Business Linux Operating Systems

Linux
Linux

Unix and Linux are different operating systems with have some common commands. Source code for Linux is freely available to the public and Unix is not available. Linux operating system is a free/open source and Some versions of Unix are proprietary and others are a free/open source. Linux Operating system can be used for desktop systems and for servers. But the Unix is mainly used in servers, mainframes and high-end computers.

AIX is an operating system based on Unix versions from IBM. It is mainly designed for IBM’s workstations and for the server hardware platforms. And HP-UX is the operating system from HP ( Hewlett Packard ) based on Unix versions.  HP-UX and AIX are stable operating system compare with Linux. HP-UX and AIX are platform dependent and they are limited to their own hardware. But in the case of Linux, it is platform independent and can be used with any hardware. Since HP-UX and AIX are platform dependent, they are optimised for the hardware and the performance is better than Linux operating systems.  AIX is outperforming Linux from 5 to 10 percent.

Unix

AT&T Unix, started in the 1970s at the Bell Labs and newer versions of Unix have developed and some of them are listed below. In 1980, AT&T licensed Unix to third-party vendors and leading to the development of different variants. Some of them are;

  • Berkeley Unix, FreeBSD and its variants
  • Solaris from Sun Microsystem
  • HP-UX from Hewlett-Packard
  • AIX from IBM
  • MacOs from Apple
  • Microsoft’s Xenix

Unix installations are costlier since it requires some special hardware. MacOS needs apple computers, AIX needs IBM hardware and HP-UX needs HP hardware etc.

Linux

Linux is a free and open source operating system based on Unix. Linux kernel was first developed by Linus Torvalds in 1991. Linux was originally developed for personal computers but nowadays it is using personal computers as well as in server systems. Since it is very flexible, it can be installed in any hardware systems. Linux operating system is available for mobile phones, tablets, video game consoles, mainframes and supercomputers. Some of the best distros for small business are;

  • Centos
  • ClearOS
  • OpenSUSE
  • IPFire
  • Ubuntu
  • Manjaro
  • Slackware

Linux Vs Unix

Linux Unix
The Source Code of Linux is freely available to its Users. The Source Code of Unix is not available for the general public.
Linux primarily uses Graphical User Interface with an optional Command Line Interface. Unix primarily uses Command Line Interface.
Linux OS is portable and can be executed in different Hard Drives. Unix is not portable.
Linux is very flexible and can be installed on most of the Home Based Pcs. Unix has a rigid requirement of the Hardware. Hence, cannot be installed on every other machine.
Linux is mainly used in Home Based PC, Mobile Phones, Desktops, etc. Unix is mainly used in Server Systems, Mainframes and High-End Computers.
Different Versions of Linux are: Ubuntu, Debian, OpenSuse, Redhat, Solaris, etc. Different Versions of Unix are: AIS, HP-UX, BSD, Iris, etc.
Linux Installation is economical and doesn’t require much specific and high-end hardware. Unix Installation is comparatively costlier as it requires more specific hardware circuitry.
The Filesystems supported by Linux are as follows: xfs, ramfs, nfs, vfat, cramfsm ext3, ext4, ext2, ext1, ufs, autofs, devpts, ntfs The Filesystems supported by Unix are as follows: zfs, js, hfx, gps, xfs, vxfs.
Linux is developed by an active Linux Community worldwide. Unix is developed by AT&T Developers.

Hardware architecture

Most commercial versions of UNIX distributions are coded for specific hardware. Like HP-UX for PA-RISC (Hewlett-Packard) and Itanium machines (Intel) and AIX is for Power processors ( IBM ). Since these distributions are limited, the developers can optimise their code for these architectures to get maximum utilisation of resources.  Since it uses proprietary hardware, Unix distributions are not cost effective.

  • HP-UX needs HP or Intel hardware
  • AIX needs IBM Hardware

Linux operating system is not dependent on the hardware, so it can be installed in any of the server systems which have a processor. Since the developers cannot assume the hardware architecture and they need to prepare the code for some general hardware specifications and that’s why Linux operating system has less performance than the commercial Unix variants.

  • Linux is open to all hardware

Licensing

GNU General Public License (GPL), is a form of copyleft and is used for the Linux kernel and many of the components from the GNU Project. Free software projects, although developed through collaboration, are often produced independently of each other. AIX and HP-UX are using proprietary licenses.

