LINUX Companion: The Essential Guide for Users and System Administrators by Mark F. KomarinskiLINUX Companion: The Essential Guide for Users and System Administrators by Mark F. Komarinski

LINUX Companion: The Essential Guide for Users and System Administrators

byMark F. Komarinski

Paperback | August 9, 1996

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A complete guide to Linux, the powerful UNIX variant that's freely available, and is becoming increasingly popular with programmers, software developers, and power users. The LINUX Companion explains Linux from beginning to end. Learn how it compares to DOS and Windows, how to install and use it, and how to set up and administer a Linux multi-user system. The book also explains how to configure devices to work with Linux, how to network a Linux system, and how to use Linux as an Internet client or server. Find out where you can get Linux at little or no charge, sources for Linux software, and online sites where you can get even more information about Linux. Programmers, software developers, and power users.

Title:LINUX Companion: The Essential Guide for Users and System AdministratorsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9.25 × 7 × 0.44 inPublished:August 9, 1996Publisher:Pearson Education

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0132318385

ISBN - 13:9780132318389


Table of Contents


 1. What is Linux?

Linux History. Why Use Linux? Where to Get Linux. Linux Concepts versus DOS Concepts.

 2. DOS vs. Linux.

Processes. STDIN, STDOUT, and STDERR. Pipes and Redirection. Dynamically Linked Executables. Drive Structure. Directory Structure. Special Files. Compatibility with DOS, Windows, and OS/2. X-Windowing System. Networking.

 3. Using the System.

Logging In. Virtual Consoles. Creating Users. How to Get Help. How to Get Out. Using the System.

 4. The Linux Environment.

Redirects. Pipes. STDIN, STDOUT, STDERR, and Redirection. Job Control. Background Jobs and STDIN.

 5. The Multi-User System.

Kill and Signals. Finding Other Users on the System. Communicating with Other Users.

 6. User Programs.

Editing Files (vi, joe, emacs). How to Use vi Command. File Management (File Manager and DOS Commands). Format and MKFS. Man/Whatis and Help. Whatis Database. BC. File.

 7. Extra Programs.

GREP—General Regular Expression Parser. Find. PWD. Kill. Cron. Joe. Diff.

 8. What Happens When Linux Boots?

INIT. The Entries in INITTAB. RC Files. Getty.

 9. Fun with Shells.

Environment Variables. Using the Shell. Shell Functions.

10. Handling Devices.

Hard Drives. MKFS. FSCK—File System Check. Mount. The Linux Loader (LILO).

11. Development Tools.

C Compiler—gcc and g++. PERL—Practical Extraction and Reporting Language. TCL/TK.

12. System Administrator.

Security. File Ownership. Syslog. Netiquette. Recompiling a Kernel.

13. Handling Users.

Configuring Logins. Deleting Accounts.

14. Printer and Other Device Support.

Serial Printers. Modifying Parallel Printer Support. Modems and Multiport Cards. External Terminal. Sound Cards.

15. Networking.


16. The X-Window System.

Window Manager. User Programs. X Resources. X Applications. Compiling X Applications.

Appendix A. Additional Linux Resources.

Appendix B. Commercial Linux Packages.


From Our Editors

Linux is a flavor of UNIX that is freely available and becoming very popular with programmers, power users and software developers. This basic guide to using and administering Linux offers DOS and Windows a helping hand in getting started.