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Q1: Why do I have to type ./ in front of a command-line program to run it?
A1: When running programs from the command line, the system has a few preset places to look for them. This is called the system path. Because of security concerns, the current directory is not one of them. Therefore, to run a program located in the directory you’re currently using, you prefix it with ./, which tells the system that the file is located in the same place that you are.
Q2: Can I download PPC Linux X Window System applications and use them on Mac OS X?
A2: No. To use an X Window System application, it must be compiled for Mac OS X and for the X Window System distribution you’re using.
Q3: What’s the advantage to using Apache or other UNIX server software, such as MySQL, over applications such as WebSTAR or FileMaker?
A3: Use what works for you! Much of the UNIX-based software is free and extremely flexible—which is appealing to those with a limited budget and a love of the command line. However, something can be said for desktop applications that take full advantage of the Mac OS X user interface.


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