What can you do on the Terminal? Noob Questions!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by SolidSnak3, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. SolidSnak3 macrumors member

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    Hey Mac-Lords
    I ve been a windows peasant for a long time, but i want to learn more about MAC OSX ( own a macbook pro 13inc 2011 with snow leopard)
    I would like know what can i do on the terminal, how can i learn commands(list or website ?) etc
    Sorry for the trouble and thanks for the help!
     
  2. SolidSnak3 thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks dude, i was looking for personal experiences with it more than anything.
    Like what do you guys use the terminal for etc.
    Thanks again!
     
  3. Jagardn macrumors 6502a

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    Honestly, if you are not familiar with the terminal, be very carefull!! Many terminal commands can't be undone. You really need to get a book on Linux/unix, something dealing with scripts would probably do you well. To get started, just search the web for "Linux script tutorials", you'll get a bunch of results.
     
  4. SolidSnak3 thread starter macrumors member

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    I will thanks :)
     
  5. r0k macrumors 68040

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    I use terminal to log in to my remote linux boxes to maintain them. There isn't much I need to do on OS X in the terminal. The most recent thing I had to do was to re-enable ftpd (ftp server) which Apple suddenly decided we don't need any more. Well I'm not about to stop using my scan-to-ftp scanner so I went in terminal to get ftpd running again. I realized a lot of users might have this problem so I made an app to enable ftpd. It's on MacUpdate and linked in my sig.

    There really is no compelling reason to use the terminal except to learn about Unix. As for books, I would recommend getting used to reading "man pages." A lot of documentation ships with Unix (and by extension OS X). For instance, start by reading up on the bash shell after a google search. You come across a command line app you want to try like grep. You type man grep in terminal and you get the (rather primitive) online help. From there you can search for more on the web. In fact I'd say for learning Unix, the web is more useful than books. But I must remind you: Be careful! The terminal is no place to type things and see what they'll do. If you aren't careful in terminal, you could wipe all your the files in your home folder or render your Mac so it won't boot.

    If books work better for you, ORielly is an excellent source. One in particular called Learning the Bash Shell is under $20 at amazon and is even $5 cheaper to read on a kindle or in the kindle app on an iPad or on your Mac.
     
  6. SolidSnak3 thread starter macrumors member

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    This WAS VERY HELPFUL thanks dude :)
     
  7. r0k macrumors 68040

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    You're welcome!
     
  8. unixperience macrumors regular

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    you use terminal to unlock the full unix power of your mac!!!

    I got a mac because I love unix, I do a bit of coding and i use terminal for almost all my coding (except gui stuff typically). Use it to modify settings on your mac (for instance hibernate mode, disk spindown, shock sensor, troubleshoot networking issues, modify system files you can't access any other way, run system tasks, open applications, change permissions, remote access files and computers, edit all kinds of settings!!! i love unix)

    You can really interact with the operating system using terminal.... think of it as a registry editor in windows + windows power shell on steroids (as one of my coworkers says, he's a network specialist), it even plays some old fashioned games (tetris and the like)

    The terminal is a very powerful tool.
     

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