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  • 1. LINUXIN A NUTSHELLDownload at WoweBook.Com
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  • 3. Sixth EditionLINUXIN A NUTSHELLEllen Siever, Stephen Figgins, Robert Love,and Arnold RobbinsBeijing • Cambridge • Farnham • Köln • Sebastopol • Taipei • TokyoDownload at WoweBook.Com
  • 4. Linux in a Nutshell, Sixth Editionby Ellen Siever, Stephen Figgins, Robert Love, and Arnold RobbinsCopyright © 2009 Ellen Siever, Stephen Figgins, and Robert Love. All rights reserved.Printed in the United States of America.Published by O’Reilly Media, Inc., 1005 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol, CA 95472.O’Reilly books may be purchased for educational, business, or sales promotional use. Onlineeditions are also available for most titles ( For moreinformation, contact our corporate/institutional sales department: (800) 998-9938 Simon St.Laurent andAndy OramProduction Editor: Rachel MonaghanIndexer: Angela HowardProduction Services: Octal Publishing, Inc.Cover Designer: Karen MontgomeryInterior Designer: David FutatoIllustrator: Robert RomanoPrinting History:January 1997: First Edition.February 1999: Second Edition.August 2000: Third Edition.June 2003: Fourth Edition.July 2005: Fifth Edition.September 2009: Sixth Edition.Nutshell Handbook, the Nutshell Handbook logo, and the O’Reilly logo are registeredtrademarks of O’Reilly Media, Inc. The In a Nutshell series designation, Linux in a Nutshell,the image of an Arabian horse, and related trade dress are trademarks of O’Reilly Media, Inc.Many of the designations used by manufacturers and sellers to distinguish their products areclaimed as trademarks. Where those designations appear in this book, and O’Reilly Media,Inc. was aware of a trademark claim, the designations have been printed in caps or initialcaps.While every precaution has been taken in the preparation of this book, the publisher andauthors assume no responsibility for errors or omissions, or for damages resulting from theuse of the information contained herein.ISBN: 978-0-596-15448-6[M]Download at WoweBook.Com
  • 5. vChapter 1Table of ContentsPreface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xv1. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1The Excitement of Linux 2Distribution and Support 3Commands on Linux 3What This Book Offers 4Sources and Licenses 6Beginner’s Guide 7Communication 7Comparisons 8File Management 8Media 9Printing 9Programming 9Program Maintenance 10Searching 10Shell Programming 11Storage 11System Status 11Text Processing 12Miscellaneous 13Download at WoweBook.Com
  • 6. vi | Table of Contents2. System and Network Administration Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14Common Commands 14Clocks 14Daemons 14Hardware 15Host Information 15Installation 16Mail 16Managing Filesystems 16Managing the Kernel 17Networking 18Printing 18Security and System Integrity 18Starting and Stopping the System 19System Activity and Process Management 19Users 20Miscellaneous 20Overview of Networking 21TCP/IP Administration 21NFS and NIS Administration 22Overview of TCP/IP 22IP Addresses 23Gateways and Routing 25Name Service 26Configuring TCP/IP 27Troubleshooting TCP/IP 28Overview of Firewalls and Masquerading 28Overview of NFS 29Administering NFS 30Daemons 30Exporting Filesystems 30Mounting Filesystems 30Overview of NIS 31Servers 31Domains 31NIS Maps 31Map Manipulation Utilities 31Download at WoweBook.Com
  • 7. Table of Contents | viiAdministering NIS 32Setting Up an NIS Server 32Setting Up an NIS Client 32NIS User Accounts 32RPC and XDR 323. Linux Commands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33Alphabetical Summary of Commands 344. Boot Methods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 504The Boot Process 505LILO: The Linux Loader 506The LILO Configuration File 507The lilo Command 514lilo Command Options 515LILO Boot Errors 516GRUB: The Grand Unified Bootloader 516Installing GRUB 518The GRUB Configuration File 521Using the Menu Interface 523The GRUB Shell 523GRUB Commands 525Command-Line and Global Menu Commands 526Command-Line and Menu-Entry Commands 530Dual-Booting Linux and Windows 2000/XP/Vista 536Boot-Time Kernel Options 539initrd: Using a RAM Disk 5415. Package Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 542Yum: Yellowdog Updater Modified 545The yum Command 545yum Command Summary 547Plugins and yum-utils 551The Red Hat Package Manager 552RPM Package Concepts 552The rpm Command 553RPM Examples 563The rpmbuild Command 564Download at WoweBook.Com
  • 8. viii | Table of ContentsThe Debian Package Manager 565Files 565Package Priorities 566Package and Selection States 567Package Flags 567Scripts 568Debian Package Manager Command Summary 5696. The Bash Shell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 596Overview of Features 597Invoking the Shell 597Options 598Arguments 599Syntax 599Special Files 599Filename Metacharacters 599Quoting 600Command Forms 602Redirection Forms 602Coprocesses 604Functions 605Variables 606Variable Substitution 606Built-in Shell Variables 607Other Shell Variables 609Arrays 611Special Prompt Strings 612Arithmetic Expressions 613Operators 613Examples 613Command History 614Line-Edit Mode 614The fc Command 614Programmable Completion 615Job Control 617Command Execution 618Restricted Shells 619Built-in Commands 619Download at WoweBook.Com
  • 9. Table of Contents | ix7. Pattern Matching . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 654Filenames Versus Patterns 654Metacharacters 655Search Patterns 655Replacement Patterns 656Metacharacters, Listed by Program 657Examples of Searching 658Examples of Searching and Replacing 6598. The Emacs Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 661Conceptual Overview 661Modes 661Buffer and Window 662Point and Mark 662Kill and Yank 662Notes on the Tables 662Absolutely Essential Commands 663Command-Line Syntax 663Summary of Commands by Group 663File-Handling Commands 663Cursor-Movement Commands 664Deletion Commands 664Paragraphs and Regions 665Stopping and Undoing Commands 665Transposition Commands 665Search Commands 665Capitalization Commands 666Word-Abbreviation Commands 666Buffer-Manipulation Commands 666Window Commands 666Special Shell Characters 667Indentation Commands 667Centering Commands 668Macro Commands 668Detail Information Help Commands 668Help Commands 669Download at WoweBook.Com
  • 10. x | Table of ContentsSummary of Commands by Key 669Control-Key Sequences 669Meta-Key Sequences 671Summary of Commands by Name 6729. The vi, ex, and vim Editors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 677Conceptual Overview 677Command-Line Syntax 678Command-Line Options 678Review of vi Operations 681Command Mode 681Insert Mode 681Syntax of vi Commands 681Status-Line Commands 683vi Commands 683Movement Commands 683Insert Commands 686Edit Commands 687Saving and Exiting 688Accessing Multiple Files 689Window Commands 689Interacting with the System 690Macros 691Miscellaneous Commands 691vi Configuration 692The :set Command 692Options Used by :set 692Sample .exrc File 696ex Basics 696Syntax of ex Commands 696Addresses 696Address Symbols 697Options 697Alphabetical Summary of ex Commands 697Download at WoweBook.Com
