|Speaking UNIX, Part 1: Command the power of the command line
Learn the basics of the UNIX shell and discover how you can use the command line to combine the finite set of UNIX utilities into innumerable data transforms.
|Articles||07 Mar 2006|
|Speaking UNIX, Part 14: Manage Ruby and gems with RVM
Need to re-create another Ruby coder's development environment? Long to experiment with the latest version of JRuby? Want to isolate your work to a specific set of gems? You can do all that and more with the handy and clever Ruby Version Manager.
|Articles||23 Jul 2012|
|Speaking UNIX: Extreme shell makeover
Break out the caffeine, elbow grease, and your text editor. It's time to turn your UNIX shell into a hot rod. It's time for an extreme shell makeover.
|Articles||14 Jun 2011|
|Speaking UNIX: Introduction to emerging file systems
In UNIX, everything can be a file, but not every file is stored the same way. A file system dictates how a file is decomposed and organized on media. Historically, media meant tape or disk. But increasingly, file systems now translate virtually any source - remote server, archive file, even other file systems - into virtual media. Here's a look at some novel file systems.
|Articles||15 Feb 2011|
|Speaking UNIX: Creating great graphical applications with shell scripts
The command line isn't suitable for every user. Indeed, some users may only feel comfortable when armed with a mouse. To accommodate those users or build custom desktop applications using only the shell, add GUIs to your scripts. Here's how you can do it.
|Articles||25 Jan 2011|
|Speaking UNIX: Interprocess communication with shared memory
UNIX provides a number of technologies for interprocess communication, or cooperative computing between two or more applications. Shared memory is the fastest and most flexible of the techniques and is surprisingly easy to implement.
|Articles||28 Sep 2010|
|Speaking UNIX: Managing multitudes of machines the mild-mannered way
Cloud computing may currently be all the rage, but there is a silicon lining to each calculating cumulus: hardware and software require very real upkeep. Learn how to manage gobs of machines right from the command line.
|Articles||14 Sep 2010|
|Speaking UNIX: Bazaar
Software development is characterized by refactorings, quandaries, bugs, epiphanies, and breakthroughs; managing change is essential. Bazaar is a powerful, next-generation source control system that adapts to the dynamics of any development team. This article is an introduction to Bazaar.
|Articles||17 Aug 2010|
|Speaking UNIX: Get to know Ksplice
Ksplice applies kernel patches on-the-fly - no reboot required - in a fraction of a second. Here's a hands-on guide to performing painless system updates.
|Articles||27 Jul 2010|
|Speaking UNIX: The best-kept secrets of UNIX power users
You don't have to break into a Watergate office to uncover the secrets of UNIX power users. There's an informant, and this month he's spilling the beans.
|Articles||25 May 2010|
|Speaking UNIX: Peering into pipes
The pipe operator connects one UNIX command to another to create ad hoc programs right on the command line. But a pipe is something of a black box, occluding the data flowing from one utility to the next. Pipe Viewer provides a peek into the pipeline. Here's how to use it in day-to-day tasks.
|Articles||03 Nov 2009|
|Speaking UNIX: Advanced applications of rsync
Keeping multiple machines synced can be challenging. Fortunately, a powerful tool is available to make the task easier: rsync.
|Articles||22 Sep 2009|
|Speaking UNIX: Man oh man
UNIX has hundreds if not thousands of commands, and it's impossible to remember every option and nuance. But, happily, you don't have to: man, UNIX's built-in, online reference system, is man's best friend.
|Articles||28 Jul 2009|
|Speaking UNIX: 10 great tools for any UNIX system
The universe of UNIX tools changes constantly. Here are 10 tools -- some you may have overlooked and some new -- to tinker with.
|Articles||12 May 2009|
|Speaking UNIX: The Squirrel portable shell and scripting language
If you don't want to commit to the idiosyncrasies of a specific shell running on a particular platform, try the Squirrel Shell. The Squirrel Shell provides an advanced, object-oriented scripting language that works equally well on UNIX, Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows systems. Write a script once, and run it anywhere.
|Articles||17 Mar 2009|
|10 tips for sensible systems administration
Benjamin Franklin: scientist, scholar, statesman, and . . . systems administrator? Yes, 200 years or so before the birth of UNIX, Franklin scribed sage advice to keep systems humming. Here are 10 of Franklin's more notable tips.
