March 5, 2008
Take Control of Permissions in Leopard--New from TidBITS
New ebook helps Leopard users manage permissions in order to solve problems, increase privacy, and share files better.
Mac users who have long been at the mercy of arcane permissions
from Mac OS X's Unix underpinnings can now regain mastery of their Macs
with Take Control of Permissions in Leopard (TidBITS, $10 USD), the
latest Leopard-specific title in the Take Control library.
Written by Unix guru and Mac aficionado Brian Tanaka, the 87-page ebook
mixes practical how-to details and troubleshooting tips with just the
right amount of theory as it explains permissions in relation to how you
keep your files private, copy files to and from servers effectively, set
the Ignore Permissions option for external disks, repair screwy
permissions, and delete those files that just won't die.
For those who want to learn advanced concepts, the ebook also delves into
topics like the sticky bit, symbolic versus absolute ways to set
permissions, and how to work with bit masks. In particular, Tanaka looks
at what's new with permissions in Leopard, including the disappearance of
the NetInfo database and the increased use of access control lists. The
book covers managing permissions from the Finder's Get Info and Inspector
windows, with more-capable third-party utilities, and from the Unix
Take Control publisher Adam Engst said, "I'm no Unix expert, but with
Brian's clear explanations, I've been able to handle a wide variety of
permissions-related issues on my Macs. With this information, we Mac users
don't have to feel like guests on our own Macs any more."
The ebook may be purchased for $10 from either TidBITS or O'Reilly
For a review copy or more information please email
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your contact information.
Brian Tanaka has worked for a variety of companies including the Well,
SGI, Intuit, Nintendo, and RealNetworks. Today, his own company,
Martingale-Oak LLC, provides Unix and open source technologies consulting.
His articles have appeared in Linux Journal and Sysadmin Magazine.
For more information about the book, including table of contents, index,
author bios, and cover graphic, see the catalog page for Take Control of Permissions in Leopard.
Take Control of Permissions in Leopard
ISBN: 1-933671-36-X, 87 pages, PDF Price: $10.00 USD
The Take Control series is published by TidBITS Publishing Inc. TidBITS
co-founders Adam and Tonya Engst have been publishing highly regarded news
and editorial since 1990 when they created the online newsletter TidBITS,
which covers Macintosh- and Internet-related topics. The Take Control
series has helped many thousands of readers with high-quality, timely,
real-world, cost-effective documentation since 2003.
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