Finding Related Information


Distributions of Mac OS X come with reference pages stored online. You can read these documents by using the info (page 30) or man (page 28) utilities, with the documentation browser in Xcode, or with the Mac Help application. You can read man and info pages to get more information about specific topics while reading this book or to determine which features are available with Mac OS X. You can search for topics by using apropos (see page 59 or give the command man apropos). The Apple support site (www.apple.com/support) has many useful links.

Documentation

Good books are available on various aspects of using and administrating UNIX systems in general. In addition, you may find the sites listed in Table B-1 useful.[1]

[1] The right-hand columns of most of the tables in this appendix show Internet addresses (URLs). All sites have an implicit http:// prefix unless ftp:// or https:// is shown. Refer to "URL: Uniform Resource Locator" on page 421.

Table B-1. Documentation

Site

About the site

URL

Apple Manuals

Apple manuals (look under Software Manuals/Mac OS X in a box on the right).

www.apple.com/support/manuals

GNU Manuals

GNU manuals.

www.gnu.org/manual

Internet FAQ Archives

Searchable FAQ archives.

www.faqs.org

Info

Instructions for using the info utility.

www.gnu.org/software/texinfo/manual/info

RFCs

Request for Comments; see RFC (page 951).

www.rfc-editor.org

The Linux Documentation Project

All things related to Linux documentation (in many languages): HOWTOs, guides, FAQs, man pages, and magazines. This is the best overall source for Linux documentation. Make sure to visit its Links page.

www.tldp.org


Useful UNIX Sites

Sometimes the sites listed in Table B-2 are so busy that you cannot log in. When this happens, you are usually given a list of alternative, or mirror, sites to try.

Table B-2. Useful Mac OS X sites

Site

About the site

URL

Apple Developer Connection

A site for developers; includes information on Intel-based Macintosh systems.

developer.apple.com

Darwin

The Darwin (OS X UNIX) home page.

opendarwin.org developer.apple.com/darwin

GNU

GNU Project Web server.

www.gnu.org

ibiblio

A large library and digital archive. Formerly Metalab; formerly Sunsite.

www.ibiblio.org

MacAddict

A magazine with reviews, tips, and articles about the Macintosh.

www.macaddict.com

MacFixit

A user site full of tips, trivia, and troubleshooting help for the Macintosh.

www.macfixit.com

Mac User Groups

Apple's registry of Macintosh user groups includes a searchable database.

www.apple.com/usergroups/
www.apple.com/usergroups/find/

System Administrators Guild (SAGE)

SAGE is a group for system administrators.

www.sage.org

Sobell

The author's home page contains useful links, errata for this book, code for many of the examples in this book, and answers to selected exercises.

www.sobell.com

Threads

Linux Documentation Project threads FAQ.

tldp.org/FAQ/Threads-FAQ

USENIX

A large, well-established UNIX group. This site has many links, including a list of conferences.

www.usenix.org

VersionTracker

A searchable site covering new releases of software packages.

www.versiontracker.com

X.Org

The X Window System home.

www.x.org


Mac OS X Newsgroups and Forums

One of the best ways to obtain specific information is through a newsgroup. Frequently you can find the answer to your question by reading postings to the newsgroup. Try using Google Groups (groups.google.com) to search through newsgroups to see whether your question has already been asked and answered. Or open a newsreader program and subscribe to appropriate newsgroups. If necessary, you can post your question for someone to answer. Before you do so, make sure you are posting to the correct group and that your question has not been answered already. There is an etiquette to posting questionsfor a good paper written by Eric S. Raymond and Rick Moen, "How To Ask Questions the Smart Way," see www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html.

The newsgroup comp.sys.mac.system provides postings of solutions to common problems and periodic postings of the most up-to-date versions of the FAQ and similar documents.

Apple Discussions (discussions.info.apple.com) has a list of online forums including a section on Mac OS X and Related Software.

