Synopses & Reviews
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.
About the Author
Dave Taylor is a popular writer, teacher and speaker of business and technology issues. The founder of The Internet Mall and iTrack.com, he's been involved with UNIX and the Internet since 1980, having created the popular Elm Mail System. He's also been a Mac fan since the year it was released. Once a Research Scientist at HP Laboratories and Senior Reviews Editor of SunWorld magazine, Taylor has contributed software to the official 4.4 release of Berkeley Unix (BSD). His programs are found in all versions of Linux and other popular Unix variants.
Brian Jepson is an O'Reilly editor, programmer, and co-author of Mac OS X Panther for Unix Geeks and Learning Unix for Mac OS X Panther. He's also a volunteer system administrator and all-around geek for AS220, a non-profit arts center in Providence, Rhode Island. AS220 gives Rhode Island artists uncensored and unjuried forums for their work. These forums include galleries, performance space, and publications. Brian sees to it that technology, especially free software, supports that mission.
Table of Contents
Preface; Audience; Who This Book Is Not For; A Brief History; Versions of Unix; Interfaces to Unix; Conventions Used in This Book; Using Code Examples; Comments and Questions; The Evolution of This Book; Acknowledgments for Dave Taylor; Acknowledgments for Brian Jepson; Chapter 1: Getting Into Unix; 1.1 Why Use Unix?; 1.2 Launching Terminal; 1.3 Customizing Your Shell Environment; 1.4 Further Customization; Chapter 2: Using the Terminal; 2.1 Working with the Terminal; 2.2 Syntax of a Unix Command Line; 2.3 Types of Commands; 2.4 The Unresponsive Terminal; Chapter 3: Using Unix; 3.1 The Mac OS X Filesystem; 3.2 Protecting and Sharing Files; 3.3 Superuser Privileges with sudo; 3.4 Exploring External Volumes; Chapter 4: File Management; 4.1 File and Directory Names; 4.2 File and Directory Wildcards; 4.3 Creating and Editing Files; 4.4 A Simpler vi Alternative: Pico; 4.5 Managing Files; Chapter 5: Printing; 5.1 Formatting and Print Commands; 5.2 Non-PostScript Printers; Chapter 6: Redirecting I/O; 6.1 Standard Input and Standard Output; 6.2 Pipes and Filters; Chapter 7: Multitasking; 7.1 Running a Command in the Background; 7.2 Checking on a Process; 7.3 Canceling a Process; Chapter 8: Accessing the Internet; 8.1 Remote Logins; 8.2 Transferring Files; Chapter 9: Of Windows and Downloads; 9.1 X11; 9.2 Fink; 9.3 Some Picks; Chapter 10: Where to Go from Here; 10.1 Documentation; 10.2 Shell Aliases and Functions; 10.3 Programming; 10.4 More Possibilities: Perl and Python; Colophon;