HP-UX

Developer Hewlett-Packard Enterprise
Written in C
OS family Unix (System V)
Initial release 1982; 36 years ago
Kernel type Monolithic with dynamically loadable modules
License Proprietary

 

IBM AIX

Developer IBM
Written in C
OS family Unix
Initial release 1986; 32 years ago
Kernel type Monolithic with dynamically loadable modules
License Proprietary

 

Linux

Developer Community, Linus Torvalds
Written in Primarily C and assembly
OS family Unix-like
Initial release September 17, 1991; 26 years ago
Kernel type Monolithic (Linux kernel)
License GPLv2[7] and other free and open-source licenses (the name “Linux” is a trademark[b])

 

Softwares and Tools

Softwares and tools in Linux are general to all hardware. But in the case of Unix, separate tools and software which leverage to get the maximum performance. So the performance of the systems is higher than the Linux operating system by comparing the hardware configuration. Unix has good performance than Linux systems. While considering the cost estimation, Linux will get more votes.

System Management Interface Tool ( SMIT ) with AIX is the tools used for package management, System Administration Manager (SAM) on HP-UX. Linux operating system uses rpm or dpkg etc. based on the variants.

Software Installation and Patch Management

R H Linux

HP-UX

AIX

Install rpm -i file swinstall –s depot software installp –a [-c] FileSet
Update rpm -U/F file swinstall –s depot software installp –a FileSet
List rpm -q swlist –l product lslpp –L all
Remove rpm -e swremove software installp –u FileSet
Patches rpm -u swinstall installp
List Patches rpm -q -a swlist –l product lslpp –L all
Patch check up2date/yum security_patch_check compare_report

File system

While talking about the file systems, Linux scores more than the other Unix versions. Unix supports two or three file systems locally. But Linux supports almost all the file systems available on any operating system.

 

System Filesystem
AIX jfs, gpfs
HP-UX hfs, vxfs

Kernel

The kernel is the core of the operating system and the source code of the kernel are not freely available for the commercial versions of Unix. For the Linux operating system, the users can check and verify the code and even modify it if required.

Support

The commercial versions of Unix come with a license cost. Since these operating systems are purchased, the vendor will provide technical support to the end users to the smooth running of the operating systems.

In the case of the Linux operating system, we need to use the open source forums and community for getting support from the users and developers around the world or hire some freelancers for fixing the issues.

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Linux – What is yum?

Linux
Linux

In simple terms, yum is a, command-line interface, package manager utility for computers running the Linux operating system, which augments the RPM Package Manager capabilities. yum is the primary tool for getting, installing, deleting, querying, and managing RPM software packages. Alos, yum is used in Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) versions 5 and later.

 

Linux – how to display file system disk space statistics

Linux
Linux

In Linux there are lot of ways to disk size and/or space, but the ‘Disk Filesystem’ (df) command is old reliable and has been around a long time.   The ‘df’ command provides a summary of disk space and free space, which I find myself coming back to time after time.

Basic Command Format

DF -<<Option>>   <<File>>

Example ‘Disk Filesystem’, Command

df -h

  • -h = Human readable in MegaBytes

For more details in Linux

df –help

Example Command Output

root@BlogSrvr1 /]# df -h

Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on

/dev/mapper/vg_BlogSrvr1-lv_root

36G   34G   16M 100% /

tmpfs                 3.9G     0  3.9G   0% /dev/shm

/dev/sda1             477M   33M  419M   8% /boot

/dev/mapper/vg_BlogSrvr1-LogVol03

11G   27M  9.9G   1% /data

/dev/mapper/vg_BloSrvr1-lv_home

4.8G   33M  4.6G   1% /home

/dev/mapper/vg_BlogSrvr1-LogVol04

25G   13G   11G  55% /opt/IBM

/dev/mapper/vg_BlogSrvr1-LogVol05

11G  6.0G  3.7G  62% /scratch

/dev/mapper/vg_BlogSrvr1-LogVol06

11G   27M  9.9G   1% /tmp/dev/shm

Linux – How to compress an entire directory

Linux
Linux

From time to time there is a need to package up a folder for any number of reasons which may include things like:

  • Migration
  • Movement to a new location
  • Movement to a new server
  • To keep a backup
  • Or simply to save space

Compressing a folder is folder can be very useful, but for those of us who don’t do it all the time, it is nice to have a pattern to follow.  Also, even an experienced user can get brain cramp, if they have not had a reason to compress a folder in a while. So, here is a simple pattern to follow to compress a folder and its contents.

Basic Command Format

tar -zcvf <<archive-name>>.tar.gz <<directory-name>>

Example Compress Command

tar -zcvf  blog_files_backup.tar.gz   sqlfiles

Linux tar command line options used here

  • -z = Compress archive using gzip program
  • -c = Create archive
  • -v = Verbose i.e display progress while creating archive
  • -f = Archive File name

For help with the tar command in Linux

To get additional detail on the tar command in Linux, just need to type:

 tar -?

