I would like to make more use of the terminal. Is there a command I can use that could list for me all the available command of the Mac OS? I am using Snow Leopard.
You can hold the esc button for a few seconds (or press it or tab twice in succession). That will list everything executable in the path as well as all shell functions.
Also check out this question: Got any tips or tricks for Terminal in Mac OS X?.
This is a good introduction: Introduction to the OS X Unix Command Line.
If you type
apropos .*, you will get a nice list of command and descriptions.
I suggest you to read a command line introduction from Apple: "Command Line Primer"
One way to find new commands is via manual pages.
man cd will take you to the man page on the
At the bottom of the manual page is a "see also" section.
I came across a site recently that has a good list of commands:
A few very interesting commands listed there that I had never seen before (though not documented only, use
man *commandname* locally if necessary):
Many of the commands listed on the site are not OS X specific, but a few gems in there are, including the above.