Sep 132014
 

Systemd
Article by Stuart Burns first posted on Openlogic.com

With Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 released and CentOS version 7 newly unveiled, now is a good time to cover systemd, the replacement for legacy System V (SysV) startup scripts and runlevels. Red Hat-based distributions are migrating to systemd because it provides more efficient ways of managing services and quicker startup times. With systemd there are fewer files to edit, and all the services are compartmentalized and stand separate from each other. This means that should you screw up one config file, it won’t automatically take out other services.

Systemd has been the default system and services manager in Red Hat Fedora since the release of Fedora 15, so it is extensively field-tested. It provides more consistency and troubleshooting ability than SysV – for instance, it will report if a service has failed, is suspended, or is in error. Perhaps the biggest reason for the move to systemd is that it allows multiple services to start up at the same time, in parallel, making machine boot times quicker than they would be with legacy runlevels.

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Apr 042012
 

For a customer i was in need of a quick way to send an email every time his system (centos) stop, reboot or simply boot.
I’ve found an useful article http://www.syntaxtechnology.com and most of this article is based on that.

To get an email at both start up and shut down we need to write an init script. The tips below are specific to a Red Hat based system (Red Hat, Fedora, CentOS, etc) but should be fairly similar to others, depending on the boot system you’ll have to change slightly the script.
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