Novice Linux / Unix System Administrator Tutorials

These tutorials assumes that you have basic understanding of Unix like operating systems and you are familiar with – Unix/Linux and its commands at the user level, know how to edit files, familiar with the Bourne shell/Bash/Ksh shell, know how to perform standard file processing tasks (such as find/move/copy/delete/) and so on. ( rss feed )

I am a new Unix system shell user. I need to find and list all hidden files including directories on a Linux or Unix-like system. How can I recursively list all hidden files and directories? How do I save result in a text file?

{ 3 comments }

I‘m a new Apple OS X Mabbook user. I am getting an error which read as follows when I connect to any remote Linux/Unix/BSD server or machine through OS X ssh Terminal app:

ssh user@server1.cyberciti.biz
Last login: Wed Mar 26 08:45:36 2014 from 1.2.3.4
-bash: warning: setlocale: LC_CTYPE: cannot change locale (UTF-8): No such file or directory

How do I fix this error?

{ 6 comments }

Sometime my VLC application gets crashed on a Mac OS X system. The screen goes blank and VLC stays hang running on my desktop or MacBook. How can I solve this issue and quit an unresponsive VLC application on a Mac OS X without a hard reboot?

{ 1 comment }

I am a new Unix shell programer. How can I extract the directory name from a full path (say /nas01/data/backups/file.tar.gz)? How do I get directory name from its path on a Linux or Unix-like system?

{ 0 comments }

I am a new Linux server user. I need to tunnel X over ssh. I type the following command on a CentOS/RHEL based remote host to get display on a local desktop:

ssh -X user@server1.cyberciti.biz
xeyes &
firefox &

But, I am getting an error that read as follows:

**error**: Failed to contact configuration server; some possible causes are that you need to enable TCP/IP networking for ORBit, or you have stale NFS locks due to a system crash. See http://projects.gnome.org/gconf/ for information. (Details – 1: Failed to get connection to session: /bin/dbus-launch terminated abnormally without any error message)

How do I fix this error on a newly formatted/installed RHEL or CentOS Linux 6.x server?

{ 3 comments }

I‘m a new Ubuntu Linux user and my cloud hosting company installed MySQL server by default. I need to remove it and delete it from my server as I have no use of MySQL server. How can I uninstall MySQL on a Ubuntu based systems?

{ 4 comments }

I am a new Linux and Unix-command line user. I am using find command to search file called “fooBar.conf.sample” in my home directory. I do not know the case, it could be uppercase, lowercase, or a mix of both. How can search a file and ignore case on a Linux or Unix-like system?

{ 1 comment }