How to decipher Linux release info

How to decipher Linux release info

Displaying and interpreting information about Linux releases is a bit more complicated than it might seem.

Painless file extraction on Linux

Painless file extraction on Linux

Extracting files from archives isn't difficult, but it can be tedious, especially with all the archive naming conventions in use today. But you can make the task a little easier by putting everything you know about the process into a...

How to stress test your Linux system

How to stress test your Linux system

Stressing your Linux servers can be a good idea if you'd like to see how well they function when they're loaded down. In this post, we'll look at some tools that can help you add stress and gauge the results.

How to assess user activity in Linux

How to assess user activity in Linux

In this post, we look at commands that Linux server admins can use to view user activity

How to loop forever in bash on Linux

How to loop forever in bash on Linux

Looping forever on the command line or in a bash script is easy. Coming up with the reasons why you want to interrupt an infinite loop and how you want to do that requires a little more effort.

5 ways to examine the content of files on Linux

5 ways to examine the content of files on Linux

How to use the cat, more, head and tail commands to look at the content of Linux files, not just text files.

How to find and remove broken symlinks on Linux

How to find and remove broken symlinks on Linux

A symlink or "symbolic link" is a Linux file that simply points at another file. If the referenced file is removed, the symlink will remain but not indicate there's a problem until you try to use it. Here are some easy ways to find...

How to use tmux to create a multi-pane Linux terminal window

How to use tmux to create a multi-pane Linux terminal window

tmux is a terminal multiplexer – a tool that allows you to open multiple panes in a single terminal window and run separate commands in each of them. This post provides an introduction to tmux including how to navigate between the...

How to use Windows Subsystem for Linux to open Linux on Windows 10 machines

How to use Windows Subsystem for Linux to open Linux on Windows 10 machines

Opening a Linux terminal on a Windows 10 desktop can help you practice your Linux skills and explore Windows from an entirely different point of view. In this post, we look at Ubuntu 18.04 running through Windows Subsystem for Linux...

How to examine processes running on Linux

How to examine processes running on Linux

The ls command is far from the only command that can let you examine running processes on Linux. Let's run through some command options and what they can tell you.

How to repeat a Linux command until it succeeds

How to repeat a Linux command until it succeeds

You can easily set up a Linux command that keeps trying until it succeeds. Let's look at how to loop your way to success

Red Hat Summit 2020 virtual experience

Red Hat Summit 2020 virtual experience

Attending Red Hat Summit 2020 from my home office was not just informative. It was encouraging and reassuring. And, while it's over now, you can still go.

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.

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