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Linux Server Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips and Tools
     

Linux Server Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips and Tools

by Rob Flickenger
 

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A competent system administrator knows that a Linux server is a high performance system for routing large amounts of information through a network connection. Setting up and maintaining a Linux server requires understanding not only the hardware, but the ins and outs of the Linux operating system along with its supporting cast of utilities as well as layers of

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A competent system administrator knows that a Linux server is a high performance system for routing large amounts of information through a network connection. Setting up and maintaining a Linux server requires understanding not only the hardware, but the ins and outs of the Linux operating system along with its supporting cast of utilities as well as layers of applications software. There's basic documentation online but there's a lot beyond the basics you have to know, and this only comes from people with hands-on, real-world experience. This kind of "know how" is what we sought to capture in Linux Server Hacks.Linux Server Hacks is a collection of 100 industrial-strength hacks, providing tips and tools that solve practical problems for Linux system administrators. Every hack can be read in just a few minutes but will save hours of searching for the right answer. Some of the hacks are subtle, many of them are non-obvious, and all of them demonstrate the power and flexibility of a Linux system. You'll find hacks devoted to tuning the Linux kernel to make your system run more efficiently, as well as using CVS or RCS to track the revision to system files. You'll learn alternative ways to do backups, how to use system monitoring tools to track system performance and a variety of secure networking solutions. Linux Server Hacks also helps you manage large-scale Web installations running Apache, MySQL, and other open source tools that are typically part of a Linux system.O'Reilly's new Hacks Series proudly reclaims the term "hacking" for the good guys. Hackers use their ingenuity to solve interesting problems. Rob Flickenger is an experienced system administrator, having managed the systems for O'Reilly Network for several years. (He's also into community wireless networking and he's written a book on that subject for O'Reilly.) Rob has also collected the best ideas and tools from a number of other highly skilled contributors.Written for users who already understand the basics, Linux Server Hacks is built upon the expertise of people who really know what they're doing.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
O’Reilly’s Rob Flickenger has compiled 100 of the world’s best ideas for optimizing Linux servers and system administration -- and, boy, are they ever useful.

Want to improve performance and security by removing unnecessary services and drivers? Track down people (or software) that are hogging disk space? Manage your system resources on a per-process basis? Eliminate setuid/setgid executables that make you susceptible to the ptrace attack? Accelerate compiles? Use makefiles to automate administration? Flickenger covers all that, and much more, in just the first quarter of the book.

Blessed with loads of RAM? Here are hacks that make the most of it. Running IDE drives? Here are hdparm tricks that dramatically improve throughput -- sometimes by as much as 6x to 10x.

You'll find excellent ideas for backup and archiving, copying arbitrary portions of your filesystem using ssh and tar, using rsync to back up incremental filesystem changes, applying pax to make portable archives that can be restored on other Unix systems, backing up your boot sector -- even burning CDs without creating ISO files.

Linux Server Hacks offers nifty solutions for firewalling and IP tunneling; server monitoring (local, network, and Web); CVS and revision control; and scripting. A full quarter of the book covers high-performance delivery of information services -- from BIND to DNS caching, MySQL server tuning to mass web site “ultrahosting.” Chances are, this book will save your organization thousands of dollars. It’ll certainly save you an enormous amount of time and hassle. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.

Library Journal
Linux continues its surge in popularity-especially in the server market, which appreciates the lower cost and higher stability of this open source option. Red Hat provides basic coverage of one widely used distribution, from setting up a Linux server to setting up intranet services (like DHCP). This guide will be especially useful to network administrators moving from a Windows NT/2000 environment to Red Hat Linux; Linux's differences from Windows are stressed, and a background in NT/2000 network administration is assumed. Quizzes, projects, tips, notes, and summaries make it a good self-study resource. Clear explanations and examples recommend it for all libraries. Server Hacks, the first entry in O'Reilly's new series, contains real-world tips, tools, and scripts for working Linux administrators, allowing them to tweak their servers to maximum effectiveness and resolve common situations with minimal fuss. Hacks are broken down into common tasks, such as server basics (speeding up compiles) or monitoring (What's holding that port open?). Each tip explains why and how it can help maintain server efficiency or solve common problems, with a welcome balance of humor and practicality. Highly recommended. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781449378929
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/20/2003
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
242
Sales rank:
978,654
File size:
2 MB

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Flickenger is the sysadmin of the O'Reilly Network.

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