[colug-432] Linux / Bash book recommendations

Peter Kukla fruviad at yahoo.com
Sat Feb 26 19:00:21 EST 2011

"Learning the Bash Shell" from O'Reilly is one of my favorites for information about the command line.  It remains one of the first books I pull from my shelf to look-up some arcane detail about shell scripting.

"Running Linux" (another O'Reilly one) is also good, covering both basic shell use and the operating system from a 20,000' overview.  It's not one that I reference much anymore, but that's probably because I have practically memorized it over the years.  I can't vouch for the latest edition (2005 according to O'Reilly's site), but I have a copy of the first edition (1995) at my fingertips and while a minor-but-significant chunk of that edition is dated and not very helpful, there is still a LOT of other stuff in there that would be valuable for any Linux user.  I presume the latest editions have appropriate updates.

--- On Fri, 2/25/11, Steve VanSlyck <s.vanslyck at spamcop.net> wrote:

> From: Steve VanSlyck <s.vanslyck at spamcop.net>
> Subject: Re: [colug-432] Looking for a Linux-based time-keeping application
> To: "Central OH Linux User Group - 432xx" <colug-432 at colug.net>
> Date: Friday, February 25, 2011, 1:22 PM
> Yeah, I kinda do. Some files just
> don't seem to be editable unless I come 
> at them via the command line. On GoBoLinux. Kindly insert
> here all the 
> other reasons I would give if I knew what they are... but
> at bottom I 
> *like* the command line. Temporary crutch or no, if you
> don't have the 
> command line you don't really have much.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Scott Merrill <skippy at skippy.net>
> To: Central OH Linux User Group - 432xx <colug-432 at colug.net>
> Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2011 13:02:43 -0500
> Subject: Re: [colug-432] Looking for a Linux-based
> time-keeping application
> > First off: do you need to be doing this from the
> command line? The
> graphical user interface in modern Linux distributions is
> very robust.
> The graphical file browsers work very nicely, and you
> should have
> little trouble using the graphical file browser of your
> distribution
> if you have any experience with Windows Explorer.
> This might be a good place to start if you want more
> information about
> the Linux filesystem:
>    http://tldp.org/LDP/intro-linux/html/sect_03_01.html
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