Intermediate Linux / Unix System Administrator Tutorials

These tutorials assumes that you have strong understanding of Unix like operating systems and very comfortable with most aspects of the Unix/Linux operating system. Familiar with fundamental networking/distributed computing environments is required. ( rss feed )

I need to tunnel X Window securely over SSH bases session so that I run X program on my remote Linux/Unix server/workstation and get back display to my Apple Macbook pro laptop. I tried the ssh -X user@server1 and ssh -Y user@server2 commands on both OS X Mountain Lion and Apple OS X Mavericks/Yosemite. But, I am unable to use the ssh command with X11.

How do I fix this problem on OS X and enable X11 forwarding with ssh command? How do I install XQuartz (X11.app) server on Apple OS X Mountain Lion or Mavericks or Yosemite?

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I need additional swap space to improve my FreeBSD Unix server/desktop performance. How do I add a swap file to FreeBSD system using command line options without creating a new partitions? How do I encrypt swap space on a FreeBSD Unix server for security purpose?

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I have Soekris single board communication embedded computers which is optimized for low power and network usage. The server has four Ethernet ports. I’ve installed PFSense firewall on it and configure WAN + LAN ports. How do I setup IPv4 software bridge using PFSense so that the rest of ports act as a network switch?

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I‘m using Dell / Lenovo laptop with Broadcom’s IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n based wireless card. How can I install Broadcom-wl STA BCM4322 Wireless driver on a Fedora Linux version 20?

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My new Dell Laptop has no DVD or CD drive. I’m trying to create a bootable Fedora Linux 20 USB using UNetbootin utility as described here. But, UNetbootin failed to create bootable USB image on OS X. How do I create Fedora Linux 20 USB Media in Apple OS X using command line options?

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Ubuntu Linux version 14.04 LTS has been released. How do I upgrade to a newer version of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS from Ubuntu 13.10 or 12.04 LTS?

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I am a new Linux server user. I need to tunnel X over ssh. I type the following command from OS X Unix terminal to login into far_away_machine (a centos server):

ssh -X -o options -A -p 22 user@centos-far-away-server

But, I am getting the following error on screen:

X11 forwarding request failed on channel 0
Last login: Sun Mar 23 15:58:51 2014 from 1.2.3.4

How do I fix “X11 forwarding request failed on channel 0″ on Linux or Unix-like systems?

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