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Corel.com: Taming the Daemons Within

Oct 31, 1999, 17:43 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Hankes Drielsma)

"In the traditional UNIX® world, the roles of the user and system administrator are rigidly defined and are separated by the simple fact that members of the former group lack the privileges needed to perform the tasks of the latter. Linux®, however, is bringing UNIX to the home workstation and, in so doing, is blurring this distinction. Many Linux users do their own system administration and must, therefore, do their own "taming" of the many Linux "daemons."

"To the ancient Greeks, a daemon was a protective spirit that presided over a person's destiny. In UNIX circles, however, daemon stands for Disk And Execution MONitor. Daemons are server processes that are responsible for offering certain services. They run in the background and generally lie dormant until a process-either local or remote-calls upon them."

"An important task for any Linux system administrator is the selection, installation and maintenance of daemons. This task can be simplified to some degree."

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