In the tradition of 12-step programs that help people overcome theiraddictions by sharing stories, The UNIX-Haters Handbook is theself-help guide for people affected by the worlds most esoteric andmost widely used operating system.
Turn here for answers to all-important questions, such as
Why does the online documentation lie to us? Why does the operatingsystem overwrite valuable files with garbage? Why does the users guidebear no relationship to reality? Why do the commands have cryptic names that have no bearing on their function? What is a grep? What is vi? Dotroffs live under bridges, or are they inverted trons? WHERE ARE THEYSENDING ALL THE UPPERCASE LETTERS?
One of the funniest books Ive ever read I cant believe this book is out of print. Get a copy before it vanishes forever.
If youve ever suffered through cryptic Unix commands, man pages, orerror messages, only to be told by some self-righteous Unix apologistthat these problems are *your fault* and that Unix is *perfect andbeyond criticism*, youll love this book.
If you think that Unix is perfect and beyond criticism, youll hate the book.
Dont get me wrong I dont hate Unix, and probably the authors don teither. The real, and well-deserved, target of the satire are theself-righteous apologists.
A hilarious indictment of the geeks sacred cow Unix, and to someextent, its offspring Linux have always been something Ive hated, andit was very refreshing to come across a book that summed up all myfrustrations perfectly. In the Unix Haters Handbook, Daniel Weise andSimson Garfinkel take aim at your average geeks most sacred cows, fromUnix to Usenet to the C programming language, and the result is nothingshort of hilarious.
The first portion of the book is dedicated to exposing the basic flawsof the Unix operating system, decrying the Worse is Better philosophythat it is built on. The crude, antidiluvian console interface, theutter lack of documentation, the hopeless X-Windowing system, nothingis spared from the books wrath. The latter is devoted to exploring theflawed peripherals of Unix, from sendmail, to the troublesome systemadministration and file systems. Lastly, the C programming language isalso thoroughly lambasted, undoubtedly earning the ire of geekseverywhere.