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An instant success among newcomers, longtime Apple® fans and serious Unix® users alike, the Mac OS® X operating system combines stability, simplicity and elegance, and a stunning user interface. What more could Mac users want or need? The answer, of course, is Mac OS X Panther—a sleek and powerful overhaul of Mac OS X that promises to revitalize your Mac with improved views of the system, significant improvements to favorite applications, and numerous added conveniences. As with its predecessor, Jaguar, Mac OS X ...

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Overview

An instant success among newcomers, longtime Apple® fans and serious Unix® users alike, the Mac OS® X operating system combines stability, simplicity and elegance, and a stunning user interface. What more could Mac users want or need? The answer, of course, is Mac OS X Panther—a sleek and powerful overhaul of Mac OS X that promises to revitalize your Mac with improved views of the system, significant improvements to favorite applications, and numerous added conveniences. As with its predecessor, Jaguar, Mac OS X Panther offers plenty of new territory to explore. To show the way, O'Reilly's latest Nutshell book, Mac OS X Panther in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition offers all audiences—both longtime Mac users and hardcore Unix users—the most complete guide to this remarkable operating system.

The latest edition of this all-purpose reference leads power users through the newly changed landscape of Mac OS X. Mac OS X Panther in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition provides details about the user-interface elements, system and network administration, and scripting and development. If you want to probe more deeply into the BSD Unix side of Mac OS X, there's a section that delves "under the hood." The book also includes the most complete Unix command reference found in print—with each command and option painstakingly tested and checked against Panther. Even the manpages that ship with the system can't compete in accuracy!

Mac OS X Panther in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition offers a thorough treatment of Mac OS X Panther, from its BSD Unix foundation to the finer points of its user interface. It familiarizes readers with the Finder™ and the Dock, file management, system configuration, network administration issues, and more, including a clear picture of what's new

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 Panther
  • Using CVS
  • Unix Command Reference
  • An overview of the Apple® X11 distribution
Mac OS X Panther in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition is the indispensable guide for anyone who wants to know Mac OS X Panther inside and out.

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: 9780596006068
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Series: In a Nutshell (O'Reilly) Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1056
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 8.84 (h) x 1.86 (d)

