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How can I see which package manager is running?

I'm on Debian 6.0.5 (squeeze) and every now and then I see the following icon in the notifications area of the GNOME2 pannel: but black instead of red. It reads A package manager is working. Usually ...
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Manage another Linux installation on another partition in the same computer

How can I manage (install packages, manage packages, check for updates and the like) for another Linux installation on another partition in the same machine? I would be doing this from Ubuntu, and ...
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Do I need a computer science degree to have a successful career in Linux? [closed]

I recently got a bachelor's in hospitality management, for 4 years I basically lied to myself thinking thats what I want to study while neglecting my interest in computer science. I've been getting to ...
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Should I use useradd or adduser?

I am trying to add a new user to the system. I am confused though which command to run: useradd or adduser?
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When is a port considered being used?

I am getting port in use cannot bind on process restarts. I am trying to find out when a port is considered being used? Is it only when in LISTEN mode? Can it also be if a connection is open to the ...
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Global Shell Variables?

As a system administrator with root access on a unix machine, is it possible to provide default shell variables to all users of a system? That is, as an individual unix user, I can define ...
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Any interface for building a server in Linux Xubuntu. (not desktop)

Is there any interface or program that I could install on my Linux Xubuntu that would help me set up a server using the terminal as little as possible?
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Save a perfect configured desktop

I'm wondering how I can persist my perfect configured desktop system. I have - installed a fresh new debian - installed all my applications and tools I need (from vim to eclipse) - override my ...
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NIS and /etc/passwd

Shadow passwords are to be avoided in a NIS server, as suggested in this guide at paragraph 7.6. So: in a NIS server (a Unix or Unix-like system), should all the users be migrated to /etc/passwd from ...
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Is there a way to administrate multiple computers at the same time?

Let's say you have 24 computers. They all have the same Linux or Unix distro on them, with the exact same configuration, but with different users. Is there a way to be able to do the exact same thing ...
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Winbind / AD - changed user account issue

So here's an odd one. We've had a user for years who happens to have a user id by local convention that matches a system account. So of course, I changed the users user ID in AD to avoid issues and ...
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AT&T UNIX System V Release 4 - How do I create a new “Administrator” user?

I am running AT&T UNIX System V Release 4 Version 2.1 inside VirtualBox, and want to create a new "user account" for myself. At first, I simply created a new user with the useradd command, but ...
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Integrating LDAP and Kerberos V to add users via a useradd-like interface

I'm currently trying to set up an integrated Kerberos V/LDAP system for authentication/authorization. From what I have managed to gather, there are at least two ways to integrate Kerberos V with LDAP: ...
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Reassign users to a single group

Right now one of our server is setup such that all users are in their own group. Is it possible to reassign them to a single group and then allow each user READ only access to other user's ...
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static ip adress for remote administrating distant home computer via ssh?

i've set up the pc of my grandmother with debian and dhcp. I have to administrate that pc, so the best option is obviously ssh. The problem with that is just dhcp changes obviously the ip adress from ...
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Prevent scp from overwriting existing files?

Have been googling this for a while, and the problem is not so much of one where I trust my users to "do the right thing" and have them use rsync with various options to avoid overwriting files. I ...
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Remove ex-admin user account and grant privileges / permissions / ownership to another

I would like to find the simplest way to remove the old system admin's user and group from a Gentoo server and put them all under my name instead. He no longer works here and it would appear that a ...
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How to specify a daemon shutdown command with upstart?

In an upstart configuration how do I define what command should be used to shutdown a server. Lets say I have daemon that has two seperate processes. startup.sh - to start the server shutdown.sh ...
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How to prevent users from renaming files while providing write permissions on Linux [closed]

For some special purpose, I want to prevent non-root users of the Linux Server from changing or renaming the filenames. However, they can modify and write to the contents of the file. How to do this ...
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Set a size limit to SAMBA shared directory remotely

I have been asked to set up a shared directory for a colleague on a server I manage. I created an account for him on that server, set up a Samba password with smbpasswd, created a directory and set it ...
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Does DM-Crypt partition look like random noise?

If I format partition with dm-crypt does its entry in partition table suggest somehow that this partition is encrypted or for someone from outside it looks like regular partition with random noise ...
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Weird disk usage on Enterprise Linux

I'm little bit worried about this (note the 99% used space in the root): $ df -h File System Size Used Free Use% Mounted To /dev/mapper/scientific-root 50G 50G 735M ...
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How to clean up my desktop?

Now, I see that my desktop running rhel 5.6 has run out of space. Now I need to clean it up. There must be some unintentional files adding up. What I would like to be able to do is list the files in ...
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Are basic system administrator utilities such as useradd or adduser standardized?

Are basic system administrator utilities such as useradd or adduser standardized? If so, where can I find the specs? (POSIX doesn't seem to encompass those, but I might need to take a better look).
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Important scripts useful for a Linux system administrator [closed]

I am a Linux system administrator and constantly find myself doing the same chores again and again. I need some scripts to make life easier. What are the most important scripts needed by a Linux ...
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Browser-based front-end to linux

I'd like to ask if anything like this exists. A browser-based tool for looking at a Linux system, managing it, and helping newbies diagnose problems. What I'm thinking of is something like this : ...
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Linux SW RAID and physical volumes

In each guide about software RAID in Linux, I could find online I see that people usually create/assemble RAID devices using partitions, like: mdadm --create --verbose /dev/md0 --level=5 ...
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How can I administer a server if USB disabled?

