A Practical Guide to "UNIX" for "MAC OS" X Users

A Practical Guide to "UNIX" for "MAC OS" X Users

By: Peter Seebach (author), Mark G. Sobell (author)Paperback

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The Most Useful UNIX Guide for Mac OS X Users Ever, with Hundreds of High-Quality Examples! Beneath Mac OS(R) X's stunning graphical user interface (GUI) is the most powerful operating system ever created: UNIX(R). 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(R) for Mac OS(R) 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

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Mark G. Sobell is president of Sobell Associates Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in UNIX/Linux training, support, and custom software development. He is the author of many best-selling UNIX and Linux books and has more than twenty-five years of experience working with UNIX and Linux. Peter Seebach, a freelance writer specializing in UNIX development, has published dozens of technical articles for IBM developerWorks.


Preface xxviiChapter 1: Welcome to Linux 1 The GNU-Linux Connection 2 The Heritage of Linux: UNIX 5 What Is So Good About Linux? 6 Overview of Linux 10 Additional Features of Linux 15 Chapter Summary 16 Exercises 17 Part I: The Linux Operating System 19Chapter 2: Getting Started 21 Conventions Used in This Book 22 Logging In 24 Working with the Shell 25 Curbing Your Power: Superuser Access 28 Getting the Facts: Where to Find Documentation 29 More About Logging In 35 Chapter Summary 38 Exercises 39 Advanced Exercises 39 Chapter 3: Command Line Utilities 41 Special Characters 42 Basic Utilities 43 Working with Files 45 | (Pipe): Communicates Between Processes 52 Four More Utilities 53 Compressing and Archiving Files 56 Locating Commands 61 Obtaining User and System Information 63 Communicating with Other Users 67 Email 69 Chapter Summary 69 Exercises 72 Advanced Exercises 73 Chapter 4: The Linux Filesystem 75 The Hierarchical Filesystem 76 Directory and Ordinary Files 77 Working with Directories 88 Access Permissions 91 Links 96 Chapter Summary 102 Exercises 103 Advanced Exercises 105 Chapter 5: The Shell 107 The Command Line 108 Standard Input and Standard Output 113 Running a Program in the Background 125 Filename Generation/Pathname Expansion 127 Builtins 132 Chapter Summary 133 Exercises 134 Advanced Exercises 136 Part II: The Editors 137Chapter 6: The vim Editor 139 History 140 Tutorial: Creating and Editing a File with vim 141 The compatible Parameter 148 Introduction to vim Features 148 Command Mode: Moving the Cursor 154 Input Mode 158 Command Mode: Deleting and Changing Text 160 Searching and Substituting 164 Miscellaneous Commands 170 Yank, Put, and Delete Commands 171 Reading and Writing Files 174 Setting Parameters 175 Advanced Editing Techniques 180 Units of Measure 184 Chapter Summary 188 Exercises 193 Advanced Exercises 194 Chapter 7: The emacs Editor 195 History 196 Tutorial: Getting Started with emacs 198 Basic Editing Commands 204 Online Help 209 Advanced Editing 212 Language-Sensitive Editing 225 Customizing emacs 235 More Information 240 Chapter Summary 241 Exercises 248 Advanced Exercises 250 Part III: The Shells 253Chapter 8: The Bourne Again Shell 255 Background 256 Shell Basics 257 Parameters and Variables 277 Processes 292 History 295 Aliases 312 Functions 315 Controlling bash Features and Options 318 Processing the Command Line 322 Chapter Summary 332 Exercises 334 Advanced Exercises 336 Chapter 9: The TC Shell 339 Shell Scripts 340 Entering and Leaving the TC Shell 341 Features Common to the Bourne Again and TC Shells 343 Redirecting Standard Error 349 Working with the Command Line 350 Variables 355 Control Structures 368 Builtins 377 Chapter Summary 381 Exercises 382 Advanced Exercises 384 Part IV: Programming Tools 385Chapter 10: Programming Tools 387 Programming in C 388 Using Shared Libraries 396 make: Keeps a Set of Programs Current 399 Debugging C Programs 407 Threads 417 System Calls 417 Source Code Management 420 Chapter Summary 430 Exercises 431 Advanced Exercises 432 Chapter 11: Programming the Bourne Again Shell 435 Control Structures 436 File Descriptors 470 Parameters and Variables 474 Builtin Commands 487 Expressions 501 Shell Programs 510 Chapter Summary 520 Exercises 522 Advanced Exercises 524 Chapter 12: The gawk Pattern Processing Language 527 Syntax 528 Arguments 528 Options 529 Notes 529 Language Basics 530 Examples 537 Advanced gawk Programming 554 Error Messages 559 Chapter Summary 560 Exercises 561 Advanced Exercises 561 Chapter 13: The sed Editor 563 Syntax 564 Arguments 564 Options 564 Editor Basics 565 Examples 568 Chapter Summary 578 Exercises 579 Part V: Command Reference 581 Standard Multiplicative Suffixes 586 Common Options 587 The sample Utility 587 sample: Very brief description of what the utility does 588 aspell: Checks a file for spelling errors 589 at: Executes commands at a specified time 593 bzip2: Compresses or decompresses files 596 cal: Displays a calendar 598 cat: Joins and displays files 599 cd: Changes to another working directory 601 chgrp: Changes the group associated with a file 603 chmod: Changes the access mode (permissions) of a file 604 chown: Changes the owner of a file and/or the group the file is associated with 608 cmp: Compares two files 610 comm: Compares sorted files 612 configure: Configures source code automatically 614 cp: Copies files 616 cpio: Creates an archive or restores files from an archive 619 crontab: Maintains crontab files 624 cut: Selects characters or fields from input lines 627 date: Displays or sets the system time and date 630 dd: Converts and copies a file 633 df: Displays disk space usage 636 diff: Displays the differences between two files 638 du: Displays information on disk usage by file 644 echo: Displays a message 647 expr: Evaluates an expression 649 file: Displays the classification of a file 653 find: Finds files based on criteria 655 finger: Displays information about users 661 fmt: Formats text very simply 664 fsck: Checks and repairs a filesystem 666 ftp: Transfers files over a network 671 gcc: Compiles C and C++ programs 678 grep: Searches for a pattern in files 683 gzip: Compresses or decompresses files 688 head: Displays the beginning of a file 691 kill: Terminates a process by PID 693 killall: Terminates a process by name 695 less: Displays text files, one screen at a time 697 ln: Makes a link to a file 702 lpr: Sends files to printers 705 ls: Displays information about one or more files 708 make: Keeps a set of programs current 715 man: Displays documentation for commands 721 mkdir: Creates a directory 724 mkfs: Creates a filesystem on a device 725 Mtools: Uses DOS-style commands on files and directories 728 mv: Renames or moves a file 732 nice: Changes the priority of a command 734 nohup: Runs a command that keeps running after you log out 736 od: Dumps the contents of a file 737 paste: Joins corresponding lines from files 742 pr: Paginates files for printing 744 ps: Displays process status 746 rcp: Copies one or more files to or from a remote system 750 rlogin: Logs in on a remote system 752 rm: Removes a file (deletes a link) 753 rmdir: Removes a directory 755 rsh: Executes commands on a remote system 756 scp: Securely copies one or more files to or from a remote system 758 sleep: Creates a process that sleeps for a specified interval 760 sort: Sorts and/or merges files 762 split: Divides a file in into sections 771 ssh: Securely executes commands on a remote system 773 strings: Displays strings of printable characters 777 stty: Displays or sets terminal parameters 778 tail: Displays the last part (tail) of a file 783 tar: Stores or retrieves files to/from an archive file 786 tee: Copies standard input to standard output and one or more files 791 telnet: Connects to a remote system over a network 792 test: Evaluates an expression 794 top: Dynamically displays process status 798 touch: Changes a file's access and/or modification time 801 tr: Replaces specified characters 804 tty: Displays the terminal pathname 807 tune2fs: Changes parameters on an ext2 or ext3 filesystem 808 umask: Establishes the file-creation permissions mask 810 uniq: Displays unique lines 812 w: Displays information about system users 814 wc: Displays the number of lines, words, and bytes 816 which: Shows where in PATH a command is located 817 who: Displays information about logged-in users 819 xargs: Converts standard input into command lines 821 Part VI: Appendixes 825Appendix A: Regular Expressions 827 Characters 828 Delimiters 828 Simple Strings 828 Special Characters 828 Rules 831 Bracketing Expressions 832 The Replacement String 833 Extended Regular Expressions 834 Appendix Summary 835 Appendix B: Help 837 Solving a Problem 838 Finding Linux-Related Information 839 Specifying a Terminal 844 Appendix C: Keeping the System Up-to-Date 847 yum: Updates and Installs Packages 848 Apt: An Alternative to yum 850 BitTorrent 855 Glossary 859Index 913

Product Details

  • publication date: 31/07/2005
  • ISBN13: 9780131863330
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 1056
  • ID: 9780131863330
  • weight: 1588
  • ISBN10: 0131863339

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