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|Time & Place:||Ref. No. 92800: Tuesday & Thursday, 5:30–6:45 PM, Dale Mabry Room DTEC–427|
Name: Wayne Pollock
Office & Phone: DTEC–404, 253–7213
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Skype ID: email@example.com Click for IM:Homepage URL: https://wpollock.com/
Syed Sarwar and Robert Koretsky,
Unix: The Textbook, third edition,
©2017 CRC Press. |
ISBN-13 # 978-1-4822-3358-2
|Description:||(This course is 3 credit hours long.) This course is designed to teach the Unix and Linux operating systems. Emphasis will be on using the command line utility commands, working with files and directories, using the shell and creating and reading simple shell scripts. Students will learn important Unix/Linux operating system concepts to prepare the student for follow-up administration, networking, and security courses. This hands-on course will be project oriented. Additional topics include email and using the X Window GUI.|
|Objectives:|| After completing this course students will be able to:
|Prerequisite:||CGS 1000 or permission of the instructor. Students enrolled in a degree or college credit certificate program must complete all prerequisites. Note! HCC registration computers may not check for prerequisites before allowing you to enroll. Be certain you have all required prerequisites or you won't have much of a chance of success. Also you may be dropped from the class.|
|Facilities:|| Assignments must be completed on
Your student account on
You will need your own flash disk (for working remotely), writing materials (for taking notes), and three Scantron 882–E or 882–ES forms (for taking tests). You can use HawkNet (WebAdvisor) to obtain your final grade for the course. You can use your assigned Hawkmail (Hawkmail365) email address if you wish to discuss your grades via email. (Note, it may be possible to setup your Hawkmail account to forward all received emails to some outside email account; but you still must send mail from Hawkmail to discuss grades.)
Most college systems now (or will in the future) use a single sign-on user ID, known as HCC “NetID”. Visit netid.hccfl.edu to register and to update your credentials. (Your initial password is your uppercase first name initial, lowercase last name initial, and your seven digit student ID number.) Note, the quickest way to resolve login issues is the HCC Live Web Portal (hcclive.hccfl.edu).
The college provides wireless network connections for students and guests
on Dale Mabry campus.
For students, select the network
Hawk Alert text messaging service allows you to receive important information regarding campus closures or emergencies. You may also sign up for financial aid notifications and registration and payment deadlines. This is a free service, although some fees may be applied by your cellular service provider or plan for text messages. To sign up, or for more information, visit www.hccfl.edu/hawkalert/.
HCC's Student Assistance Program (SAP) offers resources tailored to student life, providing you with the right tools to help you through some of life's toughest challenges. The college has contracted Baycare Health Management to provide free, professional, confidential counseling by telephone and in person. A wide range of topics may be addressed through this program, including mental health counseling, budgeting, and financial concerns. Please call 800-878-5470 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Computers with PuTTY installed are located in the computer science department open lab in DTEC–462. Lab hours are:
(Note: Lab technicians (“Lab Techs”) are not teaching assistants or tutors, and shouldn't be expected to help you with your coursework.)
Rules for Using HCC Facilities
A=90-100, B=80-89, C=70-79, D=65-69,
Projects will be assigned from the class web page at various times.
You will have sufficient time to complete the projects,
at least a week but usually two weeks.
Although there may be some in-class group exercises,
you must work individually on the projects,
typically outside of regular class hours.
Projects are graded on the following scale:
A = 95% (Excellent: Good design with good comments, style, and extras)
Minor extras worth +5 points, minor omissions or poor design worth -5.
Projects are not graded when turned in. They are graded all at once, sometime after the project deadline has passed (usually the following weekend). Every effort will be made to grade projects within a week of the due date, or as soon thereafter as possible. Further details will be provided with your first project. (See also submitting assignments below.)
Most project will require you to create certain files on the
Homework assignments (also known as take-home quizzes)
are assigned from the text at various times.
Some assignments may be based on on-line readings instead of the
You may work together in small groups (two or three people) for the homework assignments, provided the names of all who worked together are listed. Each student must still submit their own copy (for feedback, and in case you don't list the others you worked with).
