The UNIX Hater’s Handbook

The UNIX Hater's Handbook

In the tradition of 12-step programs that help people overcome their addictions by sharing stories, The UNIX-Haters Handbook is the self-help guide for people affected by the world’s most esoteric and most widely used operating system.


The UNIX-HATERS Handbook is a semi-humorous edited compilation of messages to the UNIX-HATERS mailing list. The book was edited by Simson Garfinkel, Daniel Weise and Steven Strassmann and published in 1994. The book was made available to download for free in electronic format in 2003.[1][2]

The book concerns the frustrations of users of the Unix operating system. Many users had come from systems that they felt were far more sophisticated in computer science terms, and were tremendously frustrated by the worse is better design philosophy that they felt Unix and much of its software encapsulated.

Table of Contents

  • Unix
  • Welcome, New User!
  • Documentation?
  • Mail
  • Snoozenet
  • Terminal Insanity
  • The X-Windows Disaster
  • csh, pipes, and find
  • Programming
  • C++
  • System Administration
  • Security
  • The File System
  • NFS
  • Epilogue
  • Creators Admit C, Unix Were Hoax
  • The Rise of Worse Is Better

Book Details

Author(s): Simson Garfinkel, Daniel Weise and Steven Strassmann.
Format(s): PDF
File size: 3.47 MB
Number of pages: 360
Link: Download.

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