LinuxQuestions.org
Share your knowledge at the LQ Wiki.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 02-29-2004, 12:48 AM   #1
santasballz
Member
 
Registered: Jan 2004
Posts: 227

Rep: Reputation: 30
system on maintenance on linux


i am using suse 9 pro.


ok, u know how on windows, every once awhile u gotta disk cleanup, compact registry, get rid of useless registry files, get rid of junk files, either manulally, or most likely using some program, u know the usual computer maintenance stuff

what about on linux? r there programs that help me maintain my OS? like clean up, etc
 
Old 02-29-2004, 01:40 AM   #2
Darkangel90
Member
 
Registered: May 2002
Distribution: SUSE 9.2 Pro
Posts: 98

Rep: Reputation: 15
Linux needs its patching when a security exploit is found, and logs check if you run a server, but for the most part, it stays clean if you keep it clean
 
Old 02-29-2004, 02:36 AM   #3
santasballz
Member
 
Registered: Jan 2004
Posts: 227

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 30
well iam not really sure if i keep it clean or not...
 
Old 02-29-2004, 05:57 AM   #4
slappycakes
Member
 
Registered: Aug 2003
Location: Japan
Distribution: Slackware 10
Posts: 88

Rep: Reputation: 15
Santasballz (hehe),

People write books about the question you just asked.

Check out a program called Webmin. It can help you navigate and utilize the power of Linux.

Enjoy,
Slappy
 
Old 02-29-2004, 09:16 AM   #5
Scruff
Member
 
Registered: Oct 2002
Location: Stoughton, MA
Distribution: Gentoo x86_64 & PPC
Posts: 949

Rep: Reputation: 30
Quote:
Originally posted by slappycakes
Santasballz (hehe),

People write books about the question you just asked.

Check out a program called Webmin. It can help you navigate and utilize the power of Linux.

Enjoy,
Slappy
You could go that way, or you could ditch the 'GUI help' programs altogether and just learn some basic *nix admin skills. Webmin has some serious security problems anyway. I have been using linux for a year and a half, and worked my way through several Linux System Administration books, and really darkangel was right when he said there really isn't anything to clean up. We don't have a registry(synonomous with abortion), and open source software doesn't install tons of B.S. adware/spyware throughout your system. Everything about it is also more efficient. No need to defragment... For a scandisk like util, do 'man fsck' though as long as you shutdown your system properly you shouldn't need it.

I can recommend two books: If you are a complete newb then Marcel Gagne's Linux System Administration is a terrific book and a fun read. After you know your way around a bit, O Reilly's LPI Linux Certification in a Nutshell is a killer Administration book that goes into more depth. Ok, three: Essential System Administration (also O Reillys) is THE book, but it's huge and costs around $50 usd.
 
Old 02-29-2004, 11:53 AM   #6
fsbooks
Member
 
Registered: Jan 2002
Location: Missoula. Montana, USA
Distribution: Slackware (various)
Posts: 457

Rep: Reputation: 41
The two most common cleanup tasks involve files in the $TMP directories (usually /var/tmp and /tmp) and log files (mostly in /var/log). Typically a daily cron job set up in /etc/crontab and run from /etc/cron.daily takes care of this (see suse.de-clean-tmp and logrotate in that directory - note that redhat/fedora uses tmpwatch). These tasks are, of course, highly configurable, see /etc/sysconfig/cron, /etc/logrotate.conf and the files in /etc/logrotate.d and edit them to your liking (there may be a GUI for this task, could not tell you). Occasionally it is worth checking to make sure things are working properly -- e.g. some logfiles do not make it in /etc/logrotate.conf particularly if you write your own scripts for tasks and log output.

Also, system updates (rpms) are often stored somewhere in /var and depending on the update system used and configuration, they may or may not get deleted in a timely manner after installation. I think Yast has a checkbox concerning this.

Otherwise, if you roll your own software, old versions can be left behind. For example, I build my own mozilla using cvs source, so currently I have a /usr/local/lib/mozilla-1.6b and and /usr/local/lib/mozilla-1.7b. The /usr/local/lib/mozilla-1.6b is obsolete, and will be deleted manually once I make sure the current version is working fine (which it certainly appears to be). I also have a /usr/src/lib/j2re1.4.1 and a /usr/src/lib/j2re1.4.2 since I just got a newer runtime java. The old 1.4.1 version is no longer needed.
 
Old 02-29-2004, 12:44 PM   #7
santasballz
Member
 
Registered: Jan 2004
Posts: 227

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 30
alright, thx guyz for the info. i'll look into the books and your quick guides!
 
Old 03-01-2004, 02:10 AM   #8
slappycakes
Member
 
Registered: Aug 2003
Location: Japan
Distribution: Slackware 10
Posts: 88

Rep: Reputation: 15
Quote:
Originally posted by Scruff
Webmin has some serious security problems anyway.
I have never read anything on that. Could you provide a link? Thanks in advance.

Slappy
 
Old 03-01-2004, 08:31 AM   #9
Scruff
Member
 
Registered: Oct 2002
Location: Stoughton, MA
Distribution: Gentoo x86_64 & PPC
Posts: 949

Rep: Reputation: 30
Man, I have never heard the name Webmin without some mention of it's security issues. Just type 'webmin security' in Google. I got a ton of results. Anything web based is just not going to be very secure for serious admin tasks.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
System maintenance FictionPimp Linux - Newbie 2 02-01-2005 03:04 PM
System Maintenance hiplainsdrifter Linux - Newbie 1 04-07-2004 01:14 PM
RCS for system maintenance Dark_Helmet Linux - Software 1 07-26-2003 08:07 PM
System maintenance tied2 Linux - General 1 07-03-2002 12:01 AM
system maintenance vicente Linux - Newbie 2 08-31-2001 05:34 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:23 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration