Review Questions

  1. Why is the /var directory usually located in a partition of its own?

  2. As a system administrator for a network with many workstations and a central NFS file server, how can you safely share /usr with your users while still maintaining control of its contents?

  3. What is the recommended size for a swap partition, as a function of the memory in a system?

  4. Describe how to create a tar archive and how its contents are extracted.

  5. In general terms, describe the procedure used to compile and install free or open source software from source code.

  6. What is a shared library? How can you determine what library dependencies exist in a compiled executable?

  7. How does your system know where to look for shared libraries?

  8. Briefly describe the major functional modes of rpm.

  9. How do you add additional repositories to yum?

  10. What are the reasons to choose LILO over GRUB as a boot loader, or vice versa?

  11. Why might a Debian Linux administrator use dpkg -iG instead of simply dpkg -i to install a package?

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