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Sobell on the Bourne Again Shell and the Linux Command Line - page 5

The Fate of the Command Line

  • November 21, 2005
  • By Ibrahim Haddad

LP: Any final thoughts?

I would say that the command line is not for everyone. It is for users who want to get their hands dirty and have more control over the beast they are taming. Half the battle is learning what the shell can do. The other half is learning a little about a lot of the utilities that come in a standard Linux distribution. You do not need to know every option of each command; it is enough to know the names of some of the commands and basically what each one does. You can read the man page, the info page, or the command reference section of my book from there. Look up the tac utility and laugh at the origin of its name to get started.

Book Information

A Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming
Prentice Hall PTR, 2005
ISBN 0-13-147823-0
U.S. $39.99, Canada $55.99
www.sobell.com

About the Book Author

Mark G. Sobell is president of Sobell Associates Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in UNIX/Linux training, support, and custom software development. He is the author of many best-selling UNIX and Linux books including A Practical Guide to Red Hat Linux, Second Edition, from Prentice Hall PTR. His most recent book is A Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming, published by Prentice Hall PTR. He has more than 25 years of experience working with UNIX and Linux. Go to www.sobell.com for more information on Mark Sobell's books.

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