20 Command Line Tools to Monitor Linux Performance

It’s really very tough job for every System or Network administrator to monitor and debug Linux System Performance problems every day. After being a Linux Administrator for 5 years in IT industry, I came to know that how hard is to monitor and keep systems up and running. For this reason, we’ve compiled the list of Top 20 frequently used command line monitoring tools that might be useful for every Linux/Unix System Administrator. These commands are available under all flavors of Linux and can be useful to monitor and find the actual causes of performance problem. This list of commands shown here are very enough for you to pick the one that is suitable for your monitoring scenario.

1. Top – Linux Process Monitoring

Linux Top command is a performance monitoring program which is used frequently by many system administrators to monitor Linux performance and it is available under many Linux/Unix like operating systems. The top command used to dipslay all the running and active real-time processes in ordered list and updates it regularly. It display CPU usage, Memory usage, Swap Memory, Cache Size, Buffer Size, Process PID, User, Commands and much more. It also shows high memory and cpu utilization of a running processess. The top command is much userful for system administrator to monitor and take correct action when required. Let’s see top command in action.

2. VmStat – Virtual Memory Statistics

Linux VmStat command used to display statistics of virtual memory, kernerl threads, disks, system processes, I/O blocks, interrupts, CPU activity and much more. By default vmstat command is not available under Linux systems you need to install a package called sysstat that includes a vmstat program. The common usage of command format is.

3. Lsof – List Open Files

Lsof command used in many Linux/Unix like system that is used to display list of all the open files and the processes. The open files included are disk files, network sockets, pipes, devices and processes. One of the main reason for using this command is when a disk cannot be unmounted and displays the error that files are being used or opened. With this commmand you can easily identify which files are in use. The most common format for this command is.

4. Tcpdump – Network Packet Analyzer

Tcpdump one of the most widely used command-line network packet analyzer or packets sniffer program that is used capture or filter TCP/IP packets that received or transferred on a specific interface over a network. It also provides a option to save captured packages in a file for later analysis. tcpdump is almost available in all major Linux distributions.

5. Netstat – Network Statistics

Netstat is a command line tool for monitoring incoming and outgoing network packets statistics as well as interface statistics. It is very useful tool for every system administrator to monitor network performance and troubleshoot network related problems.

6. Htop – Linux Process Monitoring

Htop is a much advanced interactive and real time Linux process monitoring tool. This is much similar to Linux top command but it has some rich features like user friendly interface to manage process, shortcut keys, vertical and horizontal view of the processes and much more. Htop is a third party tool and doesn’t included in Linux systems, you need to install it using YUM package manager tool. For more information on installation read our article below.

7. Iotop – Monitor Linux Disk I/O

Iotop is also much similar to top command and Htop program, but it has accounting function to monitor and display real time Disk I/O and processes. This tool is much useful for finding the exact process and high used disk read/writes of the processes.

8. Iostat – Input/Output Statistics

IoStat is simple tool that will collect and show system input and output storage device statistics. This tool is often used to trace storage device performance issues including devices, local disks, remote disks such as NFS.

9. IPTraf – Real Time IP LAN Monitoring

IPTraf is an open source console-based real time network (IP LAN) monitoring utility for Linux. It collects a variety of information such as IP traffic monitor that passes over the network, including TCP flag information, ICMP details, TCP/UDP traffic breakdowns, TCP connection packet and byne counts. It also gathers information of general and detaled interface statistics of TCP, UDP, IP, ICMP, non-IP, IP checksum errors, interface activity etc.

10. Psacct or Acct – Monitor User Activity

psacct or acct tools are very useful for monitoring each users activity on the system. Both daemons runs in the background and keeps a close watch on the overall activity of each user on the system and also what resources are being consumed by them.

These tools are very useful for system administrators to track each users activity like what they are doing, what commands they issued, how much resources are used by them, how long they are active on the system etc.

11. Monit – Linux Process and Services Monitoring

Monit is a free open source and web based process supervision utility that automatically monitors and managers system processes, programs, files, directories, permissions, checksums and filesystems.

It monitors services like Apache, MySQL, Mail, FTP, ProFTP, Nginx, SSH and so on. The system status can be viewed from the command line or using it own web interface.

12. NetHogs – Monitor Per Process Network Bandwidth

NetHogs is an open source nice small program (similar to Linux top command) that keeps a tab on each process network activity on your system. It also keeps a track of real time network traffic bandwidth used by each program or application.

13. iftop – Network Bandwidth Monitoring

iftop is another terminal-based free open source system monitoring utility that displays a frequently updated list of network bandwidth utilization (source and destination hosts) that passing through the network interface on your system. iftop is considered for network usage, what ‘top‘ does for CPU usage. iftop is a ‘top‘ family tool that monitor a selected interface and displays a current bandwidth usage between two hosts.

14. Monitorix – System and Network Monitoring

Monitorix is a free lightweight utility that is designed to run and monitor system and network resources as many as possible in Linux/Unix servers. It has a built in HTTP web server that regularly collects system and network information and display them in graphs. It Monitors system load average and usage, memory allocation, disk driver health, system services, network ports, mail statistics (Sendmail, Postfix, Dovecot, etc), MySQL statistics and many more. It designed to monitor overall system performance and helps in detecting failures, bottlenecks, abnormal activities etc.

15. Arpwatch – Ethernet Activity Monitor

Arpwatch is a kind of program that is designed to monitor Address Resolution (MAC and IP address changes) of Ethernet network traffic on a Linux network. It continuously keeps watch on Ethernet traffic and produces a log of IP and MAC address pair changes along with a timestamps on a network. It also has a feature to send an email alerts to administrator, when a pairing added or changes. It is very useful in detecting ARP spoofing on a network.

16. Suricata – Network Security Monitoring

Suricata is an high performance open source Network Security and Intrusion Detection and Prevention Monitoring System for Linux, FreeBSD and Windows.It was designed and owned by a non-profit foundation OISF (Open Information Security Foundation).

17. VnStat PHP – Monitoring Network Bandwidth

VnStat PHP a web based frontend application for most popular networking tool called “vnstat“. VnStat PHP monitors a network traffic usage in nicely graphical mode. It displays a total IN and OUT network traffic usage in hourly, daily, monthly and full summary report.

18. Nagios – Network/Server Monitoring

Nagios is an leading open source powerful monitoring system that enables network/system administrators to identify and resolve server related problems before they affect major business processes. With the Nagios system, administrators can able to monitor remote Linux, Windows, Switches, Routers and Printers on a single window. It shows critical warnings and indicates if something went wrong in your network/server which indirectly helps you to begin remediation processes before they occur.

19. Nmon: Monitor Linux Performance

Nmon (stands for Nigel’s performance Monitor) tool, which is used to monitor all Linux resources such as CPU, Memory, Disk Usage, Network, Top processes, NFS, Kernel and much more. This tool comes in two modes: Online Mode and Capture Mode.

