The linux admins one useful command called Screen in Linux


Screen command offers the ability to detach a long running process (or program, or shell-script) from a session and then attach it back at a later time.

When the session is detached, the process that was originally started from the screen is still running and managed by the screen. You can then re-attach the session at a later time, and your terminals are still there, the way you left them.

In this article, let us review the how to manage the virtual terminal sessions using screen command with examples.

Screen Command Example 1: Execute a command (or shell-script), and detach the screen

Typically you’ll execute a command or shell-script as shown below from the command.

$ unix-command-to-be-executed

$ ./unix-shell-script-to-be-executed

Instead, use the screen command as shown below.

$ screen unix-command-to-be-executed

$ screen ./unix-shell-script-to-be-executed

Once you’ve used the screen command, you can detach it from the terminal using any one of the following method.

Screen Detach Method 1: Detach the screen using CTRL+A d

When the command is executing, press CTRL+A followed by d to detach the screen.

Screen Detach Method 2: Detach the screen using -d option

When the command is running in another terminal, type the command as following.

$ screen -d SCREENID

Screen Command Example 2: List all the running screen processes

You can list all the running screen processes using screen -ls command.

For example:

On terminal 1 you did the following:

$ screen ./

From terminal 2 you can view the list of all screen processes. You can also detach it from terminal 2 as shown below.

$ screen -ls
There is a screen on:
	4491.pts-2.FC547	(Attached)
1 Socket in /var/run/screen/S-sathiya.

$ screen -d 4491.pts-2.FC547
[4491.pts-2.FC547 detached.]

Screen Command Example 3: Attach the Screen when required

You can attach the screen at anytime by specifying the screen id as shown below. You can get the screen id from the “screen -ls” command output.

$ screen -r 4491.pts-2.FC547

Screen Command Usage Scenario 1

When you have access to only one terminal, you can use screen command to multiplex the single terminal into multiple, and execute several commands. You might also find it very useful to combine the usage of screen command along with the usage of SSH ControlMaster.

Screen Command Usage Scenario 2

When you are working in a team environment, you might walk over to your colleagues desk and get few things clarified. At that time, if needed, you can even start some process from their machine using screen command and detach it when you are done. Later when you get back to your desk, you can login and attach the screen back to your terminal.


How to Invoke Script made using Bash

Invoking bash

So you made your script. Now you need to test it by running it. You can invoke it by sh <scriptname>, or alternatively bash <scriptname>.(Not recommended is using sh <scriptname>, since this effectively disables reading from stdin within the script.) Much more convenient is to make the script itself directly executable with a chmod.

chmod 555 scriptname

(gives everyone read/execute permission)


chmod +rx scriptname

(gives everyone read/execute permission)


chmod u+rx scriptname

(gives only the script owner read/execute permission)


Having made the script executable, you may now test it by ./scriptname.  If it begins with a “sha−bang” line, invoking the script calls the correct command interpreter to run it.

As a final step, after testing and debugging, you would likely want to move it to /usr/local/bin (as root,of course), to make the script available to yourself and all other users as a system−wide executable. The script could then be invoked by simply typing scriptname[ENTER] from the command line.

ASCII – Special Characters – Alt Keyboard Shortcuts


To type a special character, using an Alt keyboard sequence

1. Make sure that the Num Lock key has been pressed, to activate the numeric key section of the keyboard.

2. Press and hold down the Alt key.                        3. While the Alt key is pressed, type the sequence of numbers (on the numeric keypad) from the Alt code in the above table.

4. Release the Alt key, and the character will appear.

Some sequence from the above table skipped since no symbol representation or duplicate symbol.

How to Install memcached in Centos 6


I was building a website of my own and was onmy testing phase when I noticed its a little bit slow. It might be because i have too many graphics loading and heavy database when doing some searching. I searched Google ways to speed up websites and i found out about memcached and found some article on how to install the said application. I tried it and I noticed a big difference on my website’s performance.


Memcached is a distributed, high-performance, in-memory caching system that is primarily used to speed up sites that make heavy use of databases. It can however be used to store objects of any kind. Nearly every popular CMS has a plugin or module to take advantage of memcached, and many programming languages have a memcached library, including PHP, Perl, Ruby, and Python. Memcached runs in-memory and is thus quite speedy, since it does not need

to write to disk.

