Subject: 4.4Lite from USENIX / O'Reilly
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From: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 06/03/1994 15:27:06
I dunno if this has been passed around yet, but I was browsing
ora.com's gopher server and found this:
Peter Galbavy work: email@example.com
Demon Systems Ltd rest: firstname.lastname@example.org
+44 81 349 0063 play: http://www.wonderland.org/
"The 'net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it." - John Gilmore
THE USENIX ASSOCIATION and O'REILLY & ASSOCIATES
TO RELEASE BSD 4.4 DOCUMENT SET AND CD IN JULY
The USENIX Association and O'Reilly & Associates are publishing
the final, definitive release of the Berkeley version of UNIX, which
has been the basis for many commercial UNIX variants. Written by the
Computer Systems Research Group at the University of California,
Berkeley, the complete five volume set includes a CD-ROM and will be
available in early July.
4.4BSD SYSTEM MANAGER'S MANUAL (SMM)
646 pp. ISBN 1-56592-080-5, $30 US
This volume includes man pages for system administration commands
(section 8 of the online reference manual), plus supplementary documents
useful to system administrators. Includes installation instructions for
the 4.4BSD release (which are also included with the 4.4BSD-lite CD-ROM
Companion), plus papers on many system administration utilities and tasks,
many of which are the definitive works on the topic.
4.4BSD USER'S REFERENCE MANUAL (URM)
898 pp. ISBN 1-56592-075-9, $30 US
This volume (URM) collects the man pages for the more than 284 user
programs that make up the user portion of the 4.4BSD UNIX release
(section 1 of the traditional UNIX Reference Manual), plus additional
pages for games (section 6 of the traditional manual) and miscellaneous
information (section 7, which includes mostly information on troff macro
packages and other text processing information.) URM is useful even if
you don't use the BSD version of UNIX. Many of the commands are compatible
with the POSIX standard and thus identical to those in other UNIX versions.
Because 4.4BSD includes many freeware programs that are available but not
documented in other versions of UNIX, you may find yourself turning first
to this book to look up options for programs like perl, GNU emacs,
compress, patch, g++, or kerberos.
4.4BSD USER'S SUPPLEMENTARY DOCUMENTS (USD)
686 pp. ISBN 1-56592-076-7, $30 US
A collection of papers relating to miscellaneous "user" tools,
principally text editors and document processors. Some remain the only
tutorial documentation for many UNIX programs.
4.4BSD PROGRAMMER'S REFERENCE MANUAL (PRM)
868 pp. ISBN 1-56592-078-3, $30 US
PRM collects the man pages for the various UNIX programming libraries,
plus related information for programmers. It consists of sections 2
through 5 of the online man page collection: (2) UNIX System Calls;
(3) C Library Subroutines; (4) Special Files (device interfaces); and,
(5) File Formats. Useful not only for 4.4BSD systems but for many
related UNIX implementations, including SunOS, BSDI, and Linux.
4.4 BSD PROGRAMMER'S SUPPLEMENTARY DOCUMENTS (PSD)
606 pp. ISBN 1-56592-079-1, $30 US
In this volume, you'll find useful papers on such tools as the gdb
hand adb debuggers, source code control systems RCS and SCCS, lex and
yacc, and the m4 macro processor. You'll also find such historical
documents as Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson's classic first paper about
UNIX and Kernighan and Ritchie's classic introduction to UNIX programming.
On a more up to date note, this book also includes a two part tutorial on
interprocess communication (IPC) under 4.4BSD UNIX.
4.4 BSD-LITE CD COMPANION
CD Domestic: 1-56592-081-3 ($40 US); CD International: 1-56592-092-9
This CD contains a copy of the University of California, Berkeley's
4.4BSD-Lite release, with additional documentation and enhancements.
Access to the source code included on it will provide invaluable information
on the design of a modern UNIX-like system, and the source ce for the
utilities and support libraries will great any programmer's toolkit.
The CD is a source distribution, and does not contain program binaries
for any architecture. It will not be possible to compile or run this
software without a pre-existing system that is already installed and
running. The 4.4BSD-Lite distribution did not include sources for the
complete 4.4BSD system. The source code for a small number of utilities
and files (including a few from the operating system) were removed so that
the system could be freely distributed.