2 Getting Started

In This Chapter

Conventions Used in This Book

Graphical Login

Textual Login

Curbing Your Power: Superuser/root/Administrator Access

Working with the Shell

Getting the Facts: Where to Find Documentation

man: Displaying the System Manual

info: Displaying Information About Utilities

More About Logging In

What to Do if You Cannot Log In

One way or another you are sitting in front of a screen that is connected to a computer that is running Mac OS X. You may be working with a graphical user interface (GUI) or a textual interface. This book is mostly about the textual, or command line, interface to Mac OS X. If you are working with a GUI, you will need to use a terminal emulator application such as Terminal to follow along with the ...

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