  • 11. Table of Contents | xi10. The sed Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 711Conceptual Overview 711Typical Uses of sed 711sed Operation 712Command-Line Syntax 712Standard Options 712GNU sed Options 713Syntax of sed Commands 713Pattern Addressing 714Pattern Addressing Examples 714GNU sed Regular Expression Extensions 715Group Summary of sed Commands 715Basic Editing 716Line Information 716Input/Output Processing 716Yanking and Putting 716Branching Commands 717Multiline Input Processing 717Alphabetical Summary of sed Commands 71711. The gawk Programming Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 726Conceptual Overview 726Command-Line Syntax 727Standard Options 728Important gawk Options 728Patterns and Procedures 729Patterns 729Procedures 730Simple Pattern-Procedure Examples 730Built-in Variables 731Operators 732Variable and Array Assignment 732Escape sequences 733Octal and Hexadecimal Constants in gawk 734User-Defined Functions 734Download at WoweBook.Com
  • 12. xii | Table of Contentsgawk-Specific Features 735Coprocesses and Sockets 735Profiling 735File Inclusion 736Internationalization 736Implementation Limits 737Group Listing of awk Functions and Commands 737Alphabetical Summary of awk Functions and Commands 738Output Redirections 746printf Formats 74612. Source Code Management: An Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 749Introduction and Terminology 749Usage Models 751Source Code Management Systems 752Other Source Code Management Systems 75313. The Subversion Version Control System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 755Conceptual Overview 755Basic Version-Control Operations 755Key Features 756Special File Properties 757Obtaining Subversion 759Using Subversion: A Quick Tour 759The Subversion Command Line Client: svn 761Common svn Options 761svn Subcommands 766Repository Administration: svnadmin 794Common svnadmin Options 794Common svnadmin Subcommands 795Examining the Repository: svnlook 799svnlook Options 799svnlook Subcommands 800Providing Remote Access: svnserve 803svnserve Options 804Download at WoweBook.Com
  • 13. Table of Contents | xiii14. The Git Version Control System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 805Conceptual Overview 805Git Repository Format 806Referring to Commits 806Using Git: A Quick Tour 808Before You Start 808Example: The Linux Kernel Repository 809Creating and Sharing a New Repository 810The Git Command Line Client: git 811The git Command 811Accessing Git’s Online Help 812git Subcommands 81215. Virtualization Command-Line Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 837Conceptual Overview 838System Requirements 838Virtualization Technology 839Network Concepts 839libvirt Tools and Terminology 839Basic Virtualization Operations 840Creating Virtual Systems 840Managing Virtual Systems 841Graphic and Console Interfaces 842Configuring Networks 842MAC Addresses 844Making Changes to Virtual Machines 844Creating and Manipulating Disk Image Files 844Xen 845Paravirtualization and Architecture 846Xen Networking 846Xen Commands 846KVM 849QEMU 849Ubuntu Builder Scripts 850Download at WoweBook.Com
  • 14. xiv | Table of Contentslibvirt and Red Hat Virtual Machine Manager 850XML Configuration Files 850Connection URIs 850Connection URI Examples 850Remote GUI control 851IP Forwarding and libvirt Networking 851libvirt and Virtual Machine Manager Commands 852VMware ESX 3.5 862ESX Management Client 862Virtual Center 862VMware Networking 863Shared Disks 863Snapshots 863VMware Tools 864ESX Server Commands 864Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 875Download at WoweBook.Com
  • 15. xvThis is the Title of the Book, eMatter EditionCopyright © 2009 O’Reilly & Associates, Inc. All rights reserved.Chapter 2PrefaceThis is a book about Linux, a freely available clone of the Unix operating systemwhose uses range from embedded systems and personal data assistants (PDAs) tocorporate servers, web servers, and massive clusters that perform some of theworld’s most difficult computations.Whether you are using Linux for personal software projects, for a small office orhome office (the so-called SOHO environment), to provide services to a smallgroup of colleagues, or to administer a site responsible for millions of email andweb connections each day, you need quick access to information on a wide rangeof tools. This book covers all aspects of administering and making effective use ofLinux systems. Among its topics are booting, package management, and revisioncontrol. But foremost in Linux in a Nutshell are the immeasurable utilities andcommands that make Linux one of the most powerful and flexible systemsavailable.In addition to the tools and features written specifically for it, Linux has inheritedmany from the Free Software Foundation’s GNU project, the Berkeley SoftwareDistribution (BSD), the X Window System, and contributions from major corpo-rations as well as the companies that created the major Linux distributions. Morerecent projects extend Linux in exciting ways, some through changes to the kerneland some through libraries and applications that radically change the user’sexperience.This book is a quick reference for the basic commands and features of the Linuxoperating system. As with other books in O’Reilly’s “In a Nutshell” series, thisbook is geared toward users who know what they want to do and have some ideahow to do it, but can’t always remember the correct command or option. Thesixth edition has been examined from start to end and checked against the mostcommon Linux distributions (Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, and SUSE) so that itreflects the most useful and popular commands.Download at WoweBook.Com
  • 16. xvi | PrefaceThis is the Title of the Book, eMatter EditionCopyright © 2009 O’Reilly & Associates, Inc. All rights reserved.Organization of This BookThis book is a reference to the most important commands and utilities availableon Linux systems.Chapter 1, Introduction, explains Linux’s strengths and the key aspects of workingwith Linux, and lays out the scope of this book.Chapter 2, System and Network Administration Overview, introduces TCP/IPnetworking and the Linux commands used for system administration andnetwork management.Chapter 3, Linux Commands, is the core of the book, a reference listing ofhundreds of the most important shell commands available on Linux.Chapter 4, Boot Methods, covers the commands used to control booting on Linux,particularly LILO and GRUB.Chapter 5, Package Management, explains the apt series of commands thatmanage updating and installation on Debian, and the RPM system and yum usedby Red Hat/Fedora, Novell/SUSE, and several other distributions of Linux.Chapter 6, The Bash Shell, documents Bash, the default command-line interpreteron Linux.Chapter 