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Using Temporary Files and Directories in Linux

In this hands-on lab, we will practice working with temporary files and directories. Knowing how and when to use temporary files and directories for transient and temporary storage is a good skill to have as a systems administrator.

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Clock icon Beginner
Clock icon 45m
Clock icon Jul 17, 2019

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Table of Contents

  1. Challenge

    Retrieve and Unpack the Archive

    1. Change to the /tmp directory.
    cd /tmp
    1. Use wget to retrieve the file.
    1. Unpack the archive.
    tar xf sosreport-ip-10-0-1-11-2019-03-22-wxoxhnk.tar.xz
  2. Challenge

    Create a Temporary File from the Directory Listing

    1. Create a temporary file from a recursive directory listing of the archive folder.
    ls -R sosreport-ip-10-0-1-11-2019-03-22-wxoxhnk/ >> $tmp_file
  3. Challenge

    Move the `version.txt` File to a More Persistent Temporary Directory

    1. Move the version.txt file to /var/tmp.
    mv sosreport-ip-10-0-1-11-2019-03-22-wxoxhnk/version.txt /var/tmp

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