Here’s how to install it on CentOS 6:

Memcached does have some dependencies that need to be in place. Install libevent using yum:

yum install libevent libevent-devel

The memcached install itself starts with

To start installing memcached, change your working directory to /usr/local/src and download the latest memcached source:

cd /usr/local/src 

Uncompress the tarball you downloaded and change into the directory that is created:

tar xvzf memcached-1.4.15.tar.gz
cd memcached-1.4.15


Check for a newer version before proceeding with the installation. Their might be newer version existing after the publication of this post. Please note the tarball version we are using is 1.4.15.

Next, configure your Makefile. The simplest way is to run:


Additional configure flags are available and can improve performance if your server is capable. For 64-bit OSes, you can enable memcached to utilize a larger memory allocation than is possible with 32-bit OSes:

./configure --enable-64bit

If your server has multiple CPUs or uses multi-core CPUs, enable threading:

./configure --enable-threads

If your server supports it, you can use both flags:

./configure --enable-threads --enable-64bit

n.b.: if the configure script does not run, you may have to install compiling tools on your server. That is as simple as

yum install gcc
yum install make

Once the configure script completes, build and install memcached:

make && make install

Last but not least, start a memcached server:

memcached -d -u nobody -m 512 -p 11211

Put another way, the previous command can be laid out like this:

memcached -d -u [user] -m [memory size] -p [port] [listening IP]

Let’s go over what each switch does in the above command:

Tell memcached to start up as a backgrounded daemon process
Specify the user that you want to run memcached
Set the memory that you want to be allocated my memcached
The port on which memcached will listen.

Now your site is ready for a fast run literally.


How to recover mysql root password in Linux


I installed my mysql two months ago and got busy afterwards. I already set everything, root password, permissions, cron for dump, phpmyadminl and some other stuffs. Since i got busy, never had a chance to explore and go back until now. But the problem is, i forgot the root password i set. In case you need to recover the root password in Linux here are some steps that can help you.



Step # 1: Stop the MySQL server process.

Step # 2: Start the MySQL (mysqld) server/daemon process with the –skip-grant-tables option so that it will not prompt for password.

Step # 3: Connect to mysql server as the root user.

Step # 4: Setup new mysql root account password i.e. reset mysql password.

Step # 5: Exit and restart the MySQL server.


The corresponding commands to use in accordance to above steps are the following.  Make sure you are logged as root in your linux box when doing it.

Step # 1 : Stop mysql service

# /etc/init.d/mysql stop


Stopping MySQL database server: mysqld.

Step # 2: Start to MySQL server w/o password:

# mysqld_safe --skip-grant-tables &


130607 14:16:49  mysqld_safe Starting mysqld daemon with databases from /var/lib/mysql
130607 14:16:49  InnoDB: Initializing buffer pool, size = 8.0M
130607 14:16:49  InnoDB: Completed initialization of buffer pool
130607 14:16:49  InnoDB: Started; log sequence number 0 44233

Step # 3: Connect to mysql server using mysql client:

# mysql -u root


Welcome to the MySQL monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MySQL connection id is 1 to server version: 4.1.15-Debian_1-log
Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the buffer.

Step # 4: Setup new MySQL root user password

mysql> use mysql;
mysql> update user set password=PASSWORD("New_root_password") where User='root';
mysql> flush privileges;
mysql> quit

Step # 5: Stop MySQL Server:

# /etc/init.d/mysql stop


Stopping MySQL database server: mysqld
STOPPING server from pid file /var/run/mysqld/
mysqld_safe[6186]: ended
[1]+  Done                    mysqld_safe --skip-grant-tables

Step # 6: Start MySQL server and test it

# /etc/init.d/mysql start
# mysql -u root -p



20 Most used Linux-based system monitoring tools


The following are some of the  basic CLI, GUI, TUI commands to use in monitoring linux operated systems and helps in in-depth system analysis and debugging of server problems. These commands commonly help resolve issues regarding CPU, Memory, Network, and Storage.

1: top – Process Activity Command

The top program provides a dynamic real-time view of a running system i.e. actual process activity. By default, it displays the most CPU-intensive tasks running on the server and updates the list every five seconds.



2: vmstat – System Activity, Hardware and System Information

The command vmstat reports information about processes, memory, paging, block IO, traps, and cpu activity.

#vmstat -a


3: w – Find Out Who Is Logged on And What They Are Doing

w command displays information about the users currently on the machine, and their processes.

# w testuser 


4: uptime – Tell How Long The System Has Been Running

The uptime command can be used to see how long the server has been running. The current time, how long the system has been running, how many users are currently logged on, and the system load averages for the past 1, 5, and 15 minutes.

# uptime


1 can be considered as optimal load value. The load can change from system to system. For a single CPU system 1 – 3 and SMP systems 6-10 load value might be acceptable.

