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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How to take advantage of Linux's extensive vocabulary

How to take advantage of Linux's extensive vocabulary

Linux systems don't only know a lot of words, it has commands that can help you use them by finding words that are on the tip of your tongue or fixing your typos.

How to compress files on Linux 5 ways

How to compress files on Linux 5 ways

There are a number of tools that you use to compress files on Linux systems, but they don't all behave the same way or yield the same level of compression. In this post, we compare five of them.

Tweaking history on Linux

Tweaking history on Linux

The bash shell's history command in Linux makes it easy to review and reuse commands, but there's a lot you do to control how much it remembers and how much forgets.

Scheduling tasks on Linux using the at command

Scheduling tasks on Linux using the at command

The at command makes it easy to schedule Linux tasks to be run at any time or date you choose. Check out what it can do for you.

Tricks for getting around your Linux file system

Tricks for getting around your Linux file system

The cd command is probably one of the first 10 that any Linux user learns, but it's not the only way to navigate the Linux file system.Here are some other ways.

Linux firewall basics with ufw

Linux firewall basics with ufw

We take a look at ufw - the uncomplicated firewall - on Linux, providing some insights and commands for making changes.

Manually rotating log files on Linux

Manually rotating log files on Linux

Linux system log files are by default set to rotate. Depending on the age or size, a sequence of files moves back a step, the oldest being removed and a new one taking over as the current log file. When needed, however, you can...

Viewing and configuring password aging on Linux

Viewing and configuring password aging on Linux

With proper settings, Linux users can be forced to periodically change their passwords. Here's how to view password aging settings and how to configure some of the settings.

Communicating with other users on the Linux command line

Communicating with other users on the Linux command line

Linux systems offer a number of easy commands for sending messages to other logged in users. In this post, we examine some very handy messaging tools.

Watching activity on Linux with watch and tail commands

Watching activity on Linux with watch and tail commands

The watch and tail commands can help monitor activity on Linux systems. This post looks at some helpful ways to use these commands.

Converting between uppercase and lowercase on the Linux command line

Converting between uppercase and lowercase on the Linux command line

Converting text between uppercase and lowercase can be very tedious, especially when you want to avoid inadvertent misspellings. Fortunately, Linux provides a handful of commands that can make the job very easy.

How to find what you’re looking for on Linux with find

How to find what you’re looking for on Linux with find

The find command has a huge array of options to help you locate exactly the files you're looking for on a Linux system. This post explores a series of extremely useful commands.

Digging up IP addresses with the Linux dig command

Digging up IP addresses with the Linux dig command

The dig command is extremely versatile both for retrieving information from domain name servers and for troubleshooting.

Navigating man pages in Linux

Navigating man pages in Linux

The man pages on a Linux system can do more than provide information on particular commands. They can help discover commands you didn't realize were available.

Intro to the Linux command line

Intro to the Linux command line

Here are some warm-up exercises for anyone just starting to use the Linux command line. Warning: It can be addictive.

Showing memory usage in Linux by process and user

Showing memory usage in Linux by process and user

There are several commands for checking up on memory usage in a Linux system, and here are some of the better ones.

Setting up passwordless Linux logins using public/private keys

Setting up passwordless Linux logins using public/private keys

Using a set of public/private keys to allow you to log into a remote Linux system or run commands using ssh without a password can be very convenient, but setup is just tad tricky. Here's how and a script to help.

Locking and unlocking accounts on Linux systems

Locking and unlocking accounts on Linux systems

There are times when locking a Linux user account is necessary and times when you need to reverse that action. Here are commands for managing account access and what's behind them.

Generating numeric sequences with the Linux seq command

Generating numeric sequences with the Linux seq command

The Linux seq command can generate lists of numbers and at lightning speed. It's easy to use and flexible, too.

Unix is turning 50. What does that mean?

Unix is turning 50. What does that mean?

Unix time, also known as 'epoch time,' is the number of seconds that have passed since Jan 1, 1970. As Unix turns 50, let's take a look at what worries kernel developers.

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