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The Mac OS X Command Line: Unix Under the Hood

ISBN: 978-0-470-11385-1
464 pages
December 2006
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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.
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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: A Guided Tour of the Command Line.

Chapter 2: Using Terminal.

Interlude 1: Command Syntax.

Chapter 3: Getting Help while in Terminal.

Interlude 2: Names and Paths.

Chapter 4: Navigating the File System.

Interlude 3: Redirecting Input and Output.

Chapter 5: Working with Files and Directories.

Interlude 4: Cloning Your Mac OS X Startup Volume.

Chapter 6: Saving Time on the Command Line.

Interlude 5: The Versatile open Command.

Chapter 7: Finding Files, Directories, and Everything Else.

Interlude 6: Wildcards and Globbing.

Chapter 8: Viewing Files.

Chapter 9: Editing Text.

Chapter 10: Printing.

Chapter 11: Compressing, Decompressing, and Archiving Files.

Chapter 12: Working with Users, Groups, and Permissions.

Interlude 7: Using sudo.

Chapter 13: Using the Network.

Chapter 14: Managing Programs and Processes.

Chapter 15: System Maintenance from the Command Line.

Interlude 8: Using the Developer Tools.

Chapter 16: Configuring the Shell.

Interlude 9: Automating Commands.

Appendix A: Further Reading.


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Author Information

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
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