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Old 12-19-2007, 03:29 PM   #1
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Linux commands

Is there a book that can teach me commands in linux. I don't just want a reference guide, I want a book that will actually "teach."

Thanks in advance,
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I'd highly recommend O'Reily's "Unix Power-tools". It gives great explanations
on Unix/Linux basics, on how to make good use of good tools, and is (for the
most part) written in cookbook-style; entertaining, practical, and full of
great knowledge, combined with an awesome cross-referencing. As far as Unix
and/or Linux books go this will have to be my favourite book ever, together
with some "more philosophical" works like Neal Stephensons "In the beginning
was the command-line" ...

Old 12-19-2007, 03:44 PM   #3
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Linux in a Nutshell from O'Reilly

Bash Guide for Beginners, free at

My experience is that you "teach" yourself. The books just get you pointed in the right direction.
Old 12-19-2007, 04:33 PM   #4
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@Tinkster: Thanks, i'll check that out.

@pixellany: You are so right about getting books just to point you in the right direction. If you want detailed books, you won't ever have time to put the commands to use. That applies to pretty much everything about computers. (and some other things)

EDIT: @pixelany: I'll also check out that book

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There is also a web site:
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Rute User's Tutorial and Exposition:
Old 12-19-2007, 05:12 PM   #7
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Rute Users Tutorial and Exposition... this is one of my favs. Enjoy!

Ooops! I see bigrigdriver beat me to it.

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Old 12-20-2007, 05:37 PM   #8
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Thanks guys. I'll have plenty to do over christmas vacation.
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i normally keep a copy of unix in a nutshell floating around...
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I like the Linux Phrase Book it has the commands categorized by task.

Most books list the commands alphabetically and you need to know the name of the command to look it up. This book groups the commands by what they do, and provides examples of how to use the commands.

Linux Phrase book on google books

A nice reference


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