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If you could pick five commands/tools to have with you to admin a system, what would they be?

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What is the difference between this question and "name your favourite ..." (except you name only 5 of them here) ? –  ldigas Jun 1 '09 at 22:54
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They do not have electricity on desert islands. –  Joe Philllips Jun 2 '09 at 1:37
    
@d03boy - actually, they may have electricity - they just don't have people. –  ldigas Jun 2 '09 at 9:25

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  • bash
  • cat

Everything else is just window dressing ;-)

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  • vim
  • perl
  • knife
  • swimming shorts / hawaiian shirt
  • Claudia Schiffer
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+1 - Good call on the shorts / shirt. I also would have accepted "satellite internet terminal" or "Summer Glau" –  Matt Simmons Jun 1 '09 at 23:21
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+1 for Summer Glau :-) –  drybjed Jun 2 '09 at 0:39
    
I'll diff manually. –  ldigas Jun 2 '09 at 21:29
  • vim
  • patch
  • diff
  • sponge
  • sed
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debug.com - If you can't do everything with debug, well, I guess you're probably getting real work done.

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  • perl
  • apt-get
  • du
  • vim
  • top
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  • perl
  • lsof
  • find
  • grep
  • telnet
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For a windows box:

  1. powershell
  2. process explorer
  3. telnet
  4. notepad
  5. mmc
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In a *nix world, I'd have to pick:

  • vim
  • curl
  • perl
  • bash
  • apache
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In the Windows world:

  • Sysinternals Process Explorer
  • grep (yes, on Windows)
  • WinRAR
  • Console2
  • My coffee maker
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Depends hugely on the system, but for a general Windows one.

  • Firefox
  • Wireshark
  • Process Explorer
  • Netcat
  • Cain
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  • lsof
  • ps
  • ls
  • vi
  • ip
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  • Debian netinst CD
  • network connection

That's how I setup all my servers anyway...

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  • aptitude
  • autotools
  • vim
  • gcc
  • curl
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rsync lsof vim find ssh

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  • sh
  • vim
  • ssh
  • git
  • awk

Interaction, editing, communication, control, automation... what else could you need?

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