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    hello, i mostly use my mac for video editing, but today i started looking in the utilities folder, i found the terminal utility i have heard things about it, but i don't know how to use, or what can i do with it, so if anyone can shed some light ill be really thank full, ik really want to use my mac to the full potentiall

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    You can edit any system file you want with. Works almost exactly the same as the linux terminal if youve ver used that. Similar to DOS on a PC, but pimped out on steroids.

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    ohh, is there any web, that can give me a crash course and some stuff that i can do and explain it?

    edit system files, like what for example?
    thanks!

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    Literally ANY text file you want to, including those you cant access from finder. I wouldnt recomend it unless you really know what your doing though

    As for tutorials I knew of a few good web links, but Ive forgotten them. Do a google / wiki and you should find out some stuff on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mindcrime View Post
    hello, i mostly use my mac for video editing, but today i started looking in the utilities folder, i found the terminal utility i have heard things about it, but i don't know how to use, or what can i do with it, so if anyone can shed some light ill be really thank full, ik really want to use my mac to the full potentiall

    thanks
    I use the terminal a lot when I write C++ programs. I compile my programs through the terminal.

    In general, you can use it for a whole variety of things. Some cool things you should check out (assuming you dont know them already):

    type "say hello" - and someone will say hello (be sure your sound is on)
    type "banner yourname" - and it'll display a banner of your name
    type "uptime" - it'll display your uptime
    type "ls -l" to see a listing of whats in your directory
    type "clear" to clear the terminal window

    and the list goes on...

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    The terminal application is just a UNIX window where you can run UNIX commands. You learn can learn UNIX by looking at a site like: UNIX Tutorial for Beginners.
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    I find editing system files using terminal is a bit of a fiddly exercise. It's much easier to use textwrangler or something.

    The line editors these shells use are always state of the art circa 1978 . . .

    sudo pico /etc/httpd.conf or click the shortcut on my dock . . . hmm.

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