Chapter 7. Configuring Your Unix Environment

As a Mac user you are accustomed to configuring your Mac with various graphical user interface (GUI) tools. For example, you configure the Finder using the Finder > Preferences window, and you configure the default audio output device using the Sound pane in System Preferences. But how do you configure Unix programs such as your shell? This chapter shows you the basics of using the command line to configure Unix command-line programs (like your shell and the vi editor), and also shows you how you can use the command line to configure virtually any Mac OS X application, including the Finder.

Unix programs that can be configured by a user get their configuration from configuration files and/or from variables ...

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