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Hi! I worked with Red Hat in college 10yrs ago! Been working on windows with some exposure to apache and mysql but no real Linux experience. My employer is making ...
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    Question Newbie in need for help plz! :)


    Hi!
    I worked with Red Hat in college 10yrs ago! Been working on windows with some exposure to apache and mysql but no real Linux experience.

    My employer is making radical changes, I am now the proud owner (sys admin) of 8 open SUSE Linux machines, some hosting apache2 some mysql. I have been reading for a week and some things are ok. But I am struggling to find MAN / manual pages and instructions on simple commands like searching the whole directory structure for a file (if i dont know where the file is located but i know its name). I asked for training but even if I'm lucky and they approve it (doubtful), it wont be until a couple months from now, but I am the system admin "now" so i am studying on my own, which is normal for me.

    So, help me become a SuSe expert please, or at least find useful command line / terminal instructions that are SUSE-centric.

    I am happy to learn this, and add this skill to me resume. In fact I want to run my own web server at home in the future with SUSE. So, i need to learn this, for work and for personal use. I see some of the salaries Linux Admins make seem impressive

    I need to learn SUSE system administration. Things like:

    system resources, connections, logged in users, disk space, backup mysql databases, cron jobs etc.

    please share with me links to documents, PDFs, books, pages with SUSE commands, quick references, lists of commands, details on how to use commands, and things like cron jobs in suse and how to manage an apache server on suse - all from the command line.

    Your help is appreciated

    Thank you!

    P.S> I am using openSUSE 12.1 Asparagus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Being View Post
    I am struggling to find MAN / manual pages and instructions on simple commands like searching the whole directory structure for a file (if i dont know where the file is located but i know its name).
    Hello... welcome to the forums, and back to Linux!

    Did you try using the 'whereis' command?

    For details, check the whereis manual page...

    Code:
    man whereis
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    Thank you. Linux has a "cool" factor that Windows just doesnt, hehe.

    Ok, i tried whereis, it returned one word, i am assuing it's the folder name but no real "path" i could use to know exactly where the file lives.

    Typed: whereis backup.pl
    Out: backup:

    that doesnt tell me much

    edit: I see, i'm in the MAN for whereis now.

    Isnt there an online version of these MAN pages?

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    ok, i found the file
    I used
    find / | grep backup.pl

    Are the MAN pages for suse online somewhere? It would be easier to google commands and how to use them and discover new commands if they are online.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Being View Post
    Isnt there an online version of these MAN pages?
    You can find some commands listed and explained here:

    Linux Command Directory: Index
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    Googling for
    Code:
    man <command>
    usually results in a man page in a browser.
    But the information is the same as the one of your system.
    Hopefully that is, because there might be version depended differences.
    First resource are the system man pages.

    And it pays of to read them carefully.
    It might be not so fast as a copy&paste solution, but one can learn more and apply the command more precisely.
    For example, you do not need the grep

    Code:
    find / -type f -name "backup.pl"
    You must always face the curtain with a bow.

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    How do I google man <commad> that are SUSE specific?

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    Also, just a hint: Dont be shy in meetings/emails and mention that unix is new to you and you had no training.
    Therefore, if asked for delivery dates, take extra time for reading and testing.
    It is a legitimate course of action. You have windows skills right now, and not unix.

    The managers I know will not take action if it is not neccessary.
    Therefore, if you *somehow* manage your new tasks, there wont be need to send you to trainings.

    But if you document your requests by mail and in meetings and as well argue that you want to deliver quality work,
    and that tasks can be completed faster with more background knowledge,
    there is motivation for them to grant trainings.

    Of course, it still means a lot of effort on your side.
    The trainings might be after work, or a task just takes longer than you calculated.
    You must always face the curtain with a bow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Being View Post
    How do I google man <commad> that are SUSE specific?
    Most commands under Linux are global in nature, but there are some specific commands related to different package managers and such. Otherwise, the same google search method as described above should find any distro-specific commands that you might have in mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Being View Post
    Isnt there an online version of these MAN pages?
    How about this?
    Linux man pages
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