How to Test File Permissions with Bash  

Recently, I posted about basic permissions for Linux files; now let’s look at how to access those in a shell script. Testing file permissions is an essential part of enforcing an access control policy. Two common ways to test files for readability, writability, zero size and so forth are the if and the test. For […]
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How to Use Multimedia on Red Hat and CentOS

Red Hat Linux won’t play MP3 audio or MPEG video files. This isn’t a new issue. Red Hat removed the codecs, the encoding and decoding shared libraries, back in September 2002 when Red Hat 8 came out. For the first five years they provided an explanation, you can still find it at archive.org. The decision […]
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4 Easy Ways to Practice Your Linux Skills

A few times now, a student taking Learning Tree’s Linux server administration course has told me that their Linux experience is rather limited. Specifically, that they took the introductory user course about a year ago and they “haven’t done much since.” Me: “Uh-oh. So, how much have you used the command line since that course?” […]
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Ways to Manage Your SSH Keys and Identities

I wrote a series of blog posts a while ago about SSH authentication using cryptographic keys rather than passwords. I discussed why SSH keys provide easier authentication, how to set up an SSH key agent, and how to maintain multiple websites. There are two areas of security to consider regarding SSH. I think of them […]
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Clean Up Your Writing With Linux Utilities

I kept noticing that I frequently make the error of doubling a word in what I write. When I write the source document in HTML or LaTeX, the line breaks are arbitrary. That means that the error may be obvious in the output, but not so obvious in the input. For example, the file I […]
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