From: "Rob Slade, the doting grandpa of Ryan Hoff"
Subject: "UNIX System Administration Handbook" by Nemeth/Snyder/Seebass/Hein
Followup-To: alt.books.technical,misc.books.technical
Date: 15 Aug 1995 01:28:15 MET
Organization: University of Colorado at Boulder

"UNIX System Administration Handbook", Evi Nemeth/Garth Snyder/Scott
Seebass/Trent Hein, 1995, 0-13-151051-7
%A   Evi Nemeth
%A   Garth Snyder
%A   Scott Seebass
%A   Trent Hein
%C   One Lake St., Upper Saddle River, NJ   07458
%D   1995
%G   0-13-151051-7
%I   Prentice Hall PTR
%O   +1-201-236-7139 fax: +1-201-236-7131
%P   779
%T   "UNIX System Administration Handbook"
UNIX has several strikes against it as far as administration goes. It has been traditionally an experimental and developmental system, changing and growing slowly but constantly over the past quarter-century. Those who have used it for most of that time have been more concerned with utility than management. No single vendor has had overall control, nor been forced to answer to business administration needs. The various strains of UNIX differ most widely at the system level, precisely the spot where administrative most work is conducted.

The authors of this work have therefore taken on a massive and messy task. And succeeded admirably. The content is thorough, the organization logical, and the coverage comprehensive. Part one covers the basics of the boot process, root, the filesystem, processes, users, devices, backup, logs, and the kernel. Part two deals with networking, primarily related to TCP/IP. The last part is a miscellany of news, printing, disk management, maintenance, accounting, performance, UUCP, daemons and policies.

Too often, one must choose between technical understanding and writing ability. That is not the case with this book. The writing is logical and lucid, and the explanations clear. The technical material is sound, and spiced just enough with irreverent comment to make it interesting without becoming offensive.

If you are being dragged into the system administration quagmire, here is your lifeline.

copyright Robert M. Slade, 1995   BKUNSYAH.RVW   950616

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