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Awesome but often unknown Linux commands and tools

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I’ve been working in this industry for a while now and naturally spend a lot of time using Linux on a daily basis. This gives lots of exposure to various Linux commands and tools. That said, I am sometimes surprised when I see, often very experienced system administrators, using somewhat convoluted commands to do something relatively simple using a different tool. This is my opportunity to share some of these experiences: 1. pgrep and pkill – The first command ‘pgrep’ will return the process id based on a name or other attributes. pkill will signal a process with a matching name or attribute. Want to kill all processes being run by a given user? Issue a pkill -U USERNAME; sure beats the hell out of: ps -U USERNAME | awk…

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Why web developers don’t make good system administrators

By | Company News, Technical | 2 Comments

Straight off the bat I would make something clear:  I have a lot of respect for software and web developers.  Being able to write clean, intelligent and efficient code is certainly one of the more difficult aspects within this industry. With this in mind, I think that anyone who is able to write a consistently high level of code based on often sketchy requirements and delivering this within the usual time pressures of business should be awarded some kind of medal. That said, I can say with some confidence that we have the pleasure of working with some of the very best software and web developers both locally here in Australia as well as abroad. Further to this, I can also add quite unreservedly that software developers really don’t make…

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Safely handling RAID failure

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With hard discs being by far the most common point of failure in servers RAID does wonders for protection against loss of data. With a RAID array in normal operation we’re in a pretty safe place. We know that we can suffer failure of a drive without loss of data or disruption of service. Once a drive has failed however we’re in a slightly more precarious position. Loss of another drive or damage to the remaining drive could easily cause major problems. At this point the only thing that can protect you can against data loss if you make a mistake is your backups – you did configure backups didn’t you? Restoring a damaged RAID array is a task that requires extra caution.  On our range of dedicated servers and…

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