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Our RHEL 6  DB server does not have Internet access, thus we can't do 'yum'.

We would like to temporarily install ftp server (guess it's called vsftpd) :
how can we go about doing this?  Give step by step instruction including
where to get vsftpd rpm package (& its dependent packages if any).

Also provide the exact commands (guess it's  'rpm -ivh ./folder_of_RPMs' )

We can download to a laptop & use laptop to sftp over the RPMs.
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In short, I would say:

A flag is a predefined bit or bit sequence that holds a binary value.

A mode is a distinct setting.

So it's not always possible to replace the term "mode" by "flag". This is only possible if it's about a binary value. I got confused by these terms when reading:


The argument flags must include one of the following access modes:

The file creation flags are O_CLOEXEC,

The file status flags are all of the remaining flags listed

Why they just don't say:

The file access flags are O_RDONLY, O_WRONLY, and O_RDWR.

Why they suddenly use a different term when it's about "access"? Probably behind the scenes it's also just about a binary value, right? Probably all O_VARIABLE's above are 0 or 1.

And see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File_descriptor

This table records the mode with which the file (or other resource) has been opened: for reading, writing, appending, and possibly other modes.

So Wikipedia uses the term "mode" only (and not flag). At least they are consistent, because they call them all "modes".

Is there a specific reason why sometimes mode is used and something flag (while it's about the same thing)? I would stay, be at least consistent to avoid confusion.
In reality, the "open file table" is not really a table, but let's say we will see it as a table. Which columns does this table have?

For example, see: https://cseweb.ucsd.edu/classes/sp16/cse120-a/applications/ln/lecture15.html

The open file table contains several pieces of information about each file:

the current offset (the next position to be accessed in the file)
a reference count (we'll explain below in the section about fork())
the file mode (permissions),
the flags passed into the open() (read-only, write-only, create, &c),
a pointer to an in-RAM version of the inode (a slightly light-weight version of the inode for each open file is kept in RAM -- others are on disk), and a structure that contains pointers to all of the .
A pointer to the structure containing pointers to the functions that implement the behaviors like read(), write(), close(), lseek(), &c on the file system that contains this file. This is the same structure we looked at last week when we discussed the file system interface to I/O devices.

So according to this, I would say:

- offset
- reference count
- file mode (permission)
- the flags passed into the open() (read-only, write-only, create, &c),
- pointer to in-RAM inode
- pointer to "read(), write(), close(), lseek(), &c".

But the file descriptor also points to the open file table, so we need another column that connects the "file descriptor table" with the "open file table". So I would add a column like:
unix server keep sign out after 1 minute or so on production.

is there is a way i can run some process like

tail -f xyz.gz
to keep continuous rolling until i cancel that so that it wont sign out on me while i focus on some other work  for 30 miinutes and come back it should not signout
please advise
Bump up the maximum user limit in Linux above the default 1024 causes the issues that brings down the application throughput

Gateway timeout issues

Maximum process increased

Issue observed  in performance testing
how to grep multiple awks

$ awk '{print;}' employee.txt
100  Thomas  Manager    Sales       $5,000
200  Jason   Developer  Technology  $5,500
300  Sanjay  Sysadmin   Technology  $7,000
400  Nisha   Manager    Marketing   $9,500
500  Randy   DBA        Technology  $6,000

$ awk '{print $2,$5;}' employee.txt
Thomas $5,000
Jason $5,500
Sanjay $7,000
Nisha $9,500
Randy $6,000

in above query how to tweak to see  see all records whose name starts with 'S' and Salary greater than '6000'

in above query how to tweak to see  see all records whose name starts with 'S' and Salary greater than '6000' and Department Starts with  'T'

100  Thomas  Manager    Sales       $5,000     08/08/1988 6:00:01AM
200  Jason   Developer  Technology  $5,500 08/08/1989 7:00:02AM
300  Sanjay  Sysadmin   Technology  $7,000 08/08/1982 9:00:03AM
400  Nisha   Manager    Marketing   $9,500 08/08/1981 10:00:04AM
500  Randy   DBA        Technology  $6,000 08/08/1981 11:00:5AM
if it has joined date and time as above
in above query how to tweak to see  see all records whose name starts with 'S' and Salary greater than '6000' and Department Starts with  'T' and joined between particular date time to particular date time say  08/08/1982 9:00:03 AM till 08/08/1981 10:00:04AM
i need to use above in a zgrep command

