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  1. #1
    TylerMoney
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    trying to figure out darwin
    Hello all.

    I am new to mac, and even more new to Darwin. I was wondering if somebody could give me some basic commands, so I can start exploring it and understanding it better.

    I know how to get to the hidden games within Darwin....so I know how to open emacs....but I don't know what it is.

    also, I know the top and ifconfig commands.....that's about it...so yeah...any help, suggestions, or places I could go to learn more would be great.

    Thanks a lot

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    masaka___
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    Quote Originally Posted by TylerMoney
    Hello all.

    I am new to mac, and even more new to Darwin. I was wondering if somebody could give me some basic commands, so I can start exploring it and understanding it better.

    I know how to get to the hidden games within Darwin....so I know how to open emacs....but I don't know what it is.
    Emacs is a religion masquerading as a text editor. It is diametrically opposed to vi (another religion masquerading as a text editor).

    http://www.emacswiki.org/

    To exit emacs, type Ctrl-X Ctrl-C.

    To exit vi, hit ESC; then type ':qa!' without the single quotes and then press Enter.

    also, I know the top and ifconfig commands.....that's about it...so yeah...any help, suggestions, or places I could go to learn more would be great.

    Thanks a lot
    List files in a directory
    ls

    List files more verbosely
    ls -l

    See a list of a bunch of other unix commands
    ls -l /usr/bin

    Make the output of a command scrollable by piping it through 'less'
    ls -l /usr/bin | less

    Read the manual for a command
    man COMMMAND

    (Example: man ls)

    Change directories
    cd DIR

    (Example: cd /usr/bin ; cd /etc)

    Change back to the home directory
    cd ~
    (or just)
    cd

    Go back to the last directory you were at
    cd -

    Go to the root directory
    cd /

    Configure the OS from the command line
    defaults

    (Example: defaults read com.apple.desktop Background)

    Open a file with the default application
    open FILE

    (Example: open ~/Pictures)

    Download something from the web
    curl -O URL

    (Example: curl -O http://www.apple.com/index.html)

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    TylerMoney
    Guest
    Thanks a lot. That ought to get me started.

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