Archive for the “Linux” Category

Using Rsync To Back Up Your Server

by Hayden Smith

Backing up your files is one of the more important and commonly performed tasks of a system administrator. There are many tools and methods you can use for performing backups, and today we will be looking at working with rsync. Rsync, as its name implies, is a tool designed to synchronize files between directories. These…

Keeping Your Server On Time With NTP

by Hayden Smith

Our relationship with time is an awkward one. Sometimes we have too much of it to hand, while at others it feels like there’s not enough in the day to get things done. We measure and reference time to coordinate our interactions with each other. Computers also make use of clocks to track the passage…

Using Incron To Schedule Tasks For File System Changes

by Hayden Smith

When running a server, it’s quite a common requirement to automate tasks. Linux distributions provide the cron tool, allowing you to schedule tasks at specific times. One downside to cron is that you may want tasks performed that require triggers other than just a pre-set time being reached. Fortunately, there are a number of related…

Running Multiple Applications On Linux Using Screen

by Hayden Smith

Modern computer operating systems are designed around the concept of multi-tasking, enabling the computer to run more than one application at any time. Graphical user interfaces make this simple to do, with the ability to layer multiple windows over the top of each other, each running different applications at the same time. The command line…

What’s In A Shell?

by Hayden Smith

One of the main features of Linux as an operating system is its flexibility. The system is designed to be modular, and various parts of the operating system can be swapped for others to meet the user’s needs. One of the most recognizable elements of the operating system is its user interface. Most people who…

Easy Linux File Management With Midnight Commander

by Hayden Smith

Some of us over a certain age, or at least who have been using computers for some time, will remember some of the really great tools Norton used to make for MS-DOS computers, such as the Norton Utilities and Norton Commander file manager. Compared to working directly at the command line, the Norton Commander made…

Tips For Finding Files In Linux Part 1

by Hayden Smith

One of the problems with working with files on a computer is keeping track of where they all are. It can be easy to forget what directory a file is stored in, then waste time hunting for it. While graphical user interfaces usually offer simple methods to find files, when you are staring blankly at…

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