Mac OS X Tiger for Unix Geeks, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: June 2005
Pages: 416

If you're one of the many Unix developers drawn to Mac OS X for its Unix core, you'll find yourself in surprisingly unfamiliar territory. Unix and Mac OS X are kissing cousins, but there are enough pitfalls and minefields in going from one to another that even a Unix guru can stumble, and most guides to Mac OS X are written for Mac aficionados. For a Unix developer, approaching Tiger from the Mac side is a bit like learning Russian by reading the Russian side of a Russian-English dictionary. Fortunately, O'Reilly has been the Unix authority for over 25 years, and in Mac OS X Tiger for Unix Geeks, that depth of understanding shows.

This is the book for Mac command-line fans. Completely revised and updated to cover Mac OS X Tiger, this new edition helps you quickly and painlessly get acclimated with Tiger's familiar-yet foreign-Unix environment. Topics include:

  • Using the Terminal and understanding how it differs from an xterm
  • Using Directory Services, Open Directory (LDAP), and NetInfo
  • Compiling code with GCC 3
  • Library linking and porting Unix software
  • Creating and installing packages with Fink
  • Using DarwinPorts
  • Search through metadata with Spotlight's command-line utilities
  • Building the Darwin kernel
  • Running X Windows on top of Mac OS X, or better yet, run Mac OS X on a Windows machine with PearPC!

Mac OS X Tiger for Unix Geeks is the ideal survival guide for taming the Unix side of Tiger. If you're a Unix geek with an interest in Mac OS X, you'll find this clear, concise book invaluable.

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It is what is says on the cover

By Keith

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Comments about oreilly Mac OS X Tiger for Unix Geeks, 3rd Edition:

I'm a software developer and a Unix user.

Have you ever wondered where your user accounts or group file are? How do you install X? What's the relationship to BSD? How do you set up an account or group with particular uid or gid? In short, what are the little differences and how do you cope as a Unix or Linux user moving to OS X?

This book is the answer. It describes features which in fact are the differences that a Unix user would notice. If you're from a Unix background, this'll make the peace with OS X.

 
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By David Leader

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Comments about oreilly Mac OS X Tiger for Unix Geeks, 3rd Edition:

As a long-time Mac-user who liked to keep his Unix on Sun machines (and wasn't convinced about OS X) I recently started taking advantage of the Mac OS X's Unix underpinning. Hence I'm not quite the audience that the book's directed at, but I still found several chapters contained information that was most valuable to me.

One small criticism. The section on the built-in Apache web server doesn't tell the Unix geek where to put his html pages - annoying because they don't go in the usual Unix place.

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