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Self-Service Linux : Mastering the Art of Problem Determination

  • Mark Wilding and Dan Behman
  • Prentice Hall
  • 013147751X

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Christmas came early this year.

This has to be the best book I've read in a long time. I've written articles on general troubleshooting, but this book takes the subject to a whole new level. It is Linux specific, though some of the knowledge is applicable to any system.

There's heavy concentration on using trace and debugging tools here; these sections are far better and more complete than anything I've read elsewhere, and include real examples of compilation problems and how to solve them. The debugging help available from /proc is also covered in detail, as is tracing kernel problems. There's just a wealth of information here: you'll spend hours and hours digging in and experimenting.

This is definitely my choice for best book of the year. Yes, I know we have a few months to go, but I can't see this getting beat out. Buy this today; you will not regret it.

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Fri Oct 14 18:20:57 2005: 1205   bruceg2004

Just in time for my next detective work. Our 3rd shift has someone who is really bogging down the CPU. The times are different each night, and are not related to anything in cron. Since backup is running at the time, things get even slower. Personally, I hate my phone going off at 2:30 am, and to hear "The system is slow".

I have been piecing together sar reports of memory, and disk usage, now I need to find out the program that is doing this, and then trace that back to the IP address.

Maybe this book will give me even more insight :-)

- Bruce

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