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Mac for Linux Geeks by Tony Steidler-Dennison

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Chapter 6. Routine Mac OS X System Administration

If you've administered UNIX or Linux systems in the past, or if you're making a living doing that now, you'll find many similarities between the administrative tools on those computers and those included with Mac OS X. The lineup is not a perfect match, but it's close enough in many cases. Apple has made some modifications to Mac OS X tools for its own purposes, but many of these changes will be noticeable only to the hard-core Linux and UNIX faithful.

Let's start this chapter with the similarities.

Using the Shell

The default user shell for Mac OS X is bash, the Bourne-Again SHell. Bash has beenported almost entirely intact from BSD. Prior to the introduction of bash in Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther), the ...

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