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Linux Phrasebook
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3 43865 02-26-2011
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100% of reviewers None indicated 10.0

Description: The main theme behind this book is that its meant to be an extention on the man pages. Set aside with examples to make it the function of the commands alot clearer.

The linux pharse book does this really well and is perectly suited to CLI newbies and veterans alike.
The first couple of chapters on basic commands are very well done and give a huge insight into the standard options that can be given to commands. It also shows real world situations where commands can be used and shows you how to make the most of them. You are also given examples of common mistakes incountered.

The chapters towards the end tend to thin out, but the install software chapter is very good and gives a view of using rpm's and .deb files.

Overall The Linux phrasebook is a must have for anyone starting out with the cli, it provides an index of knowledge and can also be used as a very good quick reference guide.
Keywords: linux cli basic advancecd shell unix
Publisher: Developer's Libary
ISBN: 0-672-32838-0

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Old 04-04-2007, 09:49 AM   #1
Registered: Feb 2007
Distribution: Ubuntu
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Pros: clear, easy to use, good examples, easy to carry
Cons: unneccessary if you are proficient with the man pages

I picked this book up when I first switched from windows to Linux. I tried using the man pages first but couldn't get the hang of them immediately, and like most newbies I had so many question about how to do various tasks that posting on a board and waiting for a reply for every single little thing was far to time consuming. Getting this book helped out TREMENDOUSLY. The sections are split up well so it is easy to find a command to do what you need even if you don't know what the command is or would be called, and when you find the one you are looking for the writing is clear enough for you to then be able to use the command to accomplish what you set out to do. Each command is also accompanied by an example that lets you see exactly how it should be used. If you are already comfortable with the man pages then you don't need this book, and the same goes if you never plan on using the terminal. If, however, you want to learn the command line and are not yet comfortable with the man pages, then this book is highly recommended.
Old 12-09-2008, 05:35 PM   #2
Registered: Jul 2006
Distribution: Ubuntu/Crunchbang
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Pros: compact, portable, easy-to-follow
Cons: none

This book is awesome. Small enough to take anywhere with you and is helpful to both the seasoned Linux user and the new Linux user.

A new Linux user will (at some point) be faced with the challenges of unpacking an archive, searching for words or lines in text files, installing software, and making file system changes such as moves or copies of files/directories.

This book addresses these important topics and (for some) may help to overcome the initial trepidation one might face at that blinking "$" prompt in the CLI.
Old 02-26-2011, 01:51 PM   #3
Registered: Feb 2011
Distribution: Debian 8.6.0
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Pros: Too many to list.

At 10.99 you can't go wrong,I could have had it for less but I needed to use up a book token.


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