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Appendix A: Command-Line Reference

Appendix A. Command-Line Reference

Throughout Mac OS X Unleashed, you learned a number of different commands that can be used to interact with your system. There are literally hundreds of shell commands and utilities that can be used with the Mac OS X distribution, and, unfortunately, there simply isn't enough space to provide information on them all. This appendix provides an alphabetical reference to some of the more useful and/or interesting BSD commands.

As Apple updates Mac OS X, it is likely to add additional functionality behind the scenes. In the first few revisions, Apple added a number of security features accessible only from the command line. Keep track of the files added during each update to find out whether there are any new utilities available for your use. For more information on viewing the contents of system updates, see Chapter 32, “System Maintenance.”


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