|Articles||10 Mar 2009|
|Speaking UNIX: Stayin' alive with Screen
The command line is a powerful tool, but it has a fatal weakness: If the shell perishes, so does your work. To keep your shell and your work alive -- even across multiple sessions and dropped connections -- use GNU Screen, a windowing system for your console.
|Articles||10 Feb 2009|
|Speaking UNIX: Opening Windows with Cygwin
Cygwin is a UNIX-like environment for the Microsoft Windows operating system. It includes a real UNIX shell, a Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX) emulation library, and thousands of UNIX utilities ported to Windows.
|Articles||16 Dec 2008|
|Speaking UNIX: Go fish!
The Friendly Interactive Shell, or fish, is a joy to use. Its syntax, context-sensitive help, and color-coded command-line interface (CLI) greatly simplify the use of UNIX and ease the burdens of scripting.
|Articles||25 Nov 2008|
|Using cron to automate maintenance
To leverage round-the-clock computing, tasks must run at all hours of the day. You could punctuate your sleep with waking interludes to log in and run this command or that command on dozens of machines, or you can enjoy your forty winks and turn the work over to the ubiquitous cron, a daemon, or perennial process, to execute commands on a schedule. From very often to every so often, cron happily minds the clock and runs jobs day or night. Learn how to configure and maintain cron, and discover just some of its many uses.
|Tutorial||07 Oct 2008|
|Speaking UNIX, Part 13: Ten more command-line concoctions
This month, discover ten more secrets of the UNIX command-line wizards.
|Articles||25 Sep 2007|
|Speaking UNIX, Part 12: Do-it-yourself projects
If your UNIX(R) system lacks a tool you need, chances are you can find an apt solution in the enormous inventory of software available online. This month, learn how to build software from source code.
Also available in: Russian
|Articles||21 Aug 2007|
|Speaking UNIX, Part 11: Ramble around the UNIX file system
Many directories in the UNIX(R) file system serve a special purpose, and certain directories are named per long-standing convention. In this installment of the "Speaking UNIX" series, discover where UNIX stores important files.
|Articles||21 Jun 2007|
|Speaking UNIX, Part 10: Customize your shell
You can customize the UNIX(R) shell to save time, to save typing, and to adapt to your style of work. Shell startup files capture your preferences and recreate your shell environment session after session, even machine to machine.
|Articles||29 May 2007|
|Speaking UNIX, Part 9: Regular expressions
Virtually all non-trivial problems require you to filter good data from bad. Discover the many UNIX(R) command line utilities that use regular expressions to discern the relevant from the irrelevant.
|Articles||17 Apr 2007|
|Speaking UNIX, Part 8: UNIX processes
On UNIX(R) systems, each system and end-user task is contained within a process. The system creates new processes all the time, and processes die when a task finishes or something unexpected happens. Here, learn how to control processes and use a number of commands to peer into your system.
|Articles||03 Apr 2007|
|Speaking UNIX, Part 7: Command-line locution
UNIX(R) has a dialect all its own, and its vocabulary of commands is quite large. But you don't have to learn everything all at once. Here, discover more command-line combinations and expand your mastery of the UNIX language.
|Articles||06 Feb 2007|
|Speaking UNIX, Part 6: Automate, automate, automate!
Discover how shell scripts can mechanize virtually any personal or system task. Scripts can monitor, archive, update, report, upload, and download. Indeed, no job is too small or too great for a script. Here's an introduction.
|Articles||03 Jan 2007|
|Speaking UNIX, Part 5: Data, data everywhere
Take a look at several techniques that illustrate how to move files among systems and how to keep such far-flung data in sync.
Also available in: Russian
|Articles||28 Nov 2006|
|Speaking UNIX, Part 4: UNIX ownership and permissions provide for privacy and participation
Learn how to manipulate file permissions to protect your files, or share them with others.
|Articles||17 Oct 2006|
|Speaking UNIX, Part 3: Do everything right from the command line
Discover three essential UNIX(R) utilities that deliver the entire Internet to your command line.
|Articles||05 Sep 2006|
|Speaking UNIX, Part 2: Working smarter, not harder
Learn how to leverage the many shortcuts that the UNIX(R) shell provides. With a little practice, you'll work smarter, not harder.
|Articles||08 Aug 2006|