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Linux Server Hacks


Books about operating systems


Rob Flickenger


O'Reilly & Associates

Release date

January 2003

Sales ranking

Week: Not ranked All time: 180


August 3, 2003
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Linux is an operating system that has been under development since 1991. However, it only gained significant visibility in 1996, when companies like Red Hat and others that followed started bundling Linux and its applications in distributions. These distributions made it viable to be used by people that do not know the operating system in depth.

One type of usage that helped making Linux very popular is as Internet server. Linux is in fact one of the key members of the quarter known as LAMP: Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP (some people believe that P may also mean Perl or Python).

Despite some members of the LAMP quartet could be replaced by other alternatives, this has been the killer combination that has been making viable many projects based on Internet servers.

Making Linux work as Internet server is just a matter of installing one of several distributions that are available. However, to take full advantage of the potential of this operating system, you need to learn more in depth about the way the kernel, its applications and utilities work.

Linux Server Hacks is a sort of recipe book with 100 solutions to all types of problems that may arise when you want to setup a server to develop and deploy Internet applications based on Linux.

The book starts with a chapter that presents solutions for basic Linux configuration and tuning problems. Then it follows with chapters about file revision control using RCS and CVS, setting backup processes, configuring networking aspects, monitoring server activity, remote access with secure shell (SSH) and scripting tips.

Finally, there is a chapter dedicated to setting several types of applications that usually are installed in Internet servers like: Bind as DNS server, MySQL as database server and Apache as Web server. The focus of this chapter is on problems that frequently appear when using these applications in Web hosting environments.

Despite of the importance of the LAMP quartet, the P languages are not mentioned much in this book, except for a few references to the use of Perl as a sort of advanced shell scripting language that may be more convenient to solve certain types of problems. Any of the of P languages probably deserve a hacks book dedicated to each of them.

This book is mostly meant to systems administrators or software developers that want to learn about useful tips that can make your life much easier, solving common Linux server problems. If you develop Web applications or manage Linux based Internet hosting servers, you may find this book very practical useful.
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