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<pre>Author/s : Bozidar Levi
Publisher : CRC Press
Category : Other
Review by : Frank Carver
Rating : 7 horseshoes
This book tries to cover a huge subject range. The back cover claims that it "is a one-stop handbook for the administration and maintenance of UNIX systems and networks". In a longer than usual review period I have tried to actually use this book to check these claims.
I use a wide range of different UNIX systems on a daily basis, and although it is a well-constructed, detailed book, I was ultimately left unsatisfied. Despite its bold claims, this book does not really work as a handbook or reference. As a book for someone actually running a range of systems, it just can't seem to fit in enough detail. During the time I had it on my desk I attempted to look up at least a dozen answers to non-obvious problems. In each case either the topic was missing from the index entirely, the treatment was too shallow, or it didn't cover the particular system I was actually interested in.
There are a lot of very poor UNIX books out there which either stop short at simple user operations, or assume a very specific combination of hardware and software. This book falls into neither of those traps. Levi neatly combines general overviews and specific examples, and this would make an excellent university course book. It's a great way to learn about running a UNIX system, but you'll need more detail if it's how you plan to earn your living.

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