Sandra Henry-Stocker

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Sandra Henry-Stocker has been administering Unix systems for more than 30 years. She describes herself as "USL" (Unix as a second language) but remembers enough English to write books and buy groceries. She lives in the mountains in Virginia where, when not working with or writing about Unix, she's chasing the bears away from her bird feeders.

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Using the script command on Linux to record command line activity

Monitoring  Linux system resources with bpytop

Monitoring Linux system resources with bpytop

The bpytop tool works a lot like other performance monitoring tools, but gives you tremendous control over what it shows you.

Using chpasswd to change account passwords on Linux

Using chpasswd to change account passwords on Linux

The chpasswd command allows Linux admins to change passwords one at a time or many at a time. Here's what you need to watch out for.

Using the cheat command on Fedora Linux

Using the cheat command on Fedora Linux

The cheat command, available for installation on many Linux systems, provides an easy way to make cheat sheets available for hundreds of commands.

Searching through compressed files on Linux

Searching through compressed files on Linux

There are a number of ways to search the contents of compressed files while leaving the files intact. This post examines how to view, browse and search through many types pf compressed files.

Using the xargs command on Linux to simplify your work

Using the xargs command on Linux to simplify your work

The xargs command can come in very handy, especially when combined with find. Understanding how it works and how to implement a loop can help make it work for you.

Windows Subsystem for Linux is ready for Windows 11

Windows Subsystem for Linux is ready for Windows 11

Windows users can now more easily explore Linux on their Windows 11 desktops.

Installing packages on Linux and Mac with Homebrew

Installing packages on Linux and Mac with Homebrew

Here's an introduction to Homebrew, an easy but unusual package manager that works with both Linux and macOS.

Fedora Linux declared a 'digital public good'

Fedora Linux declared a 'digital public good'

Fedora has been recognized as a "digital public good" by an international organization focused on promoting a more equitable world.

Looking at your Linux system's network interface with ethtool

Looking at your Linux system's network interface with ethtool

The ethtool utility provides information about your network-driver and interface-card settings, including speed, whether the interface uses auto-negotiation, and whether it runs in half- or full-duplex mode.

Managing and monitoring swap space on Linux

Managing and monitoring swap space on Linux

Swap space can play an important role in system performance. Learn how to determine how much swap space your system has available and how much it's being used.

Sleeping and waiting on Linux

Sleeping and waiting on Linux

The sleep and wait commands can provide useful ways to observe system and script activity.

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