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Learn OS X Lion by Mike Lee, Scott Meyers

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Chapter  23

Introducing Darwin and the Mac OS X Command Line

Running behind the slick Mac OS X Aqua GUI is Darwin, the POSIX-compliant, UNIX-based environment that forms the foundation of Mac OS X. While the majority of Mac OS X users never find it necessary to use the command line, for those that are willing to learn there is whole new world of powerful computing awaiting.

In this chapter you will learn

  • The basics of Darwin and the command line
  • Common and useful command-line commands
  • The power and pitfalls of working as root
  • Editing files with Vim, Emacs, and Nano
  • What file attributes are and how to change them
  • Customizing your command-line environment

Darwin Basics

Included in Darwin is a collection of many powerful tools that are not only ...

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