Linux Configuration and Diagnostic Tools

untitled System and Network Configuration * linuxconf – A GUI interactive interface available on Redhat 6.0 or later which includes netconf configuration. * netconf – A GUI interactive interface available on Redhat 6.0 and later. * kbdconf – A Redhat Linux tool which configures the /etc/sysconfig/keyboard file which specifies the location of the keyboard map […]


I think the number one skill a sysadmin should have is a solid understanding of shells and shell scripting. The Advanced Bash-Scripting Guide is a good place to start or take a refresher. From the introduction: A working knowledge of shell scripting is essential to anyone wishing to become reasonably proficient at system administration, even […]

Service/Daemon Management

restarting/stopping/starting a service On any init.d based linux distro you can restart a service with the following… /etc/init.d/serviceName restart You may replace ‘restart’ with ’stop’ or ’start’ (and in some cases ’status’). Forcefully stopping a service killall processName Killing on instance of a service kill pid The pid can be gathered by either top or […]

File Permissions

Listing Permissions ls -al will display all files in a list with their owners and permissions -rw-r–r– 1 irq13 irq13 1006 Jan 24 10:16 .bashrc Now to break down the above example… -rw-r–r– is the permissions area. The first – would be d if the item is directory, otherwise it will be -. The second […]