Synopses & Reviews
Beneath Mac OS X Tiger's easy-to-use Aqua interface lies a powerful Unix engine. Mac users know that Unix is at their fingertips, if only they knew how to access it. Learning Unix for Mac OS X Tiger provides Mac users with a user-friendly tour of the Unix world concealed beneath Mac OS X's hood and shows how to make the most use of the command-line tools.Thoroughly revised and updated for Mac OS X Tiger, this new edition introduces Mac users to the Terminal application and shows you how to navigate the command interface, explore hundreds of Unix applications that come with the Mac, and, most importantly, how to take advantage of both the Mac and Unix interfaces. Readers will learn how to:
Learning Unix for Mac OS X Tiger
- Launch and configure the Terminal application
- Customize the shell environment
- Manage files and directories
- Search with Spotlight from the command line
- Edit and create text files with vi and Pico
- Perform remote logins
- Access internet functions, and much more
is a clear, concise introduction to what you need to know to learn the basics of Unix on Tiger. If you want to master the command-line, this gentle guide to using Unix on Mac OS X Tiger is well worth its cover price.
This guide lets Mac fancs explore the basics of Unix in Mac OS X Tiger
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.
Table of Contents
About the Author; Preface; Who This Book Is For; Who This Book Isn't For; A Brief History of Unix; How This Book Is Organized; Conventions Used in This Book; Using Code Examples; Safari® Enabled; Comments and Questions; The Evolution of This Book; Acknowledgments; Chapter 1: Why Use Unix?; 1.1 The Power of Unix; 1.2 Thousands of Free Applications; 1.3 Power Internet Connections; 1.4 A Simple Guided (Unix) Tour; 1.5 The 10 Most Common Unix Commands; Chapter 2: Using the Terminal; 2.1 Launching the Terminal; 2.2 Customizing Your Terminal Session; 2.3 Working with the Terminal; 2.4 Customizing the Shell Environment; 2.5 Advanced Shell Customization; 2.6 The Unresponsive Terminal; Chapter 3: Exploring the Filesystem; 3.1 The Mac OS X Filesystem; 3.2 Listing Files and Directories; 3.3 Protecting and Sharing Files; 3.4 Changing Your Password; 3.5 Superuser Privileges with sudo; 3.6 Exploring External Volumes; Chapter 4: File Management; 4.1 File and Directory Names; 4.2 File and Directory Wildcards; 4.3 Looking Inside Files; 4.4 grep; 4.5 Creating and Editing Files; 4.6 Managing Files; Chapter 5: Finding Files and Information; 5.1 The Oddly Named grep Command; 5.2 Finding Files with locate; 5.3 Using Find to Explore Your Filesystem; 5.4 Shining a Light on Spotlight; Chapter 6: Redirecting I/O; 6.1 Standard Input and Standard Output; 6.2 Pipes and Filters; 6.3 Printing; Chapter 7: Multitasking; 7.1 Running a Command in the Background; 7.2 Checking on a Process; 7.3 Canceling a Process; 7.4 Launching GUI Applications; Chapter 8: Taking Unix Online; 8.1 Remote Logins; 8.2 Transferring Files; 8.3 Practice; Chapter 9: Of Windows and X11; 9.1 X11; 9.2 X11 and the Internet; Chapter 10: Open Source Software Via Fink; 10.1 Installing Fink; 10.2 Using FinkCommander; 10.3 Some Picks; Chapter 11: Where to Go from Here; 11.1 Documentation; 11.2 Customizing your Unix Experience; Colophon;