Mac OS X in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference

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Mac OS X is a stunning technical achievement?a virtually crash-proof Unix core paired with the sleek Aqua interface, bringing style, usability, and stability to a new level. It has almost everything that Macintosh fans have been waiting for: protected memory, crash resistance, and the ability to run the 18,000 existing Mac programs and an unlimited supply of Unix and Open Source software. An instant success among longtime Apple users and developers, the new Mac operating system is becoming the system of choice ...

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Overview

Mac OS X is a stunning technical achievement—a virtually crash-proof Unix core paired with the sleek Aqua interface, bringing style, usability, and stability to a new level. It has almost everything that Macintosh fans have been waiting for: protected memory, crash resistance, and the ability to run the 18,000 existing Mac programs and an unlimited supply of Unix and Open Source software. An instant success among longtime Apple users and developers, the new Mac operating system is becoming the system of choice among serious Unix users as well. There is plenty of territory to explore in Mac OS X, and O'Reilly's latest Nutshell book, Mac OS X in a Nutshell, offers all audiences—both longtime Mac users and converts—the most complete guide to this remarkable operating system.

In the tradition of O'Reilly's Nutshell series, this new title offers a thorough treatment of Mac OS X version 10.2, from its BSD Unix foundation to Aqua, the new user interface. The book's "Unix Command Reference" is the most complete and thorough coverage of Mac OS X Unix commands you can find anywhere. Each command and option in this section has been painstakingly tested and checked against Jaguar—even the manpages that ship with the system can't compete in accuracy. The reference incorporates the new command-line tools that come with Apple's Developer tools. It familiarizes readers with the Finder and the Dock, file management, system configuration, network administration issues, and more. Later chapters include bonus material for the Unix user, including advanced use of the Terminal and how to configure a DAMP (Darwin, Apache, MySQL, Perl/PHP) web publishing system. Other topics covered in the book include:

  • Filesystem overview
  • Running Java applications
  • System and Network Administration
  • Directory Services and NetInfo
  • Scripting on Mac OS X
  • Using CVS
  • Unix Command Reference
  • Installing and Running X Windows and BSD Unix applications
Mac OS X in a Nutshell follows the common-sense O'Reilly approach, cutting through the hype and giving readers practical details they can use every day. Serious users who want more from their system will find everything they need to know systematically documented in this book. It provides a wealth of knowledge for anyone who wants to make the most of Mac OS X.

Complete overview of Mac OS Jaguar (Mac OS X 10.2) including basic system and network administration features, hundreds of tips and tricks, with an overview of Mac OS X's Unix text editors and CVS.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596003708
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Series: In a Nutshell (O'Reilly) Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 832
  • Product dimensions: 6.56 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Jason McIntosh lives and works in and around Boston. He has co-authored two O'Reilly books, Mac OS X in a Nutshell and Perl & XML, and writes occasional columns and weblog entries for the O'Reilly Network. His homepage is at http://www.jmac.org.

Chuck Toporek cut his teeth on a Mac II system when he got his first job in publishing in 1988, and has been using them ever since. Chuck is a senior editor in charge of the Mac OS X/Apple Developer Connection (ADC) series for O'Reilly & Associates, Inc. He is also the author/editor of the Mac OS X Panther Pocket Guide, co-author of Mac OS X in a Nutshell, and author of the upcoming title, Inside .Mac.

Chris Stone (cjstone@mac.com) is a Senior Systems Administrator (the Mac guy) at O'Reilly & Associates and coauthor of Mac OS X in a Nutshell. He's written several Mac OS X related articles for the O'Reilly MacDevCenter (www.macdevcenter.com), and contributed to Mac OS X: The Missing Manual from Pogue Press. Chris lives in Petaluma, California with his wife, Miho, and two sons, Andrew and Jonathan.

