Arnold Robbins

Unix/Linux expert, author

Arnold Robbins, an Atlanta native, is a professional programmer and technical author. He has worked with Unix systems since 1980, when he was introduced to a PDP-11 running a version of Sixth Edition Unix. He has been a heavy AWK user since 1987, when he became involved with gawk, the GNU project's version of AWK. As a member of the POSIX 1003.2 balloting group, he helped shape the POSIX standard for AWK. He is currently the maintainer of gawk and its documentation. He is also coauthor of the sixth edition of O'Reilly's Learning the vi Editor. Since late 1997, he and his family have been living happily in Israel.

vi and Vim Editors Pocket Reference vi and Vim Editors Pocket Reference
by Arnold Robbins
Second Edition January 2011
Print: $14.99
Ebook: $11.99

bash Pocket Reference bash Pocket Reference
by Arnold Robbins
May 2010
Print: $9.99
Ebook: $7.99

Learning the vi and Vim Editors Learning the vi and Vim Editors
by Arnold Robbins, Linda Lamb, Elbert Hannah
Seventh Edition July 2008
Print: $34.99
Ebook: $29.99

bash Quick Reference bash Quick Reference
by Arnold Robbins
June 2006
Ebook: $9.99

Unix in a Nutshell Unix in a Nutshell
by Arnold Robbins
Fourth Edition October 2005
Print: $34.95
Ebook: $27.99

Linux in a Nutshell Linux in a Nutshell
by Ellen Siever, Aaron Weber, Stephen Figgins, Robert Love, Arnold Robbins
Fifth Edition July 2005
Ebook: $35.99

Classic Shell Scripting Classic Shell Scripting
by Arnold Robbins, Nelson H.F. Beebe
May 2005
Print: $39.99
Ebook: $31.99

GDB Pocket Reference GDB Pocket Reference
by Arnold Robbins
May 2005
Print: $9.95
Ebook: $7.99

sed and awk Pocket Reference sed and awk Pocket Reference
by Arnold Robbins
Second Edition June 2002
Print: $9.95
Ebook: $7.99

Learning the Korn Shell Learning the Korn Shell
by Bill Rosenblatt, Arnold Robbins
Second Edition April 2002
Print: $39.99
Ebook: $33.99

Effective awk Programming Effective awk Programming
by Arnold Robbins
Third Edition May 2001
Print: $49.99
Ebook: $42.99

sed, awk and Regular Expressions Pocket Reference sed, awk and Regular Expressions Pocket Reference
by Arnold Robbins
January 2000

UNIX in a Nutshell UNIX in a Nutshell
by Arnold Robbins
Third Edition September 1999

vi Editor Pocket Reference vi Editor Pocket Reference
by Arnold Robbins
January 1999
Ebook: $7.99

Learning the vi Editor Learning the vi Editor
by Linda Lamb, Arnold Robbins
Sixth Edition November 1998

Effective AWK Programming Effective AWK Programming
by Arnold Robbins
Second Edition June 1997

sed & awk sed & awk
by Dale Dougherty, Arnold Robbins
Second Edition March 1997
Print: $39.99
Ebook: $31.99

"There are chapters that cover just about every aspect of system administration and development including boot loaders, the bash shell, different editors, gawk programming, version control and virtualization. In short something for everyone in a desktop reference!"
--Rick Gatewood, MELUG Mid-Coast

"This book's 6th Edition is indeed a worthy inheritor to those that have come before it and carries on the tradition of providing A Desktop Quick Reference for Linux shell commands and utilities. If you've owned a prior edition, this update is now available as a replacement. If you are learning Linux administration for the first time and have the basics down, you're ready to buy this edition as your first experience to Linux in a Nutshell."
--James Pyles, Million Chimpanzees

"I would definitely recommend this book to anyone just beginning to use vi or Vim and wanting to really hone their skills with these editors."
--Michael Dumont, Computer Science House

"In any edition, this book has a permanent place on my shelf for reference...If you never use the command line in Linux, the book might not interest you. Otherwise, I can’t imagine using Linux without having a copy nearby."
--Matthew Helmke,

"If you're moving to Google Apps, you should make this a priority purchase. "
--Andy Hudson, Linux Format

"In summary I think this is a fantastic book for anyone new to Vi/Vim but not so much for the more experienced Vi/Vim user... "
--Harry Tormey, BayPIGgies

"O'Reilly's Classic Shell Scripting is a comprehensive and detailed text. Extensive use is made of example code to illustrate the discussions, but it is neither a tutorial nor a collection of solutions to specific problems...The book is a valuable source of information about finding the right tool for any given task and how to put it to work."
--Major Keary, book

"This book is really handy for quick reminders during the initial learning curve and is small enough to actually fit in your pocket. Yeah, it peeks out just a bit, but definitely not something difficult to bring around in your back pocket or bookbag."
--Christer Edwards, Ubuntu Tutorials

"Think of the book as a desktop encyclopedia; it gives you a good overview, and if you already know an area it can remind you of the parameters, but it's neither a tutorial nor a complete reference."
--Allen Stenger, SPUG Nuggets