Explanation: Using /etc/hosts

Explanation: Using /etc/hosts

In the comments section of a recent post, I mentioned that I used my /etc/hosts file to test out a site after moving it to a new server. Instead of leaving it in the comments, I thought I would pull … More »

HOWTO: Use CHOWN

HOWTO: Use CHOWN

In the GNU/Linux operating system, the rights that any given user has to a file are largely decided by their relationship to the owner of the file. If you’re into punishment, I’ve explained fie permissions in my stunningly boring OGG … More »

Howto: Unmount a File System

Howto: Unmount a File System

There aren’t a lot of situations where you might want to manually unmount a file system, but sometimes memory sticks or CDRoms won’t unmount automatically for you, so you’ll need to do take care of that. To unmount a file … More »

Explanation: The FSTAB File

Explanation: The FSTAB File

The File System Table fiel (fstab) is usually  located in at /etc/fstab. The file contains all of the file systems that are available to the system. Any file system listed in the fstab can be mounted and unmounted with little … More »

How To: Use FSCK to Fix Disk Problems

How To: Use FSCK to Fix Disk Problems

I knew that fsck was kind of the Linux version of DOS’s chkdsk, but that’s about all I knew. I’ve learned a little more about it now. Each device has a superblock which contains the necessary information for Linux to … More »

HOW TO: Find Out What Partition I Am On

HOW TO: Find Out What Partition I Am On

I’ve been reading up on the df command. The df command shows free disk space and I’ve covered it before. It has one function that I didn’t know about, however, and that’s the ability to show you which disk and … More »

HOWTO: Make a Filesystem

HOWTO: Make a Filesystem

So you’ve used fdisk or cfdisk to create some partitions on your disk. Great, now what? Well, to be able to use your new partitions, you’ll need to put a file system on them. If your plan is to install … More »