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  • Proven Visual QuickPro/QuickStart visual learning format—Combines an open, welcoming design, hundreds of screen captures, expert tips, and concise step-by-step instructions.
    • Relies on a format designed to make learning as easy as possible.

  • Comprehensive coverage of Unix fundamentals—Covers navigating the Unix file system, managing permissions and file ownership, and basic system administration.
    • Covers everything students need to quickly become productive and effective with the Unix features and tools Mac OS X provides.

  • Introduction to running Mac OS X as a file, print, or Web server—Includes detailed coverage of Unix tools for providing print and file services, including an introduction to configuring and running the Apache Web server under Mac OS X.
    • Shows students how to use a Mac OS X system to support a workgroup or host a Web site.

  • Introduction to writing and running Unix scripts—Presents basic scripting techniques students can use to automate Mac OS X, application, and server tasks.
    • Helps students accomplish more in less time, and become more effective system and Web administrators.

  • Resources and tools for becoming a more effective user or administrator—Shows how to get help on Unix features, troubleshoot problems, locate free open source software, and install additional software from source code.
    • Gives students all the resources and skills they need to go even further with Unix.

  • Expert tutorial and handy quick reference—Designed not only to teach Unix for the Mac OS X exceptionally well, but also to serve as an outstanding task-based reference.
    • Will remain valuable to students long after they've mastered the fundamentals of Unix.


  • Copyright 2003
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-201-79535-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-201-79535-6

With Mac OS X, Apple has completely rebuilt the Macintosh operating system from the ground up--and yes, it's Unix that's running this new Mac OS. Mac users can now use the terminal command line to write a Perl script, automate batch commands, run an Apache server, use sendmail, and grep to their heart's delight. And alternately, many experienced Unix programmers are thrilled to be able to write shell scripts on the Mac platform. Unix for Mac OS X: Visual QuickPro Guide shows readers how to configure their Unix environment, navigate permissions, directories and files, run handy Unix utilities, configure and run the Apache Web server, and much more. In addition, readers will learn how to protect their files with Unix's security tools, and how to fix their Macs when things go wrong.


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Configuring Your OS X Unix Environment

Table of Contents


Who Is This Book For? Whats in This Book? How to Use This Book. Requirements.

1. What is Unix, and Why Is It Good?

The Advantages of a Unix-based Mac OS. But First, a Little History. How Mac OS Xs Unix Differs from Mac OS 9. What You Can Do with Mac OS X and Unix. How You Will Be Working with Unix.

2. Using the Command Line.

Getting to the Command Line. Understanding the Shell Prompt. Using a Command. Using Common Commands. About Commands, Processes, and Jobs. About Spaces in the Command Line. Wildcards. About Standard Input and Output. Creating Pipelines of Commands. Running a Command in the Background. Opening Files from the Command Line. Creating a Simple Unix Shell Script.

3. Getting Help and Using the Unix Manual.

Using the Unix Manual. Printing Man Pages. Using Commands Built-in Help. Getting Help from Other People.

4. Useful Unix Utilities.

Mac OS X—Specific Utilities. File Compression and Archiving. File and Text Processing. Searching for Text. Searching for Files. Viewing and Editing Files. Sending Email. Network Analysis. Using the Internet.

5. Using Files and Directories.

Seeing the Whole File System. Seeing Where You Are in the File System. Understanding and Using Unix Filenames. Moving Around in the File System. Seeing the Contents of Directories. Viewing the Contents of Text Files. Creating Files and Directories. Copying Files and Directories. Renaming or Moving Files. Deleting Files and Directories. Getting Information about Files and Directories. About Links (the Unix Version of Aliases).

6. Editing and Printing Files.

Editing Files with vi. About vis Two Modes. Navigating Using vi. Saving a File in vi. Quitting vi. Changing and Deleting Text. Emacs—an Editor Without Modes. Printing Files.

7. Configuring Your Unix Environment.

Finding Configuration Files. Configuring Your Shell. Environment Variables. Shell Aliases. Shell Settings. Configuring vi.

8. Working with Permissions and Ownership.

About Users and Groups. The Root User—Permission to Do Anything. Understanding Permissions and Ownership. Setting and Changing Permissions. Changing Ownership. Default Permissions for File Creation. Recognizing Permission Problems.

9. Creating and Using Scripts.

Creating a Shell Script. Using Variables. Using Arguments. Using Commands within Commands. Doing Arithmetic and Using Expressions. Using Control Structures. Getting User Input. Creating and Using Functions.

10. Connecting Over the Internet.

About Hostnames. Logging in to Another Unix Machine. Copying Files Between Unix Machines. More Advanced Interactions.

11. Introduction to Systems Administration.

About root. Becoming Another User. Backups. Managing User Accounts and Groups. Monitoring System Usage. Running Regularly Scheduled Commands. System Log Files. The Boot Sequence. Setting the Hostname. Creating a New StartupItem. Webmin—A GUI Tool for System Administration. Troubleshooting Tips.

12. Security.

Physical Security. Choosing Good Passwords. Protecting Yourself from Internet Attacks. Searching for Files that Make You root. Keeping Up-to-Date. Monitoring Files for Changes. Security Checklist.

13. Installing Software from Source Code.

Installing from Source Code—the Basics. Using Fink to Install Software. Manually Installing from Source Code. Installing Perl Modules.

14. Installing and Configuring Servers.

Setting Your Machines Hostname. Controlling the AppleShare Server. Activating the SSH Server. Configuring Sendmail—Internet Email Server. Activating the FTP Server. Apache: A Web Server. Even More Servers.

Appendix A. For More Information.

About Darwin. About Open-Source and Free Software. General Help Resources. Languages and Programming. Mac OS X in General. People. Protocols and Standards. Security. System Administration. Unix in General. Unix/Darwin Software. Miscellaneous.

Appendix B. Glossary.



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