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Table of Contents

Preface;
The Layers of Mac OS X;
Audience for This Book;
How This Book Is Organized;
Conventions Used in This Book;
Comments and Questions;
Acknowledgments;
Lay of the Land;
Chapter 1: Using Mac OS X;
1.1 The Mac Desktop;
1.2 The Menu Bar;
1.3 The Dock;
1.4 Windows;
1.5 Opening and Saving Documents;
1.6 Services;
1.7 Logging Out and Shutting Down;
1.8 Starting Up and Logging In;
Chapter 2: Using the Finder;
2.1 Finder Overview;
2.2 Finder Views;
2.3 Menus and Keyboard Shortcuts;
2.4 Files, Folders, and Disks;
2.5 Moving, Copying, and Renaming Objects;
2.6 The Get Info Window;
2.7 Favorites;
2.8 Searching for and Locating Files;
2.9 Relaunching the Finder;
Chapter 3: Mac OS 9, Mac OS X,and Classic;
3.1 Changes to Mac OS X from Mac OS 9;
3.2 What Is Classic?;
3.3 Starting Classic;
3.4 Controlling Classic;
3.5 Managing Classic Applications;
3.6 Using Classic Applications;
3.7 Printing from Classic;
3.8 Dual-Booting with Mac OS 9;
Chapter 4: Task and Setting Index;
System Configuration;
Chapter 5: System Preferences;
5.1 Using System Preferences;
5.2 The System Preference Panels;
5.3 Speech Recognition and Speakable Commands;
5.4 Adding Panes to System Preferences;
Chapter 6: Applications and Utilities;
6.1 Applications;
6.2 Installing Applications;
Chapter 7: Networking;
7.1 Networking Basics;
7.2 Mounting Network Disks;
7.3 Web Browsing;
7.4 Using FTP;
7.5 Remote Logins;
7.6 Virtual Network Computers;
Chapter 8: Printer Configurationand Printing;
8.1 How Printing Works;
8.2 The Print Dialog;
8.3 Print Center;
8.4 Page Setup;
8.5 Alternative Printer Interfaces;
8.6 Printer Sharing;
8.7 Configuring CUPS;
8.8 Printer Drivers;
8.9 Saving as PDF;
Chapter 9: Filesystem Overview;
9.1 Mac OS X Filesystems;
9.2 Filesystem Organization;
9.3 Hidden Files;
9.4 The File Permissions System;
Chapter 10: Running Java Applications;
10.1 How Java Works;
10.2 Running Standalone Applications;
10.3 Running Applets;
10.4 Java on the Command Line;
10.5 Building Applications with MRJAppBuilder;
System and Network Administration;
Chapter 11: System Administration Overview;
11.1 Acting as Root;
11.2 Managing Users and Groups;
11.3 Network Administration;
11.4 NFS;
11.5 Single-User Mode;
11.6 Cron Tasks;
Chapter 12: Directory Services and NetInfo;
12.1 Open Directory Overview;
12.2 Directory Access;
12.3 NetInfo Concepts;
12.4 NetInfo User Interfaces;
12.5 Exploring Common Directories;
12.6 The Machines Directory;
12.7 For More Information;
Chapter 13: Running Network Services;
13.1 Network Services Overview;
13.2 Running Services in Mac OS X;
13.3 Mail Services;
13.4 Web Services;
13.5 File Transfer Protocol (FTP);
13.6 Remote Login Services;
13.7 File Sharing Services;
13.8 Configuring Startup Items;
Chapter 14: Web Publishing with a DAMP System;
14.1 Elements of a DAMP System;
14.2 Setting Up DAMP;
14.3 Using Web Serving Frameworks;
Scripting and Development;
Chapter 15: Development Tools;
15.1 Getting the Developer Tools;
15.2 The Developer Folder;
15.3 Development Applications;
15.4 Project Builder;
15.5 Programming Languages;
15.6 Interface Builder;
15.7 Libraries and Frameworks;
15.8 The Info.plist File;
Chapter 16: AppleScript;
16.1 The Script Menu Extra;
16.2 Programming AppleScript;
16.3 Scripting the Terminal;
Chapter 17: Text Editing on Mac OS X;
17.1 Types of Text Files;
17.2 Property Lists;
17.3 Graphical Text Editors;
17.4 Unix Text Editors;
17.5 Text Encodings;
Chapter 18: Using CVS;
18.1 Basic Concepts;
18.2 CVS Administrator Reference;
18.3 CVS User Reference;
18.4 CVS in Project Builder;
Under Mac OS X’s Hood;
Chapter 19: Using the Terminal;
19.1 Using the Terminal;
19.2 Process Management;
19.3 Terminal Alternatives;
Chapter 20: Pattern Matching;
20.1 Filenames Versus Patterns;
20.2 Metacharacters, Listed by Unix Program;
20.3 Metacharacters;
20.4 Examples of Searching;
Chapter 21: Shells and Shell Programming;
21.1 Introduction to the Shell;
21.2 Mac OS X Shells;
21.3 tcsh in Detail;
21.4 Variables;
21.5 Expressions;
21.6 Command History;
21.7 Command-Line Manipulation;
21.8 Job Control;
21.9 Built-in tcsh Commands;
Chapter 22: The Defaults System;
22.1 Property Lists;
22.2 Viewing and Editing Property Lists;
Chapter 23: Running the X Windows System;
23.1 Installing the X Windows System;
23.2 Running XDarwin;
23.3 Desktops and Window Managers;
23.4 X11-Based Applications and Libraries;
23.5 Aqua-Like X Windows with OroborOSX;
23.6 Aqua-X11 Interactions;
23.7 Connecting to Other X Window Systems;
Chapter 24: Installing Unix Software;
24.1 Package Managers;
24.2 Installing from Source;
Chapter 25: Unix Command Reference;
25.1 Alphabetical Summary of Commands;
Resources;
Books;
Magazines;
Mailing Lists;
Web Sites;
Colophon;

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