The Online Mode, is used for real-time monitoring and Capture Mode, is used to store the output in CSV format for later processing.

20. Collectl: All-in-One Performance Monitoring Tool

Collectl is a yet another powerful and feature rich command line based utility, that can be used to gather information about Linux system resources such as CPU usage, memory, network, inodes, processes, nfs, tcp, sockets and much more.

Publishing your app when using IonicFramework

Now that we have a working app, we are ready to push it live to the world! Since the Ionic team already submitted the Todo app from this guide to the app store, chances are you’ll want to follow this chapter with a new app that you make on your own.

So first, we need to generate a release build of our app, targeted at each platform we wish to deploy on. Before we deploy, we should take care to adjust plugins needed during development that should not be in production mode. For example, we probably don’t want the debug console plugin enabled, so we should remove it before generating the release builds:

$ cordova plugin rm cordova-plugin-console

Android Publishing

To generate a release build for Android, we can use the following cordova cli command:

$ cordova build --release android

This will generate a release build based on the settings in your config.xml. Your Ionic app will have preset default values in this file, but if you need to customize how your app is built, you can edit this file to fit your preferences. Check out the config.xml file documentation for more information.

Next, we can find our unsigned APK file in platforms/android/build/outputs/apk. In our example, the file wasplatforms/android/build/outputs/apk/HelloWorld-release-unsigned.apk. Now, we need to sign the unsigned APK and run an alignment utility on it to optimize it and prepare it for the app store. If you already have a signing key, skip these steps and use that one instead.

Let’s generate our private key using the keytool command that comes with the JDK. If this tool isn’t found, refer to the installation guide:

$ keytool -genkey -v -keystore my-release-key.keystore -alias alias_name -keyalg RSA -keysize 2048 -validity 10000

You’ll first be prompted to create a password for the keystore. Then, answer the rest of the nice tools’s questions and when it’s all done, you should have a file called my-release-key.keystore created in the current directory.

Note: Make sure to save this file somewhere safe, if you lose it you won’t be able to submit updates to your app!

To sign the unsigned APK, run the jarsigner tool which is also included in the JDK:

$ jarsigner -verbose -sigalg SHA1withRSA -digestalg SHA1 -keystore my-release-key.keystore HelloWorld-release-unsigned.apk alias_name

This signs the apk in place. Finally, we need to run the zip align tool to optimize the APK. The zipalign tool can be found in/path/to/Android/sdk/build-tools/VERSION/zipalign. For example, on OS X with Android Studio installed, zipalign is in~/Library/Android/sdk/build-tools/VERSION/zipalign:

$ zipalign -v 4 HelloWorld-release-unsigned.apk HelloWorld.apk

Now we have our final release binary called HelloWorld.apk and we can release this on the Google Play Store for all the world to enjoy!

(There are a few other ways to sign APKs. Refer to the official Android App Signing documentation for more information.)

Google Play Store

Now that we have our release APK ready for the Google Play Store, we can create a Play Store listing and upload our APK.

To start, you’ll need to visit the Google Play Store Developer Console and create a new developer account. Unfortunately, this is not free. However, the cost is only $25 compared to Apple’s $99.

Once you have a developer account, you can go ahead and click “Publish an Android App on Google Play” as in the screenshot below:

New google play app

Then, you can go ahead and click the button to edit the store listing (We will upload an APK later). You’ll want to fill out the description for the app. Here is a little preview from when we filled out the application with the Ionic Todo app:

Ionic Todo

When you are ready, upload the APK for the release build and publish the listing. Be patient and your hard work should be live in the wild!

Updating your App

As you develop your app, you’ll want to update it periodically.

In order for the Google Play Store to accept updated APKs, you’ll need to edit the config.xml file to increment the version value, then rebuild the app for release.

10 Best Node.js Frameworks For Developers

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With the coming of Node.js, JavaScript has come to the forefront. It is bound to happen since it is already a well-known programming language used by developers in browsers. And, with Node.js, it has found a way to server-side implementation thus reducing the complexity of using two different languages at both ends. Today, Node.js offers one of the most innovative solutions to building servers and web/mobile applications. Its single-threaded event looping and asynchronous, non-blocking input/output processing feature distinguishes it from other runtime environments. Its scope is rapidly increasing with valuable contributions from the developer community and other technology giants. Right now, several performance-driven frameworks are being developed using primary principles and approaches of Node.js. These frameworks have extended the functionality of Node.js to a considerable extent and have also built newer features.

Today, frameworks like Express.js and Hapi.js are gaining prominence for designing better websites and mobile applications. Hence, it has become important to embrace the latest innovations that are being brought into the tech world by these Node.js frameworks. With this intention in mind, I decided to compile a list of popular Node.js frameworks and their useful applications. I am presenting a list of 10 Best Node.js Frameworks, which are currently redefining the application development field.

1) Hapi.js

Hapi.js is a powerful Node.js web framework for building application program interfaces (APIs) and other software applications. The framework has a robust plugin system and numerous key features, including input validation, configuration-based functionality, implement caching, error handling, logging and more. Hapi.js is used for designing useful applications, such as Postmile, a collaborative list making tool. Besides, it is used for providing technology solutions by several large-scale websites, such as Disney, Concrete, PayPal, Walmart and more.

2) Socket.io

Socket.io is a Node.js server framework for building real-time web applications. Being a Javascript library, it allows event-driven, bidirectional communication between web clients and server. Socket.io works as a client-side library running in the browser and as a server-side library for node.js. The framework allows real-time concurrency for document collaboration and data exchange. Moreover, its key features also includes asynchronous input/ output (I/O) processing, binary streaming, instant messaging (‘Hello World’ chat application) and more.

3) Express.js

Express.js is one of the most essential web frameworks for Node.js. It is a minimalist framework for building a host of web and mobile applications as well as application programming interfaces (APIs). A lot of popular applications and websites like MySpace, Geekli.st, Klout, Segment.io and Yummly are powered by Express.js. Express.js is offers various features, like template engines, simplified multiple routing, database integration and more.

4) Mojito

Mojito is a JavaScript framework based on Yahoo! Cocktails, a mobile application development platform introduced by Yahoo! Developer Network. JavaScript is the only programming language which is used for Yahoo! Cocktails Platform. Since, client and server components are both written in JavaScript, Mojito can run on both the client side (browser) and the server (Node.js).
Mojito is a model-view controller (MVC) framework offering a gamut of features, such as

  • Convenient data fetching.
  • Local development environment and tools (Yahoo! independent stack).
  • Integrated unit testing.
  • Library for simplifying internationalization & localization.

