book be what I am looking for as I cant load a website or read a pdf.
Hi. Quick question: Are you accessing these servers at their consoles? Or via SSH? If it's via SSH, is your workstation without a GUI?

I'm asking these questions because your query suggests you have no computer with a graphical environment you can use to search the web, which seems a little odd.

I know it's not recommended, but I have Xfce installed on my Ubuntu 10.04 servers (none are production servers) along with VNC Server. All I do from there is SSH into the server, start up an X Windows session with VNC attached to it and then connect to the VNC session via an SSH tunnel. I find it a relatively secure way to get a GUI on your server when you need it - I just kill the X session when I'm done.

Having said that, most of my work in Ubuntu Server is at the command line. But I SSH in from my Windows Vista Media Center (my TV tuner card is unsupported in Linux, but it's "Certified" for Windows Vista, go figure), so I always have access to a web browser for when I get stuck.

So basically, unless you really are without any computer with a graphical environment you can use for web browsing, you have quite a few options


Anthony.
 
Old 02-02-2012, 03:12 AM   #11
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My altime favorite http://www.slackbook.org/ You can also order a printed version.
 
Old 02-07-2012, 01:58 PM   #12
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UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook (4th Edition), by Nemeth, Snyder, Hein, and Whaley. ISBN: 978-0131480056, available @ Amazon.

I've used this book since the first edition about 20 years ago.

Rich Alderson
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http://www.livingcomputermuseum.org/
 
Old 02-08-2012, 06:07 AM   #13
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UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook (4th Edition), by Nemeth, Snyder, Hein, and Whaley. ISBN: 978-0131480056, available @ Amazon.
You can also buy a PDF version at informIT in case you prefer it.
 
Old 02-08-2012, 07:03 AM   #14
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Ubuntu servers, LOL

Better of with debian IMO.....at least debian doesnt have hard requirements that make no sense for a server, like plymouth.

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I would like a physical book. =( Hard to do something in Linux when your in a non GUI environment and can not see those websites.
Find the man pages you want/need, print them out and bind them. Easy.
 
  


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