5: ps – Displays The Processes



ps command will report a snapshot of the current processes. To select all processes use the -A or -e option:

# ps -A

ps is just like top but provides more information.

Show Long Format Output

# ps -Al
To turn on extra full mode (it will show command line arguments passed to process):
# ps -AlF

To See Threads ( LWP and NLWP)

# ps -AlFH

To See Threads After Processes

# ps -AlLm

Print All Process On The Server

# ps ax
# ps axu

Print A Process Tree

# ps -ejH
# ps axjf
# pstree

Print Security Information

# ps -eo euser,ruser,suser,fuser,f,comm,label
# ps axZ
# ps -eM

See Every Process Running As User testuser

# ps -U testuser -u testuser u

Set Output In a User-Defined Format

# ps -eo pid,tid,class,rtprio,ni,pri,psr,pcpu,stat,wchan:14,comm
# ps axo stat,euid,ruid,tty,tpgid,sess,pgrp,ppid,pid,pcpu,comm
# ps -eopid,tt,user,fname,tmout,f,wchan

Display Only The Process IDs of Lighttpd

# ps -C lighttpd -o pid=
# pgrep lighttpd
# pgrep -u testuser php-cgi

Display The Name of PID 55977

# ps -p 55977 -o comm=

Find Out The Top 10 Memory Consuming Process

# ps -auxf | sort -nr -k 4 | head -10

Find Out top 10 CPU Consuming Process

# ps -auxf | sort -nr -k 3 | head -10

6: free - Memory Usage 

The command free displays the total amount of free and used physical and swap memory in the system, as well as the buffers used by the kernel.

# free 


7: iostat – Average CPU Load, Disk Activity

The command iostat report Central Processing Unit (CPU) statistics and input/output statistics for devices, partitions and network filesystems (NFS).

# iostat 


8: sar – Collect and Report System Activity

The sar command is used to collect, report, and save system activity information. To see network counter, enter:



# sar -n DEV | more
To display the network counters from the 24th:
# sar -n DEV -f /var/log/sa/sa24 | more
You can also display real time usage using sar:
# sar 4 5

9: mpstat – Multiprocessor Usage

The mpstat command displays activities for each available processor, processor 0 being the first one. mpstat -P ALL to display average CPU utilization per processor:

# mpstat -P ALL


10: pmap – Process Memory Usage

The command pmap report memory map of a process. Use this command to find out causes of memory bottlenecks.

# pmap -d PID 

To display process memory information for pid # 47394, enter:

# pmap -d 47394 


11 netstat – Network Statistics

The command netstat displays network connections, routing tables, interface statistics, masquerade connections, and multicast memberships



12: ss – Network Statistics

ss command is used to dump socket statistics. It allows showing information similar to netstat.



13: iptraf – Real-time Network Statistics

The iptraf command is interactive colorful IP LAN monitor. It is an ncurses-based IP LAN monitor that generates various network statistics including TCP info, UDP counts, ICMP and OSPF information, Ethernet load info, node stats, IP checksum errors, and others. It can provide the following info in easy to read format:

  • Network traffic statistics by TCP connection
  • IP traffic statistics by network interface
  • Network traffic statistics by protocol
  • Network traffic statistics by TCP/UDP port and by packet size
  • Network traffic statistics by Layer2 address




14: tcpdump – Detailed Network Traffic Analysis

The tcpdump is simple command that dump traffic on a network. However, you need good understanding of TCP/IP protocol to utilize this tool. For.e.g to display traffic info about DNS, enter:

 # tcpdump -i eth0 'tcp port 80'

To display all IPv4 HTTP packets to and from port 80, i.e. print only packets that contain data, not, for example, SYN and FIN packets and ACK-only packets, enter:

# tcpdump 'tcp port 80 and (((ip[2:2] - ((ip[0]&0xf)<<2)) - ((tcp[12]&0xf0)>>2)) != 0)' 

To display all FTP session to, enter:

# tcpdump -i eth1 'dst and (port 21 or 20' 

To display all HTTP session to

# tcpdump -ni eth0 'dst and tcp and port http'

Use wireshark to view detailed information about files, enter:

# tcpdump -n -i eth1 -s 0 -w output.txt src or dst port 80 


15: strace – System Calls

Trace system calls and signals. This is useful for debugging webserver and other server problems. See how to use to trace the process and see What it is doing.



