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July, 2010

  • 14 July

    Extra Large Log Files

    Question: One of my Linux system log files has suddenly become very large (several hundred megabytes). What should I do? Answer: The first thing to find out is what exactly is happening in the log files. To see the latest log activity for your web server error log, for example, …

June, 2010

  • 24 June

    Completely Delete Files with Shred

    On a Linux dedicated server, the normal method for deleting files is to use the “rm” command. This removes the file from the current filesystem, but what many do not know is that those removed files are usually recoverable. As such, rm is more like putting something in the trash …

  • 22 June

    How to Make an Entire Directory Path

    Question: How do I create an entire path of directories? Answer: On a desktop computer, anytime you want to create a folder, you have to go through a series of clicks, type in the name, and press Enter. If you want to create a series of nested folders, you have …

  • 21 June

    Removing Files on a Linux Server

    An important part of file management is the removing of files that are no longer needed. Files, by their very nature, take up space, and something that is not needed should not take up space on a server, where space is money. The “rm” Linux command handles basic removal of …

  • 2 June

    How to Display Files Modified Today

    There are many ways to search Linux files and directories using grep, find, or locate. All of them find files that match certain search parameters, usually words or characters. On a Linux server, you can also find any files that were modified within the current day. This is useful for …

April, 2010

  • 15 April

    Binary vs ASCII FTP Upload

    Many recent FTP program automatically detect your file type and upload them correctly without any problems; however, if your FTP software does not do this or if your file is unique and cannot be detected correctly, you will need to set either an ASCII or Binary upload method. A binary …

February, 2010

  • 16 February

    How to delete duplicate files in Linux

    Question: Two of my directories on my server have some the same files. How can I easily delete any duplicates while preserving the unique files? Answer: There exists a Linux tool for just about everything, and this is no exception. You need a tool called fdupes, which searches the path …

January, 2010

  • 14 January

    The benefits of SFTP

    FTP is the primary method used by website owners to upload content to their servers or distribute large amounts of data. FTP is easy to use and generally efficient at doing its job, but no one would claim that it is completely secure. Generally speaking, files you upload to your …

December, 2009

  • 17 December

    Linux file and directory structure

    An important part of knowing your Linux server is knowing where directories and files are. Most Linux distributions organize files in a similar manner, following specific standards. It is very different from the Windows file and directory structure, but once you know one Linux setup, you will pretty much know …

November, 2009

  • 17 November

    Using the "ls" Command in Linux

    In Linux, few commands are more important when managing your file system than “ls”. On a server, it is very important to know how to view files and their properties. With “ls” you can view a simple list of files or any number of more complicated variations of the list. …