Homework assignment questions are intended to focus your studying of the readings and to stimulate class questions and discussion. For this reason they are generally due before the class where that material is covered. It is not intended that students can answer all the questions assigned, but you must show you have thought about the questions and read the required material in order to earn a “B” grade or higher.
Assignments should be submitted by email to
Please use a subject such as “Homework Assignment #1 Submission”,
so I can tell which emails are submitted work.
Send only one assignment per email message.
Email your homework assignments by copy-and-paste into your mail program.
(Please do not send as attachments, except
when noted in the assignment directions.)
If possible use the “text” and not the
“HTML” mode of your email program.
Project submissions must be sent locally to
In the event a student submits more than once for the same assignment, I will ignore all but the last one received up to the deadline. Assignments submitted after the deadline will not count toward your grade except as allowed by the course late policy. Also, you cannot resubmit an assignment once it has been graded.
The HCC email server automatically accepts and
silently discards email with certain types of attachments.
If you must send email to my Internet (non-YborStudent) email
account, please avoid using any attachments (especially
To send email with a “
To avoid having your submitted work rejected as “spam”, you can use Hawkmail365 to send email to professors. (This doesn't always work either! If you are having difficulties with this email address, use MyHCC email instead.)
If you have an email problem, you may turn in a printout instead. Be sure your name is clearly written on the top of any pages turned in. Please staple multiple pages together (at the upper left).
Always keep a backup copy of your submitted projects, until you are certain they have been received and graded correctly.
|HCC Academic Calendar:|
|Classes Begin:||Monday 8/21/2017 (First class meeting: Tuesday 8/22/2017)|
|Add-Drop Ends:||Friday 8/25/2017|
|Orientation period Ends:||Tuesday 8/29/2017|
|Last Day to Withdraw:||Friday 10/27/2017|
|Classes End:||Tuesday 12/12/2017|
|Grades Available:||Thursday 12/14/2017 (from Florida Virtual Campus or from HawkNet)|
|HCC is closed on:||
Saturday–Monday 9/2/2017–9/4/2017 (Labor Day), |
Tuesday 10/24/2017 (All-College Day),
Friday–Sunday 11/10/2017–11/12/2017 (Veterans' Day),
Thursday–Sunday 11/23/2017–11/26/2017 (Thanksgiving Holiday)
Dropping or withdrawing may have an impact on financial aid, veteran’s benefits, or international student visa status. Students are encouraged to consult with a financial aid, the VA certifying official, or the international student advisor, as appropriate, prior to dropping or withdrawing from class.
If, to participate in this course, you require an accommodation due to a physical disability or learning impairment, you must contact the Office of Services to Students with Disabilities, Dale Mabry campus: Student Services Building (DSTU) Room 102, voice phone: (813) 259–6035, FAX: (813) 253–7336.
HCC has a religious observance policy that accommodates the religious observance, practices, and beliefs of students. Should students need to miss class or postpone examinations and assignments due to religious observances, they must notify their instructor at least one week prior to a religious observance.
|Quotes:||“Tell me and I'll listen.|
Show me and I'll understand.
Involve me and I'll learn.”
|— Lakota Indian saying|
|“Learning is not a spectator sport!”||— Chickering & Gamson|
|Topics, Assigned Readings, and Assignment Due Dates|
Course introduction, Personal introduction, LAN use.
Assign User IDs for LAN and Unix systems, discuss passwords.
Basic procedures: Telnet, SSH (PuTTY), login/logout.
Open lab procedures and hours, role of lab techs.
Overview of computer system hardware: CPU (multi-core), I/O, memory (RAM, ROM, cache), Storage (disks, files, and directories), clock, bus. The operating system (“OS”, kernel, utilities, interfaces, device drivers). Text (TUI or CLI) and graphical (GUI) user interfaces.
Readings: Chapter 1
History and overview of Unix and Linux (when and where invented, by
whom, why: because of space travel, and major distributions such
Client – server computing.
