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Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, Second Edition. Chapter 11 Common Administrative Tasks. Objectives. Set up, manage, and print to printers on a Linux system Understand the purpose of log files and how they are administered

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linux guide to linux certification second edition

Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, Second Edition

Chapter 11

Common Administrative Tasks

objectives
Objectives
  • Set up, manage, and print to printers on a Linux system
  • Understand the purpose of log files and how they are administered
  • Create, modify, manage, and delete user and group accounts using command-line and graphical utilities

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printer administration the common unix printing system
Printer Administration: The Common UNIX Printing System
  • Common Unix Printing System (CUPS): Most common printing system used on Linux
  • Print job: Set of information sent to a printer
    • File, set of files, output of a command
  • lp command: Sends a print job to a printer

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Printer Administration: The Common UNIX Printing System (continued)
  • cups daemon (cupsd): Responsible for printing in CUPS printing system
  • Print job ID: Print job’s unique identifier
  • Print queue: Directory holding print jobs waiting to be printed
    • Typically /var/spool/cups

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Printer Administration: The Common UNIX Printing System (continued)
  • Printer can accept or reject request to print
    • If rejected, CUPS gives an error message
  • Spooling or queuing: Accepting print jobs into a print queue
  • Printing: Sending print jobs from print queue to a printer

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Printer Administration: The Common UNIX Printing System (continued)
  • lpstat command: With –t (total) option, lists all printers and their status
  • accept, reject, enable, and disable commands: Manipulate status of a printer
    • For enable, must specify full path enable command (/usr/bin/enable)

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Printer Administration: The Common UNIX Printing System (continued)

Figure 11-1: The print process

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managing print jobs
Managing Print Jobs
  • lp –d command: Print to a specified printer
    • If –d option omitted, prints to default printer
  • lpoptions –d command: Set default printer
  • Users can set own default printer
    • Add to .lpoptions file in home directory

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Managing Print Jobs (continued)
  • lp command accepts information from stdin
  • lpstat command can list print jobs in queue for a printer
  • cancel command: Remove print jobs from print queue
  • lpadmin command: Perform printer administration
    • e.g., restrict who can print to specific printers

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Managing Print Jobs (continued)

Table 11-1: Common options to the lp command

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Managing Print Jobs (continued)

Table 11-2: Common options to the lpstat command

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the lpd printing system
The LPD Printing System
  • Line Printer Daemon (LPD): Printing system used on older Linux systems
  • lpr command: Create print jobs in print queue
  • lpc command: View status of printers
  • lpq command: View print jobs in print queue
  • lprm command: Remove print jobs

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configuring printers
Configuring Printers
  • /etc/cups/cupsd.conf: Contains cupsd settings
  • /etc/cups/printers.conf: Contains each printer’s configuration information
  • Printer Configuration tool: Used to configure printers
    • e.g., Add new printers
    • Configures queue, not printer

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Configuring Printers (continued)

Figure 11-2: The Printer Configuration tool

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Configuring Printers (continued)

Figure 11-3: Specifying the name of a new printer

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Configuring Printers (continued)

Figure 11-5: Different queue types available for a new printer

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Configuring Printers (continued)
  • For local printers, must choose printer port
    • Such as /dev/lp0
  • For remote printers, specify name or IP address of remote server, printer name, or printer port
  • Enable sharing as needed
    • CUPS can automatically search for other shared CUPS printers
      • Allow remote computers to print using the LPD protocol

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Configuring Printers (continued)

Figure 11-6: Selecting the printer model for a new printer

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Configuring Printers (continued)

Figure 11-7: Completing the creation of a new printer

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Configuring Printers (continued)

Figure 11-8: View a configured printer

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Configuring Printers (continued)

Figure 11-9: Sharing a printer to network users

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Configuring Printers (continued)

Figure 11-10: Specifying shared printer options

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log file administration
Log File Administration
  • Log file: File containing system information
  • /var/log: Contains most log files
    • Many programs store log files in subdirectories

