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What are the recommended ways of defending a remote *nix install from a hamfisted admin?

Once in a while (often a long while), I have a difficulty where I execute a command that completely screws up a Linux machine. Most recently, I accidentally mounted-again the root partition (thinking ...
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The TIME field in ps -ef

When I do ps -ef, I see "TIME" field. What does this field mean? From what I understand, this tells the actual CPU time, that the process got (amidst all the context switching). Does the TIME field ...
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mounting to non-empty directory, then later deleting original files

I have some unused space on my disk, and decided to use a little of it to create a separate /var partition. There might be an easier way to do this, but my idea is to copy the existing /var ...
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How to tell when a computer is idle?

I have a computer that is only used some of the time, and I was was wondering if there was a way to have it turn itself off after a period of inactivity. Here's the tricky part, if I was just ...
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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 expire a password? (For inital account creation)

I've often created temporary passwords for users for my own development machine for initial id creation. For other environments, I've seen admins have the ability to have a password show as expired ...
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Automated SSH Login [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Shell Script for logging into a ssh server Autentification on SSH connection in OneLine How could I make a SSH Login programmatically on a unix server, I don't have ...
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Simple Templating for Config Files

I need to manage a growing set of similar-but-different ASCII files. ( It so happens that they're Apache VirtualHosts, but that's not particularly relevant. ) For each production website, the ...
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How do I add a local user to a box that uses LDAP authenticaiton?

I'm working with a box that uses LDAP for user authentication. However, I need to add a local user to run some services and I don't want non-person users junking up the LDAP directory. Does anyone ...
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Why is it recommended to create a group and user for some applications?

Most of the time, when installing a program from source it is recommended to create a new user and a new group and give /usr/local/<myapp> the recently created user and group ownership. Why is ...
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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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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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What is the routing behaviour when two or more default routes?

I have two ISP at the time, connected to the same machine. I added both of them in the routing table as default. However, only one connection is used. $ route Kernel IP routing table Destination ...
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What are your best practices and future plans for deploying unixoid desktops?

I have been setting up Linux desktops for a non-profit radio observatory. For me, this was the first time I had to think about "deploying" several identical machines, centralizing login, home ...
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Fun, tricky and hard questions for Unix/Linux Admin interview [closed]

I am now preparing process of recrutation for group of Unix/Linux Administrators and I was wondering if maybe you have idea for fun or tricky or hard questions to ask the candidates in order to test ...
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Smitty like solution under Linux or BSD?

Are there any solutions similar to AIX smit for Linux based OSes? Basically this would be some kind of 'terminal menu-driver' script collection perhaps using ncurses for doing things that system ...
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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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What is the point of the 'operator' user?

Many un*x systems ship with a user account named 'operator'. What is the purpose of this account? Do some systems actually make use of this account, or is this more of a historical legacy? Have you ...
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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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How do you work with old servers?

I've recently fallen into doing more work on LAMP servers, which is pretty new to me. At first it wasn't a problem migrating my preference files, but as I've grown and learned more, my preferences ...
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How can I configure cgroups to fairly share resources between users?

There used to be a kernel config option called sched_user or similar under cgroups. This allowed (to my knowledge) all users to fairly share system resources. In 2.6.35 it is not available. Is there a ...
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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 ...