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Mon, 29 Aug 2005

Mac OS X for Unix Geeks

Brian Jepson, Earnest E. Rothman, Mac OS X Tiger for Unix Geeks, O'Reilly

This is quite a nice guide both to the power of the commandline in OS X but also to wrinkles you might have forgotten, as well as some things that you might have thought hadn't made it to OS X.

The arrangement of the book is to first look at the command line in OS X Tiger and then aspects such as the OS X filesystem, startup, X Windows (yes, you can have it), multimedia, and Third Party Tools. After that it looks at compiling and package systems, and then finishs with server and system management.

There are lots of useful hints along the way. One is how to open the Gimp and X Windows in one step from the console. There are many more like it. One hint I didn't find was why none of the breeds of ftp which lurk within Emacs or Xemacs seem to work on OS X. I guess that's a project for another day.

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