16: /Proc file system – Various Kernel Statistics

/proc file system provides detailed information about various hardware devices and other Linux kernel information. See Linux kernel /proc documentations for further details. Common /proc examples:

# cat /proc/cpuinfo
# cat /proc/meminfo
# cat /proc/zoneinfo
# cat /proc/mounts


17: Nagios – Server And Network Monitoring

Nagios is a popular open source computer system and network monitoring application software. You can easily monitor all your hosts, network equipment and services. It can send alert when things go wrong and again when they get better. FAN is “Fully Automated Nagios”. FAN goals are to provide a Nagios installation including most tools provided by the Nagios Community. FAN provides a CDRom image in the standard ISO format, making it easy to easilly install a Nagios server. Added to this, a wide bunch of tools are including to the distribution, in order to improve the user experience around Nagios. See how to install Nagios



18: Cacti – Web-based Monitoring Tool

Cacti is a complete network graphing solution designed to harness the power of RRDTool’s data storage and graphing functionality. Cacti provides a fast poller, advanced graph templating, multiple data acquisition methods, and user management features out of the box. All of this is wrapped in an intuitive, easy to use interface that makes sense for LAN-sized installations up to complex networks with hundreds of devices. It can provide data about network, CPU, memory, logged in users, Apache, DNS servers and much more. See how to install and configure Cacti network graphing tool on linux box.



19: KDE System Guard – Real-time Systems Reporting and Graphing

KSysguard is a network enabled task and system monitor application for KDE desktop. This tool can be run over ssh session. It provides lots of features such as a client/server architecture that enables monitoring of local and remote hosts. The graphical front end uses so-called sensors to retrieve the information it displays. A sensor can return simple values or more complex information like tables. For each type of information, one or more displays are provided. Displays are organized in worksheets that can be saved and loaded independently from each other. So, KSysguard is not only a simple task manager but also a very powerful tool to control large server farms.



20: Gnome System Monitor – Real-time Systems Reporting and Graphing

The System Monitor application enables you to display basic system information and monitor system processes, usage of system resources, and file systems. You can also use System Monitor to modify the behavior of your system. Although not as powerful as the KDE System Guard, it provides the basic information which may be useful for new users:

  • Displays various basic information about the computer’s hardware and software.
  • Linux Kernel version
  • GNOME version
  • Hardware
  • Installed memory
  • Processors and speeds
  • System Status
  • Currently available disk space
  • Processes
  • Memory and swap space
  • Network usage
  • File Systems
  • Lists all mounted filesystems along with basic information about each.


More Tools of interest

A few more tools:

  • nmap – scan your server for open ports.
  • lsof – list open files, network connections and much more.
  • ntop web based tool – ntop is the best tool to see network usage in a way similar to what top command does for processes i.e. it is network traffic monitoring software. You can see network status, protocol wise distribution of traffic for UDP, TCP, DNS, HTTP and other protocols.
  • Conky – Another good monitoring tool for the X Window System. It is highly configurable and is able to monitor many system variables including the status of the CPU, memory, swap space, disk storage, temperatures, processes, network interfaces, battery power, system messages, e-mail inboxes etc.
  • GKrellM – It can be used to monitor the status of CPUs, main memory, hard disks, network interfaces, local and remote mailboxes, and many other things.
  • vnstat – vnStat is a console-based network traffic monitor. It keeps a log of hourly, daily and monthly network traffic for the selected interface(s).
  • htop – htop is an enhanced version of top, the interactive process viewer, which can display the list of processes in a tree form.
  • mtr – mtr combines the functionality of the traceroute and ping programs in a single network diagnostic tool.
  • wireshark - is a free and open-source packet analyzer. It is used for network troubleshooting, analysis, software and communications protocol development, and education. Originally named Ethereal, in May 2006 the project was renamed Wireshark due to trademark issues.
  • snort – Snort’s open source network-based intrusion detection system (NIDS) has the ability to perform real-time traffic analysis and packet logging on Internet Protocol (IP) networks. Snort performs protocol analysis, content searching, and content matching. The program can also be used to detect probes or attacks, including, but not limited to, operating system fingerprinting attempts, common gateway interface, buffer overflows, server message block probes, and stealth port scans.
  • Centreon – Centreon is an Open Source software package that lets you supervise all the infrastructures and applications comprising your information system.


Invoking GUI Network tool on Centos 6


you need to first install NetworkManager using YUM

yum install NetworkManager

Or check it is already started or not

service NetworkManager status

else start the service

service NetworkManager start
chkconfig NetworkManager on

To open to GUI interface you need to execute “nm-applet” command. and to configure or edit configurations “nm-connection-editor” use this command

nm-connection-editor (note: this command is formerly known as system-config-network-gui)