Mailing Lists

Subscribing to a mailing list allows you to participate in an electronic discussion. With most lists, you can send and receive email dedicated to a specific topic to and from a group of users. Moderated lists do not tend to stray as much as unmoderated lists, assuming the list has a good moderator. The disadvantage of a moderated list is that some discussions may be cut off when they get interesting if the moderator deems that the discussion has gone on for too long. Mailing lists described as bulletins are strictly unidirectional: You cannot post information to these lists but can only receive periodic bulletins. If you have the subscription address for a mailing list but are not sure how to subscribe, put the word help in the body and/or header of email that you send to the address. You will usually receive instructions via return email. You can also use a search engine to search for mailing list mac os x.

Apple supports many mailing lists. Visit www.lists.apple.com/mailman/listinfo to find a list of mailing lists; click on the name of a list to display relevant subscription information.

Words

Many dictionaries, thesauruses, and glossaries are available online. Table B-3 lists a few of them.

Table B-3. Looking up words

Site

About the site

URL

ARTFL Project: ROGET'S Thesaurus

Thesaurus

humanities.uchicago.edu/forms_unrest/ROGET.html

DICT.org

Multiple database search for words

www.dict.org

Dictionary.com

Everything related to words

www.dictionary.com

DNS Glossary

DNS glossary

www.menandmice.com/online_docs_and_faq/glossary/glossarytoc.htm

FOLDOC

Computer terms (Free On-Line Dictionary of Computing)

www.foldoc.org

Merriam-Webster

English language

www.m-w.com

OneLook

Multiple-site word search with a single query

www.onelook.com

The Jargon File

An online version of The New Hacker's Dictionary

www.catb.org/~esr/jargon

Webopedia

Commercial technical dictionary

www.webopedia.com

Wikipedia

An open-source (user-contributed) encyclopedia project

wikipedia.org

Wordsmyth

Dictionary and thesaurus

www.wordsmyth.net

Yahoo Reference

Search multiple sources at the same time

education.yahoo.com/reference


Software

There are many ways to learn about interesting software packages and their availability on the Internet. Table B-4 lists sites that you can download software from. Another way to learn about software packages is through a newsgroup (page 911).

Table B-4. Software

Site

About the site

URL

afp548

Long-time distributor of essays and tools

www.afp548.com

BitTorrent

BitTorrent efficiently distributes large amounts of static data

www.bittorrent.com

bombich.com

Home of Carbon Copy Center and other useful tools

bombich.com

CVL

Concurrent Versions Librarian, a GUI for CVS

www.sente.ch/software/cvl

CVS

Concurrent Versions System (see also CVL and TkCVS)

www.nongnu.org/cvs developer.apple.com/internet/opensource/cvsoverview.html

ddd

The ddd utility is a graphical front end for command line debuggers such as gdb

www.gnu.org/software/ddd

fink

The fink utility builds and installs software automatically

fink.sourceforge.net

Free Software Directory

Categorized, searchable lists of free software

www.gnu.org/directory savannah.gnu.org

Freshmeat

A large index of OS X software

osx.freshmeat.net

gcc

Home page for the GNU C compiler

www.gnu.org/software/gcc/gcc.html

gdb

The gdb utility is a command line debugger

www.gnu.org/software/gdb

IceWALKERS

Categorized, searchable lists of free software

www.icewalkers.com

Network Calculators

Subnet mask calculator

www.subnetmask.info

SourceForge

A development Web site with a large repository of open-source code and applications

sourceforge.net

splint

C program verifier (replaces lint)

www.gnu.org/software/gcc/gcc.html

TkCVS

A CVS GUI

www.twobarleycorns.net/tkcvs.html

versiontracker

A large index of OS X software

www.versiontracker.com/osx





A Practical Guide to UNIX[r] for Mac OS[r] X Users
A Practical Guide to UNIX for Mac OS X Users
ISBN: 0131863339
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2005
Pages: 234

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