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Take Control of the Mac Command Line with Terminal [Kindle Edition]

Joe Kissell
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Book Description

If you've ever thought you should learn how to use the Unix command line that underlies Mac OS X, or felt at sea when typing commands into Terminal, Joe Kissell is here to help! This ebook will help you become comfortable working on the Mac's command line, starting with the fundamentals and walking you through more advanced topics as your knowledge increases. And if you're uncertain how to put your new-found skills to use, Joe includes numerous real-life "recipes" for tasks that are best done from the command line.


The book begins by teaching you these core concepts:


  • The differences between Unix, a command line, a shell, and Terminal

  • Exactly how commands, arguments, and flags work

  • The basics of Terminal's interface and how to customize it

Next, it's on to the command line, where you'll learn:


  • How to navigate your Mac's file system

  • Basic file management: creating, copying, moving, renaming, opening, viewing, and deleting files

  • The types of command-line programs

  • How to edit a text file in nano (even if you are not named Mork)

  • What a profile is, why it's cool, and how to customize yours

  • The importance of your PATH and how to change it, if you need to

  • How to get help (Joe goes way beyond telling you to consult the man pages)

You'll extend your skills as you discover how to:


  • Create and run scripts to automate repetitive tasks.

  • See which programs are running and what system resources they're consuming.

  • Quit programs that refuse to quit normally.

  • Enable the command line to interact with the Finder.

  • Control another Mac via its command line using ssh.

  • Understand and change an item's permissions, owner, and group.

  • Run commands as the root user using sudo.

Questions answered include:


  • Which shell am I using, and how can I change my default shell?

  • How do I quickly figure out the path to an item on my Mac?

  • How can I customize my Terminal window so I can see man pages behind it?

  • How can I make a shortcut to avoid retyping the same long command?

  • Is there a trick for entering a long path quickly?

  • What should I say when someone asks if I know how to use vi?

  • How do I change my prompt to suit my mood or needs?

Finally, to help you put it all together, the book showcases 40 real-world "recipes" that combine commands you've learned to perform useful tasks, such as listing users who've logged in recently, figuring out why a disk won't eject, changing filename extensions, copying the source code of a Web page, downloading a file via FTP, determing which programs have open connections to the Internet, learning details about a domain name, and deleting stubborn items from the Trash.



Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 455 KB
  • Print Length: 145 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: TidBITS Publishing, Inc.; 1 edition (30 Jun. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00530SEW8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78,795 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 1 Nov. 2014
By sme
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Great book on terminal for mac,good writing style easy to follow and understand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent for begginers in Mac, now I really know how to use Shell 1 April 2012
By Ariel Urtaza - Published on Amazon.com
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When I saw the book recommended on a webpage first I doubted about getting it or not and finally decided after seeing that there were no reviews before this one to give it a try and I'm glad to be the first person writing a review for such a great easy book. When I started reading and following every step and executing all the commands I learned in the terminal in my mac, now I can really tell you that I know how to use the terminal, even that english is not my mother language the author explained everything very well. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Understand the command line 22 Nov. 2013
By beau loots - Published on Amazon.com
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The book has a five star rating because it is a beginners book of the terminal command line that explains why the commands are what they are in a logical way, thus it is easy to understand the commands.
If the command line makes no sense to you, then this book is for you, as it is to me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I WANT MORE! 23 April 2013
By Joshua - Published on Amazon.com
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So I finally finished the book, and I have to say... It did what it said it was going to do. It brought me to a basic, mid-level understanding of how the CLT works on UNIX. I now feel comfortable using the CLT for more tasks and being able to learn more on my own. Just one problem tho. There isn't enough. I want another book. I want more experience and I want to achieve more of a mastery in using the system. To the point that I can easily do anything I put my mind to without have to search online for tips or tricks. If it takes another book, or 2, or 10, so be it. I look forward to seeing more editions on how to take control of my mac.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 24 May 2014
By T. Jennings - Published on Amazon.com
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Very easy to understand and makes Terminal much less scary. Every time I heard about a sudo command, I have a panic attack. Can't get anything worthwhile done if you don't confront your fears, and this book goes a long way toward that.
5.0 out of 5 stars great starter book 27 Jan. 2015
By easy to follow along - Published on Amazon.com
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I had a easy working through this ebook with it on one side of the screen and terminal in the other. Most commands taught work for both linux and OS X.
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