Micah R Ledbetter
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Sun Jul 22 03:09:39 CDT 2007
On Jul 22, 2007, at 00:10, Phil Stracchino wrote:
> can anyone recommend a quick intro-to-OS-X just to give us the
> basic skinny on where to find what and how to do common tasks that one
> would expect to do on a Unix-based OS, but which are, shall we say,
> non-trivial on OS X? (For instance, I understand that on OS X, one
> cannot simply 'su -', because root doesn't exist as such.)
I use Fink and DarwinPorts. Darwin Ports is supposedly "better" and
less buggy, but I haven't had any problems with either one. They both
have packages that the other does not. If you're going to spend time
on it in Terminal, you'll probably want one of the two.
The other thing to note is that a lot of stuff normally configured
in /etc is inside NetInfo. /etc/passwd, for example, does exist but
only matters when booting to single user mode. useradd and such do
not come with Mac OS X, but you are expected to use netinfo.
(Alternatively, you can use fink, which has packages useradd and
friends, which use the NetInfo APIs.)
As always, the Rosetta Stone for Unix is invaluable for "Yargh
where does Mac OS X do $foo ?"
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