7, Pattern Matching, introduces regular expressions and explains howdifferent tools interpret these powerful tools for searching and text processing.Chapter 8, The Emacs Editor, provides reference information on Emacs, a texteditor and full-featured development environment.Chapter 9, The vi, ex, and vim Editors, describes the classic vi editor that is themost popular text-manipulation tool on Linux.Chapter 10, The sed Editor, describes this “stream editor” that is useful forprocessing files in standardized ways.Chapter 11, The gawk Programming Language, documents another valuable toolfor processing text files, the GNU version of awk that is the default on Linuxsystems.Chapter 12, Source Code Management: An Overview, provides the background forunderstanding Subversion and Git, which are valuable tools for tracking changesto files and projects, and are discussed in the following two chapters.Chapter 13, The Subversion Version Control System, provides a description of apopular source code management and version-control tool.Chapter 14, The Git Version Control System, describes a distributed versioncontrol system with many advanced features including the ability to access projecthistory even when not connected to a central server.Chapter 15, Virtualization Command-Line Tools, describes virtualization onLinux, which allows multiple virtual servers to run on a single physical server.Tools covered include Xen, KVM, the libvirt API, and the VMware command-lineinterface.Download at WoweBook.Com
  • 17. Preface | xviiThis is the Title of the Book, eMatter EditionCopyright © 2009 O’Reilly & Associates, Inc. All rights reserved.Other ResourcesThis book doesn’t tell you how to install and get up to speed on a Linux system. Forthat, you’ll probably want O’Reilly’s Running Linux, by Matthias Kalle Dahlheimerand Matt Welsh, an in-depth guide suitable for all major distributions. Fornetworking information, check out Linux Network Administrator’s Guide by TonyBautts et al. (O’Reilly). If you’re new to Linux/Unix concepts, O’Reilly’s Learningthe Unix Operating System, by Jerry Peek et al., provides introductory information. Inaddition to these and other Linux titles, O’Reilly’s wide range of Unix, X, web-related, and scripting and programming language titles may also be of interest.Online DocumentationThe Internet is full of information about Linux. One of the best resources is theLinux Documentation Project at (or one of the dozens ofmirror sites around the world), which has numerous short guides calledHOWTOs, along with some full manuals. For online information about the GNUutilities covered in this book, consult (also widely mirrored).The Free Software Foundation, which is in charge of the GNU project, publishesits documentation in a number of hardcopy and online books about various tools.Each distribution maintains its own website, and contains documentation for thesoftware it provides as well as guides to maintaining your system under thatdistribution.WebsitesAs befits a hot phenomenon, Linux is the central subject of several websites and afrequent topic of discussion on others. Some sites offer original content; othersjust have links to articles posted elsewhere and threaded discussions (which canbe a useful service). Among the sites frequented by Linux users are:http://lwn.netLinux Weekly News, a site with weekly in-depth articles and frequent newsupdateshttp://www.linuxgazette.netLinux Gazette, a site published monthly with articles and tips in many languageshttp://www.linuxquestions.orgA very popular source for technical guidance, including a growing wiki (sitemaintained by user contributions) at http://wiki.linuxquestions.orghttp://linuxsecurity.comLinux Security, a collection of security-related newshttp://linuxinsider.comLinux Insider, a news feedhttp://linuxtoday.comLinux Today, another news feedhttp://slashdot.orgSlashdot, a famous discussion listDownload at WoweBook.Com
  • 18. xviii | PrefaceThis is the Title of the Book, eMatter EditionCopyright © 2009 O’Reilly & Associates, Inc. All rights reserved.Linux Journal and Linux MagazineLinux Journal and Linux Magazine are monthly magazines for the Linux commu-nity, written and published by a number of Linux activists. These magazines are twoof the oldest among many monthly print and online magazines devoted to Linux.With both print editions and websites, they offer articles ranging from questions andanswers for novices to kernel programming internals. Linux Journal, at, is the older magazine. Linux Magazine is at NewsgroupsMost people can receive Usenet news at work or through their ISPs. While thiscommunications technology has lost ground in the past several years to web-basedthreaded discussions, it is still a valuable source of help and community connec-tions on many topics. The following Linux-related newsgroups are popular:comp.os.linux.announceA moderated newsgroup containing announcements of new software, distribu-tions, bug reports, and goings-on in the Linux community. All Linux usersshould read this group. Submissions may be mailed to for using features of Linux for application development, and forunderstanding the effects of the operating system on user-space programs.comp.os.linux.development.systemDiscussions about developing the Linux kernel and the system itself.comp.os.linux.networkingDiscussions relating to networking with Linux.comp.os.linux.xHelp on getting the X graphical window system to work. This list used to seesome of the highest traffic of any Linux group back when distributions hadmore trouble setting up graphics automatically. This is no longer the case,thanks to the increasing sophistication of autodetection and configurationsoftware.There are also several newsgroups devoted to Linux in languages other thanEnglish, as well as newsgroups and online forums for the different distributions.Online Linux SupportThere are many ways of obtaining help online, where volunteers from around theworld offer expertise and services to assist users with questions and problems.The freenode IRC service is an Internet relay chat network devoted to so-called“peer-directed” projects, particularly those involving free software. Some of itschannels are designed to provide online Linux support services.Download at WoweBook.Com
