Practical Guide to Red Hat® Linux®, A: Fedora¿ Core and Red Hat Enterprise Linux

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  • Copyright: 2007-01-01
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Best-selling author Mark Sobell is back with a single reference for Red Hat Linux that cannot be beat covering Fedora Core 5 and RHEL4.

Author Biography

Mark G. Sobell is President of Soboll Associates Inc., a UNIX/Linux consulting firm.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xxxv
Welcome to Linuxp. 1
The GNU-Linux Connectionp. 2
The Linux 2.6 Kernelp. 5
The Heritage of Linux: UNIXp. 5
What Is So Good About Linux?p. 6
Overview of Linuxp. 10
Additional Features of Linuxp. 14
Conventions Used in This Bookp. 17
Chapter Summaryp. 19
Exercisesp. 19
Installing Red Hat Linuxp. 21
Installation Overviewp. 23
More Informationp. 24
Planning the Installationp. 24
How the Installation Worksp. 33
The Medium: Where Is the Source Data?p. 34
Downloading, Burning, and Installing a CD Set or a DVD (FEDORA)p. 35
Rescue CDp. 40
Gathering Information About the Systemp. 40
Finding the Installation Manualp. 41
Chapter Summaryp. 41
Exercisesp. 42
Advanced Exercisesp. 42
Step-by-Step Installationp. 43
Installing Red Hat Linuxp. 44
Installation Tasksp. 58
The X Window Systemp. 69
Chapter Summaryp. 77
Exercisesp. 78
Advanced Exercisesp. 78
Getting Started with Red Hat Linuxp. 79
Introduction to Red Hat Linuxp. 81
Curbing Your Power: Superuser/root Accessp. 82
A Tour of the Red Hat Linux Desktopp. 82
Getting the Facts: Where to Find Documentationp. 102
More About Logging Inp. 111
Controlling Windows: Advanced Operationsp. 119
Chapter Summaryp. 122
Exercisesp. 123
Advanced Exercisesp. 124
The Linux Utilitiesp. 125
Special Charactersp. 126
Basic Utilitiesp. 127
Working with Filesp. 129
(Pipe): Communicates Between Processesp. 136
Four More Utilitiesp. 137
Compressing and Archiving Filesp. 139
Locating Commandsp. 144
Obtaining User and System Informationp. 146
Communicating with Other Usersp. 150
Emailp. 152
Tutorial: Creating and Editing a File with vimp. 152
Chapter Summaryp. 159
Exercisesp. 162
Advanced Exercisesp. 163
The Linux Filesystemp. 165
The Hierarchical Filesystemp. 166
Directory Files and Ordinary Filesp. 166
Pathnamesp. 171
Directory Commandsp. 173
Working with Directoriesp. 178
Access Permissionsp. 180
ACLs: Access Control Listsp. 185
Linksp. 190
Chapter Summaryp. 196
Exercisesp. 198
Advanced Exercisesp. 200
The Shellp. 201
The Command Linep. 202
Standard Input and Standard Outputp. 208
Running a Program in the Backgroundp. 219
Filename Generation/Pathname Expansionp. 221
Builtinsp. 225
Chapter Summaryp. 226
Exercisesp. 227
Advanced Exercisesp. 228
Digging into Red Hat Linuxp. 231
Linux GUIs: X, GNOME, and KDEp. 233
X Window Systemp. 234Using GNOME
Using KDEp. 252
Chapter Summaryp. 262
Exercisesp. 264
Advanced Exercisesp. 264
The Bourne Again Shellp. 265
Backgroundp. 266
Shell Basicsp. 267
Parameters and Variablesp. 285
Special Charactersp. 299
Processesp. 300
Historyp. 302
Aliasesp. 318
Functionsp. 321
Controlling bash Features and Optionsp. 324
Processing the Command Linep. 328
Chapter Summaryp. 337
Exercisesp. 339
Advanced Exercisesp. 341
Networking and the Internetp. 343
Types of Networks and How They Workp. 345
Communicate Over a Networkp. 360
Network Utilitiesp. 362
Distributed Computingp. 369
Usenetp. 378
WWW: World Wide Webp. 381
Chapter Summaryp. 383
Exercisesp. 384
Advanced Exercisesp. 385
System Administration 387
System Administration: Core Conceptsp. 389
System Administrator and Superuserp. 391
Rescue Modep. 397
SELinuxp. 400
System Operationp. 403
System Administration Utilitiesp. 415
Setting Up a Serverp. 421
nsswitch.conf: Which Service to Look at Firstp. 435
PAMp. 438
Chapter Summaryp. 443
Exercisesp. 444
Advanced Exercisesp. 445
Files, Directories, and Filesystemsp. 447
Important Files and Directoriesp. 448
File Typesp. 459
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The Book Whether you are an end user, a system administrator, or a little of each, this book explains with step-by-step examples how to get the most out of a Fedora Core or Red Hat Enterprise Linux system. In 28 chapters, this book takes you from installing a Fedora Core or Red Hat Enterprise Linux system through understanding its inner workings, to setting up secure servers that run on the system. The Audience This book is designed for a wide range of readers. It does not require you to have programming experience, but having some experience using a general-purpose computer is helpful. This book is appropriate for Studentswho are taking a class in which they use Linux Home userswho want to set up and/or run Linux Professionalswho use Linux at work System administratorswho need an understanding of Linux and the tools that are available to them Computer science studentswho are studying the Linux operating system Programmerswho need to understand the Linux programming environment Technical executiveswho want to get a grounding in Linux Benefits A Practical Guide to Red Hat Linux, Third Edition: Fedora Core and Red Hat Enterprise Linux,gives you a broad understanding of many facets of Linux, from installing Red Hat Linux through using and customizing it. No matter what your background, this book gives you the knowledge you need to get on with your work. You will come away from this book understanding how to use Linux, and this book will remain a valuable reference for years to come. Overlap If you read A Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming,you will notice some overlap between that book and the one you are reading now. The first chapter, and the chapters on the utilities, the filesystem, programming tools, and the appendix on regular expressions are very similar in the two books, as are the three chapters on the Bourne Again Shell (bash). Chapters that appear in this book but not in A Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programminginclude Chapters 2 and 3 (installation), Chapters 4 and 8 (Red Hat Linux and the GUI), Chapter 10 (networking), all of the chapters in Part IV (system administration) and Part V (servers), and Appendix C (security). This Book Includes Fedora Core 5 on a DVD A Practical Guide to Red Hat Linux, Third Edition,includes a DVD that you can use to install or upgrade to Fedora Core 5. Chapter 2 helps you get ready to install Fedora Core. Chapter 3 provides step-by-step instructions for installing Fedora Core from this DVD. This book guides you through learning about, using, and administrating Fedora Core or Red Hat Enterprise Linux. What Is New in This Edition The third edition of A Practical Guide to Red Hat Linuxcovers Fedora Core 5 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 4. All the changes, large and small, that have been made to these products since second edition of this book have been incorporated into the explanations and examples. The following list details the sections of this book that have undergone the most major changes. Access Control Lists(ACLs) A security feature that provides finer-grained control over which users can access specific directories and files than do traditional Linux permissions. SELinux(Security Enhanced Linux) A security feature that enforces security policies that limit what a user or program can do. bash(the Bourne Again Shell; Chapters 7, 9, and 28) These chapters have been reorganized and rewritten to provide clearer explanations and better examples of how bash works both from the command line in day-to-da

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