5) Meteor

Meteor is an open-source, model-view controller (MVC) framework for building websites and web/mobile applications. The framework supports OS X, Windows and Linux. It allows writing both client and server parts of an application in JavaScript. Meteor’s in-built set of pre-written, self-contained modules makes writing application codes. Moreover, its reactive programming model allows creating applications using lesser JavaScript code. Besides, Meteor is a powerful framework for building real-time applications. Popular applications built using Meteor are Respondly (a team collaboration app), Blonk (Job search mobile App) and more.

6) Derby

Derby is a model-view controller (MVC) JavaScript framework for both client-side and server-side. It is ideal for creating real-time mobile and web applications. Derby’s Racer, a real-time data synchronization engine for Node.js allows multi-site, real-time concurrency and data synchronization across clients and servers. By leveraging ShareJS, Racer optimizes conflict resolution algorithm and allows real-time editing within an application. Moreover, server rendering is one such feature of Derby that allows fast page loads, search engine support and HTML templates to render in the browser or on the server.

7) Mean.js

Mean.js is a full-fledged JavaScript framework to build web applications using NoSQL database, MongoDB as well as Angular.js for the front-end and Express.js/Node.js for the backend (server). It also leverages the Grunt tool to enable automated testing. Mean.js and Mean.io are both considered a part of Mean stack. Mean stands for MongoDB, Express.js, Angular.js and Node.js. Ziploop is one example of a popular mobile application used for shopping which is designed using Mean stack.

8) Sails.js

Sails.js is one of the most popular real-time frameworks around for building Node.js applications. Sails.js offers a model-view controller (MVC) pattern for implementing data-driven application programming interfaces (APIs). The framework has gained ground for building real-time chat applications, dashboards and multiplayer games. It uses Waterline for object-relational mapping and providing database solutions. Sails.js is built on top of Node.js and uses Express.js for handling HTTP requests. It is ideal for creating browser-based applications as it is compatible with all the Grunt modules, including LESS, SASS, Stylus, CoffeeScript, Jade, Dust, and more. Sails.js supports any front-end approach, such as Angular, Backbone, iOS/ObjC, Android/Java or anything else.

9) Koa.js

Koa.js is a powerful server framework for Node.js to build efficient web applications and application programming interfaces (APIs). Koa.js efficiently uses generators to efficiently deal with call backs and increase error-handling capabilities. This also improves readability of the application.

10) Total.js

Total.js is one of the modern and modular Node.js frameworks supporting model-view controller (MVC) software architecture. It is fully compatible with various client-side frameworks, like Angular.js, Polymer, Backbone.js, Bootstrap and more. Total.js is fully extensible and asynchronous. One great feature of Total.js is that you don’t need any tools like Grunt to compress JavaScript, HTML and CSS. Additionally, the framework has NoSQL embedded database and supports array and other prototypes. It supports RESTful routing mechanism, supports web sockets, media streaming and more.

Conclusion:

Today, these Node.js frameworks are shaping the future of web and application development technology. Some of them like Express.js, Mean.js and Sails.js are here to stay for a while and will also matter in the long run. I am sure that with the on-going development in the field there will be a lot more like these ones in the near future. There are a lot of Node.js frameworks that have still not become very popular. But, if you know any such frameworks which are still relatively rare then do not forget to share some information about them in the comments section below. Lastly, if you are currently working or have previously worked on Node.js frameworks and have experience developing cool web or mobile applications, then you can share your insights or useful links with us. Till then, signing off.

(referenced from: http://www.devsaran.com)

3 JavaScript Libraries to Keep an Eye on in 2015

As developers, we all know that our industry evolves at a very fast pace. So fast, indeed, that it’s often hard to keep up with all the new libraries, frameworks and new versions of the tools we use on a daily basis. Still, it’s important to stay as up to date as possible. Doing so ensures that we remain productive and in line with the expectations of our bosses and clients.

The new year started more than a month ago and some trends have already started to take shape. In this article, I’ll cover three libraries and frameworks worth keeping an eye on in 2015.

React.js

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React.js, sometimes referred to as simply React, is a JavaScript library for creating user interfaces, and was created by a collaboration between Facebook and Instagram. Currently, it’s maintained by these two companies with the help of other developers, and it’s used by companies like Yahoo, Airbnb, Sony and (of course) Facebook and Instagram.

React.js isn’t a complete framework, so it doesn’t provide all the components you’ll find in other projects like Ember or AngularJS. It encourages the creation of reusable UI components, which present data that changes over time. Many people like to refer to React as the V in MVC. An important difference with frameworks like AngularJS – which uses a two-way data binding model – is that React features a one-way data binding model.

One of the most important concepts of this project is the virtual DOM. You can think of it as a set of elements that you can modify with your data and which, in the end, will modify the page’s real DOM. The virtual DOM is used for efficient re-rendering of the DOM by using a diff algorithm that only re-renders the components changed. This in turn enables the library to be ultra fast.

Another great feature is that it can also render on the server using Node.js. Therefore, you can use the same knowledge you’ve gained both on the client and on the server. This has major performance and SEO benefits. Many developers are using React.js to render a first, static version of the page on the server, which is faster than doing so on the client and is also SEO-friendly. Then they enable fast user interactions and UI updates by using React.js on the client side.

This is just a brief introduction to this library, and I really encourage you to learn more by visiting the React.js website. It contains a lot of useful tutorials that will help you in the learning process.

Meteor

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Meteor is an open-source JavaScript framework written on top of Node.js, that focuses on real-time web applications. It’s not very new, as it has already reached a stable version (1.0), but lately I’ve been seeing more and more people discussing and adopting it to create their applications.

One of the main pros of Meteor is that it brings the famous Java motto of “Write once, run everywhere” into the JavaScript world. Using Meteor, you write code that runs both on the client and on the server, and you can even turn your web app into a mobile application by using Cordova behind the scenes. This kind of application is referred to as an isomorphic application – meaning an application that can run both client-side and server-side. The backend and frontend share the same code. If you love the fact that you can turn a Meteor application into a mobile app, you may want to read the article A Beginners Guide to Mobile Development with Meteor by David Turnbull.

When you install the framework, you get everything you need to develop both the client and server sides of your application, so it’s really fast to get up and running. Meteor comes with its own CLI that allows you to speed up your workflow. It also allows you to create a demo application on your local machine by typing the following command:

meteor create --example todos

One of my favorite features of this framework is that it’s reactive, meaning that any change to your data is automatically reflected everywhere throughout the app without the need for callbacks. Besides, as I mentioned before, Meteor focuses on real-time applications. So changes made by you or by other users are instantly reflected in the UI.

If this introduction seems appealing to you, I suggest to visit the official Meteor website, or read the articles 7 Reasons to Develop Your Next Web App with Meteor and What You Need To Know About Meteor 1.0, both published here on SitePoint.

