Updated: 2015-10-09 04:29 EDT

1 Readings, Assignments, Labs, Tests, and ToDo

Dilbert – Linux Advanced Technology

Dilbert – Linux Advanced Technology

1.1 Read (at least) these things (All The Words)

  1. Week 04 Notes HTML – this file – Read All The Words
  2. Unix Shell I/O Redirection (including Pipes)
  3. Linux and Sysadmin News in the World
  4. List of Commands You Should Know – keep a notebook!
  5. Video Tutorials on Lynda.com – tagged by week number

1.2 Assignments this week

Check the due date for each assignment and put a reminder in your agenda, calendar, and digital assistant.

1.2.1 Worksheets

Form a small study group to do the worksheets. Each person tries the example given, and you make sure you all get the same answers. Worksheets teach you how commands work. Worksheets are not for hand-in; they are not worth marks.

The worksheets are available in four formats: Open Office (ODT), PDF, HTML, and Text. Only the Open Office format allows you “fill in the blanks” in the worksheet. The PDF format looks good but doesn’t allow you to type into the blanks in the worksheet. The HTML format is crude but useful for quick for viewing online.

Do NOT open the ODT files using any Microsoft products; they will mangle the format and mis-number the questions. Use the free Libre Office or Open Office programs to open these ODT documents. On campus, you can download Libre Office here.

1.3 Lab work this week

1.4 Upcoming tests

Read the Test Instructions (all the words) before your midterm tests.

  1. First Midterm test: 45 minutes; in lecture class Friday in Week 5 (Oct 9)
  2. Second Midterm test: 45 minutes; in lecture class Friday in Week 9 (Nov 6)

Tests take place in class in your one-hour lecture hour, not in your lab period.

1.4.1 Midterm Test #1 – October 9

  • Midterm #1 takes place on Friday, October 9 (Week 5) in your scheduled lecture hour (not in your lab period).
  • For full marks, you must read the Test Instructions before the test for important directions on how to enter your answers, your lab (not lecture) section number, and the test version number on the question sheet and the mark-sense forms.
  • There may be more questions on the test than you can answer in the time allowed; answer the ones you know, first.
  • A set of practice questions and answers for the first midterm test is posted: Practice Tests and Answers.
    • The tests use the semicolon ; to separate multiple commands on the same line, to save space and paper, e.g. three separate commands can be written on one line like this: date ; echo "hi" ; ls
  • Blackboard has some quizzes taken randomly from the practice test. See below.

1.4.2 Quizzes: Midterm #1 Quiz

This quiz is one of several quizzes in this course. Each midterm and final exam will have an associated quiz. See the course outline for the mark weight of all course quizzes, midterm tests, and exams.

The quizzes are open-book, but the midterm tests and final exam are closed-book (as will be your job interview).

This quiz is based on the Midterm #1 Practice Test questions that are posted in the Class Notes. The quiz is 10 questions long and you see the answers right after you submit the quiz. You can take the quiz as many times as you like. Every time you take the quiz, you get a random set of ten questions from the practice test. You will not see all the practice questions by doing quizzes; to see all the practice questions, you must do all the questions in the actual PDF practice test posted in the Course Notes.

This quiz closes just before the Final Exam in this course; quizzes submitted after the Final Exam begins may not count toward your best score.

Your mark for this quiz is the average of your five best quiz scores. Examples:

  • Your best scores: 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 8 7 7 4
    • Your quiz mark: (10+10+10+10+10)/50 = 100%
  • Your best scores: 10 10 10 10 9 8 7 7 4 3
    • Your quiz mark: (10+10+10+10+9)/50 = 98%
  • Your best scores: 10 10 10 9 8 7 7 4 3 2
    • Your quiz mark: (10+10+10+9+8)/50 = 94%
  • Your best scores: 10 8 8 8 8 5 4 4 4
    • Your quiz mark: (10+8+8+8+8)/50 = 84%
  • Your best scores: 10 10 8 (only three quizzes submitted)
    • Your quiz mark: (10+10+8+0+0)/50 = 56%

Your score will be taken from the five best scores. The more times you do the quiz, the more likely you are to have a set of excellent best scores. You must have five perfect quiz scores to get a perfect averaged quiz mark. Missing quizzes (fewer than five) count as zeroes. Only the five best scores are averaged. (Blackboard averages all the scores and thus displays your score incorrectly.)

This quiz closes just before the Final Exam in this course; quizzes submitted after the Final Exam begins may not count toward your best score.

See the Assignments and Quizzes section in the Blackboard left side-bar for your course.

Note: Blackboard displays the quiz mark incorrectly, since it cannot calculate “best 5” and instead averages the marks of all your quiz attempts. Your quiz mark is actually the average of your five best attempts, not all the attempts as shown by Blackboard. Ignore the Blackboard mark; it is wrong.

3 From the Classroom Whiteboard/Chalkboard

3.1 Commands

 Take Notes in Class

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