Linux System Administration Study Group

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About the group

Information about what this group does.

The Linux Study Group (LSG) has been created in direct relation to the sf-lug group.
A few of us get together to share studying skills for linux system administration and hack on any and all things linux/f.o.s.s..
We have an eye on certification and use the LPIC (2nd Ed, O'Reilly) book and RHCE Study Guide (4th Ed, Exam RH302, Osborne) by Michael Jang on red hat certification.
Emphasis is on everyone being welcome, doing first, then learning.
We meet in a classroom reserved @ those times & days listed which has full connectivity via wireless/hardwire and whiteboards.
We encourage new people of all user levels to join in.
We also encourage users/hackers of other (or multiple) operating systems who are interested in linux and what they can and will do with it.

Meeting time and location


When is this class? On Tuesdays from 15:00 to 14:30


At Noisebridge, in the Turing classroom.


For discussion, use the SF-LUG mailing list:

For announcements, use the SF-LUG mailing list or the noisebridge-discuss list

Add stuff to this wiki page (or make sub-pages) to describe activities, interests, and resources:

  • what's up with the lab machines in the turing classroom at noisebridge?
  • what's a system administrator, anyway? what skills are important?
  • do we want to set up some local system for isos of interesting distros?

Shell Scripts

In early 2012 this seems to be a shell scripting study group.

Here is a link to a shell script that makes shell scripts (can you explain every detail on every line?)

The shell scripters are continuing to meet and work through their code on a line by line basis. This article on redirection is a great read as a followup to the 2/21 meeting

Unix/Linux Study

File Permissions (or, How to Chown root)

Introducing the latest completely unnecessary, but excellent addition to the Linux Study Group. A few of us, starting 2/22/2012, are exploring a specific topic as deeply as possible. Once those willingly put themselves through this torture reach a proper saturation point, we'll move onto something else. We're starting with something very basic, but endlessly frustrating: File Permissions. Just hearing those words might have you grinding your teeth. Good. Get studying!

How can you make this actually productive?

1. Take your time. There is no deadline for understanding.

2. Record your research; copy links and anything else to a txt file or e-mail.

3. Share your findings with others. The easiest way to do is this by hosting your findings on your own server or a free wordpress account. I do not recommend posting directly to this wiki as someone could easily delete it.

4. Study books freely available in our library to practice or quiz yourself.

Examples of what you should master (please expand this): User Group Other rwx ..x ..x Chown Chgrp 711 vs. +x Processes Sudoers

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