Perl for System Administration
Managing multi-platform environments with Perl
By David N. Blank-Edelman
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: July 2000
Pages: 446

Some people plan to become administrators. The rest of us are thrust into it: we are webmasters, hobbyists, or just the default "technical people" on staff who are expected to keep things running. After some stumbling around repeating the same steps over and over again (and occasionally paying the price when we forget one), we realize that we must automate these tasks, or suffer endless frustration. Thus enters Perl.The Perl programming language is ideal for writing quick yet powerful scripts that automate many administrative tasks. It's modular, it's powerful, and it's perfect for managing systems and services on many platforms.Perl for System Administration is designed for all levels of administrators--from hobbyists to card-carrying SAGE members--sysadmins on multi-platform sites. Written for several different platforms (Unix, Windows NT, and Mac OS), it's a guide to the pockets of administration where Perl can be most useful for sites large and small, including:

  • Filesystem management
  • User administration with a dash of XML
  • DNS and other network name services
  • Database administration using DBI and ODBC
  • Directory services and frameworks like LDAP and ADSI
  • Using email for system administration
  • Working with log files of all kinds
Each chapter concentrates on a single administrative area, discusses the possible pitfalls, and then shows how Perl comes to the rescue. Along the way we encounter interesting Perl features and tricks, with many extended examples and complete programs. The scripts included in the book can simply be used as written or with minimal adaptation. But it's likely that readers will also get a taste of what Perl can do, and start extending those scripts for tasks that we haven't dreamed of.Perl for System Adminstration doesn't attempt to teach the Perl language, but it is an excellent introduction to the power and flexibility of Perl, and it whets the appetite to learn more. It's for anyone who needs to use Perl for system administration and needs to hit the ground running.
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Essential for SysAdmins

By Ed Mansky

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This is a terrific book! Full of good code examples for all sys admin tasks. The examples in Chaps 8-10 are real gems. I especially appreciated the multi-platform non-bias the author brings to the subject. I hadn't read a book on SysAdmin before, having learned much over the years from the man pages and on-line resources. Blank-Edelman really brings together a wealth of info on a variety of topics. I'll definitely use the scripts in the book.

Topics like Lists-of-Lists and anonymous subroutines made me learn a-new topics I thought I knew already.

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By Lou Moran

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Comments about oreilly Perl for System Administration:

Ok I bought the original publishing of 07.01 and I hated this book. It sat festering on my pile of blue ORAs and every day I cursed the 35USD I spent on it. I could not understand how I was supposed to wade through Windows. W2K, Mac and *nix administration scripts....

Then I got a job where all of those OSes were used interchangably.

WOW!

Now this book is tattered -- filled with newspaper scraps, napkins, french fries and whatever else I could find to bookmark pages. Absolutely indipensible. More useful than Programming Perl for me, Lou Moran Sys Admin!

If you are a WIN Admin this book might be a bit much for you and possibly a book by Dave Roth might be a beter choice but if you are multi platform... good grief this is a GREAT BOOK.

(Lou Has Spoken)

 
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By Adam Lobaugh

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Comments about oreilly Perl for System Administration:

Great!

Once again, you chaps have created an enjoyable read. I am fairly new to perl,

but found this text easy to follow, concise, and covering topics sometimes ignored by others. Good job.

Respectfully,

Adam Lobaugh

 
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By Hutch

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Another pearl of a Perl book from O'Reilly

As the administrator of 3 web servers, I need to automate admin as much as possible. This book really helped me to script common admin tasks, and introduced me to some really useful concepts I hadn't considered (like using XML and LDAP for example). Bristling with readable code examples, and serving the Unix and NT communities alike,

this book fills a gap on my Perl book shelf.

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