Mathew 13:24-30 paraphrased from a System Administrator’s perspective.

Posted: October 30, 2010 in computing, Internet, Software, Systems/Network Administration

Matthew 13:24-30 paraphrased.

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a senior system administrator who ran a few commands on a *nix system which started many useful processes on her server.

While everyone was sleeping, a cracker broke into her system and started some malicious jobs, which began using a lot of CPU time and increasing the overall load and hogging all the memory on the system.

The Junior System Administrator asked her, “Didn’t you start useful jobs on the computer ?, Where then did these counterfeit jobs come from?”

“A cracker (or script kiddie) did this, ” she replied.

The Junior System Administrator asked her, “Do you want us to run the ‘killall’ command on the counterfeit jobs ?”

“No,” she answered, “because while running the ‘killall’ command, some good processes might get killed by accident. Do a root cause analysis and keep all the processes under observation till all the original processes almost reaches completion.

Then when the time of completion of the original process is very near, we will kill every counterfeit process and save the good processes and systematically document all the steps of how we went about this whole troubleshooting process for the coming generations to refer to.

Originally created and Copyright 1996 Deborah and Loren Haarsma from a Software Engineer’s perceptive.

Modified extensively from scratch from a *nix System Administrator’s perspective by Vivek Varghese Cherian.

Copyright 2010 Vivek Varghese Cherian.

May be freely distributed electronically verbatim with this notice attached and the text unaltered.

  1. Karen Janssen says:

    I see you were in my chat room earlier. I’m sorry you were made to feel unwelcome. We have had trouble with “lurkers” later causing trouble. Please feel free to come back and get acquainted. I must say, when I shared the contents above of your Oct 30 blog it got a vastly ammused reaction. They liked it!

  2. vivekvc says:

    Dear Karen,

    I was not uncomfortable. I have learned to adapt to different kinds of behaviors in
    different IRC Chat Rooms.

    Christian IRC Chat rooms have a different set of criterion than general chat rooms and I am ok with it when I am in Christian chat rooms.

    I was not uncomfortable but a bit worried if knowingly or unknowing I had stepped on someones toes even by accident which caused that response from you.

    Thanks for the welcome, I’ll surely get to you channel when I am on Undernet.

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