  • 19. Preface | xixThis is the Title of the Book, eMatter EditionCopyright © 2009 O’Reilly & Associates, Inc. All rights reserved.Internet relay chat is a network service that allows you to talk interactively on theInternet to other users. IRC networks support multiple channels where differentgroups of people type their thoughts. Whatever you type in a channel is seen byall other users of that channel.There are a number of active channels on the freenode IRC network, where you willfind users 24 hours a day, 7 days a week who are willing and able to help you solveany Linux problems you may have, or just chat. You can use this service byinstalling an IRC client (some distributions install them by default), connecting toserver name, and joining a channel focusing on Linux, such as:#linpeopleGeneral help and discussion#debianHelp for Debian distribution#gentooHelp for Gentoo distribution#redhatHelp for Red Hat distribution#suseHelp for SUSE distributionAnd so on. Please be sure to read up on the rules of chat etiquette before chatting.In particular, the participants in these groups tend to expect people to read docu-mentation and do some experimentation before asking for help with a problem.Some IRC clients include Xchat, Konqueror, and KVirc. Note that these are allgraphical programs and as such are not described in this book.Linux User GroupsMany Linux User Groups around the world offer direct support to users. Typi-cally, Linux User Groups engage in such activities as installation days, talks andseminars, demonstration nights, and purely social events. Linux User Groups area great way of meeting other Linux users in your area. There are a number ofpublished lists of Linux User Groups. Linux Online ( has alist of Linux user groups organized by country at Code ExamplesThis book is here to help you get your job done. In general, you may use the codein this book in your programs and documentation. You do not need to contactO’Reilly for permission unless you’re reproducing a significant portion of thecode. For example, writing a program that uses several chunks of code from thisbook does not require permission. Selling or distributing a CD-ROM of examplesDownload at WoweBook.Com
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  • 23. 1Chapter 1Introduction1IntroductionIt is hard to chart the rise of Linux without risking the appearance of exaggera-tion and hyperbole. During the past few years alone, Linux has grown from astudent/hacker playground to an upstart challenger in the server market to a well-respected system taking its rightful place in educational and corporate networks.Many serious analysts claim that its trajectory has just begun, and that it willeventually become the world’s most widespread operating system.Linux was first developed by Linus Torvalds at the University of Helsinki inFinland. From his current location in Silicon Valley, Linus continues to centrallycoordinate improvements. The Linux kernel continues to develop under the dedi-cated cultivation of a host of other programmers and hackers all over the world,joined by members of programming teams at major computer companies, allconnected through the Internet.By “kernel,” we mean the core of the operating system itself, not the applications(such as the compiler, shells, and so forth) that run on it. Today, the term “Linux”is often used to mean a software environment with a Linux kernel, along with alarge set of applications and other software components. In this larger meaning,many people prefer the term GNU/Linux, which acknowledges the central roleplayed by tools from the Free Software Foundation’s GNU project as comple-ments to the development of the Linux kernel.Linux systems cannot be technically referred to as a “version of Unix,” as theyhave not undergone the required tests and licensing.* However, Linux offers allthe common programming interfaces of standard Unix systems, and, as you cansee from this book, all the common Unix utilities have been reimplemented onLinux. It is a powerful, robust, fully usable system.* Before an operating system can be called “Unix,” it must be branded by The Open Group.Download at WoweBook.Com
  • 24. 2 | Chapter 1: IntroductionThe historical impact of Linux goes beyond its role as a challenge to all versions ofUnix as well as Microsoft Windows, particularly on servers. Linux’s success hasalso inspired countless other free software or open source (defined at projects, including Samba, GNOME, and a mind-boggling collec-tion of innovative projects that you can browse at numerous sites like SourceForge( and Freshmeat ( As both a platformfor other developers and a development model, Linux gave a tremendous boost tothe GNU project and has also become a popular platform for Java development.In short, Linux is a focal point in the most exciting and productive free-softwaremovement ever seen.If you haven’t obtained Linux yet, or have it but don’t know exactly how to getstarted using it, see “Other Resources” on page xvii.The Excitement of LinuxLinux is, first of all, free software: anyone can download the source from theInternet or buy it on a low-cost CD-ROM. But Linux is becoming well knownbecause it’s more than just free software—it’s unusually good software. You canget more from your hardware with Linux and be assured of fewer crashes; even itssecurity is better than many commercial alternatives.Linux first appeared in organizations as ad hoc installations by hackers runningmodest web servers or development systems at universities and research institu-tions, but it now extends deeply into corporations around the world. Peopledeploying Linux for mission-critical systems tend to talk about its ample practicaladvantages, such as the ability to deliver a lot of bang for the buck and the ease ofdeploying other powerful tools on Linux, such as Apache, Samba, and Java envi-ronments. They also cite Linux’s ability to grow and sprout new features ofinterest to large numbers of users. But these advantages can be traced back to theconcept of software freedom, which is the root of the broad wave of innovationdriving Linux.As free software, Linux revives the grand creativity and the community of sharingthat Unix was long known for. The unprecedented flexibility and openness ofUnix—which newcomers usually found confusing and frustrating, but eventuallyfound they couldn’t live without—continually inspired extensions, new tools, andexperiments in computer science that sometimes ended up in mainstreamcommercial computer systems.Many programmers fondly remember the days when AT&T provided universitieswith Unix source code at no charge and the University of Berkeley started distrib-uting its version in any manner that allowed people to get it. For these olderhackers, Linux brings back the spirit of working together—all the more sobecause the Internet is now so widespread. And for the many who are too youngto remember the first round of open systems or whose prior experience has beenconstricted by trying to explore and adapt proprietary operating systems, now isthe time to discover the wonders of freely distributable source code and infinitelyadaptable interfaces.Download at WoweBook.Com
