The Linux Problem Solver: Hands-On Solutions for Systems Administrators

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You've got Linux installed and running, but what do you do when the printer spits out a bunch of gibberish? Or you set up a network but only guests can login and users can't? Or it just won't connect to the Web--no matter what you try?

Solving the innumerable problems that arise on a Linux machine or network can be a full-time job. Fortunately, Brian Ward has written The Linux Problem Solver to ease the pain. The Linux Problem Solver helps solve difficult Linux snafus by ...

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Overview

You've got Linux installed and running, but what do you do when the printer spits out a bunch of gibberish? Or you set up a network but only guests can login and users can't? Or it just won't connect to the Web--no matter what you try?

Solving the innumerable problems that arise on a Linux machine or network can be a full-time job. Fortunately, Brian Ward has written The Linux Problem Solver to ease the pain. The Linux Problem Solver helps solve difficult Linux snafus by integrating troubleshooting techniques with clear explanations and tutorials of Linux tools. With the first half of the book focusing on configuration tools, and the second half focusing on maintenance, this book guides you through the maze of advanced problems that confront any Linux user or system administrator. An indispensable quick reference, The Linux Problem Solver covers solutions to over 100 problems, including how to:

  • Troubleshoot problems with printing, filesharing, and connecting to a network.
  • Configure and install software from source code.
  • Compile and install a new Linux kernel.
  • Debug a network connection and secure a system.
  • Recover from a system crash and prevent serious damage in the future.

Each chapter covers a specific Linux issue with a clear treatment of common pitfalls including the symptom, the problem, and the fix, and you'll soon understand problems as they arise.

The CD-ROM directly supports the book's contents, with configuration files and many programs not included with most Linux distributions. The CD also doubles as an emergency boot disk with diagnostic recovery tools. Together with the book, this package is a must for anyone serious about starting or maintaining a Linux network.

Contrary to the license agreement in the book, all programs on the CD (except for nvi) are GPL and covered by the GNU Public License. You can get the source for every binary included on the CD-ROM at http://metalab.unc.edu/pub/Linux and ftp://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu . The nvi license can be found at http://www.bostic.com/vi/docs/LICENSE.

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This handbook addresses in detail the most significant problems that Linux system administrators face<-->including technical issues like printing, networking, back-up, crash recovery, and upgrading a kernel. Ward (programmer and author, studying at the University of Chicago) integrates troubleshooting techniques with clear explanations and tutorials of Linux utilities. Included is a CD-ROM containing configuration files and diagnostic and recovery tools. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781886411357
  • Publisher: No Starch Press San Francisco, CA
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Edition description: BK&CD ROM
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Ward has been working with Linux since 1993, when he scraped together enough pennies for a secondhand 386. He has a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Chicago, and currently works in San Francisco as a consultant and instructor. He is author of the Linux Kernel-HOWTO, The Book of VMware and The Linux Problem Solver.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2001

    Great book, even for beginners.

    This was one of two books on Linux I bought when I first decided to try the OS. (The other was a book specific to the Debian distro). Despite my complete lack of knowledge about Linux, I found this book extremely helpful and I still refer to it months later. The author explains many common problems with installing and running a Linux box in an easy-to-read and often humorous fashion. Even if you're a newbie, like I was, you will benefit greatly from this book. It isn't just for solving problems you have, but for preventing future problems as well. It explains how to compile a new kernel better than the internet HOWTO file, it addresses security flaws and fixes and many other topics, from basic to advanced configurations. I can't say enough good things about this book. It made my introduction to Linux a lot less painful than it could have been.

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