Join Kevin Skoglund for an in-depth discussion in this video System configurations: Viewing and setting, part of Unix for Mac OS X Users.
Mac OS X has hundreds of configurations and settings to control your…environment that you work in.…Some of these can be set in your system preferences but others are actually…inaccessible to most users.…But through Unix we can access those configurations and even modify them.…In this movie we'll learn how to do that. Before we begin,…keep in mind two things about setting configurations.…The first is you want to be super careful that you don't accidentally change a…configuration that you didn't mean to change.…You might set something into an undesirable state.…The second thing is that some changes are going to take effect immediately, but…others are going to require either that you log out and back in or that you…completely restart your Mac.…
So just because you don't see a change right away doesn't mean that it didn't…actually take effect.…It really just depends at what point the Mac loads in that particular…preference, and that's going to vary from preference to preference.…Let's start by seeing where the configurations are stored. I'll use Command+N to…
- 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
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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