Linux System Administration Basics – Part 1

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As everyone knows, when using linux, people often pay attention to the command line to manipulate faster and more professional. So today I will summarize some of the things that people use and basically in the Linux management system.

Basic Configuration

Set the Hostname

Because this tutorial is a bit long, everyone can refer to setting your hostname . And after the follow, you can check by

hostname will show short hostname name, add -f option is full hostname

Set the Time Zone

When setting the time zone on your server, it is best to use the time zone of most of your users. If you’re not sure which time zone is best, consider using UTC (i.e., Greenwich Mean Time). Often the server will provide integrated interaction methods to change the time zone:

Set the Time Zone in Debian or Ubuntu

Follow the command below and follow the instructions after running this command:

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First, we show the list of all time zones:

Use the Up , Down , Page Up and Page Down keys to view the full list. Copy the time zone you intend to set, then press the movie q to exit. After copying, set time zones

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Find the appropriate directory in /usr/share/zoneinfo/ and link it to the /etc/localtime . For example:


Eastern Time:

American Central Time:

American Eastern Time:

Confgure the / etc / hosts File

The /etc/hosts provides a list of IP addresses with corresponding hostnames. This allows you to specify a hostname for an IP address at a local location and then have multiple applications connect to external resources through their hostname. The system of DNS pre-stored files and archived files is always checked before DNS is queried. Therefore, /etc/hosts may be useful for maintaining small intranets for development purposes and for managing clusters.
Some applications require the machine to identify itself correctly in /etc/hosts . Therefore, we recommend that you configure /etc/hosts immediately after deployment. Here is an example file:

You can specify several hostnames per line separated by spaces. Each line must begin with one and only one IP address. In the above example, replace with your machine’s IP address:

In this example, all requests to will convert to the IP address , ignore the DNS records for and return an alternate site. The second line when the request enters will turn into IP . This is also a very useful way for private deployment in your computer and only accessible, not public.

Network Diagnotics

In this section, there are some basic Linux commands that will help you assess and diagnose network problems. If you suspect connectivity issues. This is especially useful in cases of intermittent network problems.

The ping Command

The ping command checks the connection between your device and the remote address or the server. I will try to ping Google and :

These commands send a small amount of data (ICMP packet) to the remote server and wait for a response. If the system can make a connection, the system will report Google round trip time for each packet. Here is the output when pinging to :

The time column specifies in milliseconds the length of the round trip for an individual packet. When you gather the amount of information you need, use Control + C to interrupt the process. You will be presented with some statistics after the process is stopped. This will look like:

There are several important data points to note:

  • Packet Loss, or the difference between the number of packets sent and the number of successful packets returned. This figure shows the percentage of dropped packets.
  • Round trip time statistics (rtt) for last line report information about all ping responses. For this ping, we see that the fastest packet round trip (minutes) takes 33.89 milliseconds. The average round trip packet (avg) takes 40,175 milliseconds. The longest packet (maximum) takes 53.28 milliseconds. A single standard deviation unit (mdev) for these four packets is 7.67 milliseconds. The ping command is useful as an informal diagnostic tool for measuring point to point network latency and is a tool to ensure you can make a connection to the remote server.

The traceroute Command

The traceroute command is an extension of the ping command. It provides reports about the routes that packets take from the locale to the remote server. Each step (intermediate server) in the routes is called a hop . Route information is useful when troubleshooting network problems: if the packet is lost in the first few steps, the problem usually involves a local area network (LAN) user or Internet service provider (ISP). Conversely, if there is a packet loss near the end of the route, the problem may be due to a problem with the server connection.
Here is an example of the output from the traceroute command:

Usually hostnames and IP addresses on either side of a hop failure are useful in determining who operates the machine when a Route error occurs. Failed jump is indicated by lines with three asterisks (* * *) .
You may also want to forward tracking information to your Internet service provider (ISP) if you suspect that connectivity problems are occurring with your ISP network. Recording tracking information is especially helpful if you are experiencing intermittent network problems.

The mtr Command

The mtr command, like a tracking tool, provides information about the route that internet traffic travels between your computer and the remote server. However, mtr provides additional information about round trip times for packets. In a way, you can think of mtr as a combination of traceroute and ping . Here is an example of output from mtr command:

Like the ping command, mtr monitors the speed of the connection in real time until you exit the program with CONTROL + C. To mtr stop automatically and create a report after 10 packets, use the --report flag:

Please note that mtr will pause for a while while generating output. For more information about mtr . You can see it here

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