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Debian 7: System Administration Best Practices by Rich Pinkall Pollei

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Chapter 5. System Management

Aside from configuring individual software packages, an administrator is responsible for managing how the various services on his systems are started and stopped, managing network connections, maintaining the filesystem, managing system logs, and configuring the face the system shows to the users.

Startup and shutdown

The proper startup and shutdown of services required for a system to function and fulfill its purpose is central to its management. While Unix init scripts (also known as System V or SysV scripts, due to their origin in Unix System V) have a long history and are in one form or another, common to all Unix and Linux systems, the way in which they are managed, sequenced, enabled, disabled, and the preferred ...

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