[oclug] Darwin UNIX & Yellow Dog Linux
Ian! D. Allen
idallen at freenet.carleton.ca
Tue Mar 26 14:35:32 EST 2002
On Tue, Mar 26, 2002 at 01:17:36PM -0500, Patrick Ouellette wrote:
> Has anyone had a chance to play with Darwin UNIX (supposedly based on
> Debian, used for Mac OS X), and Yellow Dog Linux ?
I bought my family an iMac that runs OSX.
Yes, there's Unix under there!
I can ssh to the machine and get around fine.
Since Mac file names often have spaces, it's a great test to see if
you followed proper shell script quoting practices in your scripts.
Once running (after booting), it uses a central "NetInfo" database
instead of the usual separate /etc/passwd /etc/group (etc.) files,
and I miss not being able to grep things. (Mind you, there is a nigrep
command that isn't awful.)
All the Mac programs use binary config and status files, which is
supremely annoying. I forgot how much I depend on Unix to use ASCII
for everything. I want to move some files in the iPhoto hierarchy,
and I can't because the config files are full of non-ASCII secrets.
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