Random Linux Tips and Tricks


This page contains a random collection of Linux tips and tricks. These aren't really tips or tricks, just some shell commands that are useful for every Linux sysadmin.

CD Burning Tips and Tricks

Create an ISO:

/usr/bin/mkisofs -r -x -o file.iso /files/to/image

Create an ISO Preserving Ownership and ACL and Excluding a directory:

/usr/bin/mkisofs -R -x /files/to/image/dir/to/exclude -o file.iso /files/to/image

Burn an ISO to CD:

/usr/bin/cdrecord dev=0,0,0 speed=4 -data file.iso

Burn an ISO to DVD:

/usr/bin/dvdrecord dev=0,1,0 -dao file.iso


growisofs -speed=4 -Z /dev/dvd=/home/nfs/backups/root.iso

Erase a CD-RW:

/usr/bin/cdrecord dev=0,0,0 speed=4 blank=all

Rip a CD as an ISO:

/bin/dd if=/dev/cdrom of=file.iso

Email Tips and Tricks

Send an email:

/usr/bin/echo "message here" | /usr/bin/mailx -s "Subject Here" recipient-email@example.com

Send a file by email:

/usr/bin/echo "see attachment" | /usr/bin/mailx -s "I'm sending a file" -a /file/to/send recipient-email@example.com

File Tips and Tricks

Truncate the contents of a file:

> file/to/truncate

Eliminate "reserve space" from non-root (/) partitions, freeing for other uses:

> tune2fs -r 0 /dev/sda4

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