Linux Cookbook

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• Table of Contents
• Index
• Reviews
• Reader Reviews
• Errata
• Academic
• Cooking with Linux, Part 2
• Cooking with Linux, Part 1
Linux Cookbook
By Carla Schroder
Publisher: O'Reilly
Pub Date: November 2004
ISBN: 0-596-00640-3
Pages: 580

Linux information can be found scattered in man pages, texinfo files, and source code comments, but the best source is the experts who have built up a working knowledge of managing Linux systems. The Linux Cookbook's tested techniques distill years of hard-won experience into practical cut-and-paste solutions to everyday Linux dilemmas. Use just one recipe from this collection of real-world solutions, and the hours of tedious trial-and-error saved will more than pay for the cost of the book. It's more than a time-saver; it's a sanity saver.

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    To Dawn Marie.

    During the writing of this book, she tilled the fields, trained the horses, cooked the meals, cleaned the ditches, and graciously fended off generous neighbors bearing large zucchinis. No author could ask for more. Thank you for 14 great years; may we have many more.

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      So: you're a relatively new Linux user. You've got Linux installed, you've managed to log in, do some web browsing, send and receive email, and—now what? Although you can handle some of the basics, you feel like you're flying blind: you know you've got lots of really powerful stuff at your fingertips, or at least so your Linux guru friend told you, but how do you make it do tricks? What's there, and how does it work? What's this thing called grep that they're always talking about? How do you Samba? And where's the #$%^ documentation?

      The Linux-Unix world is abundantly documented. No, really! You can always find an answer, if you know where to look. The problem, of course, is knowing where to look. There are man pages, info pages, READMEs, HTML manuals, and the code itself. You don't have to be a programmer to unearth useful bits in source code, because the comments often tell you what you need to know.

      There are thousands upon thousands of online communities, one (or more) surrounding nearly every bit of software in the Linux universe. Nearly every program, no matter how small, has its own user mailing list. Every Linux distribution has its own mailing lists and user forums. There are forums and lists and Usenet groups for every computing subject under the sun.

      And of course there are books and magazines of every description. So the real problem with Linux documentation is not the lack of it, but finding the bits you need without having to embark on a lengthy, heroic quest.

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