Some differences between various
types of Unix and Linux (distributions, versions).
Features of Unix:
Utilities and pipelines,
multi-tasking (and time-slices), multi-user, powerful filesystems
(no drive letters), strong security.
Professional societies, certifications, and jobs.
Begin work on homework assignment #1.
Readings: Chapters 2, 3
|Mon 1/18||Martin Luther King Jr. Day — HCC Closed|
The shell and the terminal emulator
(vt100/ANSI, xterm, etc.), |
Readings: Chapters 4, 6 (pages 93–98), 7, 8, 10
Homework assignment #1 due 1/19
Email concepts and background: Internet email addresses, MIME, email signatures, email structure (envelope, body, and headers), mail store, email client and server components. Using
Readings: Chapters 9, 13 (pages 286–287), On-line email tutorial and study guide
Project #1 due 1/26 (done in-class)
Homework assignment #2 due 1/31
Basic use of the |
Readings: Chapter 22 (pages 559–589, 594–598, 603–606, 613–615, 619–623).
Homework assignment #3 due 2/7
|Mon 2/20||Presidents' Day — HCC Closed|
|9/27||All-College Day — HCC Closed|
Working with files and directories: filenames, hidden
(or “dot”) files, directories,
directory hierarchy, working directory, home directory,
subdirectories, absolute (complete) and relative (partial) pathnames,
“root” directories, |
Readings: Chapter 23 (pages 627–630), 24 (pages 659–666, 702–703, 717–720).
Project #2 due 2/14
standard directories such as
Readings: Chapters 23 (pages 631–634, 637–641, 643–652), 24 (pages 666–690, 708–712), 25 (pages 717–729), Filesystem Hierarchy Standard on-line resource
Filter commands to know:
Readings: Chapters 16–19 & 21 (pages 373–383, 388–392, 399–410, 421–427, 430, 436–445, 447–455, 459–462, 471, 480, 482–486, 488–491,497–500, 541–544, 551–556), 24 (pages 690–691), the man pages for
Project #3 due 2/28
|9/2 (Mon)||Labor Day — HCC Closed|
Disk and Filesystem concepts:
Disk geometry, low and high level formatting, partitions
and slices, mounting, filesystem types
(ext4, FAT*, VFAT,
Inodes, directories, |
Readings: Chapters 23 (pages 642, 653–655), 24 (pages 691–697), 25 (pages 740–760), 15 (pages 360–361),
Homework assignment #4 due 3/9
Mon – Sun |
3/13 – 3/19
|Mid-term Break — HCC Closed|
Changing file and directory permissions.
Commands to know:
Readings: Chapters 6 (pages 118–122), 25 (pages 715–717, 729–748), 21 (pages 544–550), an octal number chart on-line resource
Fri – Sun |
3/25 – 3/27
|Spring Day — HCC Closed|
[Disaster simulation event on DM campus today;
expect minor parking problems.]|
The shell and the environment:
Readings: Chapters 11, 12, 13 (pages 277–285, 287–296), 14, 19 (pages 466–471), 15 (pages 355–357)
Project #4 due 3/28
|11/11||Veterans' Day — HCC Closed|
More on the environment:
I/O redirection (pipes, |
Readings: Chapters 14, 15, 24 (pages 697–703), 13 (pages 302–311, 316–318)
Homework assignment #5 due 4/4
|4/10||Faculty In-Service (All-College) Day — HCC Closed|
Writing shell scripts:
concepts, basic scripts, running scripts in the current directory with
Readings: Pages 299–301, 336–337, on-line scripting tutorial and study guide,
On-line doc for source (a.k.a. dot or “
|4/13||Faculty In-Service Day — HCC Closed|
|11/24||Thanksgiving Holiday (Thu 11/24 – Sun 11/27) — HCC Closed|
Writing shell scripts (continued):
Command substitution (backquotes) and using with
Readings: Pages 299–301, 336–337, on-line scripting tutorial and study guide,
Homework assignment #6 due 4/18
Processes: focus and foreground, background
Readings: Chapter 26 (pages 767–803, 806–814), nohup tutorial, man pages for communications commands
Project #5 due 4/25
Job scheduling: |
Time Permitting: Understanding and using the X Window GUI (window managers, virtual desktops, cde, kde, gnome, XDM,
Readings: Chapter 5, 6 (pages 101–118), on-line at and crontab references
Homework assignment #7 due 5/2
