Common Linux Commands You Should Know: Part 2

In our last post, we looked at 5 Linux commands (technically six) that are invaluable to any new system administrator. The following are a few more, some of which are critical to know.
cat – This is a unique program that allows you to combine multiple files or parts into a whole. It can also print […]

Common Linux Commands You Should Know

In the previous 3 posts, we have covered several Linux terms that you should know when getting started managing a Linux server. What follows are some actual commands that will help you as you begin your journey.
cd – Probably the command you will use most frequently, “cd” stands for “change directory”. From the command […]

List All Linux Commands with Compgen

A Linux dedicated server is all about commands. At some point, you will inevitably need to manage it from SSH (Secure Shell), which means you will be presented with a command line interface. While you may already know some commands, it is nice to see what the server offers as a whole. You can do […]

How to Read Server Documentation in Webmin

When you are logged in via SSH, the easiest way to read documentation of commands on a Linux server is to use the “man” command. When you are managing your server from a control panel, however, why should you be restricted from seeing critical documentation? Webmin has a built-in tool that allows you to read […]

A Basic Introduction to the Linux Command Line

If you are managing a Linux server for the first time, you are probably using a web-based control panel, such as cPanel/WHM.  While a control panel may fill most of your basic needs as a system administrator, there are some tasks best left to the command line. On a remote Linux server, you can access […]

The Benefits of the Shell over Control Panel Administration

Using a web-based control panel is the ultimate convenience for dedicated server system administrators. Many of the tasks that once took multiple commands or even complex scripts to run can now be accomplished with a few clicks. Control panels also provide visual interfaces for those who have grown up in the era of graphical computing. […]

How to Delete All the Files in a Directory

On Linux and Unix servers, you can use the “rm” command to delete one file, multiple files, or an entire directory. But what do you do if you want to preserve the directory but delete all the files in it? On a dedicated server, such a feature would be particularly useful if, for example, you […]

Commands for Server File System Info

The drives on your dedicated server contain priceless information. It is so important that you probably spend a good amount of time making sure your backups are sound and your security is air tight. To keep your file system running in good condition, it is vital that you stay informed and know its inner workings. […]

Common Linux Server Errors and Solutions

Linux is one of the most popular server operating systems, and it has gradually supplanted Unix as the world’s server OS of choice.  There is no single definitive Linux OS but rather several “distributions” based on the Linux kernel.  Because of this, there are some functional differences; however, most of them have similar commands and […]

The Advantages of Using SSH

SSH stands for Secure Shell and is a secure method of accessing remote systems.  Wit SSH, you can login to your Linux or Unix shell command prompt and execute commands as if you were sitting right in front of the server typing at the console.
Before SSH, people used Telnet to […]

Extend Linux Commands with a Pipe

Piping may draw up all sorts of images in your head that have nothing to do with dedicated servers or Linux, but the use of the pipe on a server is a great way to make your single-line commands more effective.
The pipe is actually the symbol “|”, which is right above the Enter key on […]

Tools to Examine Linux Files

A dedicated server running Linux has an arsenal of file examination tools. Should you ever need to find out more information about a file or set of files, there are several commands that can help.
File – This simple command will give you more information about a file and help you determine what type of […]

Using FTP from the Linux Command Line

Normally, FTP involves communication between your home or business computer and your server. Therefore, you probably use a graphical FTP program to handle all file transfers. In some instances, however, you will need to transfer files from your server to another server. For that, you will need to login to the second […]