Rendr

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In recent months, I’ve been reading a lot about isomorphic applications, and Rendr is another library that employs this concept. It’s a small library developed by Airbnb that allows you to run Backbone.js applications on both the client and the server. The advantages are the same as mentioned in the React.js section: serving static and SEO-friendly HTML pages fast.

Being light-weight is one of the goals of this project. As mentioned in this article:

In true Backbone style, Rendr strives to be a library as opposed to a framework.

Rendr also tries to be agnostic about the environment by minimizing code like if (server) {…} else {…}, which is what you’ll find in frameworks like Meteor.

Unfortunately, I’m not aware of real-world applications built using this framework (apart from the one mentioned in the linked Airbnb post), so I’m not sure it’s mature enough to be used in production.

Conclusion

In this article, I’ve described three very interesting projects that are attracting a lot of attention and that are joining the fascinating trend towards isomorphic applications.

In recent weeks I’ve been playing with React.js, and I must confess that I’m loving it. I’m still in the process of learning this library, so I don’t have strong opinions on it yet, and I need to use it in a major project to test it properly. But if it can serve the Instagram user base, I’m sure it can perform reliably in small to medium applications. I do find it funny that, while Google isn’t using its own AngularJS for applications like Gmail, Facebook is adopting React in production.

Have you ever used one or more of these libraries and frameworks? If so, what was your experience with them? And if you haven’t used them, are you willing to give them a try?

Examples of Awk Command in Unix

Awk is one of the most powerful tools in Unix used for processing the rows and columns in a file. Awk has built in string functions and associative arrays. Awk supports most of the operators, conditional blocks, and loops available in C language.
One of the good things is that you can convert Awk scripts into Perl scripts using a2p utility.

The basic syntax of AWK:

awk 'BEGIN {start_action} {action} END {stop_action}' filename

Here the actions in the begin block are performed before processing the file and the actions in the end block are performed after processing the file. The rest of the actions are performed while processing the file.

Examples:
Create a file input_file with the following data. This file can be easily created using the output of ls -l.

-rw-r--r-- 1 center center  0 Dec  8 21:39 p1
-rw-r--r-- 1 center center 17 Dec  8 21:15 t1
-rw-r--r-- 1 center center 26 Dec  8 21:38 t2
-rw-r--r-- 1 center center 25 Dec  8 21:38 t3
-rw-r--r-- 1 center center 43 Dec  8 21:39 t4
-rw-r--r-- 1 center center 48 Dec  8 21:39 t5

From the data, you can observe that this file has rows and columns. The rows are separated by a new line character and the columns are separated by a space characters. We will use this file as the input for the examples discussed here.

1. awk ‘{print $1}’ input_file
Here $1 has a meaning. $1, $2, $3… represents the first, second, third columns… in a row respectively. This awk command will print the first column in each row as shown below.

-rw-r--r--
-rw-r--r--
-rw-r--r--
-rw-r--r--
-rw-r--r--
-rw-r--r--

To print the 4th and 6th columns in a file use awk ‘{print $4,$5}’ input_file

Here the Begin and End blocks are not used in awk. So, the print command will be executed for each row it reads from the file. In the next example we will see how to use the Begin and End blocks.

2. awk ‘BEGIN {sum=0} {sum=sum+$5} END {print sum}’ input_file

This will prints the sum of the value in the 5th column. In the Begin block the variable sum is assigned with value 0. In the next block the value of 5th column is added to the sum variable. This addition of the 5th column to the sum variable repeats for every row it processed. When all the rows are processed the sum variable will hold the sum of the values in the 5th column. This value is printed in the End block.

3. In this example we will see how to execute the awk script written in a file. Create a file sum_column and paste the below script in that file

#!/usr/bin/awk -f
BEGIN {sum=0} 
{sum=sum+$5} 
END {print sum}

Now execute the the script using awk command as

awk -f sum_column input_file.

This will run the script in sum_column file and displays the sum of the 5th column in the input_file.

4. awk ‘{ if($9 == “t4”) print $0;}’ input_file
This awk command checks for the string “t4” in the 9th column and if it finds a match then it will print the entire line. The output of this awk command is

-rw-r--r-- 1 pcenter pcenter 43 Dec  8 21:39 t4

5. awk ‘BEGIN { for(i=1;i<=5;i++) print “square of”, i, “is”,i*i; }’
This will print the squares of first numbers from 1 to 5. The output of the command is

square of 1 is 1
square of 2 is 4
square of 3 is 9
square of 4 is 16
square of 5 is 25

Notice that the syntax of “if” and “for” are similar to the C language.

Awk Built in Variables:

You have already seen $0, $1, $2… which prints the entire line, first column, second column… respectively. Now we will see other built in variables with examples.

FS – Input field separator variable:

So far, we have seen the fields separted by a space character. By default Awk assumes that fields in a file are separted by space characters. If the fields in the file are separted by any other character, we can use the FS variable to tell about the delimiter.

6. awk ‘BEGIN {FS=”:”} {print $2}’ input_file
OR
awk -F: ‘{print $2} input_file

This will print the result as

39 p1
15 t1
38 t2
38 t3
39 t4
39 t5

OFS – Output field separator variable:

By default whenever we printed the fields using the print statement the fields are displayed with space character as delimiter. For example

7. awk ‘{print $4,$5}’ input_file

The output of this command will be

center 0
center 17
center 26
center 25
center 43
center 48

We can change this default behavior using the OFS variable as

awk ‘BEGIN {OFS=”:”} {print $4,$5}’ input_file

center:0
center:17
center:26
center:25
center:43
center:48

Note: print $4,$5 and print $4$5 will not work the same way. The first one displays the output with space as delimiter. The second one displays the output without any delimiter.

NF – Number of fileds variable:

The NF can be used to know the number of fields in line

8. awk ‘{print NF}’ input_file
This will display the number of columns in each row.

NR – number of records variable:
The NR can be used to know the line number or count of lines in a file.

9. awk ‘{print NR}’ input_file
This will display the line numbers from 1.

10. awk ‘END {print NR}’ input_file
This will display the total number of lines in the file.

String functions in Awk:
Some of the string functions in awk are:

index(string,search)
length(string)
split(string,array,separator)
substr(string,position)
substr(string,position,max)
tolower(string)
toupper(string)

Advanced Examples:

1. Filtering lines using Awk split function

The awk split function splits a string into an array using the delimiter.

The syntax of split function is
split(string, array, delimiter)

Now we will see how to filter the lines using the split function with an example.

