The Mac OS X Command Line: Unix Under the Hood Paperback – 26 Nov 2004
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From the Back Cover
Work More Quickly and Easily and Learn Some New Tricks
The Mac command line offers a faster, easier way to accomplish many tasks. It′s also the medium for many commands that aren′t accessible using the GUI. The Mac OS X Command Line is a clear, concise, tutorial–style introduction to all the major functionality provided by the command line. It′s also packed with information the experienced users need, including little–known shortcuts and several chapters devoted to advanced topics. This is a book to get you started, but also a book you won t soon outgrow.
- Using Terminal, the gateway to the command line
- Making Terminal easier to use with shortcuts
- Configuring your shell: bash and tcsh
- Navigating your file system in Terminal
- Moving and copying files from the command line
- Accessing hidden files with Terminal
- Editing configuration files with command–line text editor
- Finding any kind of file or content using simple commands
- Printing from the command line
- Archiving, compressing, and decompressing files
- Managing users, groups, and permissions
- Accessing network volumes and the Internet using simple commands
- Managing programs and processes
- Using system maintenance commands
About the Author
Kirk McElhearn, co–author of the best–selling Mastering Mac OS X Third Edition, is a professional author, journalist and translator. He has written user manuals for many popular Macintosh programs, and articles for publications including MacWorld magazine and TidBITS.
Top customer reviews
The book is designed as a chapter-by-chapter tutorial, teaching you the things you need to know in a methodical order, but it contains enough information, and has a good enough index, to be used as your main reference for the command line once you've mastered the basics.
My only criticism would be that while it tells you how to do all sorts of useful things, it doesn't have enough real-world, detailed examples of the kind of uses you could put your new knowledge to -- I was expecting some kind of 'case studies' feature, giving real examples of how to use commands you've just learned to automate your back-up procedures, for example. The information's all in there, but to some extent you have to work out what you can do with it for yourself.
But I guess that's only a minor criticism -- you probably wouldn't read this book in the first place if you didn't have some idea of the kind of thing you can do with the command line.
So all in all, it's a great starting point, and I can see that in the future I'm going to find it a valuable reference.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
After working through it, I did have a greater knowledge of the terminal. However, most terminal commands, whether they be file manipulation or OS/application manipulation - are going to be things that a person refers to on a case-by-case basis. In other words, it's almost impossible to have every single command memorized.
Thus, I'd resort to trying to use it as a reference later on... and just found that it's clunky. What would take me a few minutes to find on Google would take me at least ten, if not more, time to find in this book.
In short: It's great for an introduction to Unix on OSX, but I'd recommend trying something else if you just want a reference book of commands.
This was the way for me to start the journey and I'm happy with my choice.
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