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Lesson 7. Command-Line Interface

Lesson 7. Command-Line Interface

TimeThis lesson takes approximately 1 hour to complete.
GoalsIdentify reasons to use a command-line interface and ways to access the command-line interface

Describe the syntax of commands entered at the command line

Use the online manual to determine the syntax and sample usage for a command

Run commands to view hidden files and folders and to manipulate files and file attributes

Run commands to find files, manage processes, monitor usage, and manage disks and volumes

Exchange data between the Finder and the command line


Mac OS X is designed to give users all the power of an industry-standard UNIX-based operating system without having to know anything about BSD (Berkeley Software Distribution) tools. From an administrator and technical coordinator's perspective, however, you may find it convenient to use a command-line interface to accomplish certain administrative or troubleshooting tasks. Using the command-line interface is optional, but for the purposes of obtaining Apple Help Desk Essentials certification, it is necessary to understand the basics of when, where, and how to use these tools.


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