The input “file.txt” contains the data in the following format

1 U,N,UNIX,000
2 N,P,SHELL,111
3 I,M,UNIX,222
4 X,Y,BASH,333
5 P,R,SCRIPT,444

Required output: Now we have to print only the lines in which whose 2nd field has the string “UNIX” as the 3rd field( The 2nd filed in the line is separated by comma delimiter ).
The ouptut is:

1 U,N,UNIX,000
3 I,M,UNIX,222

The awk command for getting the output is:

awk '{ 
        split($2,arr,","); 
        if(arr[3] == "UNIX") 
        print $0 
} ' file.txt

10 Sed (Stream Editor) Command Examples

Sed is a stream editor in UNIX like operating system which is used for filtering and transforming text. Sed is derived originally from the basic line editor ‘ed’, an editor you will find on every unix system but one that is rarely used because of its difficult user interface.

How sed works …. ?

As sed is a stream editor , its does its work on a stream of data it receives from stdin, such as through a pipe , writing its results as a stream of data on stdout ( often desktop screen). We can redirect this output to a file . Sed doesn’t typically modify an original input file ; instead we can send contents of our file through a pipe to be processed by sed. This means we don’t need to have a file on the disk with the data you want to changed, this is particularly useful if you have data coming from another process rather than already written in a file.

Syntax of sed :

# sed [option] commands [input-file ]

In this post we will discuss some of the practical examples of sed command , we will be doing lot of sed operation on the file ‘passwd’ , so first copy the file ‘/etc/passwd’ to /tmp folder.

root@nextstep4it:~# cp /etc/passwd /tmp/

Example:1 Deleting all the Lines with sed

root@nextstep4it:~# cat /tmp/passwd | sed 'd'

Above Command sent the entire contents of the file /tmp/passwd through a pipe to sed. Keep in mind the file /tmp/passwd was not altered at all. Sed only read the contents of the file and we didnot tell it to write to the file, only read from it.The results of editing commands on each line printed to standard output. In this case, nothing was printed to the screen because we have used option ‘d’ to delete every line.

Example:2 Invoking sed with ‘-e’ option ( add the script to the commands to be executed )

Instead of invoking sed by sending a file to it through a pipe, we can instruct sed to read data from a file as shown in the below example .

root@nextstep4it:~# sed -e 'd' /tmp/passwd
root@nextstep4it:~#

Invoking sed in this manner explicitly defines the editing command as a sed script to be executed on the input file /tmp/passwd. The script is simply a one-character editing command here but it could much larger

We can also redirect the standard output from the sed command into a file.

root@nextstep4it:~# sed -e 'd' /tmp/passwd > /tmp/new-passwd

Example:3 Printing lines using sed ( -n flag & p command)

The ‘-n’ flag disables the automatic printing so that sed will instead print lines only when it is explicitly told to do so with the ‘p’ command .

root@nextstep4it:~# cat /tmp/passwd | sed 'p' | head -5
root:x:0:0:root:/root:/bin/bash
root:x:0:0:root:/root:/bin/bash
daemon:x:1:1:daemon:/usr/sbin:/usr/sbin/nologin
daemon:x:1:1:daemon:/usr/sbin:/usr/sbin/nologin
bin:x:2:2:bin:/bin:/usr/sbin/nologin

As we see above if we specify ‘p’ editing command without ‘-n’ flag , sed will print duplicate lines. So to display unique lines use ‘-n’ flag with p command in sed. Examples is shown below :

root@nextstep4it:~# cat /tmp/passwd | sed -n 'p' | head -5
root:x:0:0:root:/root:/bin/bash
daemon:x:1:1:daemon:/usr/sbin:/usr/sbin/nologin
bin:x:2:2:bin:/bin:/usr/sbin/nologin
sys:x:3:3:sys:/dev:/usr/sbin/nologin
sync:x:4:65534:sync:/bin:/bin/sync

Example:4 Editing the Source file by using ‘-i’ option

Sed command by default does not edit the orginal or source file for our safety but by using ‘-i’ option source file can be edited.

root@nextstep4it:~# sed -i '1d' /tmp/passwd

Above command will delete the first line of source file /tmp/passwd.

Example:5 Take backup of source file prior to editing

When we use ‘-i’ option in sed command then it becomes very risky because it will directly edit the source file, so it is better to take the backup of source file before editing, example is shown below.

root@nextstep4it:~# sed -i.bak '1d' /tmp/passwd

root@nextstep4it:~# ls -l /tmp/passwd*
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2229 Nov 24 22:36 /tmp/passwd
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2261 Nov 24 22:35 /tmp/passwd.bak

In the above sed command , 1st line of file /tmp/passwd will be deleted but before that sed command takes the backup of /tmp/passwd as /tmp/passwd.bak

Example:6 Deleting the lines by specifying range.

Deleting first 5 lines of /tmp/passwd file.

root@nextstep4it:~# cat /tmp/passwd | sed '1,5d'

Example:7 Delete the empty lines of a file

root@nextstep4it:~# cat /tmp/detail.txt 
245
678

linux
unix

suse

In details.txt file we have two empty lines , use below command to delete empty lines.

root@nextstep4it:~# sed '/^$/d' /tmp/detail.txt
245
678
linux
unix
suse

Example:8 Deleting the lines containing the strings

Suppose we want to delete line from the file /tmp/passwd which contains ‘games’ word.

root@nextstep4it:~# sed '/games/d' /tmp/passwd

Example:9 Search and Replace strings in the file.

Suppose you want to replace the ‘root’ with ‘Admin’, example is shown below :

root@nextstep4it:~# sed 's/root/Admin/' /tmp/passwd

It is very important to note that sed substitutes only the first occurrence on a line. If the string ‘root’ occurs more than once on a line, only the first match will be replaced. To replace every string in the file with the new one instead of just the first occurrence , to make substitution globally add a letter ‘g’ to end of command as shown below :

root@nextstep4it:~# sed 's/root/Admin/g' /tmp/passwd

Example:10 Multiple substitution using -e option

Suppose we want to replace ‘root’ string with ‘Admin’ and ‘bash’ string with ‘sh’. Example is shown below :

root@nextstep4it:~# cat /tmp/passwd | sed -e 's/root/Admin/g' -e 's/bash/sh/g'

15 Practical Grep Command Examples In Linux / UNIX

In this article let us review 15 practical examples of Linux grep command that will be very useful to both newbies and experts.

First create the following demo_file that will be used in the examples below to demonstrate grep command.

$ cat demo_file
THIS LINE IS THE 1ST UPPER CASE LINE IN THIS FILE.
this line is the 1st lower case line in this file.
This Line Has All Its First Character Of The Word With Upper Case.

Two lines above this line is empty.
And this is the last line.

1. Search for the given string in a single file

The basic usage of grep command is to search for a specific string in the specified file as shown below.

Syntax:
grep "literal_string" filename
$ grep "this" demo_file
this line is the 1st lower case line in this file.
Two lines above this line is empty.
And this is the last line.

