Mac/Unix Help

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by scan, Dec 8, 2006.

  1. scan macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2005
    Hi, can someone help me understand how Mac works? I am quite familiar with UNIX systems and I am trying ot figure out how the UNIX side of Mac workds.

    For example, when I open up firefox (from GUI) and I do a ps -ef (from terminal as root) to check the processes running, I don't see firefox :confused:

    If I open a firefox process from GUI and then run firefox from terminal (I find the bin), it spawns two parent process instead of a child. I see this from the dock. This is weird because I see two firefox icons in my dock.

    How does this work???
  2. mac-convert macrumors 6502a


    Nov 2, 2006
    Are we there yet?
    Start with taking a look at the Activity Monitor. You'll find that in your Utilities folder in you Applications.
  3. Westside guy macrumors 603

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    I imagine what you do see is "illegal option -f". :D Coming from Linux, it takes some time getting used to how the BSD variants of some commands differ from their GNU counterparts.

    If you were to run "ps -aux" you'd see, which is how most OS X native apps display.

    I think it's just a matter of trying things out and getting used to the cosmetic differences. You can use fink to install GNU versions of the core utilities, which personally I think are superior in many respects.

    Hey another odd thing is the "locate" command in OS X. It doesn't understand case sensitivity, which is odd given that Mac often mixes upper and lower case AND locate won't match things in a case insensitive manner. What I did was download, build, and install slocate and run that instead.

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