  • 25. Commands on Linux | 3IntroductionThe economic power behind Linux’s popularity is its support for an enormousrange of hardware. People who are accustomed to Microsoft Windows are oftenamazed at how much faster their hardware appears to work with Linux—it makesefficient use of its resources.For the first several years after its appearance, users were attracted to Linux for avariety of financial and political reasons, but soon they discovered an unexpectedbenefit: Linux works better than many commercial systems. With the Samba fileand print server, for instance, Linux provides stable Windows-based networkingto a large number of end-user PCs. With the Apache web server, it provides moreof the useful features web administrators want than competing products do.Embedded versions of the Linux kernel are growing in use because, although theyare larger than the most stripped-down operating systems, they deliver a range ofpowerful features within a remarkably small footprint.Opinions still differ on how suitable Linux is as a general-purpose desktopsystem. But the tremendous advances in usability and stability of the desktop soft-ware and its applications are undisputed. Soon (if not today), one will find Linux inmany offices and other end-user environments. Meanwhile, the strides made byLinux in everyday computing tasks are reflected in the many new commands foundin this edition.Distribution and SupportBecause of the vast number and variety of tools beyond the kernel required fora functional computing environment, building a Linux installation from scratchis quite complex. Over the years, therefore, commercial and noncommercial pack-ages called distributions have emerged. The first distribution consisted of approximately50 diskettes, at least one of which would usually turn out to be bad and have to bereplaced. Since then, CD and DVD drives, as well as high-speed Internet connec-tions, have become widespread and sharing Linux has become much easier.After getting Linux, the average user is concerned next with support. While onlinenewsgroups and forums offer quick responses and meet the needs of manyintrepid users, you can also buy support from the vendors of the major distribu-tions and a number of independent experts. Linux is supported at least as well ascommercial software. When you buy a distribution from a vendor, you typicallyare entitled to a period of free support as well.Intel’s x86 family and other compatible chips are still by far the most commonhardware running Linux, but Linux is also now commercially available on anumber of other hardware systems, notably the PowerPC, the Intel Itaniumprocessor, and Sun Microsystems’ SPARC.Commands on LinuxLinux commands are not the same as standard Unix ones. Most of the commandsare provided by the GNU project run by the Free Software Foundation (FSF).GNU means “GNU’s Not Unix”—the first word of the phrase is expanded withinfinite recursion.Download at WoweBook.Com
  • 26. 4 | Chapter 1: IntroductionBenefiting from years of experience with standard Unix utilities and advances incomputer science, programmers on the GNU project have managed to createversions of standard tools that have more features, run faster and more efficiently,and lack the bugs and inconsistencies that persist in the original standard versions.While GNU provided the programming utilities and standard commands such asgrep, many of the system and network administration tools on Linux came fromthe Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD). In addition, some people wrote toolsthat specifically allow Linux to deal with special issues such as filesystems. Thisbook documents the standard Unix commands that are commonly available onmost Linux distributions.The third type of software most commonly run on Linux is the X WindowSystem, ported by the XFree86 and projects to standard Intel chips. Thisbook does not discuss the X Window System; see the O’Reilly book RunningLinux, by Matthias Kalle Dalheimer and Matt Welsh, for an introduction to X.What This Book OffersOriginally based on the classic O’Reilly quick reference, Unix in a Nutshell, thisbook has been expanded to include much information that is specific to Linux.These enhancements include chapters on:• Package managers (which make it easy to install, update, and remove relatedsoftware files)• Boot methods• The Subversion and Git version control systems• VirtualizationThe book also contains dozens of Linux-specific commands, along with tried-and-true Unix commands that have been supporting users for decades (though theycontinue to sprout new options).This book does not cover the graphical tools contained in most distributions ofLinux. Many of these, to be sure, are quite useful and can form the basis ofeveryday work. Examples of these tools include OpenOffice (Sun Microsystems’free, open source version of the StarOffice suite), Evolution (a mail, calendar, andoffice productivity tool from Novell), Firefox and Thunderbird (a browser andmail program from Mozilla), and the GIMP (a graphic image-manipulationprogram and provider of a powerful library used by the GNOME project). Butthey are not Linux-specific, and their graphical models do not fit well into theformat of this book.While you probably log in to one of the graphical desktop environments such asGNOME or KDE and do much of your work with the graphical applications, thecore of Linux use is the text manipulation and administration done from thecommand line, within scripts, or using text editors such as vi and Emacs. Linuxremains largely a command-driven system, and this book continues to focus onthis level of usage; for many tasks, the command line is the most efficient and flex-ible tool. In your day-to-day work, you’ll likely find yourself moving back andforth between graphical programs and the commands listed in this book.Download at WoweBook.Com
  • 27. What This Book Offers | 5IntroductionEvery distribution of Linux is slightly different. There are variations in directorystructure, choice of standard utilities, and software versions, but you’ll find thatthe commands we document are the ones you use most of the time, and that theywork the same on all distributions. Note, though, that some commands are onlyavailable with certain devices or configurations, or have alternatives that may bepreferred in your environment. Basic commands, programming utilities, systemadministration, and network administration are all covered. However, some areaswere so big that we had to leave them out. The many applications that depend onthe X Window System didn’t make the cut. Nor did the many useful program-ming languages—such as Java, Perl, and Python—with which users can vastlyexpand the capabilities of their systems. XML isn’t covered here, either. Thesesubjects would stretch the book out of its binding.Linux in a Nutshell doesn’t teach you Linux—it is, after all, a quick reference—but novices as well as highly experienced users will find it of great value. Whenyou have some idea of what command you want but aren’t sure just how it worksor what combinations of options give you the exact output required, this book isthe place to turn. It can also be an eye-opener, making you aware of options thatyou never knew about before.Once you’ve installed Linux, the first thing you need to do is get to know thecommon utilities run from the shell prompt. If you know absolutely nothingabout Unix, we recommend you read a basic guide (introductory chapters in theO’Reilly books Learning Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Fedora, by Bill McCarty,and Running Linux, mentioned previously, can get you started). This