Amit Singh’s Book (OS X): Amit Singh wrote the de facto bible for OS X back when it was mostly PPC based. His book – “Mac OS X Internals, a Systems. Mac OS X Internals has ratings and 11 reviews. Steve said: Never ‘finished;’ this book is fascinating but I found that it took a lower-level approach. I’ve been looking for a book like this for a while, and was pretty happy when I found it. I’m a software developer, and I use mac OSX for my.

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Welcome to Reddit’s community for users, developers, and hackers of Mac OS X — the computer operating system from Apple! Please share your tips, tricks, hacks, creations, and humor related to the best desktop environment out there. Try searching for it! I’ve been looking for a book like this for a while, and was pretty happy when I found it.

I’m a software developer, and I use mac OSX for my development platform, so I wanted to get a better idea of the architecture of the platform, and what’s installed oss. This would seem like it’s exactly what I’m looking for, but it was published in I was wondering if anyone has experience with it, or OSX architecture at large, to know if it’s still worth reading? If itnernals, are there any other good books about Mac OSX internals covered in such breadth and depth?

Oooh that’s too far back. Before that there’s a lot of stuff that’s totally no longer relevant like carbon, powerPC etc. There a whole range of scope that is and isn’t covered depending on the source. One of the earliest things from around that time I found by digging around was quartz composer.

So yeah i’d say you’ll still find things that are no longer in use even just going back one version but to get a level of utility that makes your learning worth it, stick to snow-leopard onwards. I can’t answer OP’s question, but I would point out that the book zmit talking about looks much closer to an operating systems textbook that uses OS X as a case study than any sort of user-guide to the OS. Are there any good books on post Snow Leopard internals?


I’m having trouble finding books like that.

Mac OS X Internals: A Systems Approach

Just be aware that this book is authoritative in any differences between the two. Much isn’t self contained. I learned a lot from different sources depending on what specific area of focus I was interested in at that time. I guess I started by taking a look at apache server That lead to me working out some terminal commands to control it.

Learning about file permissions in unix and some basic unix commands.

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Anyway that led to some more research on the differences between unix and internaos I thought at the time was apple-unix that’s a different thing entirely. So at that point I watched that awesome documentary Triumph of the Nerds. That was kind of a turning point for me. After that I rapidly got into Xcode and python and lua and bash and a whole lot of stuff that was just fun to see what it did.

That made me realize just how inhernals OS X can be. Sinh those days I was working with macports and every few weeks i’d totally nuke my system and have to start again. I was so irresponsible Nowadays you can use home-brew which is useful and fun.

Anyway for more of amot behind the scenes control of particular things really it’s forums. Stack Overlfow is of course the best. Oh but I haven’t asked What is your interest? Maybe I can point you in the right direction. Triumph of the Nerds: The title, Triumph of the Nerds, is a play on the comedy, Revenge of the Nerds. It was first screened as three episodes between 14 and 28 April on Channel 4, and as a single programme on 16 December on PBS. Triumph of the Nerds was written and hosted by Robert X.

Cringely Mark Stephens and based on his book, Accidental Empires. It also includes archival footage of Gary Kildall and commentary from Douglas Adamsthe author of the science fiction series, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Cringely followed the series with Nerds 2.

Parent commenter can toggle NSFW or delete. Will also delete on comment score of -1 or less. Hmmm, well it’s tough to say, which I know isn’t much of an answer. I guess what set me on this path is that I was ow to debug a failed postgresql installation, and found out that Mac includes a copy of postgres eingh that I needed to change how internaks was referenced.


I was completely unaware that they included a copy, and it just made me want to find out more about the kernel and how MacOSX, say, loads from startup, or manages memory, or what kinds of libraries it sjngh installed with and where they’re saved. That’s really the type of thing I’m looking for. Yeah, similar to me then. It can be daunting but actually these days its easier and less ibternals than it used to be.

I find reading around the history and culture helps to break up the monotony. I’m going to bed but i’ll have a think. I must have some of the resources which i used somewhere. Why were you installing postgres? I was building a project in Rails, and was using PostGres for the both production and deployment. Even if I knew Mac OSX came installed with PostGres I would have probably elected to download it myself and sandbox it anyway instead of using the system version, but I didn’t know it came with it.

I have this, it’s great to understand the history of the project and how it changed through out the years. I was singgh in OS X internals myself and found a lot of info in Apple’s own documentation, like this explanation of the Mac boot process and other stuff in their Kernel Programming Guide.

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Want to add to the discussion? It was cool being able to put up a web page on my laptop and to see that on my phone. Better, but less updated.

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