System Admin Tools Part 11

Now I am going introduce you to a set of commands & System Admin Tools that may come handy


find -perm 777 -type d -exec chmod 755 {} \; #Command to change all the folders under present directory with 777 to 755

find -perm 755 -type f -exec chmod 644 {} \; #Command to change all the folders under present directory with 755 to 644

find -type d -maxdepth 3 -exec cp file {} \; #Copy file to 3 levels of directories below the present directory

find . -name “*.trn” -ctime +3 -exec rm -f {} \; #Forcible remove files with .trn extension and 3 days old.

find . -cmin -5 #Find all files created or updated in the last five minutes:


(Great for finding effects of make install)



ls -lSh #List files by their size

ls -ltr #List files by date

ls -F #Appends a symbol after files and directories




rsync -e ssh -az /currentdirectory IP:/remotedirectory #Sync remote directory with our current directory.

rsync –bwlimit=1000 fromfile tofile #Locally copy with rate limit




gpg -c file #Encrypt file

gpg file.gpg #Decrypt file




du -h –max-depth 1 #Show disk space used by all the files and directories.

du -s * | sort -k1,1rn | head #Show top disk users in current directory.

df -h #Show free disk space

df -i #Show free inodes


Add system swap space for virtual memory paging used for System Admin Tools

Swap space may be a swap partition, a swap file or a combination of the two. One should size swap space to be at least twice the size of the computer’s RAM. (but less than 2GB)


dd if=/dev/zero of=/swapfile bs=1024 count=265032 – #Create file filled with zeros of size 256Mb

mkswap /swapfile #Create swap file

swapon /swapfile #Begin use of given swap file.


Assign a priority with the “-p” flag.


swapon -s #List swap files

scat /proc/swaps #Same as above


This example refers to a swap file. One may also use a swap partition.
Make entry to /etc/fstab to permanently use swap file or partition.


/swapfile swap swap defaults 0 0


Note: To remove the use of swap space, use the command swapoff. If using a swap partition, the partition must be unmounted.

Debugging System Admin Tools


strace -c ls >/dev/null #Summarise/profile system calls made by command

strace -f -e open ls>/dev/null #List system calls made by

ltrace -f -e getenv ls >/dev/null #List library calls made by command

lsof -p $$ #List paths that process id has open

lsof -p PID #List paths PID has open

lsof ~ #List processes that have specified path open

last reboot #Indicates last reboot time


renice +15 PID #To give lower priority for a PID -19 is highest and +20 is lowest

To check number of IP’s connecting to port 80


netstat -tanpu |grep :80 |awk {‘print $5’} |cut -d: -f1 |sort -n |uniq -c

tcpdump not port 22 #To show network traffic except on port 22


Perl Administration using System Admin Tools

Installation of perl module can be done from tar file.


tar xzf yourmodule.tar.gz #Untar Module

perl Makefile.PL #Build with PERL makefile:


make install #Install


You can also do this from cpan shell

perl -MCPAN -e shell #First time through it will ask questions Answer “no” to the first question for


cpan> install URI

cpan> i /PerlMagick/ #Inquire about module. (Search by keyword)

Distribution J/JC/JCRISTY/PerlMagick-5.36.tar.gz

Module Image::Magick (J/JC/JCRISTY/PerlMagick-5.36.tar.gz)

cpan> install Image::Magick

cpan>force install Image::Magick #Install a module forcefully.


YUM :RPM Updater

YUM (Yellowdog Updater, Modified) is a client command line application for updating an RPM based system from an internet repository (YUM “yum-arch” server) accessible by URL (http://xxx, ftp://yyy or even file://zzz local or NFS)

yum -y install package-name #To install a package along with its dependencies

yum remove package-name #To remove package

yum list #To list available packages version and state

yum list extras #To list packages not available in repositories but listed in config file

yum list obsoletes #To list packages which are obsoleted by repositories

yum clean all #To list packages which are obsoleted by packages in yum repository

yum update #Update all packages on your system

yum update package-name #Update a package

yum update package-name-prefix\* #Update all with same prefix


You can add new repos in /etc/yum.repos.d with files named file.repo For the option “gpgcheck=1” to work, use the “rpm –import GPG-KEY

rpm –import /usr/share/rhn/RPM-GPG-KEY

rpm –import /usr/share/rhn/RPM-GPG-KEY-fedora

File: /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora.repo with following entry


name=Fedora Core $releasever – $basearch – Base






Additional Commands 


tzselect #To change time zone of the machine

command 2>&1 | tee outputfile.txt #Output of a command is send to a text file

wget –mirror #To mirror a site

wget -c #To continue downloading partially downloaded file


Many more tricky commands to be updated soon based on System Admin Tools for more visit



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