chapter andChapter 2 offer a context for understanding different kinds of commands(including commands for programming, system administration, and networkadministration). Chapter 3 is the central focus of the book, containing about onehalf its bulk.The shorter chapters immediately following Chapter 3 help you get your systemset up. Since most users do not want to completely abandon other operatingsystems (whether a Microsoft Windows system or some Unix flavor), many usersopt for a dual-boot system, with Linux residing on the same computer as otheroperating systems. Users can then boot to the system they need for a particularjob. Chapter 4 describes the commonly used booting options on Intel systems,including LILO (Linux Loader) and GRUB (the GRand Unified Bootloader).Chapter 5 covers the Red Hat package manager (rpm)—which is supported bymany distributions, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Fedora, SUSE, andMandriva—and the Debian package-management system, which is used by suchdistributions as Ubuntu, Knoppix, and Gnoppix. It also describes some of thefrontend package-management tools that simplify package management and auto-matically resolve dependencies. These tools include yum for rpm-based systemsand aptitude and synaptic for Debian-based systems. Package managers areuseful for installing and updating software; they make sure you have all the filesyou need in the proper versions.All commands are interpreted by the shell. The shell is simply a program thataccepts commands from the user and executes them. Different shells sometimesuse slightly different syntax to mean the same thing. Under Linux, the standardshell is bash. Others, such as the ksh Korn shell, the tcsh enhanced C shell, andDownload at WoweBook.Com
  • 28. 6 | Chapter 1: Introductionzsh, are available. Chapter 6 provides thorough coverage of bash; you may decideto read this chapter after you’ve used Linux for a while, because it mostly coverspowerful, advanced features that you’ll want when you’re a steady user. Chapter 7covers pattern matching, which is used by the Linux text-editing utilities forsearching based on a pattern rather than an explicit string.To get any real work done, you’ll have to learn some big, comprehensive utilities,notably an editor and some scripting tools. Two major editors are used on Linux:vi and Emacs. Emacs is covered in Chapter 8, and vi is discussed in Chapter 9.Chapter 9 also describes vim, an extended version of vi, commonly found onLinux systems. Chapters 10 and 11 cover two classic Unix tools for manipulatingtext files on a line-by-line basis: sed and gawk (the GNU version of the tradi-tional awk). O’Reilly offers separate books about these topics that you may findvaluable, as they are not known for being intuitive upon first use. (Emacs doeshave an excellent built-in tutorial, though; to invoke it, press Ctrl-h followed by tfor “tutorial.”)The Subversion and Git version control systems manage files so you can retrieveold versions and maintain different versions simultaneously. Originally used byprogrammers, who have complicated requirements for building and maintainingapplications, these tools have turned out to be valuable for anyone who main-tains files of any type, particularly when coordinating a team of people. Versioncontrol systems have become a distribution channel for thousands of free soft-ware projects. Chapter 12 offers a brief overview of version control, includingbasic terms and concepts. Chapter 13 presents Subversion commands, andChapter 14 presents Git commands.Chapter 15 covers virtualization and examines several virtualization systems suchas Xen and VMWare and their command-line tools.Our goal in producing this book is to provide convenience, and that means keepingthe book (relatively) small. It certainly doesn’t have everything the manual pageshave, but you’ll find that it has what you need 95 percent of the time. See the mancommand in Chapter 3 for information on reading the manpages. They can also beread with the info command, the GNU hypertext documentation reader, alsodocumented in Chapter 3.Sources and LicensesSome distributions contain the source code for Linux; it is also easily available fordownload at and elsewhere. Source code is similarly avail-able for all the utilities on Linux (unless your vendor offers a commercialapplication or library as a special enhancement). You may never bother looking atthe source code, but it’s key to Linux’s strength. Under the Linux license, thesource code has to be provided or made available by the vendor, and it permitsthose who are competent at such things to fix bugs, provide advice about thesystem’s functioning, and submit improvements that benefit everyone. The licenseis the GNU project’s well-known General Public License, also known as the GPLor “copyleft,” invented and popularized by the Free Software Foundation (FSF).Download at WoweBook.Com
  • 29. Beginner’s Guide | 7IntroductionThe FSF, founded by Richard Stallman, is a phenomenon that many people mightbelieve to be impossible if it did not exist. (The same goes for Linux, in fact—20years ago, who would have imagined a robust operating system developed bycollaborators over the Internet and made freely redistributable?) One of the mostpopular editors on Unix, GNU Emacs, comes from the FSF. So do gcc and g++(C and C++ compilers), which for a while set the standard in the industry foroptimization and the creation of fast code. One of the most ambitious projectswithin GNU is the GNOME desktop, which encompasses several useful general-purpose libraries and applications that use these libraries to provide consistentbehavior and interoperability.Dedicated to the sharing of software, the FSF provides all its code and documen-tation on the Internet and allows anyone with a whim for enhancements to alterthe source code. One of its projects is the Debian distribution of Linux.To prevent hoarding, the FSF requires that the source code for all enhancementsbe distributed under the same GPL that it uses. This encourages individuals orcompanies to make improvements and share them with others. The only thingsomeone cannot do is add enhancements, withhold the source code, and then sellthe product as proprietary software. Doing so would be taking advantage of theFSF and users of the GPL. You can find the text of the GPL in any softwarecovered by that license, or online at we said earlier, many Linux tools come from BSD instead of GNU. BSD is alsofree software. The license is significantly different, but that probably doesn’tconcern you as a user. The effect of the difference is that companies are permittedto incorporate the software into their proprietary products, a practice that isseverely limited by the GNU license.Beginner’s GuideIf you’re just beginning to work on a Linux system, the abundance of commandsmight prove daunting. To help orient you, the following lists present a samplingof commands on various topics.CommunicationCommand Actiondig Query DNS server.ftp File Transfer Protocol.login Sign on.rsync Transfer files, particularly across a network.scp Securely copy files to remote system.sftp Secure file transfer program.ssh Run shell or single command on remote system (secure).Download at WoweBook.Com
