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Learning Unix for Mac OS X Panther


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Renowned for its friendliness, Mac OS® X has delighted many a loyal Mac® user with its combined ease use and underlying strength. By no means simplistic, its intelligently designed operating system and user interface boast of sophistication and power, while still offering accessibility to even the most inexperienced computer users. But Mac OS X has gone one step further: it's turned unsuspecting Mac users into Unix® users, too.Perhaps you're already familiar with Unix, just not on the Mac. Or perhaps you opened your Utilities folder, spotted the Terminal icon and double-clicked on it just to see what it does. Suddenly faced with a command line interface, you may have asked, "What does this mean?" followed by the most pressing question, "Why on earth would I ever want to venture into this seemingly user-unfriendly territory?"The new edition of Learning Unix for Mac OS X Panther answers these questions and more. This compact book provides a user-friendly tour for the uninitiated of the Mac's Unix base. You can safely explore Terminal and familiarize yourself with the command line, learning as you go about the hundreds of Unix programs that come with your Mac. You'll begin to understand the power and flexibility of Unix. And if Unix isn't new to you, you'll discover how it translates into this latest Mac incarnation. Updated to cover Mac OS X Panther (Mac OS X 10.3), this book will keep you current with the latest features of your Mac.Learning Unix for Mac OS X Panther begins with a quick but in-depth introduction to Terminal and the command line interface. All the common commands are simply explained with accompanying examples, exercises, and opportunities for experimentation. There are even problem checklists to help you along the way if you get stuck. You'll learn how to:

  • Customize your shell environment
  • Manage files and directories
  • Successfully print from the Unix command line
  • Edit and create files with the vi editor
  • Perform remote logins
  • Access Internet functions, and much more
Unix continues to thrive as an operating system because of its power, flexibility, and simplicity, and the vast community that supports it. Mac OS X Panther makes it possible for you to run Unix programs side-by-side with native Mac programs on your Mac desktop. Learning Unix for Mac OS X Panther puts the power of these programs at your fingertips.

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Introducing the basic concepts of Unix to Macintosh users, this slim guide explains how to work with the command line and file system, and some of the most useful utility commands. Instructions are provided for customizing the shell environment, remotely accessing a Mac from other computers, copying files between computers, and installing open source software with Fink. This edition covers the Panther version of Mac OS X.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

Dave Taylor is the founder of Growing Ventures, Inc., a consultancy that matches professional service providers with startups. He the creator of The Internet Mall and, and helps startups with strategies and tactics. Dave is also the creator of the Elm mail system for Unix; he contributed to the development of BSD 4.4, and has published various books, including the third edition of Sams Teach Yourself Unix in 24 Hours.
Jepson is a programmer and consultant specializing in Internet and intranet database development

Table of Contents

PrefaceChapter 1: Getting Into UnixChapter 2: Using the TerminalChapter 3: Using UnixChapter 4: File ManagementChapter 5: PrintingChapter 6: Redirecting I/OChapter 7: MultitaskingChapter 8: Accessing the InternetChapter 9: Of Windows and DownloadsChapter 10: Where to Go from HereColophon

Product Details

Taylor, Dave
O'Reilly Media
Jepson, Brian
Sebastopol, CA
Operating Systems - UNIX
Operating systems
Mac OS
Macintosh (computer)
Operating systems (computers)
Darwin;Learning;Mac OS X;Mac OS X Panther;Mac OS X Panther 10.3;Panther;Terminal;Unix
General Computers
Edition Number:
3rd ed.
Edition Description:
Print PDF
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9 x 6 x 0.52 in 0.61 lb

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