An Introduction to Web Servers: Part 2

A web server will typically run as a daemon (system service) under a single application process. That initial process will then spawn child processes that handle virtual servers, individual websites, or even individual requests. As such, a web server could spawn hundreds or even thousands of processes per day, per hour, or even […]

Even More Apache Performance Tips

We are not quite done yet. Here are four more tips for boosting performance on Apache web servers.
1. Use mod_deflate/gzip – Gzip compression makes smaller file sizes for the content you send to client browsers. The browsers then uncompress and display through a seamless deflating process. The result is better server performance and faster […]

How to Extract Specific Files from a Tarball

One of the most common methods of archiving files on a Linux or Unix server is called tar. Tar can store any number of files in individual archives and can be used in conjunction with compression programs like gzip and bzip2. Normally, when you want to extract files from a tarball, you simply run the […]

How to Uncompress Multiple Archives at Once

Compressed files are excellent for storing backups, sharing data, and creating archives of information. Normally, you can SSH into your server and extract files from a compressed archive with a single command. For more than one archive, you would normally have to uncompress each one separately.
There are a number of archive types that you will […]

How to Archive, Compress, and Uncompress Files

Linux servers and many other servers with Unix-like operating systems rely on archiving and compression tools like tar and gzip to rotate logs, store backups, and even cache websites.  In those cases, dedicated server’s software will automatically make use of those tools.  If, however, you ever need to extract data from those archives or make […]

How to Create Compressed Archives

Disk space on a dedicated server is a premium commodity. One convenient way to save hard drive space on your server is to compress files and directories. This is particularly useful for files that are not commonly used or that only serve as backups. It is also useful if you need to […]