Summer 2000 CS 691X UNIX System Administration
The class meets MW 1-3:20pm, in ECS 237. The class is scheduled to run
for eight weeks.
Each monitor in the lab must be powered off or set on a
screen saver at the end of each class. Please turn them off for the weekend.
- Linux Kernel Internals, Beck et al, second edition, Addison-Wesley.
- Essential System Administration, AEleen Frisch, published by
O'Reilly, second edition,
- To learn basics of UNIX system administration
- Emphasis on problem-solving, as opposed to cookbook solutions
- To demonstrate skills in setting up and operating heterogeneous networks.
- Build a UNIX site, with users, groups, shared printers, shared
filesystems, etc. (35%)
- Present a chapter from the Frisch or Beck book to the class. Use HTML.
- Open-book quizes based on presented chapters. (10%)
- Do a small kernel modification, and install it on your PC. (10%)
- Conduct and present an individual or small group project.
All projects will be presented to the class at the end of the term, in
lieu of a final exam. Projects may involve outside reading or other
research. Group projects will involve an implementation. (25%)
This course is scheduled to run for eight weeks, two sessions per
week. So the sessions are numbered 1-16 in the list below.
The following was taken from the course page for summer 1999
and is provided to give you an idea of the course content.
- Overview of lab facilities
- Demo: installation of Redhat LINUX
- Students make an inventory of the PCs in the lab, noting (when
possible) the memory and disk situations, and the machine's IP address.
- Reading assignment for next session: Chapters 1 and 2 of ESA textbook.
Introduction and course overview. Begin a tour of hte UNIX
We installed Redhat 6.2 Linux on the machines in the ECS 237
lab. Each machine's IP address is 22.214.171.124+n, where n is the
number assiged to the PC. For example, PC 13 gets the IP
- The broadcast mask should be 255.255.255.0, and the name servers
set to 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52.
- The generic multisync monitor seems to work for all the machines,
and the Mach 64 video card. Some machines may need different settings.
- Let's use the same root password on all machines in the
lab. That password will be cs691x.
- More of the tour of the file system, and some useful commands for
Some helpful pieces of information:
- To get out of X Windows, type CTRL-ALT-BACKSPACE
- To do a clean reboot, we recommend the command
sync;sync;reboot. To stop the system, as you would before
powering off, use sync;sync;halt.
- To make the slides for your chapters, I recommend Powerpoint.
You may choose to use Powerpoint with HTML as the output format.
Please email to me a copy of your presentation, preferably in
Powerpoint format, so that I can put it on the course web page.
- Discuss the Linix loader, known as LILO. More on Booting a Linux System
- Cindy Johnson presented Nemeth Chapter 3.
- Harry Chen presented Nemeth Chapter 4
- By now, we should have finished installing Linux on the Pentiums,
Discuss the following questions:
- Where does LINUX keep its logs?
- Where are the rc scripts, which get run at boot time?
- Where are the HOWTOs?
- June 8
- Discussion of Nemeth Chapter 5
- Discussion of Nemeth Chapter 6
- June 10
- Discussion of Nemeth Chapter 7
- Discussion of Nemeth Chapter 9 (Zhao Ying
and Andrej Cedilnik)
- Several commands in the /sbin directory, with the term 'mod' in
the command name, are applicable to Linux loadable kernel modules.
Examples include 'lsmod' and 'modprobe'.
- Reading assignment: chapters 1 and 2 of Linux Kernel Internals
- Demonstrated compilation of the Linux kernel, using 'make
xconfig'. It's also possible to use 'make config' or 'make
menuconfig'. In general, a brand new kernel should be put onto a
floppy for initial testing. The command 'dd bs=8192 if=zImage
of=/dev/fd0' can be used for this purpose, without changing the kernel
on the hard disk. The command 'make zdisk' will issue the dd command
- June 15
- We need to figure out the characteristics of these monitors if
we're to use 'make xconfig' effectively.
- Demonstrate a kernel recompile.
- June 17
- June 22
- Discussion of Nemeth Chapter 13 (Liang Xu
and Jihong Chen)
- Discussion of Nemeth Chapter 14 (Kejian
Wu, Yiqing Ren, Xiao-min Su)
- June 24
- June 29
- July 1
- July 6
- July 8
- Discussion of Nemeth Chapter 29 (Lianhe Shao)
- Begin project demos
- July 13
- July 15
- Project demos
- Hand in all project writeups!
The group and/or individual projects.
Microsoft's Powerpoint Viewer for Windows 95/98 and NT
The following XF86Config file seems to work
well for the machines in the lab ECS 237. This file should be placed
in the directory /etc/X11.
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