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Product Details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (Dec 3 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201795353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201795356
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 853 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,690,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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With Mac OS X, Apple has completely rebuilt the Macintosh operating system from the ground up--and yes, it's Unix that's running this new Mac OS. Mac users can now use the terminal command line to write a Perl script, automate batch commands, run an Apache server, use sendmail, and grep to their heart's delight. And alternately, many experienced Unix programmers are thrilled to be able to write shell scripts on the Mac platform. Unix for Mac OS X: Visual QuickPro Guide shows readers how to configure their Unix environment, navigate permissions, directories and files, run handy Unix utilities, configure and run the Apache Web server, and much more. In addition, readers will learn how to protect their files with Unix's security tools, and how to fix their Macs when things go wrong.

About the Author

Matisse Enzer studied architecture at the Cooper Union in New York City and with renowned architect Christopher Alexander (A Pattern Language) in California. Matisse worked at The WELL during the time it became one of the very first online communities to connect to the Internet. Since 1994 he's worked as a self-employed Internet consultant, designing and building a wide variety of systems. This is his first book for Peachpit Press.

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By Bahi on May 13 2004
Format: Paperback
I came to Mac OS X with almost 10 years of experience with mainly GUI operating systems; this book above all the others I looked at provided just the right all-round introduction to Unix on OS X. I cannot explain how a *Visual* QuickPro guide was so good at providing information about arguably the least visually rich aspect of the new Mac OS. It seems like an absurdly inappropriate format but somehow, it works perfectly - Mr Enzer gets things just right. There's no fluff and no overly chatty silliness to make the book an enormous doorstop. Nor is it ever tough going or unreadable - it's always well spaced, with excellent tips and notes sections and carefully paced.
It's probably about time that it was updated for Panther, which was released almost 7 months ago as I write this but the author has already provided the relevant information for bash users (a clean Panther installation uses bash by default) as well as csh and tcsh. (Don't worry if you don't know what these are - all becomes clear in the book.) Yes, there's a good Unix section for beginners in Mac OS X Panther Unleashed, too (Willam & John Ray) but this one easily tops it and provides much more useful information, good as the other book is on Mac OS X in general. There are other books that talk to Unix geeks about the Mac - this one is the best I've come across at doing the opposite.
I'm withholding one star only because so many errors made their way past the proof-reading stage. (Easily fixed - go to the Peachpit Press site and save a copy of the online Errors & Corrections page for this book.)
If you are new to Unix or have the most basic of skills and you use OS X, this will give you exactly the grounding you need using just the right kind of language. It's beautifully done. Just don't forget to visit the Errors & Corrections page at Peachpit.
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I'm on a quest to learn Perl to write CGI scripts and I want to do it all on my Mac using the wonderful tools that come with OS X. One problem, I haven't used Unix in years (since college) and even then I couldn't do much more than navigate around using "ls" on the command line. Suffice it to say that I am very much a "newbie".
I looked at all of the books in this category and chose this one by Matisse Enzer. My instincts were right on -- this is a great book.
It is well written, well organized and very easy to follow. It is both a book that you can sit down and read as well as a useful reference. The logical path that Matisse takes the reader through to learn the essential Unix invocations and other mystical Unix-spellcraft makes learning a pleasure!
In less than a week, I was able to configure my Apache server and the powerful Sendmail program included with OS X. This goes well beyond the basics that are also inluded in the book (there is a lot of great beginner stuff). Matisse helped me to absord the fundamentals quickly so I was able to move onto more advanced subjects without wasting any time.
I am definitely a beginner when it comes to Unix, however, Matisse lays the concepts out so well, I already feel confident taking on more advanced Unix projects.
Get this -- when I did run into a snag, I went to the Apple help forums to get an answer. Guess who answered my post that same day? Thats right, Matisse Enzer. He did everything but autograph my book -- which I am still working on ;)
Buy this book -- you won't be sorry.
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I am a MacAddict and I attended a UNIX based school so when Mac OS X was announced I was very happy. It actually sparked my interest in learning more about Unix. I know a bunch of the "simple" commands and am comfortable with a shell. I bought Mac OS X Unleashed for 10.1 last year and it had a very good section on Unix. I have browsed the 10.2 Unleashed and it is also good. However, it's one big honkin' book. So, I was on the lookout for a MacOSX Unix only book and happened upon this one. As the author states in her "review" it is the most in depth beginner's guide to Unix in the MacOSX realm; even compared to O'Reilly's MacOSX Unix books. It has PeachPit's expected depth at beginner level yet is a QuickPro book so it's even more powerful than a QuickStart title. It combines the right amounts of understandability, book size, and depth of any I've come across so far. You want to dabble in Unix for OS X or take the first steps to being a Unix King? Then this book is a great choice.
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Hi folks, I wanted to add my commenst here to clarify who this book is for and what you can expect from it.
"Unix for Mac OS X" is a very intense beginner's guide to Unix. The book assumes NO prior experience with Unix. It does assume you are an enthusiastic and adventurous type (or you wouldn't be bothering with Unix in the first place.) The book provides a great deal more detail then any other beginner-level Unix book I am aware of and I hope that people will use it as a solid starting point to go even deeper into Unix, which is an excellent platform for collaborative computing.
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