Unix Newbie

John Korchok jkorchok at hotmail.com
Mon Feb 11 15:14:30 PST 2008

> -----Original Message-----
> From: macports-users-bounces at lists.macosforge.org 
> [mailto:macports-users-bounces at lists.macosforge.org] On 
> Behalf Of Peter Hindrichs
> Sent: Monday, February 11, 2008 5:07 PM
> To: macports-users at lists.macosforge.org
> Subject: Unix Newbie
> I have followed all the recommendations in getting ready to 
> use ports.  
> I have Xtools 3.0, X11, (with the latest version 2.1.3) and 
> downloaded Macports 1.6.0. I have also read that there is an 
> issue with 1.6.0 in setting up the .profile, my question is 
> that I don't know where to go from here, I clearly don't have 
> the right path setup, and I am not sure how to do that.
> Here is what I get if I input "env"
> Freedom:/ peterhin$ env
> MANPATH=/usr/share/man:/usr/local/share/man:/usr/X11/man
> TERM_PROGRAM=Apple_Terminal
> TERM=xterm-color
> SHELL=/bin/bash
> TMPDIR=/var/folders/Sd/SdnvDsNAHdqx7M41XmVmb++++TI/-Tmp-/
> Apple_PubSub_Socket_Render=/tmp/launch-OeUcxx/Render
> USER=peterhin
> COMMAND_MODE=unix2003
> SSH_AUTH_SOCK=/tmp/launch-FkaAJd/Listeners
> PATH=/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/X11/bin
> PWD=/
> LANG=en_CA.UTF-8
> HOME=/Users/peterhin
> LOGNAME=peterhin
> DISPLAY=/tmp/launch-VZvhsj/:0
> _=/usr/bin/env
> OLDPWD=/Users/peterhin
> If someone would be so kind as to give me a little time and 
> explanation how I do this, and or direct me to some basic 
> Unix file changing info I would be very appreciative.
> Peter
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For anyone learning Unix on Mac, I recommend "A Practical Guide to Unix for
Mac OS X Users" by Mark G. Sobell and Peter Seebach (Prentice Hall). It got
me through many perplexing questions. A good companion that illuminates from
the opposite perspective is "Mac OS X Tiger for Unix Geeks" (a Leopard
edition is not yet available) by Brian Jepson and Ernest Rothman (O'Reilly).

John Korchok

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