20 Advanced Commands for Linux Experts – Part 2

Thanks for all the likes, good words and support you gave us in the first two part of this article. In the first article we discussed commands for those users who have just switched to Linux and needed the necessary knowledge to start with.

  1. 20 Useful Commands for Linux Newbies

In the second article we discussed the commands which a middle level user requires to manage his own system.

  1. 20 Advanced Commands for Middle Level Linux Users

What Next? In this article I will be explaining those commands required for administrating the Linux Server.

41. Command: ifconfig

ifconfig is used to configure the kernel-resident network interfaces. It is used at boot time to set up interfaces as necessary. After that, it is usually only needed when debugging or when system tuning is needed.

Check Active Network Interfaces
Check All Network Interfaces

Display details of All interfaces including disabled interfaces using “-a” argument.

Disable an Interface

Enable an Interface

Assign IP Address to an Interface

Assign “” as the IP address for the interface eth0.

Change Subnet Mask of Interface eth0

Change Broadcast Address of Interface eth0

Assign IP Address, Netmask and Broadcast to Interface eth0

Note: If using a wireless network you need to use command “iwconfig“. For more “ifconfig” command examples and usage, read 15 Useful “ifconfig” Commands.

42. Command: netstat

netstat command displays various network related information such as network connections, routing tables, interface statistics, masquerade connections, multicast memberships etc..,

List All Network Ports
List All TCP Ports
Show Statistics for All Ports
OK! For some reason if you want not to resolve host, port and user name as a output of netstat.
Fine, you may need to get the output of netstat continuously till interrupt instruction is passed (ctrl+c).
For more “netstat” command examples and usage, see the article 20 Netstat Command Examples.

43. Command: nslookup

A network utility program used to obtain information about Internet servers. As its name suggests, the utility finds name server information for domains by querying DNS.

Query Mail Exchanger Record

Query Name Server

Query DNS Record

Query Start of Authority

Query Port Number

Change the port number using which you want to connect

Read Also : 8 Nslookup Commands

44. Command: dig

dig is a tool for querying DNS nameservers for information about host addresses, mail exchanges, nameservers, and related information. This tool can be used from any Linux (Unix) or Macintosh OS X operating system. The most typical use of dig is to simply query a single host.

Turn Off Comment Lines

Turn Off Authority Section

Turn Off Additional Section

Turn Off Stats Section

Turn Off Answer Section

Disable All Section at Once

Read Also : 10 Linux Dig Command Examples

45. Command: uptime

You have just connected to your Linux Server Machine and founds Something unusual or malicious, what you will do? Guessing…. NO, definitely not you could run uptime to verify what happened actually when the server was unattended.

46. Command: wall

one of the most important command for administrator, wall sends a message to everybody logged in with their mesg permission set to “yes“. The message can be given as an argument to wall, or it can be sent to wall’s standard input.

47. command: mesg

Lets you control if people can use the “write” command, to send text to you over the screen.

48. Command: write

Let you send text directly to the screen of another Linux machine if ‘mesg’ is ‘y’.

49. Command: talk

An enhancement to write command, talk command lets you talk to the logged in users.

Note: If talk command is not installed, you can always apt or yum the required packages.

50. Command: w

what command ‘w’ seems you funny? But actually it is not. t’s a command, even if it’s just one letter long! The command “w” is a combination of uptime and who commands given one immediately after the other, in that order.

51. Command: rename

As the name suggests, this command rename files. rename will rename the specified files by replacing the first occurrence from the file name.

Just type the command.

52. Command: top

Displays the processes of CPU. This command refresh automatically, by default and continues to show CPU processes unless interrupt-instruction is given.

Read Also : 12 TOP Command Examples

53. Command: mkfs.ext4

This command create a new ext4 file system on the specified device, if wrong device is followed after this command, the whole block will be wiped and formatted, hence it is suggested not to run this command unless and until you understand what you are doing.

Read More: What is Ext4 and How to Create and Convert

54. Command: vi/emacs/nano

vi (visual), emacs, nano are some of the most commonly used editors in Linux. They are used oftenly to edit text, configuration,… files. A quick guide to work around vi and nano is, emacs is a.

[press ‘i’ to enter insert mode, or you won’t be able to type-in anything]
  1. alt+x (exit insert mode, remember to keep some space between the last letter.
  2. ctrl+x command or your last word will be deleted).
  3. :wq! (saves the file, with the current text, remember ‘!’ is to override).
nano editor
ctrl +x (to close the editor). It will show output as:
Click ‘y’ to yes and enter file name, and you are done.

55. Command: rsync

Rsync copies files and has a -P switch for a progress bar. So if you have rsync installed, you could use a simple alias.

Now try to copy a large file in terminal and see the output with remaining items, similar to a progress bar.

Moreover, Keeping and Maintaining backup is one of the most important and boring work a system administrator, needs to perform. Rsync is a very nice tool (there exists, several other) to create and maintain backup, in terminal.

Note: -z for compression, -v for verbose and -r for recursive.

56. Command: free

Keeping track of memory and resources is as much important, as any other task performed by an administrator, and ‘free‘ command comes to rescue here.

Current Usage Status of Memory
Tuned Output in KB, or MB, or GB
Check Current Usage in Human Readable Format
Check Status Contineously After Regular Interval
Read Also : 10 Examples of Free Command

57. Command: mysqldump

Ok till now you would have understood what this command actually stands for, from the name of this command.mysqldump commands dumps (backups) all or a particular database data into a given a file.For example,

Note: mysqldump requires mysql to be running and correct password for authorisation. We have covered some useful “mysqldump” commands at Database Backup with mysqldump Command

58. Command: mkpasswd

Make a hard-to-guess, random password of the length as specified.

Note: -l 10 generates a random password of 10 characters while -l 20 generates a password of character 20, it could be set to anything to get desired result. This command is very useful and implemented in scripting language oftenly to generate random passwords. You might need to yum or apt the ‘expect’ package to use this command.

59. Command: paste

Merge two or more text files on lines using. Example. If the content of file1 was:

60.Command: lsof

lsof stands for “list open files” and displays all the files that your system has currently opened. It’s very useful to figure out which processes uses a certain file, or to display all the files for a single process. Some useful 10 lsof Command examples, you might be interested in reading.

This is not the end, a System Administrator does a lot of stuff, to provide you such a nice interface, upon which you work. System Administration is actually an art of learning and implementing in a very much perfect way. We will try to get you with all other necessary stuff which a linux professional must learn, linux in its basic actually itself, is a process of learning and learning. Your good words are always sought, which encourages us to put in more effort to give you a knowledgeable article. “Like and share Us, to help Us Spread”.

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