Mac OS X to the Max: Unix Resources

Using Unix proficiently requires some additional learning?Unix is a very complex and sophisticated tool that you should become familiar with to master Mac OS X. In this part of this chapter, you will learn the keyboard shortcuts that will help you use the Terminal application more efficiently. You will also find references to Web sites and books that can help you learn Unix in more depth.

Using Terminal Keyboard Shortcuts

Table 9.1 lists keyboard shortcuts for the Terminal application.

Table 9.1. Terminal Keyboard Shortcuts



Use Selection for Find


Find Next




Find Previous


Jump to Selection


Line Down

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Line Up

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New Command


New Shell


Next Page


Next Terminal

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Previous Terminal

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Save Selected Text As


Save Text As


Send Break


Set Title


Show Info


Learning Unix

The following list describes Web sites for learning more about Unix:

  • Site name: Unix System Administration Independent Learning. This is an online course about administering Unix.

  • Site name: A Course in the Unix Operating System. This is another online Unix course.

  • Site name: Unixhelp for Users. This is a nicely organized and fairly extensive reference site.

  • Site name: SOO/STRC Unix Resources. This is a page containing links to other Unix learning sites.

  • Site name: Rice University IT Document Index. This is an archive of various PDF docs; there are many on various aspects of Unix.

The following list describes some recommended books for learning more about Unix:

  • Sams Teach Yourself Unix in 10 Minutes? Author: William Ray. This is a good "fast and easy" entry into the world of Unix.

  • Sams Teach Yourself Unix in 24 Hours, Second Edition? Authors: Dave Taylor and James C. Armstrong, Jr. This contains 24 one-hour lessons to get you into Unix.

  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Unix? Author: Bill Wagner. This book's friendly approach to Unix is good if you prefer a less-structured approach than the Sams Teach Yourself books.

  • Special Edition Using Unix, Third Edition? Author: Peter Kuo. This is a comprehensive Unix reference. This is a good resource to have when you become comfortable with Unix and want to explore it in great detail.

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