By Kirk McElhearn
The Mac command line deals a quicker, more uncomplicated strategy to accomplish many projects. it is also the medium for lots of instructions that are not obtainable utilizing the GUI. The Mac OS X Command Line is a transparent, concise, tutorial-style creation to the entire significant performance supplied by means of the command line. it is also choked with info the skilled clients desire, together with little-known shortcuts and several other chapters dedicated to complicated issues. it is a booklet to get you all started, but additionally a e-book you won’t quickly outgrow.
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Buffer Size Description Unlimited Scrollback This keeps as many lines in the Terminal buffer as it has displayed. If you use Terminal for a long time and it has a large enough scrollback in its buffer, you may have problems with the application quitting. But in most cases, this is the best choice. A specific number of lines If you don’t want an unlimited scrollback buffer, enter the number you want here. By default, Terminal uses 3,000 lines. Disabled This turns the scrollback buffer off. There’s not much reason to do this, unless you have a process running that is constantly generating text (such as a detailed log) and you need to leave it on for a long time.
You may need to try several encodings if you work with non-ASCII characters to find the one that displays these characters correctly. Enable Drag Copy/Paste of Text If this is checked, you can drag text to and from a Terminal window. You can drag text into other application windows, onto the desktop, or into a Finder window to create a clipping file; or you can drag text from other applications or from clipping files into a Terminal window. 10. Macs have always been highly customizable, and choices of colors are an expression of individual taste.
Reading Directory Contents Let’s explore some other things you can do with Terminal. In the following series of commands, you will 1. Create a new directory (the Unix word for folder). 2. Examine the contents of the directory. 3. Create a new file. 4. Tell your computer to write some text to that file. 5. Read the file. 6. Delete the file and directory. The Terminal prompt shows that you are in your home (~) directory. Each user has a home directory that contains their personal files. 4) in a Finder window sidebar.