Join Kevin Skoglund for an in-depth discussion in this video The working directory, part of Unix for Mac OS X Users.
In this chapter we're going to take a look at the Unix file system and how we…can work with files and directories.…I want to start that off by talking about the concept of the working directory.…This is an important concept.…It's the directory where we are right now.…So when we issue commands, it's important to know which working directory we are in, …because that's where those commands are going to happen.…That's where they are going to take place.…So if we say look for a file, it's going to look for a file in that directory,…unless we tell it something.…So it's important to know where we are.…The best analogy is the graphical user interface of the Finder. Right here I am inside kevin.…
That's my user directory and you can see that I have all my different folders here.…If I double-click on Public, I go inside the Public folder.…I've changed my working directory from being in kevin to being in Public.…I can go back and I've changed my working directory now back to kevin.…It's the directory that we are seeing and we are working. It's very similar.…
- 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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