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  • Unix: Never go topless

    Posted July 7, 2014 - 7:38 pm

    The top command is one of the most commonly used tools for getting a quick glimpse at performance, but it's rarely used to capture performance in the middle of the night. With just a little effort, however, it could become one of your favorite tools for off-hours capture of performance data.
  • Unix: Where shutdowns are not disasters

    Posted October 20, 2013 - 10:18 pm

    Unlike federal shutdowns, Unix shutdowns (and reboots) are generally smooth and easy, don't cost $24B and leave the system in better shape.
  • Unix: Timing your cron jobs

    Posted April 28, 2013 - 11:11 pm

    Cron is not in charge; you are. All you need to do is tell it what you want done and when you want it done.
  • Unix Holidays

    Posted September 22, 2009 - 2:23 pm

    In honor of Eid al-Fitr -- three days that mark the end of Ramadan (a month of fasting and reflection) and my daughter's birthday, I thought I'd take a look at how Unix handles holidays. Think it doesn't? If you're using Solaris, take a look in /etc/acct for a file named "holidays".
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