UNIX Sysadmin Resources – FAQs T-Z
TCP/IP & Ethernet,
comp.protocols.tcp-ip FAQ covers the fundamentals of TCP/IP, network operations, protocol implementations, programming, common TCP/IP protocols. A good primer.
Ethernet Codes master page is great data. It lists the meaning of the different octets of Ethernet or IEEE802.3 packets, covering Ethernet Type, Vendor Codes, and Multicast Addresses. Very useful for
determining what machine is sending unexpected packets.
Navas Cable Modem/DSL Tuning Guide has very useful information. Mostly for Microsoft and Apple, but some Unix information.
IP-Filter is a TCP/IP packet filter, suitable for use in a firewall or Network Address Translation (NAT) environment. Runs on FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, Solaris/SunOS, IRIX, Linux. Also available at coombs.anu.edu.au.
Carl’s Australian IPv6 Pages covers Solaris IPv6 FAQs, opverview, resources, and IANA documents. Maintained by Carl Brewer.
IP over SCSI: (*not* iSCSI)
RFC2143: Encapsulating IP with the Small Computer System Interface is the RFC on IP over SCSI.
Network Management & Measurement Tools:
CAIDA Measurement Tool Taxonomy is a fabulous collection of Internet and TCP/IP performance measurement tools and efforts. Reviews of the tools and pointers to the tools.
Tru64.org is the home of the Tru64 Unix community. Mailing list, FAQs, documentation, patches, resources, news and links.
Inexpensive Tru64:Compaq is offering a non-commercial Tru64 license with a full suite of developer tools for $99USD.
CDE FAQ (Common Desktop Environment) from the comp.unix.cde newsgroup. Maintained by Aditya Talwar.
comp.unix.admin FAQ applies to all Unix versions, and is particularly useful for folks just starting out in Unix Systems Administration.
Operating System Technical Comparison compares and contrasts operating systems, for both technical and non-technical people. Excellent reference site from OSdata.com.
Rosetta Stone – A Sysadmin’s Unixersal Translator lists all the major ways to do tasks in AIX, Darwin, DG-UX, FreeBSD, HP-UX, IRIX, Linux, NetBSD, OpenBSD, SCO OpenServer, Solaris, SunOS, Tru64 and Ultrix. Activities include reading disk label, check swap space, system error reporting, plus links to mailing lists, vendor patches, FAQs and more. Very useful!
Unixguide.net has another great Unix sysadm translator covering directory mappings, users accounts, commands, printers, and more. Links to lots of information on AIX, FreeBSD, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris and Tru64.
Unix Guru Universe A great, searchable set of resources for Unix Sysadms. Categories are System Administration, Networking, Security, Software, HelpMe, Conference, Vendors, Careers, Usenet Newsgroups, and Internet. This site has an incredibly comprehensive list!
Consistent BackSpace and Delete Configuration nicely describes how to tell Unix/Linux to make your backspace key erase to the left and the delete key erase under the cursor.
Single Unix Specification, Version 2 from The Open Group, formed by the consolidation of X/Open and OSF. Also includes valuable links to other Unix specifications.
Unix FAQ [all parts, 1-7]
Unix Programming FAQ
Csh Programming Considered Harmful by Tom Christiansen. Read and learn.
BASH is the GNU project’s shell, and is a sh-compatible shell that incorporates useful features from the Korn shell (ksh) and C shell (csh). Site has a good introduction to BASH, and links to downloads.
BASH with Debugger project contains patched sources to BASH that enable better debugging support and improved error reporting.
comp.unix.shell FAQs: “intro” is the main FAQ for the newsgroup, but the directory also contains other useful shell FAQs.
Korn Shell (ksh) Programming is a nice tutorial which teaches you the basics as well as more advanced topics. Good sample scripts. From Philip Brown of bolthole.com.
Portable Unix Toolkit is part shareware, part commercial. It’s a set of shell login environment files and shell, Perl and Expect utility scripts that have been ported to several Unix versions. The scripts can be used independently of the login environment files and include general utility scripts and sysadm scripts.
scsh FAQ covers the Scheme shell, a Unix POSIX-compliant shell which uses Scheme as its scripting language.
SHELLdorado has lots of shell scripts, articles, utilities, good shell coding practices, tutorials, binaries, Unix tools for MS Windows.
Shell Scripts and AWK is part of a free online course from University of Cambridge.
Tower Floor – Shell Scripts has many good hints, tips, and examples for shell scripts, awk, sed, regular expressions. Stepping into the room, you find yourself surrounded by musty scrolls….. Created by Anthony Thyssen.
Z-Shell Information provides FAQ, documentation, and the Zsh software.
First Steps: vi has a good cheat-sheet for vi users. Tutorial and practice lessions. Written by Tony Porczyk.
GeekCheat.com sells an excellent vi reference T-shirt, with the reference sheet on the front, upside down so the wearer can easily read it. They also sell vi reference sheet coffee mugs and mouse pads.
Mastering the vi editor from the University of Hawaii.
vi Lovers Home Page has links to different versions of vi for different OSs, manuals, online help, tutorials, macros, and even poetry about vi.
Yahoo’s vi section
Friends of vi & vi-like editors
Vim is a truly amazing, free, vi-like editor with syntax coloring, unlimited undo, split windows, gui support, and more. Runs well on Unix, NT, and many other OSes. We’re hooked on it here.
The XFree86 Project and the XFree86 FAQ. Provides a free X Window System server for PCs running Unix and OS/2. Software and documentation provided. Donations accepted.
X Servers & Clients for non-Unix machines:
Exceed X server for PCs running Win95/NT. From Hummingbird Communications Ltd.
Motif FAQ, available in plain text and HTML from multiple sites.<
Didn’t find the FAQ you wanted? Try FAQs.org or the official Usenet FAQ FTP server at rtfm.mit.edu for an enormous number of FAQs.