By Mark G. Sobell

ISBN-10: 0131863339

ISBN-13: 9780131863330

Underneath Mac OSR X's lovely graphical consumer interface (GUI) is the main robust working procedure ever created: UNIXR. With unequalled readability and perception, this ebook explains UNIX for the Mac OS X usergiving you overall regulate over your process, so that you can get extra performed, swifter. construction on Mark Sobell's hugely praised a realistic advisor to the UNIX approach, it can provide accomplished tips at the UNIX command line instruments each person, administrator, and developer must mastertogether with the world's top daily UNIX reference.This publication is jam-packed with hundreds and hundreds of fine quality examples. From networking and procedure utilities to shells and programming, this can be UNIX from the floor upboth the "whys" and the "hows"for each Mac person. you will comprehend the relationships among GUI instruments and their command line opposite numbers. desire speedy solutions? do not hassle with complicated on-line "manual pages": depend upon this book's example-rich, quick-access, 236-page command reference!"

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2 exists before you give the cp command. The user answers y to overwrite the file. 2? copy. The period is part of the filenamejust another character. The initial ls command shows that memo is the only file in the directory. copy, in the directory. Sometimes it is useful to incorporate the date into the name of a copy of a file. 0130 Although it has no significance to the system, the date can help you find a version of a file that you created on a certain date. The date can also help you avoid overwriting existing files by providing a unique filename each day.

For more information refer to "File Attributes" on page 95. Refer to page 803 for more information on open. less: Displays a Text File One Screen at a Time When you want to view a file that is longer than one screen, you can use the less utility. This utility pauses after displaying a screen of text. Because it shows one page at a time, it is called a pager. While you are using less, you can press h to display a Help screen that lists commands you can use while paging through a file. Give the command less practice in place of the cat command in Figure 3-1 to see how this command works.

Sometimes there is no GUI counterpart for a text-based utility, and some people just prefer the hands-on feeling of the command line. When you work with a command line interface, you are working with the shell (Chapters 5, 8, and 13). Before you start working with the shell, it is important to understand something about the characters that are special to the shell, so this chapter starts with a discussion of special characters. The chapter then describes six basic utilities: ls, cat, rm, open, less, and hostname.

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