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Calling all Terminal nerds

CLI nerds and UNIX ex-pats, I have a humble but profound request: help us GUI laggards learn more about getting started in the OS X Terminal. We all secretly know that’s where all your good junk is hidden, but it can be pretty daunting to the uninitiated user.

I propose that when you command-line wizards happen upon a web resource that might be useful to someone new to the Terminal, you should post it to del.icio.us with the tag “OSXCLI” (I’m pronouncing it “AHSS-klee”). And please do comment in your link: why is this good and who will it benefit? Here’s the RSS feed for the rest of us.

Alternately, you can post a link in comments here, but I think the collaborative, RSS-able option, as ever, is more fun, don’t you? Now get linking, beard guy.

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The say that half of...

The say that half of knowledge is knowing where to find it.

One of my all-time favorite cli tools is apropos. So for instance, if you can't remember (or simply don't know) what shell commands you have at your disposal for converting a PostScript file to a PDF, just type "apropos postscript" for a list of shell commands/libraries/resources related to dealing with PostScript® files. (OK,OK; maybe it only returns results that have man pages containing these strings, but you get the idea).

This is a great way for the uninitiated to identify a shell command for a specific task. Great for us AppleScript Studio guys.



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