• Review, CentOS System Administration Essentials

    I just finished to read a copy of “CentOS System Administration Essentials”, written by Andrew Mallett, which I got from the editor for review. Here is what I found. CentOS System Administration Essentials Virdict: a good book, except a couple of (small) points I have enjoyed reading this book, which I am going to call CSEA from now on for brevity. I think it is, indeed, a useful, synthetic tool for beginner system administrators.
  • Review, The CentOS 6 Linux Server Cookbook

    The CentOS 6 Linux Server Cookbook is a Packt Publishing title first published in April 2013. You can buy it in paper format (about 370 pages) or as an ePUB or PDF file (black and white only, whereas the ePUB version is in colours). In general I believe, especially in these times of PRISM and widespread economic crisis, that the more people learn how to run their own Free Software servers, the better.
  • How to transform (almost) plain ASCII text to Lulu-ready PDF files, part 2

    This page gives a general overview of a flow for transforming ASCII files in print-ready PDF books. The reasons for setting up such a flow in this way are explained in the first part of this tutorial. Basic workflow The basic usage of txt2tags is really simple. Once you’ve written something that you need to convert to PDF, text or HTML you can launch the graphic interface with the -gui option or run a command like this at the prompt:
  • How to transform (almost) plain ASCII text to Lulu-ready PDF files, part 3

    This is the core script I used to transform a set of plain ASCII files with the Txt2tags markup in one print-ready PDF file. Part 1 of this tutorial explain why I chose txt2tags as source format and Part 2 describes the complete flow.Book creation workflow Listing 1: make_book.sh 1 #! /bin/bash 2 3 CONFIG_DIR='/home/marco/.ebook_config' 4 PREPROC="%!Includeconf: $CONFIG_DIR/txt2tags_preproc" 5 6 CURDIR=`date +%Y%m%d_%H%M_book` 7 echo "Generating book in $CURDIR" 8 rm -rf $CURDIR 9 mkdir $CURDIR 10 cp $1 $CURDIR/chapter_list 11 cd $CURDIR 12 13 FILELIST=`cat chapter_list | tr "�12" " " | perl -n -e "s/.
  • How to transform (almost) plain ASCII text to Lulu-ready PDF files, part 1

    Many people write far more now that they are constantly online than in the pre-Internet age. Most of this activity is limited to Web or office-style publishing. People either write something that will only appear inside some Web browser or a traditional “document”, that is a single file, more or less nicely formatted for printing. Very often, however, they don’t do it in the most efficient way. The most common solution for the first scenario still is to write HTML or Wiki-formatted content in a text editor or, through a browser, directly in the authoring interface of CMS systems like Drupal or Wordpress.