2. Checking for the given string in multiple files.

Syntax:
grep "string" FILE_PATTERN

This is also a basic usage of grep command. For this example, let us copy the demo_file to demo_file1. The grep output will also include the file name in front of the line that matched the specific pattern as shown below. When the Linux shell sees the meta character, it does the expansion and gives all the files as input to grep.

$ cp demo_file demo_file1

$ grep "this" demo_*
demo_file:this line is the 1st lower case line in this file.
demo_file:Two lines above this line is empty.
demo_file:And this is the last line.
demo_file1:this line is the 1st lower case line in this file.
demo_file1:Two lines above this line is empty.
demo_file1:And this is the last line.

3. Case insensitive search using grep -i

Syntax:
grep -i "string" FILE


This is also a basic usage of the grep. This searches for the given string/pattern case insensitively. So it matches all the words such as “the”, “THE” and “The” case insensitively as shown below.

$ grep -i "the" demo_file
THIS LINE IS THE 1ST UPPER CASE LINE IN THIS FILE.
this line is the 1st lower case line in this file.
This Line Has All Its First Character Of The Word With Upper Case.
And this is the last line.

4. Match regular expression in files

Syntax:
grep "REGEX" filename


This is a very powerful feature, if you can use use regular expression effectively. In the following example, it searches for all the pattern that starts with “lines” and ends with “empty” with anything in-between. i.e To search “lines[anything in-between]empty” in the demo_file.

$ grep "lines.*empty" demo_file
Two lines above this line is empty.

From documentation of grep: A regular expression may be followed by one of several repetition operators:

  • ? The preceding item is optional and matched at most once.
  • * The preceding item will be matched zero or more times.
  • + The preceding item will be matched one or more times.
  • {n} The preceding item is matched exactly n times.
  • {n,} The preceding item is matched n or more times.
  • {,m} The preceding item is matched at most m times.
  • {n,m} The preceding item is matched at least n times, but not more than m times.

5. Checking for full words, not for sub-strings using grep -w

If you want to search for a word, and to avoid it to match the substrings use -w option. Just doing out a normal search will show out all the lines.

The following example is the regular grep where it is searching for “is”. When you search for “is”, without any option it will show out “is”, “his”, “this” and everything which has the substring “is”.

$ grep -i "is" demo_file
THIS LINE IS THE 1ST UPPER CASE LINE IN THIS FILE.
this line is the 1st lower case line in this file.
This Line Has All Its First Character Of The Word With Upper Case.
Two lines above this line is empty.
And this is the last line.


The following example is the WORD grep where it is searching only for the word “is”. Please note that this output does not contain the line “This Line Has All Its First Character Of The Word With Upper Case”, even though “is” is there in the “This”, as the following is looking only for the word “is” and not for “this”.

$ grep -iw "is" demo_file
THIS LINE IS THE 1ST UPPER CASE LINE IN THIS FILE.
this line is the 1st lower case line in this file.
Two lines above this line is empty.
And this is the last line.

6. Displaying lines before/after/around the match using grep -A, -B and -C

When doing a grep on a huge file, it may be useful to see some lines after the match. You might feel handy if grep can show you not only the matching lines but also the lines after/before/around the match.

Please create the following demo_text file for this example.

$ cat demo_text
4. Vim Word Navigation

You may want to do several navigation in relation to the words, such as:

 * e - go to the end of the current word.
 * E - go to the end of the current WORD.
 * b - go to the previous (before) word.
 * B - go to the previous (before) WORD.
 * w - go to the next word.
 * W - go to the next WORD.

WORD - WORD consists of a sequence of non-blank characters, separated with white space.
word - word consists of a sequence of letters, digits and underscores.

Example to show the difference between WORD and word

 * 192.168.1.1 - single WORD
 * 192.168.1.1 - seven words.

6.1 Display N lines after match

-A is the option which prints the specified N lines after the match as shown below.

Syntax:
grep -A <N> "string" FILENAME


The following example prints the matched line, along with the 3 lines after it.

$ grep -A 3 -i "example" demo_text
Example to show the difference between WORD and word

* 192.168.1.1 - single WORD
* 192.168.1.1 - seven words.

6.2 Display N lines before match

-B is the option which prints the specified N lines before the match.

Syntax:
grep -B <N> "string" FILENAME


When you had option to show the N lines after match, you have the -B option for the opposite.

$ grep -B 2 "single WORD" demo_text
Example to show the difference between WORD and word

* 192.168.1.1 - single WORD

6.3 Display N lines around match

-C is the option which prints the specified N lines before the match. In some occasion you might want the match to be appeared with the lines from both the side. This options shows N lines in both the side(before & after) of match.

$ grep -C 2 "Example" demo_text
word - word consists of a sequence of letters, digits and underscores.

Example to show the difference between WORD and word

* 192.168.1.1 - single WORD

7. Highlighting the search using GREP_OPTIONS

As grep prints out lines from the file by the pattern / string you had given, if you wanted it to highlight which part matches the line, then you need to follow the following way.

When you do the following export you will get the highlighting of the matched searches. In the following example, it will highlight all the this when you set the GREP_OPTIONS environment variable as shown below.

$ export GREP_OPTIONS='--color=auto' GREP_COLOR='100;8'

$ grep this demo_file
this line is the 1st lower case line in this file.
Two lines above this line is empty.
And this is the last line.

8. Searching in all files recursively using grep -r

When you want to search in all the files under the current directory and its sub directory. -r option is the one which you need to use. The following example will look for the string “ramesh” in all the files in the current directory and all it’s subdirectory.

$ grep -r "ramesh" *

9. Invert match using grep -v

You had different options to show the lines matched, to show the lines before match, and to show the lines after match, and to highlight match. So definitely You’d also want the option -v to do invert match.

When you want to display the lines which does not matches the given string/pattern, use the option -v as shown below. This example will display all the lines that did not match the word “go”.

$ grep -v "go" demo_text
4. Vim Word Navigation

You may want to do several navigation in relation to the words, such as:

WORD - WORD consists of a sequence of non-blank characters, separated with white space.
word - word consists of a sequence of letters, digits and underscores.

Example to show the difference between WORD and word

* 192.168.1.1 - single WORD
* 192.168.1.1 - seven words.

10. Display the lines which does not matches all the given pattern.

Syntax:
grep -v -e "pattern" -e "pattern"
$ cat test-file.txt
a
b
c
d

$ grep -v -e "a" -e "b" -e "c" test-file.txt
d

11. Counting the number of matches using grep -c

When you want to count that how many lines matches the given pattern/string, then use the option -c.

Syntax:
grep -c "pattern" filename
$ grep -c "go" demo_text
6


When you want do find out how many lines matches the pattern

$ grep -c this demo_file
3


When you want do find out how many lines that does not match the pattern

$ grep -v -c this demo_file
4

12. Display only the file names which matches the given pattern using grep -l

If you want the grep to show out only the file names which matched the given pattern, use the -l (lower-case L) option.