  • 30. 8 | Chapter 1: IntroductionComparisonsFile ManagementCommand Actioncmp Compare two files, byte by byte.comm Compare items in two sorted files.diff Compare two files, line by line.diff3 Compare three files.sdiff Compare and interactively merge two files.Command Actioncat Concatenate files or display them.chattr Change attributes on an ext2 file.chgrp Change group of files.chmod Change access modes on files.chown Change ownership of files.chsh Change login shell.cp Copy files.csplit Split a file into pieces with a specific size or at specific locations.dd Copy files in raw disk form.file Determine a file’s type.head Show the first few lines of a file.hexdump Display files in hexadecimal format.less Display files by screenful, forward and backward.ln Create filename List files and directories.md5sum Compute MD5 checksum.merge Merge changes from different files.mkdir Create a directory.more Display files by screenful, forward Move or rename files or directories.newgrp Change current group.od Display files in octal format.pwd Print working directory.rm Remove files.rmdir Remove directories.sha1sum Compute SHA1 checksumshred Securely delete files.split Split files evenly.tac Print lines of a file in reverse order.Download at WoweBook.Com
  • 31. Beginner’s Guide | 9IntroductionMediaPrintingProgrammingtail Show the last few lines of a file.tailf Follow the growth of a logfile.touch Update file timestamps and create the file if it doesn’t exist.wc Count lines, words, and characters.Command Actioncdparanoia Rip a CD while providing extra features.cdrdao Copy a CD.eject Eject a removable disk or tape.genisoimage Generate a binary image from a directory tree.icedax Rip a CD or DVD to create a computer-friendly WAV format.readom Read or write a data CD or DVD.volname Provide the volume name of a CD-ROM.wodim Record to a CD or DVD.Command Actionlpq Show status of print jobs.lpr Send to the printer.lprm Remove print job.lpstat Get printer Format and paginate for printing.Command Actionar Create and update library Generate object file.bison Generate parsing tables.cpp Preprocess C code.flex Lexical analyzer.g++ GNU C++ compiler.gcc GNU C compiler.ld Link editor.ldd Print shared library dependencies.m4 Macro processor.Command ActionDownload at WoweBook.Com
  • 32. 10 | Chapter 1: IntroductionProgram MaintenanceSearchingmake Create programs.ranlib Regenerate archive symbol table.rpcgen Translate RPC to C code.yacc Generate parsing tables.Command Actionctags Generate symbol list for use with the vi editor.etags Generate symbol list for use with the Emacs editor.gdb GNU debugger.git Scalable, distributed revision control system.gprof Display object file’s profile data.make Maintain, update, and regenerate related programs and files.nm Display object file’s symbol table.objcopy Copy and translate object files.objdump Display information about object files.patch Apply patches to source code.pmap Print the memory map of a process.size Print the size of an object file in bytes.strace Trace system calls and signals.strip Strip symbols from an object file.svn Subversion revision control system.Command Actionapropos Search manpages for topic.egrep Extended version of grep.fgrep Search files for literal words.find Search the system for files by name and take a range of possible actions.grep Search files for text patterns.locate Search a preexisting database to show where files are on the system.look Search file for string at the beginning of lines.strings Search binary files for text patterns.updatedb Update the locate database.whereis Find command.which Print pathname of a command.Command ActionDownload at WoweBook.Com
  • 33. Beginner’s Guide | 11IntroductionShell ProgrammingStorageSystem StatusCommand Actionbasename Remove leading directory components from a path.echo Repeat command-line arguments on the output.envsubst Substitute the value of environment variables into strings.expr Perform arithmetic and comparisons.mktemp Generate temporary filename and create the file.printf Format and print command-line arguments.sleep Pause during processing.test Test a condition.Command Actionbunzip2 Expand compressed .bz2 files.bzip2 Compress files to free up space.cpio Create and unpack file archives.gunzip Expand compressed (.gz and .Z) files.gzip Compress files to free up space.tar Copy files to or restore files from an archive medium.zcat Display contents of compressed files.zforce Force gzip files to have .gz extension.Command Actionat Execute commands later.atq Show jobs queued by at.atrm Remove job queued by at.crontab Automate Display or set date.df Show free disk space.du Show disk usage.env Show environment variables.finger Display information about Show free and used memory.hostname Display the system’s hostname.kill Terminate a running command.printenv Show environment variables.Download at WoweBook.Com
  • 34. 12 | Chapter 1: IntroductionText Processingps Show processes.quota Display disk usage and limits.stat Display file or filesystem status.stty Set or display terminal Display tasks currently running.tty Display filename of the terminal connected to standard input.uname Display system information.uptime Show how long the system has been running.vmstat Show virtual memory statistics.who Show who is logged in.Command Actioncol Process control characters.cut Select columns for display.emacs Workenvironmentwithpowerfultext-editingcapabilities.ex Line editor underlying vi.expand Convert tabs to spaces.fmt Produce roughly uniform line lengths.fold Break lines.gawk Process lines or records one by one.groff Format troff Display PostScript or PDF file.ispell Interactively check spelling.join Merge different columns into a database.paste Merge columns or switch order.rev Print lines in reverse.sed Noninteractive text editor.sort Sort or merge Translate (redefine) characters.unexpand Convert spaces to tabs.uniq Find repeated or unique lines in a Visual text editor.vim Enhanced version of vi.Command ActionDownload at WoweBook.Com
  • 35. Beginner’s Guide | 13IntroductionMiscellaneousCommand Actionbc Arbitrary precision Display calendar.clear Clear the Get command information from the GNU hypertext Get information on a command.nice Reduce a job’s priority.nohup Launch a command that will continue to run after logging out.openvt Run a program on the next available virtual terminal.passwd Set your login password.script Produce a transcript of your login Become a different user, often the superuser.sudo Execute an authorized command as root or another user.tee Simultaneously store output in file and send to screen.time Time the execution of a command.wall Send a message to all terminals.whoami Print the current user id.xargs Process many arguments in manageable portions.Download at WoweBook.Com
