CentOS is an Enterprise-class Linux Distribution derived from Redhat Enterprise Linux sources freely provided to the public.

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Is CentOS exactly the same as RHEL?

I'm sure this question has been asked again and again elsewhere (I did not find anything specific to CentOS vs RHEL in SE), but I would still like to ask and confirm a few specific points. I am well ...
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CentOS 6 “Default” Installation Options

Can someone tell me the difference between a Desktop Install, a Basic Server install, and a Minimal Install? During installation, it doesn't give a description and I can't find documentation on it ...
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What's the equivalent to && when writing a bash script?

I apologize in advance if this is a duplicate question. I did make an effort to search/check before asking here. I'm comfortable with writing one-liners like this: foocommand && ...
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In CentOS, what is the difference between yum update and yum upgrade?

What is the difference between yum update and yum upgrade, and when should I use one over the other?
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How to colorize output of ls ?

I'm running CentOS in Linux text mode. When I run the command ls /usr/, the output is too hard to read (dark blue on black). How can I change the text coloring?
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How can I limit the bandwidth used by a process?

I have a CentOS 5.7 server that will be backing up its files nightly. I am concerned that visitors to the various sites that the server hosts will experience degraded performance while the backup is ...
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What makes CentOS “enterprisey” compared to “generic” distributions like Ubuntu?

What makes CentOS "enterprisey" compared to "generic" distributions like Ubuntu? When I say "enterprisey" I actually mean "better for server deployments". Just a general question, because I was ...
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How To Install Virtualbox Guest Additions On CentOS via Command Line only

Reading the Virtualbox user manual, I finally got [here], which explains how to install Virtualbox Guest Additions on a Linux guest via Command Line. But it's not clear enough for me (I just started ...
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BUG: soft lockup - CPU# stuck for x seconds

I've seen a few bug reports and questions (on stackexchange and elsewhere) regarding a nagging "BUG: soft lockup - CPU#<n> stuck for <dt>s!". So far, I haven't found any clue as to what ...
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Why the default eth0 interface is down by default on CentOS?

I am already a little bit familiar with Linux distros like Debian or Ubuntu (yeah, very similar) but I wanted to try Red Hat based - CentOS 6.2 . I have installed it on my Windows 7 host in virtualBox ...
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CentOS: List the installed RPMs by date of installation/update?

I'm on a CentOS machine. I updated and installed some packages a few weeks back, but I don't remember the name of every package or the names of every dependency. I used yum. Can I list the packages ...
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How can I fix “cannot find a valid baseurl for repo” errors on CentOS?

I finished installing CentOS 6, but when I tried running yum update I got: [root@centos6test ~]# yum update Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, refresh-packagekit Determining fastest mirrors Could not ...
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CentOS no network interface after installation in VirtualBox

I have Ubuntu 12.10 on which i installed virtual box on which I setup centos 6.4 i386. On Ubuntu I have: 3.5.0-17-generic kernal running. On virtual box I install centos 6.4 and everything works ...
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How to create a FTP user with specific /dir/ access only on a Centos / linux installation

So I'm on a VPS - CentOS Linux installation. I have vsFTPd on the server. I currently have SFTP access to the server via my root user, but am now trying to create a new user with FTP access to a ...
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Is there a difference of stability between Linux distros?

I've using Debian since 2010 for some home purposes and it has been stable. Is Debian still a good option if I need a server for heavy network, cpu, disk and memory usage? Last month I listened to ...
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Cannot enable network after CentOS 6.3 fresh install

I am trying to perform a fresh CentOS 6.3 installation then run various yum commands such as yum install httpd. The installation runs fine, however I cannot run any network based commands like yum I ...
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what is the CentOS equivalent of /var/log/syslog (on Ubuntu)?

On ubuntu this file exists: /var/log/syslog. However the same file does not appear on CentOS Distributions. What is the equivalent file on CentOS?
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How to change hostname on centos 6.5?

Hi can't seem to change the hostname on my centos 6.5 host. I am following the instructions I found here: http://www.rackspace.com/knowledge_center/article/centos-hostname-change I set my /etc/hosts ...
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How to change the hostname of a linux machine using terminal?

I logged in for the first time, opened terminal, and typed in ‘hostname’. It returned ‘localhost.localdomain.com’. Then I logged as the root user in terminal using the command, ‘su –‘, provided the ...
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Is it good to have multiple version of Linux Kernel?

Once, I was installing some kernel patches & something went wrong on a live server where we had hundreds of clients. Only one kernel was there in the system. So, the server was down for some time, ...
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How to install CentOS 6 via USB mass storage device?

I want to install CentOS 6.2 on a laptop (Thinkpad R40) which comes without CD/DVD-drive but with USB 2.0 ports. It seems that CentOS does not provide ready-to-use dd-able USB images for ...
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I Can't login as root with su command, but I can with SSH

How is it possible that I cannot log in as root by su root or su (I get incorrect password error), but I can log in by ssh root@localhost or ssh root@my_local_IP with the same password? I'm using ...
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“Symbolic link not allowed or link target not accessible” / Apache on CentOS 6

I've got a brand new CentOS 6 installation, which has a symlink in the document root to my development files: [root@localhost html]# ls -l total 4 -rwxrwxrwx. 1 root root 0 Sep 18 20:16 index.html ...
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Find out exact installation time of CentOS

I installed CentOS on my laptop about 8 month ago, and I want to know when exactly I installed it , how can I do that in CentOS 6.4 ?
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How can I monitor CPU usage by user?

I need to monitor CPU usage by users of two servers' (Ubuntu and CentOS). For example: user1 5% user2 10% ... Is there a tool similar to top or htop that can do that?
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How do you omit “./” when running scripts on current directory

On some tutorials over the internet they can run a script on the current directory without doing: ./script How do you omit this? I am using CentOS 5.6 x64. I want to run it this way script
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How to install dig on CentOS 6?

