10. Unix for Mac OS X Users

As first mentioned in Chapter 1, the core of Mac OS X is an operating system whose origins predate the Mac itself: Unix.


Chapters 1 and 4 for a general background on Unix in Mac OS X.

For the majority of Mac users, the fact that Unix exists on the Mac is about as relevant as the fact that REALbasic exists as a programming language for Mac OS X. You don’t need to bother with either just to use a word processor or a Web browser.

Troubleshooters, on the hand, don’t have that luxury. When things go wrong and the standard Mac OS X techniques don’t work, your ability to use Unix commands may represent your best or only chance of solving the problem. That’s why I’ve peppered the preceding chapters with tips that demonstrate ...

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