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How Linux Works, 2nd Edition by Brian Ward

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Chapter 7. System Configuration: Logging, System Time, Batch Jobs, and Users

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When you first look in the /etc directory, you might feel a bit overwhelmed. Although most of the files that you see affect a system’s operations to some extent, a few are fundamental.

The subject material in this chapter covers the parts of the system that make the infrastructure discussed in Chapter 4 available to the user-level tools covered in Chapter 2. In particular, we’re going to look at the following:

  • Configuration files that the system libraries access to get server and user information

  • Server programs (sometimes called daemons) that run when the system boots

  • Configuration ...

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