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The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) certifies Linux system administrators at junior and intermediate levels. To attain each level of certification, you must pass two LPI exams.
Each exam covers several topics, and each topic has a weight. The weights indicate the relative importance of each topic. Very roughly, expect more questions on the exam for topics with higher weight. The topics and their weights for LPI exam 201 are:
- Topic 201
- Linux kernel (weight 5).
- Topic 202
- System startup (weight 5).
- Topic 203
- Filesystem (weight 10). The focus of this tutorial.
- Topic 204
- Hardware (weight 8).
- Topic 209
- File and service sharing (weight 8).
- Topic 211
- System maintenance (weight 4).
- Topic 213
- System customization and automation (weight 3).
- Topic 214
- Troubleshooting (weight 6).
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Welcome to "Filesystem," the third of eight tutorials designed to prepare you for LPI exam 201. In this tutorial, you will learn how to control the mounting and un-mounting of filesystems, examine existing filesystems, create filesystems, and perform remedial actions on damaged filesystems.
The tutorial is organized according to the LPI objectives for this topic, as follows:
- 2.203.1 Operating the Linux filesystem (weight 3)
- You will be able to properly configure and navigate the standard Linux filesystem. This objective includes configuring and mounting various filesystem types. Also included is manipulating filesystems to adjust for disk space requirements or device additions.
- 2.203.2 Maintaining a Linux filesystem (weight 4)
- You will be able to properly maintain a Linux filesystem using system utilities. This objective includes manipulating a standard ext2 filesystem.
- 2.203.3 Creating and configuring filesystem options (weight 3)
- You will be able to configure automount filesystems. This objective includes configuring automount for network and device filesystems. Also included is creating non-ext2 filesystems for devices such as CD-ROMs.
This tutorial addresses elements of Linux as well as external tools that are useful for working with Linux systems. Support for filesystems, devices, and partitions is either compiled into the base kernel or included in kernel modules.
However, various tools that you are likely to use in managing these filesystems recognized by Linux are userland utilities and therefore only commonly included with Linux distributions rather than part of Linux itself. Nonetheless, filesystem tools are essential for working with pretty much every Linux system regardless of its intended use (even non-networked or embedded systems).
To get the most from this tutorial, you should already have a basic knowledge of Linux and a working Linux system on which you can practice the commands covered in this tutorial.