Linux Server Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips and Tools

Linux Server Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips and Tools

Rob Flickenger

Language: English

Pages: 242

ISBN: 0596004613

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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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only necessary to do a full backup once, instead of once per week. Thereafter, only the changes need to be copied. Unfortunately, you can’t rsync to a tape; you’ll still need dump or tar for that. If you have a spare machine, even a very low-end one, you can turn it into a dedicated backup server. Make it standalone, and keep it in a physically separate place — another room or even another building. Disable every single remote service on the backup server, and connect it only to a dedicated

people to communicate with each other! We’ll take a look at some more unusual methods for controlling the flow of network traffic, from the remote port forwarding to various forms of IP tunnelling. By the time we’ve explored IP encapsulation and user space tunnels like vtun, we’ll see how it is possible to build networks on top of the Internet that behave in all sorts of unexpected and surprisingly useful ways. Creating a Firewall from the Command Line of any Server You don’t have to

httpd access activity. httptop should be invoked with the path to an Apache access_log, or alternately a string that uniquely identifies the directory in which to find the access_log. The search paths can be configured in the source. httptop has limited flexibility for dealing with logs of different formats. Run 'httptop' without options to see which format names are available. While httptop is running, you can obtain a list of terminal commands by pressing '?'. As with top(1), pressing 'q'

status/mysqladmin ext) v - show mysqld variables (show variables/mysqladmin vars) z - zoom in on a process, show sql statement detail r - show replication status for master/slaves Probably the two most commonly used features are explain (e) and kill (k). Hitting e will prompt you for a thread ID. Type in the number of the query you’re interested in, and it will show you details about what mysql is actually doing when running the query: Id: 27134 User: root Host: localhost Db: nocat Time: 0

phrase every time you restart Apache, which can be inconvenient when performing regular maintenance (such as rotating http logs). Weigh the inconvenience against the potential damage done if some miscreant should acquire this key. If you lose the passphrase, it is essentially unrecoverable, so keep it safe! Next you’ll need to generate the Certificate Signing Request, to submit to a trusted CA (such as Thawte/VeriSign) for signing. Type in everything appearing in boldface, substituting your own

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