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Sandra Henry-Stocker has been administering Unix systems for more than 25 years. She describes herself as "USL" (Unix as a second language) but remembers enough English to write books and buy groceries. She currently works for TeleCommunication Systems -- a company that builds innovative technologies to make critical connections happen -- where no one else necessarily shares any of her opinions. Send comments and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The top command is one of the most useful commands for getting a quick glimpse into how your Unix server is performing, but stopping there might mean that you're missing out on a lot of interesting options.
6 days 9 hours ago
- You can spend 50-60 hours a week managing your Unix servers and responding to your users' problems and still feel as if you're not getting much done or you can adopt some good work habits that will both make you more successful and prepare you for the next round of problems.
2 weeks 5 hours ago
- Want to give your small company's staff more ability to collaborate and communicate? Check out Bitrix24, now with free shared storage.
3 weeks 5 hours ago
- The ifconfig command doesn't suck; it's just not as cool or sophisticated as ip.
3 weeks 5 days ago
- Need a jump start on Unix networking? Whether you're working on your home network or setting up systems at work, here are some Unix commands and insights that might prove helpful.
4 weeks 6 days ago
- Unix systems administrators tend to be very serious about their responsibilities -- except when they're not. And, when they're not, the pranks that they play on each other and some of their more annoying users might surprise you.
5 weeks 6 days ago
- The find command is one of the most basic Unix commands, but that doesn't mean you're making good use of its many features.
7 weeks 5 hours ago
- You might be the sole Unix geek at work or one among many, but there are things we can all do to develop and maintain better relationships with the people lucky enough to work with us.
7 weeks 6 days ago
- Pushing and popping might not be your idea of a good time, but some Unix admins swear that these operations make working in multiple directories as easy as 1, 2, 3, 2, 1.
8 weeks 6 days ago
- Leaving a job can be one of the hardest decisions you'll ever make. You know the routine, you've made many friends, you know what's expected of you ... but the last thing you want to do is wake up one day and realize that you're no longer marketable or happy. How can you think your way through such a tough decision?
9 weeks 6 days ago
- Are you confident that all the accounts you manage are still required and still current? Or might some of them be ghost accounts that you should have blocked five years ago?
11 weeks 4 hours ago
- Do you find yourself rewriting scripts because it's easier than finding or modifying your old ones? Do you find yourself spending far too much time reworking scripts when you need to make what seems like a small change? Let's look at how you can write scripts that are easier to reuse and easier to maintain.
12 weeks 3 hours ago
- Want to tune your shell scripts to run more efficiently? Let's check out a few changes that might help them run faster.
13 weeks 3 hours ago
- Secure connections can be even more secure or even less troublesome if you use a key pair and do it right.
13 weeks 6 days ago
- It's a new year and a great time to review what you're doing right and not so right in your Unix career. Time to commit to an effective to do list!
15 weeks 4 hours ago
- Need a way to make connecting to lots of servers using different settings and usernames easier? Look no further than the ssh config file.
16 weeks 1 day ago
- Whether your aware of it or now, copyrighted or pornographic material on your work or personal computer can land you in jail or in the poor house.
16 weeks 6 days ago
- If you get a secret thrill out of a well crafted Perl one-liner, but only have a few that you can pull out of your mental pocket and use, this book may be just what Santa should be leaving under your tree!
17 weeks 6 days ago
- Sometimes what seems like the simplest of questions can have you scrambling for answers. Today's seemingly simple question is "How can a bash script identify its own location?"
19 weeks 3 hours ago
- Sorting data numerically and alphanumerically isn't generally much of a challenge on Unix systems, but sometimes .5 is smaller than .11.
20 weeks 8 hours ago
- Last week's post provided some tips and tricks for debugging scripts. This week's provides some even better ones!
21 weeks 10 hours ago
- All kinds of things can go wrong with your shell scripts, but they don't have to. Let's look a some debugging tips that can help ensure your scripts run the way you intend.
22 weeks 1 day ago
- The kill command provides a lot more functionality than just terminating processes. You can use it to send any of more than 60 signals to processes and what happens next depends on the signal, the process and maybe even your settings.
22 weeks 6 days ago
- It's easy to find files on Unix systems. You can find them by almost any criteria that you can imagine. The bigger challenge is deciding how to describe what you're looking for and deciding what to do with the files once you find them.
23 weeks 5 days ago
- One of the most endearing qualities of Unix devotees is how determined they are to be as efficient as possible. Why type three characters if you can do the same thing with two? And one of the best ways to cut down keystrokes is to turn common commands into aliases.
24 weeks 5 days ago
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