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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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I've never used OSX, but...

I've never used OSX, but I have over 15 years of Unix experience, which might count for something.

If you like apropos you might want to try man -k which is exactly the same thing. But it makes the link with the man command more explicit.

Other useful commands are which and whence both of which try and show you which command will be run when you type that command.

Helpful if there are different versions of commands in different locations.





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