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The Linux Command Line, 2nd Edition: A Complete Introduction Paperback – Illustrated, 7 March 2019

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  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 480 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1593279523
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1593279523
  • Customer reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 545 ratings

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This excellent Linux command line book is more than cubicle decoration, it's a secret super power. --Ken Hess, Red Hat

For those looking to master the Linux command line and get an essential understand of the core Linux command line tools, this book is a highly effective and useful guide. --Ben Rothke, RSA Conference

I can honestly say I have found THE beginner's guide to Linux.
--Jayson Broughton, Linux Journal

This is exactly what a Linux beginner needs to get up to speed quickly. The book goes beyond simply walking through all of the command line utilities, and ventures into the realm of theory and how things work together.
--Nicholas C. Zakas, Yahoo!

Anyone who reads this book and makes use of the examples provided will not be able to avoid becoming a Unix command line pro by the time they've hit the end of the book. It provides an excellent introduction to the command line that takes students from knowing nearly nothing to using impressively sophisticated commands.
--Sandra Henry-Stocker, ITworld

The most approachable tome on the subject.
--Federico Lucifredi, Linux Magazine

If you would like to start using the command line, improve your existing skills, or simply want to discover tools that you were never even aware existed, this book has everything you need, and I wholly recommend it.
--Phil Bull, author of the official Ubuntu documentation

This is the best introduction to the command-line I have read.
--BeginLinux.com

A perfect companion to more remedial guides to Linux that touch on the command only briefly, and also a terrific bridge to deeper technical programming books. Highly recommended.
--Game Vortex

The Linux Command Line is pleasant to read. It has a light tone, while also getting down to business.
--John D. Cook, The Endeavor

A delightful read and you can hand it to a junior colleague or friend with more limited Unix shell exposure and be confident that they come back significantly shell-wiser and probably happier.
--Peter N.M. Hansteen, That Grumpy BSD Guy

If you're a novice Linux player, or just want to get beyond the pretty graphical wrapper of your MacBook, put this book at the top of your list.
--Michael Larsen, TESTHEAD

I give this book to all my interns on day one. I find this to be an incredibly indispensable resource for teaching not only the basics of the Linux command line, but also anybody looking to get into information security. It's wildly comprehensive without being overwhelming. It does a great job of introducing a basic command, showing you all of the options on how to use the command, and a lot of examples and practical stories to back them up.
--Matt Barnett, Chief Strategist and CoFounder, SEVN-X

About the Author

William Shotts has been a software professional for more than 30 years and an avid Linux user for more than 20 years. He has an extensive background in software development, including technical support, quality assurance, and documentation. He is also the creator of LinuxCommand.org, a Linux education and advocacy site featuring news, reviews, and extensive support for using the Linux command line.

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A. M. Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Linux Book I've Seen. Looks Great on Android Tablet.
21 October 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Linux Book I've Seen. Looks Great on Android Tablet.
Reviewed in the United States on 21 October 2019
Author William Shotts has done an amazing job with The Linux Command Line. I’ll admit I’m something of a Linux newbie, but I feel like I have learned so much from reading this book. The text is complex, yet approachable, and teaches lots of handy command line tips without being tied to a specific distro (though there is some brief discussion regarding packaging and package managers). Overall, a lot of useful content, both in using built-in programs and for coding your own shell scripts.

The best part about this book, for me, were the “playground” lessons, where you would create a bunch of dummy files and folders and then perform operations on them. For example, using “touch” to create 10 folders with 100 files in each, with only one short line of code. Or showing how to use “grep” and “ls” to find all programs matching a particular pattern. Practical examples of using pipelines. These are all super useful. So lots of good example material here.

The Linux Command Line clocks in at just over 500 pages, with 36 different chapters, each on a specific topic. The first 10 chapters explain how Linux works (permissions, processes, the environment), and how to use the command line in general (navigating the file tree, manipulating files and folders, redirection, command expansion and quoting). Next it covers package managers, connecting storage, networking, searching, archiving, regular expressions, formatting text, and printing. And the final part covers shell scripting and is a basic programming tutorial as well. A great base of content.

I’ve only read a handful of Linux books so far, but I think I can say this is the best I’ve seen. The text covers very fundamental and core competencies for using Linux, and the language is very approachable for beginners. I feel like I have learned a lot and already I’m more comfortable on the command line. If you are new to Linux, this can be a great way to up your game. Recommended.
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Rob M
5.0 out of 5 stars Only Book Covering Bash 4.0
1 December 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
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R. Wirtz
4.0 out of 5 stars Dont let the binding prevent you from purchsing a great book
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dont let the binding prevent you from purchsing a great book
Reviewed in the United States on 9 April 2019
My Linux experience:
2+ years full time with ubuntu, fedora, proxmox with lxc
5+ years on and off

The bad:
I dropped this to 4 stars because the binding is poor and QA should have caught this. Mine came undone after 25 pages

1904.12 UPDATE:
after more investigation the binding comes undone on purpose to preserve the spine. Still leaving my review at 4/5 stars

The Good:
This book is full of nuggets that really gets your brain turning.
Every chapter is short enough to make you want to squeeze just one more chapter in.
The author does such a great job of communicating, I feel I have an instructor working with me every step.

Conclusion:
You wont be disappointed, if you're a beginner, hobbyist, or looking to learn something new, you wont regret this purchase.
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19 people found this helpful
Ehsan Dowlatshah
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but horrible binding!
23 March 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but horrible binding!
Reviewed in the United States on 23 March 2019
This is a great book, don't get me wrong, and that's why I bought it, but the binding came off just one day after buying it. I took it to the office and didn't even have time to look at it. Then brought it home and when I opened the book this happened. Now I have to repair the book myself, because I rather do it myself than return it and wait for a new one. A little quality is not going to kill you, you know!
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Kyle
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book but...
21 March 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
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