Debian GNU/Linux System Administrator’s Manual

The Debian GNU/Linux System Administrator’s Manual covers all system administration aspects of a Debian GNU/Linux system. The purpose of this manual is to help you to administer a Debian GNU/Linux system.


Administration of any Unix machine is a complex task, that is not to be learnt overnight. Each setup is different, but there are a number of tasks that every administrator has to perform.

This manual is intended to help you learn the basics of administration, and to build on that to get the best out of your machine for yourself and your users.

This manual assumes the reader is familiar with using a Unix system and/or understands Debian User Reference Manual. Additional reading for System Administrator is Debian GNU/Linux Network Administrator’s Manual. Both of these are available from the Debian Documentation Project.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Overview of a Debian GNU/Linux System
  • Files and Devices
  • Programs and processes
  • Directory Structure
  • Filesystems and Storage Media
  • Boot and Shutdown
  • Managing User Accounts
  • Logging In and Out
  • Printing
  • Accounting
  • Backup and Restore
  • X Windows
  • Security
  • System Configuration
  • Time
  • Localisation

Book Details

Author(s): Ardo van Rangelrooij, Tapio Lehtonen and Oliver Elphick.
Format(s): HTML
Link: Read online.

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