I can't find the dig command on my new CentOS 6 installation. I've tried yum install dig but it say it cannot find the package. How do I install dig on CentOS 6?
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( /etc/sysconfig/iptables ) “Manual customization of this file is not recommended.” Why?

Editing this file directly /etc/sysconfig/iptables can save me so much headaches so much time and so on... and yet on the very top of the file it says.. Manual customization of this file is not ...
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Should you run automatic updates

I'm running production Centos web servers. I want to know what is best practice for running updates. Should I automate this with yum-cron or yum-updatesd? Or is there a danger of updates breaking ...
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Package bash-completion missing from Yum in CentOS 6

I am trying to get tab-completion working in Yum in CentOS 6 (so I can do something like yum install firefo<TAB> and get back firefox), and I have found many tutorials which say to simply do yum ...
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CentOS 7 Installation Failed

After hearing the news that CentOS 7 had been published, I decided to install it on my computer. I downloaded the ISO image from the CentOS official website (the one named ...
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Why are files in my home dir being created as world-writable despite a more-restrictive umask?

I've realized that the permissions for new files and directories behave a bit strangely. First of all, umask seems to return the right answer: $ umask 0002 This means full access for my user and ...
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Creating a virtual microphone

I run a CentOS Server with VNC enabled and some services require a microphone to work properly, but it doesn't have to be used for recording, just a microphone device available. So I was wondering if ...
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Using real time kernel headers to compile userspace code vs default headers

Per customer requirements, I installed CentOS 5.6 with the default kernel. With this kernel installed, the time.h file includes the #define CLOCK_MONOTONIC. Now, a real-time kernel was installed ...
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/bin /etc /lib64 /root /sbin deleted or moved by mv folder/* /* while su

OS is Centos 6.5 64-bit I downloaded a tar file and wanted to untar and mv it. I untared, then accidentally (as root) ran mv folder/* /* instead of mv folder/* . bash said it couldn't overwrite some ...
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Package: git-1.7.6.1-1.el5.rf.i386 (rpmforge) Requires: libcurl.so.3

After I run yum install git it shows the error Error: Package: git-1.7.6.1-1.el5.rf.i386 (rpmforge) Requires: libcurl.so.3 You could try using --skip-broken to work around the problem You ...
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How can I know which IRQ is responsible of high CPU usage

I've moved a server from one mainboard to another due a disk controller failure. Since then I've noticed that constantly a 25% of one of the cores goes always to IRQ however I haven't managed myself ...
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How to install Desktop Environments on CentOS 7?

I have recently installed CentOS 7(Minimal Install without GUI) and now I want to install a GUI environment in it. How can I install Desktop Environments on previously installed CentOS7 without ...
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how do I install the stock centos repositories?

I have a situation where the stock repo files that should exist in /etc/yum.repos.d/ (like centos-base.repo) are not present. I need to get them installed. I am sure this is simple, but after hours of ...
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MySQL gets killed by OS every 25 days or so

About 4 months ago we migrated from MS SQL Server to MySQL 5.5. Since then we have been experiencing an issue once approximately ever 25 days since where CentOS runs out of memory and as a result it ...
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Limiting processes to not exceed more than 10% of CPU usage

I operate a Linux system which has a lot of users but sometimes an abuse occurs; where a user might run a single process that uses up more than 80% of the CPU/Memory. So is there a way to prevent ...
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Does yum's --enablerepo option only enable a repo for the current command?

Does yum's --enablerepo option only enable a repository for the duration of the current command? For example if the enabled setting in /etc/yum.repos.d/remi.repo file is set to 0 (disabled) and I ...
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Increasing Screen Size/Resolution on a VirtualBox Instance of Centos

I have VirtualBox instance of Centos 5. The screen size is quite small (800*600) and I'd like to increase it to 1280*1080. Under the Gnome preferences for "Screen Resolution" I only get the option for ...
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Commands not found: netstat, nmap on CentOS 7

I'm using the following CentOS: $ cat /etc/centos-release CentOS Linux release 7.0.1406 (Core) The commands nmap, netstat and lsof are not found on CentOS7. Why? $ type -a nmap bash: type: nmap: ...
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How are ACL permissions processed and in what order do they apply to a given user action?

CentOS 6.4 I'm trying to better understand how filesystem ACL rules are processed and in what order ACL rules apply. For example, let's say users bob and joe belong to a group called sales. Let's ...
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How can I disable TCP/IP for an Ethernet adapter?

I have CentOS 6.3 running in a (virtual) machine with two Ethernet adapters. I have eth0 connected to a TCP/IP LAN and eth1 connected to a DSL modem. The system is intended as a dedicated ...
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lsof - age of file

The *nix command lsof gives you a list of open files. Is anyone aware of a way that would also list how long a particular file has been open? Either by using lsof or any other command. I'm using ...
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OpenSSL Package Rebuild CentOS 6.4 [closed]

Rebuilding openssl with Elliptic Curves on CentOS 6.4 The strategy is: 1) Download the "official" CentOS source package (.src.rpm) 2) Modify the .spec file to enable elliptic curves. (change no-EC ...
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How to remove a specific character in a string but only if there are no numbers in that line in Linux

I've been stumped with this seemingly simple-to-fix problem.. well, for a while. Here's example output from the file I need to edit: $cat file George Washington Geneva Convention 123,281,029 USD ...
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Installing git “sudo: apt-get: command not found”

I am trying to install git. I run the following command: sudo apt-get install git-core git-gui git-doc But receive the following error: sudo: apt-get: command not found What should I do?