Project #6 due 5/4
|www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty|| Download the PuTTY suite of SSH tools
(SSH, scp, sFTP,
and others); use the “hostname” of:
||sourceforge.net/projects/winscp/||WinSCP GUI wrapper for the PuTTY scp and sFTP tools|
|Tampa-St. Pete Linux User's Group (SLUG)||Holds monthly meetings, provides help and information, and is open to all. You can also visit the SLUG home.|
|PC hardware (svg)||A graphic showing the components of a modern personal computer||Software Layers||A diagram showing the different layers of software|
|Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie||The inventors of Unix in front of a PDP-11 (See also Ritchie's photo from his website and photo of Ken Thompson See this short tribute to Ritchie, who passed away in 2011.||Photo of Linus Torvalds||The inventor of Linux (See also the initial Linux forum post that started it all.)|
|The story of Linux||A (short) YouTube video from the Linux Foundation (See also the short but excellent article History of Linux from Spectrum.IEEE.org)|
|Unix History Timeline||A fairly complete timeline of all Unix versions (See also this PDF timeline of Linux distros from IBM)||Unix Poster||A PDF Unix milestones poster from the Open Group|
|History of Unix||Many Unix history links and resources (including timeline above) See also this excellent Unix History article at Spectrum.IEEE.org||The real history of Unix||As told by one of its inventors, Dennis Ritchie (See also Unix of Ken Thompson)|
|Brief history of AT&T anti-trust fight||Includes a lot of insight to the origins of Unix, including a video interview with Thompson and Ritchie||distrowatch.com||Download free Unix and Linux distributions and Live CD images, and get distro rankings|
|www.unix.org||OpenGroup's Unix site, include the Single Unix Specification||tldp.org||The Linux documentation project (How-To guides)|
|www.gnu.org||Most of the free Unix and Linux software is actually Gnu software||Free Software Foundation||The FSF Sponsors the Gnu project and protects open source software with the GPL license and by other means|
|sFTP reference||Guide for using the command line secure FTP program||man page “synopsis” syntax||The official standard for command descriptions|
|Download Gnu Vim (vim.org)||A Windows installer for Gnu Vim||SUS Issue 7, 2016 edition||The Open Group's and IEEE's POSIX standard|
|Play Vim Adventures||An adventure-like game designed to teach you Vim||Vim Quick Reference (PDF)||Vim documentation (and the most current version) can be found at www.vim.org|
|Vim Graphical Cheat-sheet (PDF)||A nice quick reference graphic (preview), from www.viemu.com|
|Oracle Unix document collection (formerly docs.sun.com)||Solaris man pages and other documentation||FreeBSD on-line man pages||Manual for many versions of Unix and Linux|
|Email tutorial, study guide||A study / review guide on email||Public key encryption||A tutorial on encryption, digital signatures, Internet security, etc.|
|Filesystem Hierarchy Standard|| A description of the standard directories on Linux
||Pathname Resolution||Linux man page explaining how a pathname is resolved to an inode number|
|Filesystem and Pathnames||Interactive demo of a filesystem hierarchy showing absolute and relative pathnames|
|find command tutorial|| A brief description of
||Octal Number Chart|| Shows how to use octal numbers with
|Shell Scripting Overview||A brief introduction to some basic shell scripting||SSC's Bash shell reference card||Posted here by permission of SSC, Inc.|
|LDP: Bash scripting guide and reference||A good reference to all Bash shell scripting features, with examples||Bash shell scripting tutorials||As found by a google.com search for Bash shell scripting tutorial|
|| A brief
|at command syntax|| Some
||crontab command syntax|| Overview of