Dear Experts

We are having web-based application on linux which uses LAMP  which is production server recently the web-based application stops working for some time later it resumes back and when checked the /var/log/messages can find the following
kernel: Out of memory: Kill process 249606 (httpd) score 32 or sacrifice child
Sep 13 13:19:27 NYSWB kernel: Killed process 249606, UID 48, (httpd) total-vm:2826972kB, anon-rss:1334424kB, file-rss:2044kB
attached /cat/proc/meminfo and also fdisk -l , the system has 32G of physical RAM,
please suggest should i have to create one more swap partition OR should I have to edit swap config if yes please help me with steps, or any other steps on any config to be done please let me know, thank you.
zgrep 'XYZ|AB|MASTER' AAAA.log.20180904.gz | grep '|[1-9][0-9][0-9][0-9][0-9]|0000' | wc -l

can you please advise what is the meaning of above zgrep command

where i can find, practice and learn above kind of commands

how grep and egrep are different

how to learn regular expressions used in queries

Please advise
See: https://httpd.apache.org/docs/current/mod/mod_rewrite.html#rewritecond

Is symbolic link, bash convention.
See -l.

Is symbolic link.
Treats the TestString as a pathname and tests whether or not it exists, and is a symbolic link. May also use the bash convention of -L or -h if there's a possibility of confusion such as when using the -lt or -le tests.

Is symbolic link, bash convention.
See -l

What are the differences between these three?

"-h" has "bash concention" and "-l" not. But what is the difference in practise? Can someone give me an example of the difference?

And why it's "-L" and not "-H"? "-L" is about the bash convention, but "-l" not. However, "-h" is. So then I would expect "-H" instead of "-L".

I don't need it for something right now, but I'm trying to understand the Apache documentation.
hi am not able to type in my terminal its seemed locked and when the vm in locked am not able to type password am in solaris running in oracle vm
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I'm running CentOS Linux release 7.4.1708 (Core), issue is i'm able to login using local users but not using ldap users, please help me on this.

I've tried restarting services using authconfig-tui command, but still i'm getting authentication failure error for ldap user.

please see the attached doc (ldap issue.docx), and below output commands and let me know if any other details are required.

[root@server01 log]# cat /etc/openldap/ldap.conf
URI ldap://<ldap servrer ip>:389/
BASE dc=prod,dc=hclpnp,dc=com
[root@server01 log]# getent passwd testuser
[root@server01 log]#

[hubba@servder01 ~]$ su - testuser
su: Authentication failure

[root@server01 log]# cat /etc/nsswitch.conf
# /etc/nsswitch.conf
# An example Name Service Switch config file. This file should be
# sorted with the most-used services at the beginning.
# The entry '[NOTFOUND=return]' means that the search for an
# entry should stop if the search in the previous entry turned
# up nothing. Note that if the search failed due to some other reason
# (like no NIS server responding) then the search continues with the
# next entry.
# Valid entries include:
#       nisplus                 Use NIS+ (NIS version 3)
#       nis                     Use NIS (NIS version 2), also called YP
#       dns                     Use DNS (Domain Name Service)
#       files              …
I have an RHEL5 VM that reboots on kernel panics. The VM hangs while rebooting at different stages of the bootup process.
I noticed the console shows the cursor blinking but stays stuck booting up and does not progress.

Any ideas on how to troubleshoot? The blinking cursor indicates the system is hung, correct?
file create error on below site


please advise how to create some files and practice grep commands there

any other online free tools to practice unix.

please advise
what is the meaning of below command

zgrep 'CUSTOMERPASS' abcd.20180719.gz|grep -v 'Trials: 1'|less

Is there is single link, tutorial or video tutorial where i can find above kind of command
count command


alll commonly used commands like above
why we need | before less?

