[OS X TeX] Lost in Mac space

David Derbes loki at uchicago.edu
Sat Dec 13 17:21:15 CET 2008

On Dec 13, 2008, at 9:57 AM, Alain Schremmer wrote:

> On Dec 13, 2008, at 10:20 AM, David Derbes wrote:
>> Hi.
>> I do not know unix as well as I would like. But I can make a couple  
>> of suggestions.
>> First, David Pogue's books on Mac OS X are very useful and  
>> typically contain at least one chapter on the Terminal, unix, and  
>> such like. Pogue is really very good for people who are intelligent  
>> but do not know a great deal about computer operating systems.
>> Next, I have always liked Harley Hahn's The Student's Guide to  
>> Unix. I don't know if it is still in print but maybe you can find a  
>> copy second hand at abebooks, or ask your friendly librarian to  
>> purchase it for the library.
>> Finally, there may well be a really good guide to Unix for the Mac  
>> from O'Reilly or on-line.
> Forget about my librarian, she has no money and is even threatened  
> by budget cuts of losing her job.
> However, since I am not under any such threat, I am more than  
> willing to buy such a book. I just haven't had a chance to do it  
> yet. (Yeah, sure). But, for some reason, I am reluctant to buy a  
> book just for one chapter. On the other hand, Hahn's book looks good  
> but do you know if it's Unix for OS X?

It's Unix. Nothing about Mac OS X that I know about. The version I  
know best is from 1993, and so absent time travel cannot include  
anything about Mac OS X. There is a way more expensive recent version  
that might include something, but I'd buy a cheap copy from abebooks  
(just bought one to make up for the one a friend stole, and yes, he's  
still a friend) for well under ten USD.

In all things Unix, I first look on the web and then try O'Reilly.

David Derbes
U of Chicago Lab Schools

> I should also say that the book issue already came up a while ago  
> but I don't have the time right now to look up the archives. I will  
> try to sometimes over the weekend as there were (other?)  
> recommendations.
> And I will check O'Reilly. Should have done so a long time ago. And  
> Googled too.
> Best regards
> --schremmer
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