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Gaylen Brown Archive

Linux/Unix Text Processing Tools
I have a large amount of data taken from a number of different databases/mailing lists. I want to pull all of this data into a common format so that I can read it into a spreadsheet. What kinds of tools does Linux have to help me sort through all this data? I know Perl is good at text processing, but I don't want to write a whole program.
Get LILO to Run in Linear Mode, Password-Protecting Web Pages
I have been trying to install Linux, but am unable to boot the machine. Every time I install it from the CD-ROM and then reboot the machine, I get the following output: 01 01 01 01 01 01 01 01 01 It continues infinitely. The LILO prompt never comes up. Is there any way to fix this?
Using cdrecord to Backup Files
I am using a CD recorder connected to an old system that has a SCSI card and is running a basic Debian system. Everything is connected properly, and I have recently installed the mkisofs and cdrecord applications, in order to be able to backup my files and burn them onto a CD. So, how do I create an ISO image of the files on my current system, and can the cdrecord command do the job?
Networking with DHCP
I just purchased Mandrake 7.0 and got it running on a new computer. I have a home network of five workstations and would like them to be all configured to use DHCP. Can you help me do this?
HTML Editors and E-mail Clients for Linux
Two pieces of software cause me to use Win95/98 more than Caldera 2.3: MS FrontPage 98 and Eudora Pro 4.22. Does Linux have any software that can replace these two applications? Note that neither program was free and I don't expect the Linux 'versions' to be free, either. -Maurice
Searching the web for Linux Drivers
Locating information about generic hardware components can be a little tricky, but with a bit of strategic searching you can usually find whatever it is that you need. The information in your computer and on the hardware itself is a good starting place, and from there you can continue the search on the Internet.
Changing File Permissions and Adding a Zip Drive
Files and directories under Linux have access permissions for the individual owner of the file or directory, any members of a group that might own the file or directory, and everyone else who might want to read or write it. There are three types of access permission: read, write, and execute. Read allows you to look at a file's contents. Write allows you to change or delete the file. Execute allows you to run the file as a program. Running ls -l at a command-line prompt will list the file and directory attributes in the current directory. A sample file entry would look like Listing One.
Tips on Adding Ethernet Cards, Image Editors, and How to Shut Down and Reboot
The Linux world is full of good graphical-editing and image-manipulation programs. One is the excellent xv, a program that lets you read and write several image file formats, capture screenshots, and perform other basic image operations. Electric Eyes ships with GNOME, and this one is pretty sharp too. It handles file exporting and has some nice integrated tools.
Tips On Mozilla, ipchains, and Keeping Track of Your Config Files
I've heard a lot about the Mozilla browser and would like to use it instead of Netscape Communicator. How do I move all of my e-mail, addresses, and bookmarks?
How to Move Your Home Directly to a New Drive, Samba Tips and More
Welcome back to Tech Support. Thanks to everyone who submitted questions for this issue. If you have new questions or want to suggest a program for our App Tips section, drop me a line at tech@linux-mag.com.
Tips on X Servers, Modems, and Optimizing Your Hard Drive
Welcome to this month's Tech Support. This month we have started listing some nifty little Linux applications you may want to check out in our "App Tips" section. If you know of a program that you think we'd like to know about, drop us a line at tech@linux-mag.com. And, as always, keep those tech support questions coming.