Archive for the “Linux” Category

Using Git And Etckeeper To Version Control Your Server Configuration

by Hayden Smith

Keeping track of your server’s configuration is an important part of making sure that nothing breaks. Version control systems such as Git allow you to track changes to your files, when they were made, who made them and why they were made. This makes it much easier to identify why something has gone wrong, and…

Manage Your Linux Server With Webmin

by Hayden Smith

For people who are new to using Linux, and especially the command line, running a server can seem like quite a complicated task. This is especially so when compared to graphical user interfaces like Windows, which can make it easier to find and manage functions of the server.  Control panels are created to make the…

Working With The ip Command On Linux

by Hayden Smith

For decades now, the ifconfig command has been the go-to tool for managing network interfaces and checking network configuration on Linux. Unfortunately, ifconfig is now quite out-of-date, so much so that the members of the Debian team proposed deprecating the old ifconfig tool and its associated suite of software and replacing it with iproute in 2009….

Working With Bash Aliases In Linux

by Hayden Smith

One of the really handy features of the Bourne Again SHell (bash) is that it has the ability to use aliases. Using bash aliases can make working at the command line a lot easier by shortening long commands to something more memorable, or by adjusting the operation of commands by injecting flags. How do aliases…

Linux File System Explained

by Hayden Smith

Linux file system can act as a major source of confusion for new Linux users. While most people will be familiar with the Windows file system layout, the Linux method can seem very alien. In this article, we’ll have a look at how the Linux file system is laid out and how it works. The…

Use Your VPS As Your Own DropBox With Seafile

by Hayden Smith

Cloud-based file sharing tools have become very popular. They provide a helpful way to share files with friends or as an automatic backup for files to allow easy synchronization between your devices. However, there are a number of issues with these services, not least of which is trusting a third party with your data. There’s…

Using Nice With Your Linux Processes

by Hayden Smith

While modern multi-tasking operating systems can make it appear that all your applications are running at the same time, the truth of the matter is somewhat different. Computer multitasking works using a method called time slicing, processes are assigned a slice of CPU time by the operating system during which they are processed. The processes…

Using VnStat To Monitor Your Network Traffic In Linux

by Hayden Smith

When we consider monitoring tools, we often think about tools that monitor your processes and resource usage such as disk space, memory and CPU load. However, network bandwidth usage of your server is of equal importance. So, in this article we’ll be looking at VnStat – the lightweight command line network monitoring tool. VnStat is…

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