  • 36. 14Chapter 2Sys Admin Overview2System and NetworkAdministration OverviewCommon CommandsFollowing are lists of commonly used system administration commands.ClocksDaemonsCommand Actionhwclock Manage hardware clock.rdate Get time from network time server.Command Actionapmd Advanced Power Management daemon.atd Queue commands for later execution.bootpd Internet Boot Protocol daemon.cupsd Printer daemon.ftpd File Transfer Protocol daemon.imapd IMAP mailbox server daemon.klogd Manage syslogd.mountd NFS mount request server.named Internet domain nameserver.nfsd NFS daemon.pppd Maintain Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) network connections.Download at WoweBook.Com
  • 37. Common Commands | 15SysAdminOverviewHardwareHost Informationrdistd Remote file distribution server.rexecd Remote execution server.rlogind rlogin server.routed Routing daemon.rpc.rusersd Remote users server.rpc.statd NFS status daemon.rshd Remote shell server.rsyslogd Alternate system logging daemon.rwhod Remote who server.sshd Secure shell daemon.syslogd System logging daemon.xinetd Extended Internet services daemon. Starts other services as needed.ypbind NIS binder process.yppasswdd NIS password modification server.ypserv NIS server process.Command Actionagetty Start user session at terminal.arp Manage the ARP cache.fdisk Maintain disk partitions.hdparm Get and set hard drive parameters.kbdrate Manage the keyboard’s repeat rate.ramsize Print information about RAM disk.setkeycodes Change keyboard scancode-to-keycode mappings.slattach Attach serial lines as network interfaces.Command Actionarch Print machine architecture.dig Query Internet domain nameservers.domainname Print NIS domain Print memory Print host and zone information.hostname Print or set hostname.uname Print host information.Command ActionDownload at WoweBook.Com
  • 38. 16 | Chapter 2: System and Network Administration OverviewInstallationMailManaging FilesystemsTo Unix systems, a filesystem is a device (such as a partition) that is formatted tostore files. Filesystems can be found on hard drives, floppies, CD-ROMs, USBdrives, or other storage media that permit random access.The exact format and means by which the files are stored are not important; thesystem provides a common interface for all filesystem types that it recognizes. Bydefault, almost all modern distributions of Linux use a journaling filesystem.When the kernel interacts with a journalling filesystem, writes to disk are firstwritten to a log or journal before they are written to disk. This slows down writesto the filesystem, but reduces the risk of data corruption in the event of a poweroutage. It also speeds up reboots after a system unexpectedly loses power.Most current Linux distributions default to the Third Extended (ext3) Filesystem.The ext3 filesystem was developed primarily for Linux and supports 256-characterfilenames and 4-terabyte maximum filesystem size. This ext3 filesystem is essentiallya Second Extended (ext2) filesystem with an added journal. Since it is in all otherways identical to the ext2 system, it is both forward- and backward-compatible withext2—all ext2 utilities work with ext3 filesystems.Although not covered in this edition of Linux in a Nutshell, Linux supports otheropen source journaling filesystems including: IBM’s Journaled Filesystem (JFS),SGI’s Extensible Filesystem (XFS), and the Naming System Venture’s Reiser File-system (ReiserFS). In some situations these can be faster than ext3. Some Linuxdistributions use these alternative filesystems by default. Other common filesys-tems include the FAT and VFAT filesystems, which allow files on partitions andfloppies of Microsoft Windows systems to be accessed under Linux, and the ISO9660 filesystem used by CD-ROMs.Command Actioncpio Copy files to and from archives.install Copy files into locations providing user access and set permissions.rdist Distribute files to remote systems.tar Copy files to or restore files from an archive medium.Command Actionformail Convert input to mail format.mailq Print a summary of the mail queue.makemap Update sendmail’s database maps.newaliases Rebuild sendmail’s alias database.rmail Handle uucp mail.sendmail Send and receive mail.Download at WoweBook.Com
  • 39. Common Commands | 17SysAdminOverviewManaging the KernelCommand Actiondebugfs Debug ext2 filesystem.dosfsck Check and repair a DOS or VFAT filesystem.dump Back up data from a filesystem.dumpe2fs Print information about superblock and blocks group.e2fsck Check and repair an ext2 filesystem.e2image Store disaster-recovery data for an ext2 filesystem.e2label Label an ext2 filesystem.edquota Edit filesystem quotas with vim.fdformat Format floppy disk.fsck Another name for e2fsck.fsck.ext2 Check and repair an ext2 filesystem.mke2fs Make a new ext2 filesystem.mkfs Make a new filesystem.mkfs.ext2 Another name for mke2fs.mkfs.ext3 Yet another name for mke2fs.mklost+found Make lost+found directory.mkraid Set up a RAID device.mkswap Designate swapspace.mount Mount a filesystem.quotacheck Audit stored quota information.quotaon Enforce quotas.quotaoff Do not enforce quotas.quotastats Display kernel quota statistics.rdev Describe or change values for root filesystem.repquota Display quota summary.resize2fs Enlarge or shrink an ext2 filesystem.restore Restore data from a dump to a filesystem.rootflags List or set flags to use in mounting root filesystem.setquota Edit filesystem quotas.showmount List exported directories on a remote host.swapoff Cease using device for swapping.swapon Begin using device for swapping.sync Write filesystem buffers to disk.tune2fs Manage an ext2 filesystem.umount Unmount a filesystem.warnquota Mail disk usage warnings to users.Command Actiondepmod Create module dependency listing.lsmod List kernel modules.Download at WoweBook.Com
  • 40. 18 | Chapter 2: System and Network Administration OverviewNetworkingPrintingSecurity and System Integritymodinfo Print kernel module information.modprobe Load and remove a module and its dependent modules.sysctl Examine or modify kernel parameters at runtime.Command Actionifconfig Manage network interfaces.iptables Administer firewall facilities (2.4 kernel).named Translate between domain names and IP addresses.nameif Assign names to network devices.netstat Print network status.nfsstat Print statistics for NFS and RPC.nsupdate Submit dynamic DNS update requests.portmap Map daemons to ports (renamed rpcbind).rarp Manage RARP table.rndc Send commands to a BIND nameserver.route Manage routing tables.routed Dynamically keep routing tables up to date.rpcbind Map daemons to ports (replaces portmap).rpcinfo Report RPC information.traceroute Trace network route to remote host.Command Actionaccept Tell printer daemon to accept jobs.lpadmin Configure printer and class queues.lpinfo Show available printers and drivers.lpmove Move a print job to a different queue.reject Tell printer daemon to reject jobs.tunelp Tune the printer parameters.Command Actionbadblocks Search for bad blocks.chroot Change root directory.Command ActionDownload at WoweBook.Com