Join Kevin Skoglund for an in-depth discussion in this video Regular expressions: Basic syntax, part of Unix for Mac OS X Users.
Now I'm not going to go through all of these item by item, but you can pause the…movie if you want to take a look.…Really get a feel for what they do.…First a simple period, that's a wild card. The character set, so that's any…character listed inside those square brackets.…So in the example on the far right you can see that that would match both grey…and gray, both spellings of gray could get matched.…Then we have a negative character set. We'd have the same square brackets but we…put a caret as the first character inside of them and that would say any…character that's not included there.…So for example, if we wanted to match everything that was not an A, E, I, O or U,…then we would use that negative character set.…
Next we have the range indicator which is a minus sign and that's typically just…used inside a character set to indicate a range of characters.…You don't have to actually spell out every single character you mean. You can…just say capital A to capital Z, A dash Z, lowercase a to z, 0 to 9, and those…
- 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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