Using Standard Commands and Tools

Many UNIX commands exist to check configuration, status, and resource information. These tools generally report on only a snapshot in time. You can write or use custom scripts that incorporate these or other commands and run them periodically so that you can track configuration changes or test the status of system resources over time.

The more commonly used commands are described in this section. Note that they are organized alphabetically. You may also want to check the online man pages for additional information about each command. Unless otherwise noted, the commands listed in this section are available on multiple UNIX platforms. (Tools that are specific to networking, such as netstat and nfsstat, are discussed ...

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