How to stop and restart Cognos Service from Linux command line

stop and restart cognos service from linux command line
stop and restart Cognos service from Linux command line

I don’t do this very often but recently had to look this up to help out a project.  Stopping and restarting a Cognos from a Linux command line is relatively simple, just a couple of commands.

  • Log on to the reporting server as Root user or a non-root user with administrative privileges.
  • Find the path to install bin directory.  I use this find command, but you can do what works for you:   find . -name “cogconfig.sh”
  • Launch an and navigate to the bin directory as follows: <Cognos_Home>/bin64
  • Where <Cognos_Home> is the installation location of the Cognos® application.
  • Do the following one or both of the following, according to what you are attempting to do:
    • To start the service, enter the following command: ./cogconfig.sh -s
    • To stop the service, enter the following command: ./cogconfig.sh -stop

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Surrogate Key File Effective Practices

Database Table, Surrogate Key File Effective Practices
Surrogate Key File Effective Practices

Here are a few thoughts on effectively working with IBM Infosphere, Information Server, DataStage surrogate key files, which may prove useful for developers.

Placement

  • The main thing about placement is that it be in a consistent location. Developers and production support teams should need to guess or look up where it is for every DataStage project. So, it is best to put the surrogate keys in same base path and that each project has its own subfolder to facilitate migrations and to reduce the possibility of human error. Here Is the patch structure, which is commonly use:

Path

  • /data/SRKY/<<Project Name>>

Parameter Sets

  • As a best practice, the surrogate key file path should be in a parameter set and the parameter used in the jobs, as needed.  This simplifies maintenance, if and when changes to the path are required, and during migrations.

Surrogate Key Parameter Set Screenshot – Example Parameter Tab

Surrogate Key Parameter Set Screen Screen
Surrogate Key Parameter Set Screenshot

Surrogate Key Parameter Set Screenshot – Example Values Tab

Surrogate Key Parameter Set Screenshot – Example Values Tab
Surrogate Key Parameter Set Screenshot – Example Values Tab

Surrogate Key Job Parameter Example Path using Parameter

Surrogate Key Job Parameter Example Path using Parameter
Surrogate Key Job Parameter Example Path using Parameter

Permissions

  • DataStage must have permissions to:
    • The entire parent path
    • The project folder, and
    • The surrogate key files themselves.

To ensure the DataStage has access to the path and Surrogate files, ensure:

  • The ‘dsadm’ (owner) and ‘dstage’ (group) have access to folders in the path, with at least a “-rw-r–r–“ (644) permissions level. Keeping the permissions to a minimum can, for obvious reasons,  prevent inadvertent overwrites of the surrogate key files; thus, avoiding some, potentially, serious cleanup.
  • The ‘dsadm’ (owner) and ‘dstage’ (group) have access to the surrogate key files

Surrogate Key File Minimum Permissions

Surrogate Key File Minimum Permissions
Surrogate Key File Minimum Permissions

Productivity Tip – Quickly create a new surrogate key file

Linux
Linux

This productivity tip, is how we can quickly create a new surrogate key file in Linux.  This example is leveraging native capabilities of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) to skip a few commands, by using an existing surrogate key file to create a new surrogate file with a minimum of keys strokes and command line entries.

Creating a New Surrogate Key File From an Existing File

The basic process consists of just a few steps:

  1. Navigate to the location of your existing surrogate key files
  2. Copy an existing surrogate file
  3. Empty the new surrogate key file

Navigate to the location of your existing surrogate key files

This step is preparatory step; you will need to look at the path variable for the project you are working with to know where to go.  The actual path to the surrogate files your project can vary by project.

Copy an existing surrogate file

Assuming you have existing surrogate key files configured as needed, the use of the copy (cp) command can and the interactive and preserve options can eliminate the need to create the file, then set groups and permissions.   The interactive (-i) option prevent you from overwriting any existing files, in case you made a filename typo and the preserver (-p) option preserve the specified attributes (e.g. ownership, and permissions).

Basic Command

  • Here is the command formats with interactive and preserve, either format works
    • cp -ip <<FileName to Be Copied>> <<New Filename>>
  • Here is the command formats with only preserve
    • cp -p <<FileName to Be Copied>> <<New Filename>>

Example Command

  • cp -ip srky  blogexampl.srky
Copy Surrogate Key With Permissions
Copy Surrogate Key With Permissions

Empty the new surrogate key file

Setting the newly create surrogate key file to null will empty the file, so, DataStage can begin from the point configure in your DataStage job.

Basic Command

  • cat /dev/null > <<FileName>>

Example Command

  • cat /dev/null > blogexample.srky
Empty Surrogate Key File
Empty Surrogate Key File

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