Join Kevin Skoglund for an in-depth discussion in this video Searching for files and directories, part of Unix for Mac OS X Users.
Now we've covered most of the fundamentals of working with files and…directories, we want us to see how we can go about searching files and…directories to find certain files.…The Finder offers a really powerful search tool already.…It's called Spotlight.…You can access it from the upper right-hand corner of the Finder or most Finder…windows also have a field that where you can type in what you are looking for…and it will help you find all the files that match that criteria and it's very…powerful and it's pretty fast.…However, we also need to learn to do it the Unix way.…First of all, you may be on another Unix system at some point.…Maybe you're even logged in remotely to a Unix web server and want to search for things there.…
Well, Spotlight won't do you any good on that remote server and also sometimes…it will be useful to be able to just do it from Unix without switching out and…in some cases, it will actually be faster.…You will be able to find exactly the results you want by doing it this way.…
- 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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