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Old 04-23-2002
Question Need Good UNIX Reference

For various reasons, I have had UNIX thrust upon me. Can anyone recommend a GOOD UNIX reference book for a beginner? Any help is greatly appreciated! Smilie
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Old 04-23-2002
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Old 04-23-2002
Apart from books don't forget the internet can be very useful. Some books that have helped me are "Complete UNIX guide", "Essential System Administration" Apart from that there are a few others, depends what kinds of things you need to learn/know first.

Example I needed to learn administraion and networking (still do Smilie ) and backups. Started with a few books like the above sat down infront of a Solaris box and played around.

Personally the best way for me was to set myself a little task learn how to do it. Then go to a test machine and try it in practice. Of course this only works if you have a machine that you can crash and burn. If there's no crash and burn machines be very careful with what you do to a machine.

Don't forget the 'man' pages are a good place to start with Unix. (In case you don't know about the man command it stands for manuals, to run the command something like this "man ifconfig" that will show the manual/help pages (whatever you want to call them) for the ifconfig command)

Don't forget search engines ( They are always a good little tool for finding stuff. A good website is others will have others but I like that one.

Or you could just hit work up for some starter courses and learn the easy way Smilie
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Old 04-25-2002
I really like "Unix System Administration Handbook" ( I have found it to be quite handy.

For FreeBSD Stuff, I really like the on-line FreeBSD Handbook (
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Old 05-08-2002
Just search for some MAN pages. If you bought your version, it should have specific mirror sites to go to for that version.
good luck!
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Old 05-08-2002
Here are some very good links.

There is an O'Reilly CD called UNIX Bookshelf which is great for reference. It has 6 books in one.
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Old 05-16-2002
Try to find this book at your local bookstore, It'sgreat for windows users:
A UNIX Hater's Guide to UNIX
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