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Shell Script Wrapper Examples: Enhance the Ping and Host Commands

Shell script wrappers can make the *nix command more transparent to the user. The most common shell scripts are simple wrappers around third party or system binaries. A wrapper is nothing but a shell script that includes a system command or utility.

Linux and Unix like operating system can run both 32bit and 64bit specific versions of applications. You can write a wrapper script that can select and execute correct version on a 32bit or 64bit hardware platform. In cluster environment and High-Performance computing environment you may find 100s of wrapper scripts written in Perl, Shell, and Python to get cluster usage, setting up shared storage, submitting and managing jobs, backups, troubleshooting, invokes commands with specified arguments, sending stdout to stdout and stderr to stderr and much more.

In this post, I will explains how to create a shell wrapper to enhance the basic troubleshooting tool such as ping and host.
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30 Handy Bash Shell Aliases For Linux / Unix / Mac OS X

An alias is nothing but shortcut to commands. The alias command allows user to launch any command or group of commands (including options and filenames) by entering a single word. Use alias command to display list of all defined aliases. You can add user defined aliases to ~/.bashrc file. You can cut down typing time with these aliases, work smartly, and increase productivity at the command prompt.
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Visual Representations Of Linux File Systems

This is an interesting visualization techniques for software analysis. From the article:

Despite being a very important part of any operating system, file systems tend to get little attention. The first part is a detail analysis of one particular Linux Kernel tree and the second is a shorter one done over a large number of file systems from Linux Kernel 2.6.0 to 2.6.29. After that there is a small section that shows some aspects of the BSD family. After conclusions there is an appendix consisting of three things: the first one explains how the file systems for Linux were compiled, the second one shows timelines for the releases of Linux Kernel, FreeBSD, NetBSD and OpenBSD; the last is a detailed map of the external symbols of the kernel modules analyzed in the second section.

A Visual Expedition Inside the Linux File Systems

Howto monitor OpenBSD PF firewall for performance

Packet Filter aka PF is OpenBSD's system for filtering TCP/IP traffic / NAT software. I always like the simplicity offered by PF firewall. There is a new article that explains the PF performance monitoring:

The PF (packet filter) firewall package was introduced in OpenBSD 3.0, and has since been ported to the FreeBSD and NetBSD Operating Systems. PF contains a stateful packet inspection engine, the ability to replicate state information to a backup firewall, a flexible self optimizing rule engine, QOS support, and the ability to collect performance metrics. These metrics can be useful for gauging the performance of a firewall platform, and provide a way to trend firewall performance over time. This article will describe several utilities that can be used to monitor the health and performance of a PF firewall.

On a related note you may find our FreeBSD firewall startup guide quite useful.

Monitoring PF firewalls for health and performance [prefetch.net]

Sending Email With Attachments From Unix / Linux Command [ Shell Prompt ]

If you need to send an email with a text file (or binary file) as attachment using shell script or command prompt in Unix or Linux; try mutt - a terminal-based e-mail client for Unix-like systems.
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