Not your average tome!,
Von Ein Kunde
Rezension bezieht sich auf: UNIX Power Tools (Taschenbuch)
It's very annoying to carry around a 1000+ page book when there's only 50 or so pages that are really helpful. This book, however, is full of information. You know, the kind of info that says, "There are five ways to do this; let me give you all five then tell you why method number 3 is the best, based on my experience." What compliments this is the fact that just about everything is cross-referenced. Some authors try mention things without explaining them at all. Some mention things then explain them later, which is a little better. Some authors make a valiant attempt to not introduce you to a new concept without explaining it right then and there. This book, however, is different in that it cross-references everything. If a buzz-word is mentioned (pretty much any Unix term) a reference is made as to where it can be found. That's so awesome! It's annoying to say, "I know I saw this topic in this 1000+ page book before, I just can't remember where." All books this large should follow this format.
Overall, there is tons, TONS of info (just look at the table of contents), the topics are not glossed over, the authors do a good job of doing more than simply telling you syntax and the info is easy to find.
Of course, nothing's perfect. The authors should throw in a chapter on NFS and reconfiguring the kernel. I guess they figured that that was something for Unix admins. I guarantee, however, that you'll have to hide this book if you get it!