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Ten Things I Wish I Knew When Becomming A Linux Admin

Feb 26, 2012, 10:00 (2 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Anthony for this link. ]

Ten years ago I installed Linux for the very first time. To be exact, it was Slackware 7, the best distribution at the time in my opinion. Since then I've come to favor Debian Linux as my favorite version...at least for my Linux servers. I like to have a solid core system installed that I can build from scratch, but this is for another time. This article is for you new Linux admins; here are the ten things I wish I knew when starting my Linux admin journey.

1.) When in doubt check your logs. EVERYTHING is logged inside of Linux. If you are dealing with a nagging problem, the first thing you always need to do is check your logs. In most systems, this is found in /var/log/. /var/log/syslog logs all the system messages and is where you will find most common error messages. I encourage you to start digging through your logs and getting familiarized with those error messages.

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