[buug] Recommend a Unix reference?

f.johan.beisser jan at caustic.org
Tue Jul 30 16:28:11 PDT 2002

On Tue, 30 Jul 2002, Skip Evans wrote:

> I need to get a Unix reference book here for my FreeBSD box. I have the
> BSD manual, but figure I need a good Unix reference as well. Any
> recommendations? Places on the web I can find a used one?

depending on the kind of reference you want..

	O'Reilly's UNIX in a Nutshell
	Tends to be fairly SYSV specific, but some is very applicable to
	your linux or BSD box. it's mostly Man Pages, and summeries of

	O'Reilly's Essential System Administration
	General UNIX reference book. Worth the cash.
	2nd edition is a bit old, published in 1995.
	3rd edition will be out in August, or so.

	O'Reilly's UNIX Power Tools, 2nd Ed.
	Good for the "right tool, right job" and "how can i do this"
	type of reference. find a used copy, though. much of the info
	can be found with a little work on the Web.

	The Purple Book (UNIX System Administration Handbook, 3rd Ed)
	[1] an URL..
	Another SA book, i hear good things about it, but i've never
	read it myself.

	The FreeBSD Handbook
	[2] another URL..
	FreeBSD specific, covers most basic FreeBSD things in decent

The URLs from above.
[1] http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0130206016/qid=1028070974/sr=2-1/ref=sr_2_1/103-8219430-9087010
[2] http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/index.html

this is, of course, off the top of my head. there's more and better
references out there, i suspect.

and remember, apropos(1) is your friend.

as far as finding used tech books, i think you're mostly trapped. i'm a
bit of a pack rat, and have loaned out older copies of various books, but
my standby are in the shelf, just in case i need them.

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