- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (11 July 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1886411352
- ISBN-13: 978-1886411357
- Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 2.3 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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Linux Problem Solver: Hands-on Solutions for System Administrators Paperback – 11 Jul 2000
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Brian Ward, author of The Linux Problem Solver, first gained fame as the writer of the Linux Kernel HOWTO document, a public-domain piece of the Linux operating system's documentation set. In this volume, he steps up from the kernel's secret recipe and presents high-quality advice on Linux system administration. More specifically, he tells what to try when your Linux system starts to misbehave, whether as a result of faulty configuration or the consequence of an attack. He also gives advice on setting up services in the first place. Generally, Ward is neutral on the question of Linux distributions, attempting to explain features they have in common and explaining differences where necessary.
In a lot of ways, this book is an example of traditional Linux documentation, with discussions of what various commands do and when you should use them. However, Ward has added problem-and-solution boxes amid the documentation paragraphs. The boxes describe a symptom (rdist is too slow), state the likely problem (-ocompare is slow), and suggest a solution (think twice about using -ocompare). You are kind of out of luck if the analysis of the problem doesn't pan out on your machine, but there is a handy list of problems in an appendix for easy reference. Pay special attention to the chapter on printing, which does a great job of explaining how this universally required service works (and can fail to work) under Linux. --David Wall
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I found several references that explained the older tool requirements and helped me to understand the nature of administration on Linux machines a decade ago. Although there are better tools for managing small networks now, I was able to get a good idea of how to develop a network sniffer for identifying network nodes and getting the state of various devices on each node in the network by using these tools.
This book is well worth the price and the information on the CD makes it a portable disk based reference. I am pleased with the information contained in this book and happy to put it on my reference shelf.
If the information had been current, I would have given the book all five stars. But, since most books of this age would only rate one star, the three stars I gave it seems appropriate.
As far as subject coverage, the author tells you the basics of what you need to know and how it works before he starts talking about what can go wrong and how to fix it. Granted, sometimes the information can be sketchy or shallow in places, but there is still a great deal of information packed into 239 pages.
The one small complaint I have with this book is that it doesn't really talk about the initial Linux installation. In fact, I haven't found a really good book that does talk about it in detail, frustratingly enough. Other than that, I can see this book getting frequent use as I explore Linux further and start to do more with it. If you can only buy one book for Linux, this is not the book to have unless you're already conversant with Linux. If you're not, this is a great companion book to have along with a Linux primer for troubleshooting when you do something wrong.
Anytime something on our network of several hundred linux boxes causes me to scratch my head, I ask Mr. Ward what to do and he replies "It's in the book." Invariably, it is, and he's already covered the specific problems I'm encountering.
The Linux Problem Solver is blunt about which programs are horrible and should be avoided, and which will really make your life easier. The advice it offers is always backed by lots of experience.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who's in charge of taking care of one or more linux machines. If you want to keep your machine(s) secure, get printing to work, or fix your X configuration, you'll find out how in The Linux Problem Solver.
Also makes a great gift for any System Administrator; I've given several myself!
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