The Return of Command-Line Kung Fu

Accepted Session
Long Form
Scheduled: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 from 10:00 – 11:45am in Morrison


A follow-on to last year's highly popular presentation, Hal Pomeranz returns with another super-size helping of command-line madness!


The Linux/Unix command-line is an amazingly powerful programming environment. Mastering its functionality can make you enormously more productive. Hal Pomeranz, co-author of the weekly Command-Line Kung Fu column, returns with even more command-line tips and tricks that will make you gasp with amazement and squeal with delight.

In this episode:

  • Fun with FIFOs
  • Crazy output redirection stunts
  • Manipulating timestamps for fun, profit, … and EVIL!
  • Why sed is your friend
  • … and much, much more!

Last year’s talk can be found here — the proposed presentation will contain entirely new material.

Speaking experience


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    Hal Pomeranz

    Deer Run Associates


    Hal Pomeranz is the founder and technical lead of Deer Run Associates, and has been active in the system and network management/security field for over twenty years. As a Faculty Fellow for the SANS Institute, Hal developed the SANS “Step-by-Step” course model and currently serves as the track coordinator and primary instructor for the SANS/GIAC Linux/Unix Security Certification track (GCUX). In 2001 he received the SAGE Outstanding Achievement Award for his teaching and leadership in the field of System Administration.

    Prior to founding Deer Run Associates, Hal has held Network and Systems Management positions at some of the largest commercial (AT&T Bell Labs, TRW Information Systems, Cendant Corp), government (NASA Ames Research Center), and educational (University of Pennsylvania) institutions in the country. Hal has been a member of the Board of Directors for the USENIX Association, BayLISA, and BBLISA, and is one of the co-founders of the IT Pro Forum. He has written or co-written dozens of technical articles and several books, including Solaris Security: Step-by-Step, the de facto standard guide for “hardening” the Solaris Operating System, and SANS Security Essentials.