Greg Boyd, Instructor
Dept. Of Computer Science
City College of San Francisco

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Preliminary Lecture Course Information Fall 2015

Title: Linux System Administration CS260A
(Schedule is online)
Course Information
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Introduction to Unix/Linux CS160A

Computer Architecture CS270
Lecture Notes
Synopsis: This course meets weekly. You should read the Course Information and Policy Statement prior to attending.

This course has been completely rewritten to prepare students for the Redhat RHCSA exam. It is based on Redhat 7.

This course has an accompanying set of lecture notes. The text is not required.

You must attend the first meeting in Batmale 413 on Weds Aug 19 6:10-10pm to be enrolled in this course.

Basic System Administration
Topics include:
  • the job of the system administrator
  • basic administration tools to compare and examine files and gather information on the system
  • extended permissions
  • getting help
  • controlling root access
  • using virtual machines
  • startup and shutdown
  • process control and monitoring
  • ssh and keys
  • periodic processes
  • filesystem types, creation and maintenance; logical volumes, encrypted filesystems
  • the automounter
  • archiving utilities and rsync
  • creating and managing users and groups and using non-local authentication sources
  • introduction to security issues: PAM and SELinux
  • package installation and installation of Virtual Machines
  • Configuring networking information and default ftp, http and NFS servers
  • shell scripts for system administration
Although NFS and NIS are used, this is not a course in Network Administration.

This course is taught on a clone of Redhat Linux - Scientific Linux.

This is not an introductory course in Linux. Students should be familiar with command-line Linux and have some experience with shell-scripting.
NOTE: CS160A is a four-hour class (2 hours for 1/2 semester)

An introduction to command-line Unix or Linux designed for students who will continue on in the series or who will need to use Linux or Unix after transferring to a four-year institution.
Topics include:
  • accessing Linux
  • transferring files between systems
  • use of an editor
  • the commandline interface and syntax
  • standard input/output
  • command line editing
  • the filesystem:
    • navigating
    • names and types
    • paths: absolute and relative
    • inodes and directories
  • managing files and directories:
    • creating
    • removing
    • copying
    • links: hard and symbolic
    • find
    • permissions
  • text file utilities:
    • displaying
    • horizontal and vertical slicing
    • searching using regular expressions
    • sorting
  • processes
This course will be taught on Linux.
CS270 meets weekly in Fall 2015.

Text: Computer Organization and Design 5th Edition. Patterson and Hennessy, 2013

An introduction to computer architecture, assembly-language programming, logic design, and low-level CPU design and operation.

You must attend the first meeting in Batmale 413 on Monday Aug 16 6:10-10pm or Friday Aug 21 2:10-6pm to be enrolled in this course.

Topics include:
  • computer evolution and history
  • number representation
  • assembly-language programming using MIPS
  • translation of high-level language constructs to assembly language
  • procedure calling conventions
  • introductory logic design including boolean algebra, combinational and sequential circuits
  • exception handling
  • logic design of a simple ALU
  • virtual memory
  • caches
  • advanced topics
This course is for students who intend to transfer to a four-year program in Computer Science or Computer Engineering.

CS270 relies on programming skills at the level of CS110B. Some experience with, or willingness to learn, basic Linux is also required.
Times: W 6:10-10pm Batmale 413 Batmale 413.
Ends Thursday Oct 8
    Sec 001: TR 1:10-3pm
    Sec 591: Thurs 6:10-10pm
Batmale 413.
M 6:10-10pm
F 2:10-6pm
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