I'm looking to disable USB via the kernel for a high-performance server. How can I effectively administer the server, if problems occurs if USB isn't enabled? Without USB, keyboards and mice ...
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How can I learn some advanced logrotate techniques? [closed]

The logrotate section in the Linux administrator's handbook is very brief. The man page is ok but lacks examples. Where can I find some more comprehensive information, examples, and best-practice ...
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What unix certifications are available? Are there any self-taught?

I have a friend who is a Red Hat Certified Engineer. I also know there is the Linux Professionals Institute LPIC-1, 2, & 3. Are there other popular ones? How do I pick one to start with?
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Mass update of /etc/ldap.secret

I have a group of servers authenticating against an LDAP server. I would like to be able to periodically update the /etc/ldap.secret file with an updated secret. I've written a small script that reads ...
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Equivalent of newusers for groups

The newusers command is useful for adding or modifying users in bulk. Is there an equivalent command for managing groups?
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Share files/directories by setgid

To allow write access to a specific group, shared files/folders can be made writeable by default for everyone in this group and the owning group can be automatically fixed to the group which owns ...
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Unable to get last connection info for SSH users (locked, no shell, public key) is there an alternative?

I have several remote systems connecting to my server via SSH to establish tunnels. They authenticate using a public key, their user is locked and their shell is set to /usr/sbin/nologin It all ...
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How to provision software across multiple laptops [duplicate]

I've got a bunch of laptops for my classroom and I'm using Ubuntu. I want to be able to add/update/remove software across them as easily as possible and I'm not sure how to go about it. I was ...
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Which book of those two should i read to study networking for Unix/Linux administrator? [closed]

I'm quite a beginner to networking, I want to get the information that i need as a Linux/Unix admin. I have two books in hand right now: TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1: The Protocols UNIX and ...
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Embedding a cmap in moinmoin

I'd like to embed a cmap in a moinmoin wiki page. I generated the cmap using dia. I then copy pasted the generated html code, modified it to point to the png image I attached to the wiki. However ...
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Managing cron jobs across multiple servers

We are facing a problem with managing cron jobs over multiple servers with dependencies. I hope there is an opensource central management project that I can be used to handle that and report the ...
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How does shutting down require sudo except when done through a GUI? [duplicate]

If I want to shut down my machine programmatically or on the terminal, I must do sudo poweroff or sudo shutdown. If I want to shut down my machine through my window manager and desktop environment, I ...
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What is the command erepc? Is this malware?

I noticed that my system was running slower than normal so I ran a top command. Hogging a ton of my CPU was a process called erepc that I can find no information on. PID USER PR NI VIRT ...
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Script to see if user has logged off

I have created this program to see if a user is logged on and it checks every minute. if [ "$#" -ne 1 ] then echo "Usage: mon user" exit 1 fi user="$1" until who | grep "^$user " > ...
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Rehashing /etc/shadow. Can I force NIS users to change password?

I'm currently migrating a CentOS environment to a Debian one. The users log in over the network using NIS. I was hoping to copy /etc/shadow from my old server to my new one so that we can offer ...
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Problem with NIS [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: NIS and autofs error I have one server and one client machine. In Server, I have configured NIS, and /home/guest/nis1 is shared through NFS. Both NFS and NIS are ...
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change of Unix default directory structure [closed]

Is it possible to change the default Unix/Linux directory structure? I mean by configuration and without need to change the kernel. Or if the kernel has to be edited, how hard is such task? Is the ...
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Get contact information of system administrator from the terminal

Do any of the common Unix/Linux platforms provide a way to query the system administrator contact information from the command line. Obviously a system admin might not include this information when ...
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/etc/passwd permissions and GECOS field

The default permissions on Ubuntu (or even some BSD) distributions for the /etc/passwd file are 644. It is pointed out in questions like this that /etc/passwd is a sort of user database and it is ...
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Need help with understanding output of ps -ef on linux

When I do ps -ef on my Linux box, I get: UID PID PPID C STIME TTY TIME CMD Please help me with meaning of C,TIME. is the TIME , the actual cpu time allocated to the process?
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How to limit administrative privileges to various config files?

I want one administrator to be able to edit the /etc/fstab file but one administrator to not be able to edit the fstab file. Both administrators need access to all other administrative tasks. Is ...
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Why can't I create a symbolic link in /usr/bin?

I'm trying to create a sym link in my /usr/bin directory as the command drush8 But every time I do it, it doesn't show up in /usr/bin but instead says it already exists. It's thinking that it exists ...
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How to live a Pleskless life? [closed]

I have always used Linux with Plesk when hosting web projects. It's easy to host multiple websites and setup email accounts but I realized it's overkill sometimes. I think it uses a lot of resources ...