Meet the Author

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 Starting Up and Logging In;
1.2 Startup and Shutdown Keys;
1.3 The Mac Desktop;
1.4 The Menu Bar;
1.5 The Application Switcher;
1.6 Exposé;
1.7 The Dock;
1.8 Windows;
1.9 Opening and Saving Documents;
1.10 Services;
1.11 Logging Out and Shutting Down;
Chapter 2: Using the Finder;
2.1 Finder Overview;
2.2 Finder Views;
2.3 Relaunching the Finder;
2.4 Menus and Keyboard Shortcuts;
2.5 Searching for and Locating Files;
2.6 File Types;
2.7 Folders;
2.8 Bundles;
2.9 Aliases;
2.10 Moving and Copying Files and Folders;
2.11 The Get Info Window;
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: System Preferences;
4.1 Using System Preferences;
4.2 The System Preference Panels;
4.3 Speech Recognition and Speakable Commands;
4.4 Adding Panes to System Preferences;
Chapter 5: Applications and Utilities;
5.1 Applications;
5.2 Installing Applications;
Chapter 6: Task and Setting Index;
System and Network Administration;
Chapter 7: Filesystem Overview;
7.1 Mac OS X Filesystems;
7.2 Filesystem Organization;
7.3 Hidden Files;
7.4 The File Permissions System;
Chapter 8: Networking;
8.1 Networking Basics;
8.2 Accessing Network Disks;
8.3 Web Browsing;
8.4 Using FTP;
8.5 Remote Logins;
8.6 Virtual Private Networking;
8.7 Rendezvous;
Chapter 9: Printer Configuration and Printing;
9.1 How Printing Works;
9.2 The Print Dialog;
9.3 Printer Setup Utility;
9.4 Page Setup;
9.5 Print & Fax Preferences;
9.6 ColorSync;
9.7 PostScript Converter;
9.8 Alternative Printer Interfaces;
9.9 Printer Sharing;
9.10 Configuring CUPS;
9.11 Printer Drivers;
Chapter 10: System Administration Overview;
10.1 Acting as Root;
10.2 Managing Users and Groups;
10.3 Network Administration;
10.4 NFS;
10.5 Single-User Mode;
10.6 cron Tasks;
Chapter 11: Directory Services;
11.1 Understanding Directory Services;
11.2 Programming with Directory Services;
11.3 Configuring Directory Services;
11.4 NetInfo Manager;
11.5 Directory Services Utilities;
11.6 Managing Groups;
11.7 Managing Users and Passwords;
11.8 Managing Hostnames and IP Addresses;
11.9 Exporting Directories with NFS;
11.10 Flat Files and Their Directory Services Counterparts;
11.11 Restoring the Directory Services Database;
Chapter 12: Running Network Services;
12.1 Network Services Overview;
12.2 Running Services in Mac OS X;
12.3 Mail Services;
12.4 Web Services;
12.5 File Transfer Protocol (FTP);
12.6 Remote Login Services;
12.7 File Sharing Services;
12.8 Daemon Management;
Chapter 13: Security Basics;
13.1 General Security;
13.2 Authentication;
13.3 Filesystem Security;
13.4 Physical Security;
Scripting and Development;
Chapter 14: AppleScript;
14.1 The Script Menu Extra;
14.2 Programming AppleScript;
14.3 Script Editor;
14.4 Folder Actions;
14.5 AppleScript Studio;
14.6 Scripting the Terminal;
14.7 AppleScript Resources;
Chapter 15: Xcode Tools;
15.1 Getting the Xcode Tools;
15.2 The Developer Folder;
15.3 Developer Applications;
15.4 Xcode;
15.5 Programming Languages;
15.6 Interface Builder;
15.7 Libraries and Frameworks;
15.8 The Info.plist File;
Chapter 16: Java on Mac OS X;
16.1 Java Tools and Applications;
16.2 Running Mac-Friendly Java Programs;
16.3 Running Generic Java Applications;
16.4 Java on the Command Line;
16.5 Customizing Java Applications;
Chapter 17: CVS;
17.1 Basic Concepts;
17.2 CVS Command Format;
17.3 Common Global Options;
17.4 Gotchas;
17.5 CVS Administrator Reference;
17.6 CVS User Reference;
Under Mac OS X’s Hood;
Chapter 18: Using the Terminal;
18.1 Using the Terminal;
18.2 Process Management;
Chapter 19: Shell Overview;
19.1 Introduction to the Shell;
19.2 Shell Flavors;
19.3 Common Features;
19.4 Differing Features;
Chapter 20: bash: The Bourne-Again Shell;
20.1 Invoking the Shell;
20.2 Syntax;
20.3 Variables;
20.4 Arithmetic Expressions;
20.5 Command History;
20.6 Job Control;
20.7 Built-in Commands;
Chapter 21: tcsh: An Extended C Shell;
21.1 Overview of Features;
21.2 Invoking the Shell;
21.3 Syntax;
21.4 Variables;
21.5 Expressions;
21.6 Command History;
21.7 Command-Line Manipulation;
21.8 Job Control;
21.9 Built-in Commands;
Chapter 22: Pattern Matching;
22.1 Filenames Versus Patterns;
22.2 Metacharacters, Listed by Unix Program;
22.3 Metacharacters;
22.4 Examples of Searching;
Chapter 23: The vi Editor;
23.1 Review of vi Operations;
23.2 vi Command-Line Options;
23.3 ex Command-Line Options;
23.4 Movement Commands;
23.5 Edit Commands;
23.6 Saving and Exiting;
23.7 Accessing Multiple Files;
23.8 Window Commands;
23.9 Interacting with the Shell;
23.10 Macros;
23.11 Miscellaneous Commands;
23.12 Alphabetical List of Keys in Command Mode;
23.13 Syntax of ex Commands;
23.14 Alphabetical Summary of ex Commands;
23.15 vi Configuration;
Chapter 24: The Emacs Editor;
24.1 Emacs Concepts;
24.2 Typical Problems;
24.3 Notes on the Tables;
24.4 Summary of Commands by Group;
24.5 Summary of Commands by Key;
24.6 Summary of Commands by Name;
Chapter 25: The Defaults System;
25.1 Property Lists;
25.2 Viewing and Editing Property Lists;
Chapter 26: The X Window System;
26.1 About Apple’s X11;
26.2 Installing X11;
26.3 Running X11;
26.4 Customizing X11;
26.5 X11-Based Applications and Libraries;
26.6 Connecting to Other X Window Systems;
26.7 Virtual Network Computer;
Chapter 27: Installing Unix Software;
27.1 Package Managers;
27.2 Installing from Source;
Chapter 28: Unix Command Reference;
28.1 Alphabetical Summary of Commands;
Appendixes;
Special Characters;
Resources;
Books;
Magazines;
Mailing Lists;
Web Sites;
Colophon;

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    the best book ever

    All you need to know about Panther

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    Posted July 21, 2004

    Comprehensive and authoritative

    Do any of you remember the O'Reilly books from the late 80s on X Windows? Those became the definitive guides to X11, and probably were crucial in putting O'Reilly on the map as a prominent technical publisher. Well, this book on Mac OS X Panther captures some of that early O'Reilly spirit. In its comprehensiveness and heft. But also in its terseness. Turn to a random chapter and start reading. The authors try to get to the point, without wasting time. They write at a technical level that assumes you don't know the specifics of that chapter, but that you are no novice to computing. It should be noted that the second half of the book is essentially a standard unix reference. As you may be aware, OS X is now a unix variant. Which is neat. But also accounts for much of the book's size. Unix has built up a massive set of utilities in 20 years, and the length of the unix sections here reflects this. Don't let this put you off either the book or OS X. On the contrary! The building of the Mac operating system on top of unix gives you more power and stability (against crashes) on the Mac.

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