Updated: 2017-03-13 09:12 EDT

1 Readings, Assignments, Labs, Tests, and ToDo

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

  1. Week 08 Notes HTML – this file – Read All The Words
  2. Unix Modes and Permissions, whoami, id, groups, ls -l, chmod
  3. Permissions masking with umask, chmod, 777 octal permissions
  4. Useful programs: gzip - compression, tar - file archiving, diff - comparison
  5. Unix/Linux system logging, log files, kernel messages
  6. Unix/Linux Processes, Jobs, background, foreground, kill, killall
  7. Delayed and Repeated Scheduled Execution - at, cron, and crontab
  8. List of Commands You Should Know
  9. Linux and Sysadmin News in the World
  10. Video Tutorials on Lynda.com – tagged by week number

1.2 Assignments and lab work this week

Check the due date for each assignment and put a reminder in your agenda, calendar, and digital assistant. Just like in the Real World, not all due dates are on the same days or at the same times.

1.3 Worksheets

Worksheets are preparation for your assignments. You can’t do the assignments without having done the worksheets first, and you can’t do the worksheets without having first read the Course Notes:

  1. Read the web notes. (Please: Read All The Words)
  2. Do the relevant Worksheet(s).
  3. Do the relevant Assignment(s).

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 are not for hand-in; they are not worth marks; the assignments test your knowledge of the lectures and worksheets.

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 Worksheet 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.

Worksheets prepare you for the upcoming assignments.

1.4 Upcoming tests and exams

This course has two midterm tests and one final exam.

1.4.1 Second Midterm test – 10am March 17 – 15%

Your Second Midterm test is 45 minutes long and contains approximately 45 multiple-choice questions similar to those found in the two preceding Practice Tests and Answers. Do both practice tests before the Second Midterm test!

  • Time: 10h00-10h45 (10am to 10:45am) Friday March 17 (Week 9)
  • Location: C346 (the usual lecture classroom)
  • General seating; sit anywhere.
  • 45 minutes for 45 questions
  • Do both the practice tests before the Midterm test!

Midterm tests take place at 10am in your 50-minute lecture class, not in your lab period.

1.4.2 The Final Exam – 8am April 28 – 40%

The Final Exam is three hours long and contains approximately 180 multiple-choice questions similar to those found in the three preceding Practice Tests and Answers. Do all three practice tests before the Final Exam!

  • Time: 08h00-11h00 (8am to 11am) Friday April 28 (Week 15)
  • Location: CA-105 A,B,C (across the Woodroffe pedestrian overpass)
  • This exam has assigned seating – see your email for your assigned seat.
  • 180 minutes (three hours) for 180 questions
  • Do all three practice tests before the Final Exam!
  • Three Hours! Take a bathroom break before you start the exam!

All three practice tests will be posted under Practice Tests and Answers. The Final Exam is comprehensive of the whole course; you need to do all three practice tests for the Final Exam.

2 Notes from the Classroom

2.1 Commands Used

3 Fifteen minute rule: don’t waste your time

See the Course Introduction: fifteen minute rule

4 Tutoring

Many students find that hiring a personal tutor helps them get through the first term. Financial assistance is available. See the Tutoring heading in the Course Introduction.

Take Notes in Class

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