Join Kevin Skoglund for an in-depth discussion in this video Finder aliases in Unix, part of Unix for Mac OS X Users.
Over the course of the next several movies I want to take a look at how to…work with links in Unix.…Conceptually, links are similar to file aliases that you create in the Mac OS X Finder.…You may already be familiar with those, but they're not the same thing and it's…important for us to understand the differences between them.…We'll start by taking a look at the way that the Mac OS X Finder aliases work.…And to begin with, let's just create a simple file.…So notice that I am already inside my unix_files directory and I'll create a new file.…I'll call it linkedfile.txt and in it, I'll just put some sample text, Link test.…
Ctrl+X to exit, yes to save the changes, and return to accept the name that…it wanted to give me.…Now if we do ls -la, we can see that file we just created right here.…Notice that the size of the file is 10.…That's because there are just ten characters in it.…That's what it's storing and keeping track of, and it's just a normal regular file here.…That's what this dash at the beginning indicates.…
- Moving around the file system
- Creating and reading files
- Copying, moving, renaming, and deleting files and directories
- Creating hard links and symbolic links
- Understanding user identity, file ownership, and sudo
- Setting file permissions with alpha and octal notation
- Changing the PATH variable
- Using the command history
- Directing input and output
- Configuring the Unix working environment
- Searching and replacing using grep and regular expressions
- Manipulating text with tr, sed, and cut
- Integrating with the Finder, Spotlight, and AppleScript
Skill Level Beginner
Q: The exercise files for the following movies appear to be broken:
Is there something wrong with them?
These exercises include one or more "dot files", whose file names start with a period. These files are normally hidden from view by the Finder. So that they would show up in the Finder, the period has been removed from the file names. Additionally, "_example" has been added at the end of the file name to make it clear that the file will not work as-is.
To make the dot files usable, either:
1) Open the file in a text editor to view its contents. Note that it may not be possible to double-click the file to open it because there is no file extension (such as .txt).
2) Resave the file under a new name (usually by choosing File > Save As), adding a "." to the beginning of the file name and removing "_example" from the end.
1) Copy and rename the file from the Unix command line using the techniques discussed in this course. Rename the file by adding a "." to the start and removing "_example" from the end. Include the "-i" option to prevent overwriting an existing file unexpectedly.
Example: cp -i ~/Desktop/Exercise\ Files/Chapter_07/07_02_files/bashrc_example ~/.bashrc
1. Introduction to Unix
2. Filesystem Basics
3. Working with Files and Directories
4. Ownership and Permissions
5. Commands and Programs
6. Directing Input and Output
7. Configuring Your Working Environment
8. Unix Power Tools
9. Useful Mac-Only Commands and Techniques
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