A Practical Guide to UNIX for Mac OS X Users

A Practical Guide to UNIX for Mac OS X Users

By Mark G. Sobell & Peter Seebach

  • Release Date : 2005-12-21
  • Genre : Operating Systems
  • FIle Size : 20.33 MB
Score: 3.0
From 5 Ratings


A Practical Guide to UNIX for Mac OS X Users The Most Useful UNIX Guide for Mac OS X Users Ever, with Hundreds of High-Quality Examples!

Beneath Mac OS® X's stunning graphical user interface (GUI) is the most powerful operating system ever created: UNIX®. With unmatched clarity and insight, this book explains UNIX for the Mac OS X user–giving you total control over your system, so you can get more done, faster. Building on Mark Sobell's highly praised A Practical Guide to the UNIX System, it delivers comprehensive guidance on the UNIX command line tools every user, administrator, and developer needs to master–together with the world's best day-to-day UNIX reference.

This book is packed with hundreds of high-quality examples. From networking and system utilities to shells and programming, this is UNIX from the ground up–both the ""whys"" and the ""hows""–for every Mac user. You'll understand the relationships between GUI tools and their command line counterparts. Need instant answers? Don't bother with confusing online ""manual pages"": rely on this book's example-rich, quick-access, 236-page command reference!

Don't settle for just any UNIX guidebook. Get one focused on your specific needs as a Mac user!

A Practical Guide to UNIX® for Mac OS® X Users is the most useful, comprehensive UNIX tutorial and reference for Mac OS X and is the only book that delivers

Better, more realistic examples covering tasks you'll actually need to perform
Deeper insight, based on the authors' immense knowledge of every UNIX and OS X nook and cranny
Practical guidance for experienced UNIX users moving to Mac OS X
Exclusive discussions of Mac-only utilities, including plutil, ditto, nidump, otool, launchctl, diskutil, GetFileInfo, and SetFile
Techniques for implementing secure communications with ssh and scp–plus dozens of tips for making your OS X system more secure
Expert guidance on basic and advanced shell programming with bash and tcsh
Tips and tricks for using the shell interactively from the command line
Thorough guides to vi and emacs designed to help you get productive fast, and maximize your editing efficiency
In-depth coverage of the Mac OS X filesystem and access permissions, including extended attributes and Access Control Lists (ACLs)
A comprehensive UNIX glossary
Dozens of exercises to help you practice and gain confidence
And much more, including a superior introduction to UNIX programming tools such as awk, sed, otool, make, gcc, gdb, and CVS


  • The core UNIX base doesn’t change—still very relevant

    By Help Us All
    This is a great resource for Mac users who can’t seem to find answers to foundational UNIX questions. I “rediscovered” this book while cleaning out my garage, and am amazed at how relevant it still is—regardless of what cat or California site-named OS X version you’re running. Flavors-of-the-month OS X books come and go, but this one’s for long-term reference.
  • OS X Tiger????

    By srchndstry
    How can this book be sold for that much money when it’s for a version of OS X that old? It was six CATS ago!