When we talk about DevOps and system admins, Linux is the first thing that comes to mind. But Linux itself is so vast that it’s really confusing what all you should be aware of if you are planning to go for an interview. In this article, we will try to define what are the most frequently used things and which can be asked in Linux so that you can spend some time learning those things.
You should be able to debug issues related to the process, how much resources it is consuming, and how you can start-stop, or kill the process. Most of the time it is done using
systemd. You can also read about how you can see the number of threads a process is spawning. How can you see what system calls your process is calling using
strace. A few of the commands that you can read are
lsof. Learning about the proc file system will also help you a lot in this.
You should be able to see the logs of the process and how you can search in them. In new systems, these can be achieved using
journald and having knowledge of this is highly recommended.
You should be able to tell what about of memory is used and in which section like cache. Keeping track of memory is very important as in high latency systems if these are not managed properly they can cause latency of system failures due to OOM. Few of the commands used in this can be
iostat. Again learning about
proc file system will help you a lot here. One thing that you can focus on here is page faults. If there is a huge number of page faults it can be an issue.
Here you should be able to get the stats of the disk, manage it, and should be able to point out the exact locations where the disk is used. Few commands that are very useful here are
lvm commands. Then there comes the performance of the disk, to monitor that you can use
In this section, you should be able to debug network issues like why there is no connection between two systems, DNS not getting resolved, and more such issues. Commands that will help you here are
These are a few basic things that you should be able to accomplish. Keep in mind everything in Linux is a file. If you know where the data is residing in files. You can easily look at the files to get the data you required. Most of the tools mentioned above only parse those files and give you a more easy to read view.
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