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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Disowning a process in Linux

How to enforce password complexity on Linux

How to enforce password complexity on Linux

Linux gives you lots of ways to create complexity in passwords that include a lot more than just length, such as mixing upper- and lower-case letters with numerals and punctuation marks along with other restrictions.

How to download and play YouTube and other videos on Linux

How to download and play YouTube and other videos on Linux

The youtube-dl tool makes it very easy to download both webm and mp4 files on Linux systems. You just need the tool and the right URLs.

Navigating your Linux files with ranger

Navigating your Linux files with ranger

Ranger is a great tool for providing a multi-level view of your Linux files and allowing you to both browse and make changes using arrow keys and some handy commands.

Recovering deleted files on Linux with testdisk

Recovering deleted files on Linux with testdisk

This post describes testdisk, one of the tools that comes in handy for recovering recently deleted files (along with fixing partitions in other ways).

How to view information on your Linux devices with lshw

How to view information on your Linux devices with lshw

The lshw (list hardware) command on Linux systems provides a lot more information on system devices than most of us might imagine is available.

Using bash’s shopt builtin to manage Linux shell behavior

Using bash’s shopt builtin to manage Linux shell behavior

The shopt builtin offers 53 settings that can alter how bash behaves. Read this post and then refer to bash's man page to follow up on how these settings might work for you.

Using the Linux stat command to create flexible file listings

Using the Linux stat command to create flexible file listings

The stat command isn't only for looking at file details one file at a time. It can also be used to create file listings that contain just the information you want to see – with considerably more than an ls -l command.

Enhancing the Linux command line with aliases

Enhancing the Linux command line with aliases

Using bash aliases in Linux can save time and having to remember complex commands - and it can be fun, too.

11  ways to list and sort files on Linux

11 ways to list and sort files on Linux

Linux commands can provide details on files and show options for customizing file listings, but can also reach as deeply into a file system as you care to look.

Managing process accounting on Linux

Managing process accounting on Linux

Process accounting can provide a lot of details that can help monitor user and system activity on Linux. Here's a look at how it works and what kind of data it provides.

Word game: Finding anadromes with Linux

Word game: Finding anadromes with Linux

Using Linux commands to find words that, when reversed, turn into other words turned out to be an enjoyable mental challenge. How many can you find?

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