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Log File Administration (continued)

Table 11-3: Common Linux log files found in /var/log

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the system log daemon
The System Log Daemon
  • System log daemon (syslogd): Logs system events
    • Uses /etc/syslog.conf file
      • Entries indicate what information to write to what log file

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The System Log Daemon (continued)
  • Facility: Area of system that information is gathered from
  • Priority: Importance of system information

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The System Log Daemon (continued)

Table 11-4: Facilities used by the System Log Daemon

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The System Log Daemon (continued)

Table 11-5: Priorities used by the log daemon

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managing log files
Managing Log Files
  • Log files can take up unnecessary space
    • Clear contents occasionally
      • Print copy for records
      • Use > redirection symbol
  • Do not remove log files
    • Permissions and ownership will be removed

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Managing Log Files (continued)
  • logrotate command: Back up and clear log files
  • /etc/logrotate.conf: Used by logrotate utility
    • Specifies rotation parameters for log files
  • Log files compressed after rotation

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administering users and groups
Administering Users and Groups
  • Authentication: Verify user’s identity
    • Compare username and password to system database
  • Database containing user account information typically consists of two files:
    • /etc/passwd: User account information
      • Previously stored password information
    • /etc/shadow: Encrypted password information
  • pwconv command: Convert system to use an /etc/shadow file for encrypted password storage

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Administering Users and Groups (continued)
  • pwunconv command: Revert back to using an /etc/passwd file only
  • User Identifier (UID): Unique user ID for a user
  • Group Identifier (GID): Primary group ID for each user
  • Primary group: Group owner for all files created by a user
    • Specified in /etc/passwd file

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Administering Users and Groups (continued)
  • General Electric Comprehensive Operating System (GECOS): Field in /etc/passwd file containing user account description
  • Root user usually listed at top of /etc/passwd file
  • /etc/shadow: Password field contains encrypted password
  • /etc/passwd: Password field contains an x (not used)

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Administering Users and Groups (continued)
  • Passwords often set to expire at certain intervals
    • Intervals specified in /etc/shadow
  • /etc/group file: Lists all groups and their members
    • Allows users to belong to multiple groups
    • Password field usually contains an x

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creating user accounts
Creating User Accounts
  • useradd command: Add new user accounts
  • Most new user information comes from two files:
    • /etc/login.defs:
      • E-mail location, password expiration, minimum password length, range of UIDs and GIDs
    • /etc/default/useradd:
      • default primary group, home directory location, password expiration info, shell, skeleton directory

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Creating User Accounts (continued)
  • Skeleton directory: Contains files to copy to new users’ home directories
    • Usually /etc/skel
    • Mostly environment files
  • passwd command: Set a user’s password
    • If no arguments, sets current user’s password
    • User accounts must have password set to log on
    • Root user can change any user’s password

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Creating User Accounts (continued)

Table 11-6: Common options to the useradd command

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modifying user accounts
Modifying User Accounts
  • usermod command: Modify user account information
  • chage command: Modify password expiration information
  • Locking an account: Make an account temporarily unusable
    • Alter password information
  • chsh command: Change a valid shell to an invalid shell

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Modifying User Accounts (continued)

Table 11-7: Common options to the usermod command

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deleting user accounts
Deleting User Accounts
  • userdel command: Remove user accounts
  • When an account is deleted, files previously owned by the user become owned by a number representing UID of deleted user
    • Next user with that UID will own the files

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managing groups
Managing Groups
  • groupadd command: Add a group to the system
  • groupmod command: Modify GID name of a group on the system
  • groupdel command: Remove a group from the system

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Managing Groups (continued)
  • groups command: List groups that a user belongs to
  • id command: List GIDs of groups that a user belongs to
  • newgrp command: Temporarily change user’s primary group
  • Graphical utilities exist to create, modify, and delete user and group accounts

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Managing Groups (continued)

Figure 11-11: Configure users and groups with a desktop environment

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