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UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook

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""As an author, editor, and publisher, I never paid much attention to the competition-except in a few cases. This is one of those cases. The UNIX System Administration Handbook is one of the few books we ever measured ourselves against." " -From the Foreword by Tim O'Reilly, founder of O'Reilly Media ""This book is fun and functional as a desktop reference. If you use UNIX ...more
ebook, Fourth Edition, 1327 pages
Published 2014 by Prentice Hall (first published January 1st 1900)
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Kaixi Luo
Jan 12, 2016 Kaixi Luo rated it liked it
I did not read this book cover to cover (it's 1344 pages long!) but I've read enough (600+ pages) to say that this well known book is a bit overrated to be honest. Even though it's so long, it never goes into enough detail into each of the topics. It's an indispensable and must-read book if you want to understand how major parts of Linux works in a general sort of way, but I've found that actual sysadmin tasks required me to read other in-depth specialized books
Jun 20, 2014 finisherr rated it liked it
I've got to be honest in saying that I did not read this cover to cover, but instead, scanned over it to get a general working knowledge of what I would need know to work in systems administration. If you have no idea what linux administration entails, then this is a good start. You can take each subject further supplemental reading and research.
Nov 06, 2014 Kawai rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, geek
It's a comprehensive guide to the operating system(s), written in an approachable and concise style. The explanations and examples are typically illustrative without being too complex, making the material useful for both the beginner and the expert.

If the book has one downfall, it's that the organization of the chapters is convoluted in places (mirroring the Linux filesystem itself, haha)--for example, early chapters on booting and system considerations therein recommend that the reader move FOR
David Robillard
Nov 03, 2015 David Robillard rated it it was amazing
Clearly one of the best book to learn about systems administration. A must read for anyone who wants to try this field or anyone that just started their career.
Feb 15, 2014 Ann is currently reading it
Like most technical books, this is not something I will read once and set aside, but rather use as a reference over and over (I am not a systems admin, but a motivated end user). Even though I haven't yet read it through I'm giving it five stars; the parts I have read are thorough, relatively easy to understand, and sprinkled with a pinch of humor--something that helps an otherwise dry subject matter go down easier, so to speak. Definitely recommended.
Nov 16, 2015 Travis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The most important technical book for any Linux or Unix system administrator.
Apr 13, 2013 Alex rated it it was amazing
Perfect book on Linux/Unix administration (although BSD is missing, not very important, we have Michael Lucas).
Very detailed (1300 pages), personal experiences shared on various topics and nice humor :)
Alex Maccabi
Apr 03, 2013 Alex Maccabi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: unix-linux
One of the greatest books for every sysadmin.
not designed to teach you how to run Linux in your basement.
this book is targeted to larger system deployments and real world large systems.
Ajitabh Pandey
An excellent Hands on reference for unix systems administrators. It covers all major flavors of unix class of operating systems such as linux, bsd, solaris...

A must have on the desk.
Aug 11, 2015 Ivan rated it it was amazing
Если перефразировать Льва Николаевича - все хорошие учебники похожи друг на друга. Четко и понятно объясняют сложные темы, юмор, задания и прекрасный список литературы. Круто
Feb 06, 2011 Takedown rated it it was amazing
Shelves: unix
Good book about system administration of UNIX system. Last edition was a great add on to want i read in Linux system administration handbook. Must read!
Artem Pyaykh
Jan 30, 2016 Artem Pyaykh rated it it was amazing
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Very comprehensive, but at the same time accessible. First chapters can be used as an intro to *nix to get a better understanding of how things work.
Arvydas Sidorenko
Jan 19, 2016 Arvydas Sidorenko rated it it was amazing
A must read for anyone who is serious about UNIX system administration.
Jon Webber
Dec 05, 2015 Jon Webber rated it it was ok
ugh, thick textbook, good reference material for class and beyond
Very VERY detailed. No more scary linux commands after this book ;)
Oct 06, 2013 Jose rated it it was amazing
Must read if you want to become a Unix power user or a SysAdmin.
Apr 25, 2012 Phildobbin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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absolutely indispensable. Need two copies...
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“Fire Fighting Although helping users with their various problems is rarely included in a system administrator’s job description, it claims a significant portion of most administrators’ workdays. System administrators are bombarded with problems ranging from “It worked yesterday and now it doesn’t! What did you change?” to “I spilled coffee on my keyboard! Should I pour water on it to wash it out?” In most cases, your response to these issues affects your perceived value as an administrator far more than does any actual technical skill you might possess. You can either howl at the injustice of it all, or you can delight in the fact that a single well-handled trouble ticket scores as many brownie points as five hours of midnight debugging. You pick!” 0 likes
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