iTerm: It Just Works

Linux server administration requires shell access. It’s just that simple. Sure, you can use FTP for some things, and web-based administration (like cPanel or Plesk) works for other things; but you can’t call yourself an administrator without using a good-old-fashion command line interface.



I’m slowly migrating over to Mac OS X. My Windows-based machines are still running, but when I’m working I like to be portable and efficient, which means my MacBook. Since I like the look and feel of a command-line, I do a good amount of development on remote servers. It’s just fun! I had to make a choice about which terminal to use. There’s terminal, brought to you by those wacky people at Apple, but I wanted something more. I went with iTerm.

I don’t have any particular reason for going with iTerm, other than it’s not terminal. In fact I’ve run into several problems with iTerm. It advertises multiple color and key binding profiles. They just don’t seem to work. I can’t change them as the ‘Apply’ button (or whatever it’s suppose to be) just doesn’t exist. So that means changing profiles is a non-option. But as long as I modify the current profile, things work just fine.

The key bindings work just fine. I can emulate the meta (alt) and control characters just fine though the terminal. I’m sure Terminal does the same thing, I just haven’t switched over.

Come to think of it, I might as well switch over to Terminal. I’ve no real reason to stay with iTerm, other than that’s what I’ve been using. It’s just second nature to open it. Ah well, it just works. I expect no less from my terminal emulation software, and it certainly does no more.

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