When you give multiple files to the grep as input, it displays the names of file which contains the text that matches the pattern, will be very handy when you try to find some notes in your whole directory structure.

$ grep -l this demo_*
demo_file
demo_file1

13. Show only the matched string

By default grep will show the line which matches the given pattern/string, but if you want the grep to show out only the matched string of the pattern then use the -o option.

It might not be that much useful when you give the string straight forward. But it becomes very useful when you give a regex pattern and trying to see what it matches as

$ grep -o "is.*line" demo_file
is line is the 1st lower case line
is line
is is the last line

14. Show the position of match in the line

When you want grep to show the position where it matches the pattern in the file, use the following options as

Syntax:
grep -o -b "pattern" file
$ cat temp-file.txt
12345
12345

$ grep -o -b "3" temp-file.txt
2:3
8:3


Note: The output of the grep command above is not the position in the line, it is byte offset of the whole file.

15. Show line number while displaying the output using grep -n

To show the line number of file with the line matched. It does 1-based line numbering for each file. Use -n option to utilize this feature.

$ grep -n "go" demo_text
5: * e - go to the end of the current word.
6: * E - go to the end of the current WORD.
7: * b - go to the previous (before) word.
8: * B - go to the previous (before) WORD.
9: * w - go to the next word.
10: * W - go to the next WORD.

35 Practical Examples of Linux Find Command

The Linux Find Command is one of the most important and much used command in Linux sytems. Find command used to search and locate list of files and directories based on conditions you specify for files that match the arguments. Find can be used in variety of conditions like you can find files by permissions, users, groups, file type, date, size and other possible criteria.

Linux Find Command

Through this article we are sharing our day-to-day Linux find command experience and its usage in the form of examples. In this article we will show you the most used 35 Find Commands examples in Linux. We have divided the section into Five parts from basic to advance usage of find command.

  1. Part I: Basic Find Commands for Finding Files with Names
  2. Part II: Find Files Based on their Permissions
  3. Part III: Search Files Based On Owners and Groups
  4. Part IV: Find Files and Directories Based on Date and Time
  5. Part V: Find Files and Directories Based on Size
Part I – Basic Find Commands for Finding Files with Names

1. Find Files Using Name in Current Directory

Find all the files whose name is tecmint.txt in a current working directory.

# find . -name tecmint.txt

./tecmint.txt

2. Find Files Under Home Directory

Find all the files under /home directory with name tecmint.txt.

# find /home -name tecmint.txt

/home/tecmint.txt

3. Find Files Using Name and Ignoring Case

Find all the files whose name is tecmint.txt and contains both capital and small letters in /home directory.

# find /home -iname tecmint.txt

./tecmint.txt
./Tecmint.txt

4. Find Directories Using Name

Find all directories whose name is Tecmint in / directory.

# find / -type d -name Tecmint

/Tecmint

5. Find PHP Files Using Name

Find all php files whose name is tecmint.php in a current working directory.

# find . -type f -name tecmint.php

./tecmint.php

6. Find all PHP Files in Directory

Find all php files in a directory.

# find . -type f -name "*.php"

./tecmint.php
./login.php
./index.php
Part II – Find Files Based on their Permissions

7. Find Files With 777 Permissions

Find all the files whose permissions are 777.

# find . -type f -perm 0777 -print

8. Find Files Without 777 Permissions

Find all the files without permission 777.

# find / -type f ! -perm 777

9. Find SGID Files with 644 Permissions

Find all the SGID bit files whose permissions set to 644.

# find / -perm 2644

10. Find Sticky Bit Files with 551 Permissions

Find all the Sticky Bit set files whose permission are 551.

# find / -perm 1551

11. Find SUID Files

Find all SUID set files.

# find / -perm /u=s

12. Find SGID Files

Find all SGID set files.

# find / -perm /g+s

13. Find Read Only Files

Find all Read Only files.

# find / -perm /u=r

14. Find Executable Files

Find all Executable files.

# find / -perm /a=x

15. Find Files with 777 Permissions and Chmod to 644

Find all 777 permission files and use chmod command to set permissions to 644.

# find / -type f -perm 0777 -print -exec chmod 644 {} \;

16. Find Directories with 777 Permissions and Chmod to 755

Find all 777 permission directories and use chmod command to set permissions to 755.

# find / -type d -perm 777 -print -exec chmod 755 {} \;

17. Find and remove single File

To find a single file called tecmint.txt and remove it.

# find . -type f -name "tecmint.txt" -exec rm -f {} \;

18. Find and remove Multiple File

To find and remove multiple files such as .mp3 or .txt, then use.

# find . -type f -name "*.txt" -exec rm -f {} \;

OR

# find . -type f -name "*.mp3" -exec rm -f {} \;

19. Find all Empty Files

To file all empty files under certain path.

# find /tmp -type f -empty

20. Find all Empty Directories

To file all empty directories under certain path.

# find /tmp -type d -empty

21. File all Hidden Files

To find all hidden files, use below command.

# find /tmp -type f -name ".*"
Part III – Search Files Based On Owners and Groups

22. Find Single File Based on User

To find all or single file called tecmint.txt under / root directory of owner root.

# find / -user root -name tecmint.txt

23. Find all Files Based on User

To find all files that belongs to user Tecmint under /home directory.

# find /home -user tecmint

24. Find all Files Based on Group

To find all files that belongs to group Developer under /home directory.

# find /home -group developer

25. Find Particular Files of User

To find all .txt files of user Tecmint under /home directory.

# find /home -user tecmint -iname "*.txt"
Part IV – Find Files and Directories Based on Date and Time

26. Find Last 50 Days Modified Files

To find all the files which are modified 50 days back.

# find / -mtime 50

27. Find Last 50 Days Accessed Files

To find all the files which are accessed 50 days back.

# find / -atime 50

28. Find Last 50-100 Days Modified Files

To find all the files which are modified more than 50 days back and less than 100 days.

# find / -mtime +50 –mtime -100

29. Find Changed Files in Last 1 Hour

To find all the files which are changed in last 1 hour.

# find / -cmin -60

30. Find Modified Files in Last 1 Hour

To find all the files which are modified in last 1 hour.

# find / -mmin -60

31. Find Accessed Files in Last 1 Hour

To find all the files which are accessed in last 1 hour.

# find / -amin -60
Part V – Find Files and Directories Based on Size

32. Find 50MB Files

To find all 50MB files, use.

# find / -size 50M

33. Find Size between 50MB – 100MB

To find all the files which are greater than 50MB and less than 100MB.

# find / -size +50M -size -100M

34. Find and Delete 100MB Files

To find all 100MB files and delete them using one single command.

