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Services Dying? Keep Them Alive With a Perl Script
Services Dying?  Keep Them Alive With a Perl Script

Have you ever felt frustrated with your Unix services that keep shutting down in production unexpectedly without notifying you?  Would you like to have a script that might help restart those processes and notify you of the problem?

This little helpful Perl script might help.  Or it might help you see what happens when a long time Unix system admin learns enough about perl programming to be dangerous.  Even so, this script works well for me.

My Unix Journey
My Unix Journey

People Collaborating When Linus Torvalds came out with Linux in 1991, I had nearly a decade of Unix administration and C development experience.  And my first brush with Unix came out of my own curiosity while I was a COBOL and PC programmer/analyst for Fresno Unified School District in the early 1980’s.

Life as a Linux and Unix Professional
Life as a Linux and Unix Professional

Linux Experience before Linux was Available

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When Linus Torvalds came out with Linux in 1991, I had nearly a decade of Unix administration and C development experience.

During that time, I built the technical environment for California State University, Fresno’s Computer Science Department installing and managing Unix systems based on Berkeley 4.2 and 4.3 BSD and AT&T Unix including a room full of Convergent Technology systems.

Afterward, as an independent consultant, I installed and configured Unix systems for the Agricultural Department, a phone company, and an Air Conditioning company before going to work for NASA where I managed networks of VMS and Unix based systems and developed the project plan for migrating the Information Sciences Division from VMS to Unix.

Following that, at Ingres, I supported Ingres installations on approximately 40 variants of Unix and VMS for Ingres, provided Sun desktop support for Direct User Support, and support of Unix systems for the Education Department.  I also trained staff in quality assurance for the Ingres installation packages and served as the final sign off approving distribution of new product to customers.