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  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (5 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449328342
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449328344
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Take Command of Your Mac

About the Author

Daniel J. Barrett has been immersed in Internet technology since 1985. Currently working as a software engineer, Dan has also been a heavy metal singer, Unix system administrator, university lecturer, web designer, and humorist. He is the author of O'Reilly's Linux Pocket Guide, and he is the coauthor of Linux Security Cookbook, and SSH, The Secure Shell: The Definitive Guide.

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In a nutshell: If you frequently work with the Mac OS X Terminal then you need this book. Not only is it a great reference for all your day-to-day commands, but it is also a book you can dip into and almost always learn something new and insightful.

As a software developer who has recently converted to using OS X as my main development box this book is proving an invaluable reference to working with the Mac Terminal/shell. I must confess that I only recently stumbled across this book after a recommendation by the author replying to a review I wrote for the Linux Pocket Guide (essentially the Linux-based version of this book). The aforementioned Linux reference has long since established itself within arms-reach on a shelf next to my desk, as I'm frequently referring to it when working with locally running Linux-based VMs or boxes running in the Cloud. Although it's still early days, I'm already thinking that this OS X pocket guide will earn a space on my desk right next to the Linux version, as it will not only save me mentally translating Linux commands into OS X parlance (where the syntax can sometimes be subtly different), but it's also a lot of fun to dip into during a brain-frazzle moment and learn a new command or switch.

Much like it's sister volume, this book is A5 in size and only 200 pages long, but it crams in an amazing amount of commands that should cater to all but the most hardcore of power users. It also has several bonus chapters discussing such things as installing the excellent Homebrew package manager (which is bizarrely missing from the default installation of OS X?).
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Does what it says, can't fault it beyond price but that is like most manuals right ? Worth having as a backup just in case imo.
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good info would have liked slightly bigger text-but can't complain for the price
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HASH(0x91d6d4f8) out of 5 stars Excellent boot camp for Terminal newbies 8 Oct. 2012
By Marc Cenedella - Published on
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In the course of one (very long) day, this book can bring you to a basic mastery of everything you need to know about the Mac terminal.

I had found it difficult to get an overview of what was different about Terminal and Mac's bash vs. other Unix / POSIX / Linux shells. Some unhelpful advice on the web was that you could pick up any UNIX book as Mac Terminal is 'mostly' the same. But if you don't know which commands count as 'mostly' and which don't, that advice is quite useless.

The book is written cleanly, clearly. It assumes computing proficiency but not any special expertise in Mac or other command line interfaces. It explains, with the right amount of historical context, why things are the way they are. It's focused on what seem to be the most practical and useful commands.

I was hoping to find a book that would get me out of the dark and into a comfortable level of knowledge on Terminal. This book did that absolutely perfectly, and saved me from dozens more hours scouring the web for the same. For what you get, frankly, it's underpriced.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96327474) out of 5 stars Great Primer for the OS X/Terminal/Unix NEWB!!! 11 Jan. 2013
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What can I say, I'm new to Mac and although I've used cygwin on Windows for years, I'm a newb to Unix and just wanted to get some quick "cliff notes" into OS X Terminal to help ramp myself up. I liked Daniel's writing style throughout the book. He also provides some good best practices such as modifying rm in your .bash_profile file for rm to run with the -i switch allowing you to get that second chance to abort from a complete removal of a file(s) from time and space. If your switching over to Mac and will be using Terminal, it's worth the $9.99. I'm also adding some other books as supplements notably Unix in a Nutshell and A Practical Guide to UNIX for Mac OS X Users. I'm currently reading over Learning Unix for OS X Mountain Lion: Going Deep With the Terminal and Shell and so far it's ok but I'm only on chapter one. We'll see if it stands up to Macintosh Terminal Pocket Guide.

Update 06.13.2013
So, I also finished Learning Unix for OS X Mountain Lion: Going Deep With the Terminal and Shell. I was wrong. Great book. You can really see what people do that is the same and what they do that is different. Both of these books provide a great a mount of "basic" information for the newbie. I am actually going back to both books as I had to re-image my MacBook and had to go through the process of reinstalling Xcode/CLI for Xcode and Homebrew which are recommend in Macintosh Terminal Pocket Guide and which with I've had great success.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92101c3c) out of 5 stars Unix commands for the perplexed 25 Nov. 2012
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This small guide gives Mac users a very basic introduction to Unix commands. This book is designed for the do it yourselfer that has always wanted to, but afraid to, open the terminal program and check out the shell.

The commands and options are generally given a context of how you might use the commands in the real world. In particular this book was extremely well laid out making it clear to the reader the commands, options, outputs and results of each section. Many books I've previously read on the subject suffer from text overload but this book had a great use of typefaces, shading and style to make it a clear and straightforward read.

Unix commands can be overwhelming and just downright scary if you don't understand them right and enter them in correctly. This book empowers the reader to explore without messing up their systems and risking damage.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91d6ff6c) out of 5 stars Get started with OS X Terminal 17 Mar. 2014
By Dee - Published on
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This little guide is a small, concise quick reference to terminal commands on OS X. It starts with the basics - what is the OS X terminal and proceeds to focus on commonly used processes. The book's strength is in showing how to accomplish tasks faster and more efficiently through terminal, rather than using the standard GUI tools. In other words the author demonstrates how a task is accomplished in the GUI and how its accomplished with terminal. The examples chosen enable a novice or advanced user to use the book as a tutorial to learn terminal from scratch or hone skills.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91cdcd80) out of 5 stars Recommended for Terminal users 16 Feb. 2015
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I said goodbye to MS-DOS two decades ago. I've been a happy Mac user since OS-7. The idea of using a command line was anathema to me. Then I landed a job supporting developers working on apps for Apple products. Suddenly, Terminal was part of my daily life. Barrett's book has been extremely helpful to me, definitely more useful than the Terminal online help.

Originally, I bought Macintosh Terminal as an e-book. But I soon added a printed copy, which I find much easier to use, especially when working on a MacBook.
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