Self-Service Linux: Determining Problems and Finding Solutions (Bruce Perens' Open Source)

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The biggest factor in a company's decision to go with Linux is overcoming thesupport issues. Adopting Linux successfully means taking on a differentapproach to support. Since Linux is open source, there are different methodsto get the support that companies need. This includes deeper skills on how toinvestigate problems, how to get help from the open source community (i.e.how to ask for help on usenet) and how to resolve problems in-house withoutthe extra cost of a consultant. This book should be an essential part of everycompany's Linux adoption plan to keep the total cost of ownership (TCO)down and improve the ROI of their Linux strategy. It is also a book thatadvanced Linux professionals running their own Linux systems will be able touse to troubleshoot. This book gives the staff the basics they need to diagnose most problems that they will face and will go into the nitty-gritty on the toughest problems. It also points users to the appropriate resources so that they may get help quickly.

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"This welcome addition to the Linux bookshelf provides real insight into the black-art of debugging. All too often debugging books concentrate solely on the tools but this book avoids that pitfall by concentrating on examples. The authors dissect and discuss each example in detail; in so doing they give invaluable insight into the Linux environment."

Richard J Moore, IBM Advanced Linux Response Team-Linux Technology Centre

"A plethora of Linux books exist but this guide offers a definitive overview of practical hints and tips for Linux users. Written by experts in the field, it will be extremely useful for system administrators and Linux enthusiasts."

Markus Rex, VP and General Manager, SUSE LINUX

  • The indispensable troubleshooting resource for every Linux administrator, developer, support professional, and power user!

  • Systematically resolve errors, crashes, hangs, performance slowdowns, unexpected behavior, and unexpected outputs

  • Master essential Linux troubleshooting tools, including strace, gdb, kdb, SysRq, /proc, and more

The indispensable start-to-finish troubleshooting guide for every Linux professional

Now, there's a systematic, practical guide to Linux troubleshooting for every power user, administrator, and developer. In Self-Service Linux®, two of IBM's leading Linux experts introduce a four-step methodology for identifying and resolving every type of Linux-related system or application problem: errors, crashes, hangs, performance slowdowns, unexpected behavior, and unexpected outputs. You'll learn exactly how to use Linux's key troubleshooting tools to solve problems on your own—and how to make effective use of the Linux community's knowledge.

If you use Linux professionally, this book can dramatically increase your efficiency, productivity, and marketability. If you're involved with deploying or managing Linux in the enterprise, it can help you significantly reduce operation costs, enhance availability, and improve ROI.

  • Discover proven best practices for diagnosing problems in Linux environments

  • Leverage troubleshooting skills you've developed with other platforms

  • Learn to identify problems with strace—the most frequently used Linux troubleshooting tool

  • Use /proc to uncover crucial information about hardware, kernels, and processes

  • Recompile open source applications with debug information

  • Debug applications with gdb, including C++ and threaded applications

  • Debug kernel crashes and hangs, one step at a time

  • Understand the Executable and Linking Format (ELF), and use that knowledge for more effective debugging

  • Includes a production-ready data collection script that can save you hours or days in debugging mission-critical Linux systems!

Series Editor Bruce Perens' is an open source evangelist, developer, and consultant whose software is a major component of most commercial embedded Linux offerings. He founded or cofounded Linux Standard Base, Open Source Initiative, and Software in the Public Interest. As Debian GNU/Linux Project Leader, he was instrumental in getting the system on two U.S. space shuttle flights.


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About the Author:

Mark Wilding is a senior developer at IBM who specializes in UNIX and Linux technologies. With over 15 years of experience writing software, Wilding has extensive expertise in operating systems, networks, C/C++ development, and computer hardware. Dan Behman is a member of the DB2 UDB for Linux Platform Exploitation development team at the Toronto IBM Software Lab. He has over 10 years' experience with Linux, and has been involved in porting and enabling DB2 UDB on the latest architectures that Linux supports, including 64-bit x86 and zSeries platforms.


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