• Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint
Share this Page URL
Help

Chapter 9. Accessing the BSD Subsystem > Interacting with Unix: Basic Unix Comm...

Interacting with Unix: Basic Unix Commands

You've already learned how to interact with Unix using Mac OS X's Aqua interface and the GUI tools discussed throughout the earlier chapters of this book. Much of the rest of the book provides the information you need to interact with Unix textually, through the command line. Unix commands, programs, and applications are all run by typing their names at the command line. The remainder of this chapter covers what you need to know to start interacting with the command line and how to get help for what you're trying to do.

Introduction to the Unix Shell

As mentioned previously, a terminal alone isn't sufficient to enable you to interact with your machine. The terminal needs something to talk to, and that thing is usually a program called a shell. Unix shells provide text-based interaction between the user and the rest of the operating system. For those who have experience with the DOS environment, you can think of a Unix shell as similar to a very powerful version of COMMAND.COM. Please don't let that put you off. COMMAND.COM does not approach being a fair comparison for a Unix shell, but both do let you type commands to the computer.


PREVIEW

                                                                          

Not a subscriber?

Start A Free Trial


  
  • Creative Edge
  • Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint