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7 Useful Linux Networking Commands

Apr 19, 2010, 15:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Geier)

"Though you can usually manage your network settings via the GUI in most Linux distros these days, it's always good to be familiar with the command-line tools. So we're going to review some select commands from a couple of tools that are typically included in the popular Linux distros. Remember, if you want full details on the tool and its options, refer to its man page: type man followed by the tool name. Now bring up a terminal and let's get started! ifconfig for basic interface and IP configuration

"The ifconfig tool (derived from interface configurator) provides a few very basic, but important, functions. It lets you turn network adapters on and off and assign IP address and netmask details. Here are some of the common commands:

"View current configuration of network interfaces, including the interface names:"

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