Network Configuration

Linux distributions come with a robust set of command-line and GUI tools for administrating the networking-related functions within the system. Invariably, the GUI tools are merely pretty front-ends for manipulating plain-text files or very simple data structures in the back-end.

Understanding how network configuration works under the hood in Linux distributions is invaluable and can come in handy in several scenarios. First and foremost is that when things are breaking and you can’t start your favorite GUI, you’ll find that being able to handle network configuration from the command-line interface (CLI) is crucial. Another benefit is remote administration: You might not be able to remotely run a graphical ...

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