Please advise
server times out

i have 15 production unix server instances to check logs same time

when i am on one monitor other monitor times out in every 15 minutes

if i type
tail -f logfile

does it still times out on me

i cannot change time out setting myself

just looking for some work around so that i do not have to enter username and password all over again
transactions search in unix logs

in the unix logs of transactions each transaction has bunch of values like

transaction_id|transaction_time|transaction_description|transaction_type| ......etc

if i want to display only the transactions that took more than say 30 minutes and whose transaction_type is "sell"

how do i frame my grep command for that

any sample queries, links, resources, sample video tutorials on this

Please advise
when i open with winscp that opens old stale file compared to putty opening of same file say xyz.ccfg

i wonder why winscp does not show recent changs?

please advise
how to import sessions from putty or mputty to securecrt.

I recently installed securecrt not sure how to import all existing conections to different servers on different environments that are present in putty to winscp.

any tips on effective use of securecrt as i am new to it

Please advise
1. Can someone explain me if there is any changes in .cloginrc file, I need to run the rancid-cvs and rancid-run,
2. When i am trying to login i can see that the username is not pulling from what is there in .cloginrc.

For Eg:
(Under my clogin file)
I have mentioned
add user 1x.x.x User1
add password 1x.x.x       {password}
add method 1x.x.x telnet ssh

But when i am trying to login, i can see that username is in rancid. I am not sure why its happening. And to make sure that if try firewall login or normal login, its going with actual username only
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on my windows 10 machine after installing oracle virtua box and centos on top of it while starting getting below error

Failed to open a session for the virtual machine centos.

The virtual machine 'centos' has terminated unexpectedly during startup with exit code 1 (0x1).  More details may be available in 'C:\Users\saiganesh\VirtualBox VMs\centos\Logs\VBoxHardening.log'.

Result Code: E_FAIL (0x80004005)
Component: MachineWrap
Interface: IMachine {b2547866-a0a1-4391-8b86-6952d82efaa0}

i tried on other laptop i do not see red hat 64 some reason but shows red hat 32 bit

Please advise
how to remember shell history and how to save unix queries for future use and share with the team

$HISTSIZE can be increased to unlimited size?

how to type attached l character

please advise
how below commands are different

su department (when i do pwd here says department)
su - department(when i do pwd here says /home/department)

when i do below

su -c 'echo $echo  $DEPARTMENT_HOME' department
it does not work

when i do below

su -c 'echo $echo  $DEPARTMENT_HOME'  - department
it does work. Please advise the difference.

what is difference between
department and  /home/department

how su and sudo are different?

how can there is depearment inside home as well as outside at top level again?

what is visudo and sudoers file or folder?

Please advise
difference between below process killing signals

kill -15 123


kill -TERM 123

kill -9 123

how foreground and background processes are different and how to kill or suspend them?
is PID is always 4 digit or it can be 10 digit etc?

how job and process different?
how to distinguish between background and foreground jobs?

when i say

it simply shows 5 different jobs one with + other with -

but does not show whether background or foreground?

i have a job running in background i brought it to foreground and stopped it.
when i moved it again to background it automatically moved to RUNNING status? how this is possible?
how terminated suspended and killed etc are different?
Please advise
We have setup OpenVas in our infrastructure. We were able to run it in order to scan assessments reports on VM's within our infrastructure. However the results of the scans is very long and complete. We would like to filter that same report in order to only have results of the High severity reports.

Any idea on what would be the most effective approach to filter the Greenbone scans?
What awstat format i need for that type af log from ftp server
Feb 26 13:47:24 ftp sshd[1260]: Disconnected from port 36575 [preauth]
Feb 26 13:47:24 ftp sshd[1260]: PAM 2 more authentication failures; logname= uid=0 euid=0 tty=ssh ruser= rhost=  user=root

i used all 1 ...4 then i used :
LogFormat= "%time3 %other %method %url %logname %host %code %other"
LogFormat= "%time3 %other %host %bytesd %url %other %other %method %other %logname %other %code %other %other"

all says  
found 401 dropped records
2000 corrupted records

Linux OS Dev

Kernel programming for Linux operating systems can be done with many different languages; C, C++, Python, Perl and Java, which are some of the most common languages used.There are also many different varieties of Linux, such as Ubuntu, Fedora and OpenSUSE.