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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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.

How to tell if you’re using a bash builtin in Linux

How to tell if you’re using a bash builtin in Linux

A built-in is a Linux command that's part of whatever shell you're using. Can you tell what commands are built-ins and which are not?

7 ways to remember Linux commands

7 ways to remember Linux commands

Linux commands run from the nearly obvious to the very complicated, but there are many ways that you can easily remember and use even the most obscure commands.

Breaking Linux files into pieces with the split command

Breaking Linux files into pieces with the split command

Some simple Linux commands allow you to break files into pieces and reassemble them as needed. In this post, we'll look at the split command and some of its more useful options.

Counting down the days in Linux using bash

Counting down the days in Linux using bash

Need to know how many days there are before some important event? Let bash and the date command help with that!

Displaying dates and times your way in Linux

Displaying dates and times your way in Linux

The Linux date command provides more options for displaying dates and times than you can shake a stick at (without hurting your wrist anyway). Here are some of the more useful choices.

The many faces of awk

The many faces of awk

The awk command provides a lot more than simply selecting fields from input strings, including pulling out columns of data, printing simple text evaluating content – even doing math.

Cleaning up with apt-get

Cleaning up with apt-get

Most of us with Debian-based systems use apt-get routinely to install packages and upgrades, but how often do we pull out the cleaning tools? Let's check out some of the tool's options for cleaning up after itself.

Red Hat Responds to Zombieload v2

Red Hat Responds to Zombieload v2

Red Hat calls for updating Linux software to address Intel processor flaws that can lead to data-theft exploits

Red Hat announces RHEL 8.1 with predictable release cadence

Red Hat announces RHEL 8.1 with predictable release cadence

Red Hat has just released Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1, first to follow the predictable release cadence promised at Red Hat Summit 2019

Looping your way through bash

Looping your way through bash

There are many ways to loop through data in a bash script and on the command line. Which way is best depends on what you're trying to do.

Viewing network bandwidth usage with bmon

Viewing network bandwidth usage with bmon

Introducing bmon, a monitoring and debugging tool that captures network statistics and makes them easily digestible.

Using multitail on Linux

Using multitail on Linux

Multitail allows you to watch multiple files as they are being updated -- like a split-window tail -f display. Let's check out how you can use it to monitor system activity and your files.

Linux sudo flaw can lead to unauthorized privileges

Linux sudo flaw can lead to unauthorized privileges

Exploiting a newly discovered sudo flaw in Linux can enable certain users with to run commands as root despite restrictions against it.

Viewing files and processes as trees on Linux

Viewing files and processes as trees on Linux

A look at three Linux commands - ps, pstree and tree - for viewing files and processes in a tree-like format.

How the Linux screen tool can save your tasks – and your sanity – if SSH is interrupted

How the Linux screen tool can save your tasks – and your sanity – if SSH is interrupted

The Linux screen command can be a life-saver when you need to ensure long-running tasks don't get killed when an SSH session is interrupted. Here's how to use it.

3 quick tips for working with Linux files

3 quick tips for working with Linux files

Linux provides lots of commands for finding, counting, and renaming files. Here's a look at some useful choices.

How to remove carriage returns from text files on Linux

How to remove carriage returns from text files on Linux

When carriage returns (also referred to as Ctrl+M's) get on your nerves, don't fret. There are several easy ways to remove them.

How to freeze and lock your Linux system (and why you would want to)

How to freeze and lock your Linux system (and why you would want to)

What it means to freeze a terminal window and lock a screen -- and how to manage these activities on your Linux system.

How to use Terminator on Linux to run multiple terminals in one window

How to use Terminator on Linux to run multiple terminals in one window

Providing an option for multiple GNOME terminals within a single window frame, terminator lets you flexibly align your workspace to suit your needs.

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