Linux Server Hacks
100 Industrial-Strength Tips and Tools
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: January 2003
Pages: 242

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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5.0

SSH GUI

By Shrodder

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  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written

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    Comments about oreilly Linux Server Hacks:

    Very nice book with lots of valuable tricks.

    Maybe for the SSH chapter it should mention secpanel, the ssh gui for unix to acomplish all the mentioned tasks via mouse clicks.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    A must have for both new and seasoned admins

    By Sankarshan

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    Comments about oreilly Linux Server Hacks:

    This book is a must have. For both new administrators and the seasoned ones who need "that little bit of information". If I were asked to state one good thing about this book it would be the fact that the contents are arranged by someone who knows what server administration is about. This is not just pure theory of server side services or strictly focus on administration. The book manages to ensure that the objective is to turn out an excellent server administration and a far better administrator (than before reading this book). Schools, colleges and university libraries should be stocking this and employers better start gifting this book to their IT staff.

    By managing to appeal both to the infrequent administrator and the professional, this books is something that most readers would be just happy to have around.

     
    5.0

    Awesomely good

    By Jez Humble

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    Comments about oreilly Linux Server Hacks:

    As someone who has worked with Linux servers for years and also has one at home, I have to say this book totally rocks. I like to think I know a thing or two about running Linux servers, but I've learned lots of new things from this book.

    All the things which you know you should sort out and have been nagging at the back of your mind are covered in this little volume, from backups to cryptography infrastructure (ssh/ssl) to security. In addition to the big stuff, there's lots of useful one-liners such as how to easily get a list of big files on your disk, recursive search-and-replace on your filesystem and backing up to CD, all collected together in one place.

    This is easily the best money I have ever spent on a non-programming-related technical book. It takes a lot to put the fun back into system administration, but Rob Flickenger has done a fine job. Go Rob.

     
    5.0

    Fabulous

    By Srini

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    Comments about oreilly Linux Server Hacks:

    For some time I had been googling and writing to support forums for a tcp redirection for my fedora box. No answers.

    Then I came across Linux server hacks and found a gem on tcp redirection, downloaded the software from the link given and it now works beautifully.

    These and many more gems stud this book, an excellent buy, value for money for any serious linux enthusiast.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
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    By Alex Belt of the Columbia Java Users Group

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    Comments about oreilly Linux Server Hacks:

    This is a good book for Linux enthusiasts, and a great book for sys admins. The book covers a wide range of material, and while I'm likely to only use a fraction of the tips in the book, it is a good resource for ideas. The book covers most functions that a server is required to perform, in addition to monitoring the server itself.

    The hacks are organized into sections based on the function they are related to, i.e., basics, networking, SSH, etc. The hacks in any given section vary widely, so it is nice to have a general idea where information about particular aspects can be found.

    The author clearly has a good grasp of the material, and does a good job in communicating the information. This is not a book for beginners, and those who are fairly new should get more experience with Linux before attempting to read this.

     
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    Linux Server Hacks Review

    By Ravi

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    Comments about oreilly Linux Server Hacks:

    This is one of the best books I've laid my hands on. It is small but

    the quality and level of technical details in many tips are just too good. Most

    notable are the tips on backing up, ssh and various other hacks with perl, shell

    scripts, apache etc. Any system administrator with about 1-2 years of experience

    would definitely appreciate most of the cool hacks in this book. Great work by the

    author.

     
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    Linux Server Hacks Review

    By Ashok N N

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    Comments about oreilly Linux Server Hacks:

    Linux Server Hacks is really a very cool book. Some of the hacks are so good that having them would surely save you a lot of time. I particularly liked the chapter on backups. Also the chapter on SSH was very useful. Although you might not use all the hacks, anybody who does system administration surely would benefit by this book.

     
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    Linux Server Hacks Review

    By Zach

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    Comments about oreilly Linux Server Hacks:

    I've only been using Linux for about a year now and was ready for more of the intriguing possibilities that it had to offer when I came across this book. The ordering is done well where each hack progressively adds a level of complexity and can be read from beginning to end. But it also makes a good quick reference for quick hacks as you need them. It is not based on gui usage and is very distro inspecific. Very well done.

     
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    By Jeremiah

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    Comments about oreilly Linux Server Hacks:

    Looks Good . . .

    I saw this briefly in the bookstore the other day and just had to open it. I found an amazing hack; using tar with ssh to put an archive on a remote host. I had never thought of pipingthings through ssh before. Very interesting. This book looks like it could be invaluable.

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