Changes to the 'Terminal App' in Mavericks? New commands?

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  1. MacNoobGuy macrumors 6502

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    Hi all, I'd like to start learning how to really make good use of the Terminal App. Did Mavericks change how the Terminal App works or are there new commands? Either way, I'm a complete noob, but I've got a tutorial for the Terminal here from Lynda.com that I was about to start using.

    Thanks!
     
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    The terminal doesn't change much if at all between releases since it's mostly *NIX commands. Be aware that monkeying around in terminal can result in an unbootable system - it is not a place for playing around.

    apple hasn't said anything about changes to the commands AFAIK and I wouldn't expect any changes.
     
  3. SlCKB0Y, Nov 2, 2013
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    SlCKB0Y macrumors 68040

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    Bash scripting
    http://www.tldp.org/LDP/Bash-Beginners-Guide/html/Bash-Beginners-Guide.html

    You'll want to learn the VIM text editor
    http://www.openvim.com/tutorial.html

    I'd then install something like Ubuntu Server into Virtualbox: http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/4.3.2/VirtualBox-4.3.2-90405-OSX.dmg

    Get some understanding of UNIX/Linux filesystem structures
    http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/understanding-unixlinux-file-system-part-i.html
    http://www.tldp.org/LDP/intro-linux/html/sect_03_01.html
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unix_filesystem

    You'll need to know about permissions:
    https://help.unc.edu/help/how-to-use-unix-and-linux-file-permissions/

    Shell commands (note there is some minor differences here between the GNU Linux tools and the mostly BSD ones in OS X)
    http://www.thegeekstuff.com/2010/11/50-linux-commands/

    The skills are mostly transferable between Linux and OS X and you wont run the risk of messing up your OS X installation if you use Linux in Virtualbox
     
  4. costabunny macrumors 68020

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  5. kunai macrumors regular

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    It seems you have a misunderstanding of how Terminal.app works. Terminal isn't a standalone application; all it is is an alternate user interface for you to use your Mac with. The "commands" themselves are actually applications stored in /usr/bin and /bin. You run them by typing them into the shell, which is the standard interface of Terminal. Usually, on Unix systems, the shell is bash.

    There's a ton of great literature out there; some of which has already been mentioned by previous posters. Here's one great book to get you up to speed: http://www.amazon.com/Learning-Unix...s&ie=UTF8&qid=1383445266&sr=1-7&keywords=unix

    Happy hacking. Also, I'd recommend creating a barebones Linux VM to toy around with before you begin to actually use Mac OS X's built-in shell and utilities.
     

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