[CentOS] looking for cool, post-install things to do on a centos 5.5 system

Fri Sep 17 13:24:41 UTC 2010
m.roth at 5-cent.us <m.roth at 5-cent.us>

Eduardo Grosclaude wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 17, 2010 at 4:39 AM, Robert P. J. Day <rpjday at crashcourse.ca>
> wrote:
>>  logging utilities?  intrusion detection?  monitoring?  anything that
>> leaps to mind that i can use to fill up a few more hours.  i'm already
>> thinking of showing how to build and boot a new kernel.  other ideas?
>> thanks.
> If your students are new to RHEL/CentOS admin, they will appreciate
> some education regarding what and how to search into docs and other
> information sources: the Guides, CentOS community resources such as
> Forum, Wiki or this mailing list.

I always push the second chapter of Frisch's Essential Systems
Administration (O'Reilly, of course) at folks. That's the chapter entitled
"The Unix Way", which gives a *really* good overview of the archetecture
of *Nix, what's where and why.
> Proper scripting abilities are perhaps beyond reach for a short
> course, but you could at least show off some one-liners or those
> short, stunningly useful examples to help them get the idea that they
> definitely should get their feet wet on it sooner or later.

awk, awk! Perl's a day, minimum, by itself, but awk you can do in an hour
or two, and have immediate results.