# find / -size +100M -exec rm -rf {} \;

35. Find Specific Files and Delete

Find all .mp3 files with more than 10MB and delete them using one single command.

# find / -type f -name *.mp3 -size +10M -exec rm {} \;

That’s it, We are ending this post here, In our next article we will discuss more about other Linux commands in depth with practical examples. Let us know your opinions on this article using our comment section.

How to install an .ipa file on an iPad or iPhone

The Developer .ipa file is intended to allow you to test the app on your iPad or iPhone before you send the .zip file to Apple for review. To test the .ipa file, you need to install it on your iPad/iPhone. Unfortunately, you can’t use AirDrop, Dropbox, or a similar service to install the file. Apple provides 2 ways to do this. One way is to add the .ipa file to your iTunes library on your computer, and then sync your iPad/iPhone with iTunes. But if you have a lot of content on your device, this process can be maddeningly slow. It may take 5 or 10 minutes or more to complete.

A far faster, simpler way is to use Xcode. Xcode is a free Apple development tool used to build apps for Mac and iOS. But you don’t need to know anything about Xcode or app development to use this tool to quickly and easily install an .ipa file on your iPad or iPhone. Here’s how to do it with Xcode 6.1.1

1. Download and install Xcode.

2. Run Xcode. You’ll find it in your Applications folder.

3. Wire your iPad or iPhone to your Mac with a USB cable.

4. In Xcode, choose Window > Devices, or press command-shift-2. You should see your device displayed in the Devices window.

Screen Shot 2014 12 12 at 6 56 15 AM

5. Either drag your .ipa file into the “Installed Apps” section, or click on the plus sign and select your .ipa file. This will install the development app on your device. There is a bug that sometimes causes the error message below to appear. If you get this message, and you have the correct device attached, just click the OK button and try again. It should work the second time.

Screen Shot 2014 12 12 at 6 52 01 AM

Alternative Raspberry Pi Operating Systems

The original Raspberry Pi has always had a few different operating systems (OSs) available, albeit most of them based on Linux.  With the release of the Raspberry Pi 2 a few more are starting to appear.  The reason behind this is that most Linux operating systems are written to run on the ARMv7 architecture (the CPU at the centre of the Raspberry Pi). The original Pi’s CPU was based on ARMv6. It is therefore becoming much easier for operating systems to be ported to the Pi2.

The OS of choice has always been Raspbian, and there are no plans for it to change.  Raspbian is based on the DebianLinux distribution.  A ‘distribution’ is the word that is often used to describe a flavour of Linux, and probably came about when users used to ‘distribute’ sets of CDs with the operating system and applications on them.  This term has stuck.

Other distributions available for download directly from the Raspberry Pi website are:

  • OpenElec – this is a media centre that takes music, photos and videos served by other devices on your network, streamed channels or files from an attached drive, and allows you to play them back via your monitor or TV.  It works well on the original Pi, and is able to play back 1080p video, but the interface is far more responsive on the Pi2.
  • Pidora – This is another Linux distribution like Raspbian, but is based on the Fedora distribution.  It gives you a different look and feel to Raspbian.  The current build is for the ARMv6 architecture, and therefore will not run on the Pi2.

  • RISC OS – This operating system is different from the others in the fact that it is not based on Linux, but is instead a completely separate OS.  It was originally designed by Acorn in Cambridge and has links to the team that developed the original ARM microprocessors.

  • Snappy Ubuntu Core – With the advent of the ARMv7 in the Raspberry Pi2, a version of the Ubuntu Linux operating system has become available.  This is an early, alpha release, which means that it is not really intended for everyday users, but more for developers to start developing “snappy” apps for Ubuntu.

BUT THERE’S MORE…

With over 5,000,000 Pi’s out there, there’s no surprise that some people are porting their favourite operating system over to the Pi.  The Pi2 has made this much easier because of the additional speed and memory.  So lets look at a few:
  • Android – This is the most popular smartphone operating system in the world and is run (mainly) on ARM based phones – although an Intel based version is now becoming popular with some manufacturers.  I cannot currently find a stable build of the OS for the Pi, but this video shows it in action.  I have no doubt that it will appear some time within the year.
  • Windows 10 – Microsoft announced that their new operating system would run on the Raspberry Pi.  There is little information, and a lot of misinformation about it, like whether it will have a GUI or just be their embedded version (i.e. it will run without a display).  I do not want to say anything that may be wrong, so I’m not going to provide any more information that may mislead people; we will all just have to wait for its release.  What it does say, though, is that Microsoft are supporting machines like the Pi, and when the Compute Module 2 is released (which I am sure will happen) the humble Pi will help them with one of their goals of ‘a Windows PC in every room’.
  • Ubuntu MATE 15.04 – The full Ubuntu MATE distro has been built for the Pi 2 by Ryan Finnie and Sjoerd Simons, providing the whole desktop environment on our little friend.

Ubuntu Mate 15.04

  • Minibian – The default Raspbian image from the Raspberry Pi website contains most of the useful software for those who are starting out with the Raspberry Pi, but some people may not want all that software.  This is where Minibian comes in.  It is VERY small, can fit onto a 512MB SD card and runs on both the Pi and Pi2.  It is really aimed at those wanting to build embedded systems that use the least amount of resources, but it can also be used by those who want to start with a small distribution and add only the software they want to run, like a NAS, web server, or a robot that does not need the GUI and all the other software provided by the full OS.

  • Hypriot – This one is only for the hardy! It’s Raspbian with Docker enabled. What on earth (or the high seas) is that, you ask?  Well, Docker is a way of installing Docker ‘containers’ that contain a number of individual applications and libraries that one would otherwise have to install individually.  This makes it easy to, for example, install a web server with Apache, MySQL and PHP with a pre-determined set of add-ons and configuration; you only need to obtain that ‘container’ and Docker does all the rest.  Head over to Hypriot for more.
  • Arch LinuxArch Linux is another distribution for more experienced users; the base OS is minimal and needs additional packages to be installed by the user to make up the OS into a full environment.  However, it has the reputation of being a good, stable distro.
  • PiPlay – The PiPlay is a pre-built OS for gaming and emulation.  It provides emulation for some of the most popular but old gaming platforms, like the Playstation 1, the Sage Genesis, GeoGeo, SNES, Gameboy and Nintendo Gameboy Advance, Atari 2600, Commodore 64 and others.

This is by no way a full list of operating systems available for the Pi.  There are many, many more, each with its own reason for being.  One I have not mentioned is Volumio, which is based on Raspbian, and serves in a Raspberry Pi/IQaudIO/QAcoustics setup as my HQ media centre.  Others are listed on the eLinux Raspberry Pi area.  Support for some is great, and for others is a little sketchy.  If you can’t find what you are looking for, why not build one of your own?