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Linux Professional Institute Certification LPIC-1 Part 1 (Exam LPI 101-400)


This course will be of interest to anyone responsible for providing basic installation, operation, and troubleshooting services on Linux workstations and servers. Microsoft professionals seeking to add Linux expertise will also find this course useful.

This course will be extremely beneficial to anyone wanting to gain their Linux+ / LPIC-1 certification.

Supported distributions include:


No prior knowledge of Linux is required but general computing experience is expected.

Course Objectives

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) is the premier certification body for vendor independent Linux certifications. This course prepares students to take the CompTIA Linux+ / LPI Exam 101-400 which is the first part of the Linux+ / LPIC-1 certification.

This course covers fundamental Linux skills such as file management, command line use and package management. With the revision sessions, practice exams and exercises delegates will be confident to take the exam.

After successfully completing both LPI Exam 101-400 and Exam 102-400 , delegates will be awarded the following qualifications:

Course Content

Work on the Command Line

Role of Command Shell.


Gathering System Info.

Identifying the Shell.

Changing the Shell.

Bourne sh: Prompts.

bash: Bourne-Again Shell.

Help from Commands and Documentation.

Getting Help with man and info.

bash: Command Line History.

bash: Command Editing.

bash: Command Completion.

Shell and Environment Variables.

Key Environment Variables.

Lab Tasks: Help with Commands, Linux Shells, Shell Variables, Bash History, Aliases.

Use Streams, Pipes and Redirects

File Redirection.

Piping Commands Together.

Filename Matching.

File Globbing and Wildcard Patterns.

Brace Expansion.

General Quoting Rules.

Nesting Commands.

Multiple and Multi-line Commands.

Gotchas: Maximum Command Length.

Lab Tasks: Connecting Commands, Wildcard File Matching, Shell Meta-Characters, Command Substitution.

Manage File Permissions and Ownership

Filesystem Hierarchy Standard.

Navigating the Filesystem.

Displaying Directory Contents.

Filesystem Structures.

Determining Disk Usage With df and du.

File Ownership.

Default Group Ownership.

File and Directory Permissions.

File Creation Permissions with umask.

Changing File Permissions.

SUID and SGID on files.

SGID and Sticky Bit on Directories.

User Private Group Scheme.

Lab Tasks: Navigating Directories and Listing Files, Disk and Filesystem Usage, File and Directory Ownership and Permissions.

Create, Delete, Find and Display Files

Directory Manipulation.

File Manipulation.

Deleting and Creating Files.

Physical UNIX File Structure.

Filesystem Links.

File Extensions and Content.

Displaying Files.

Previewing Files.

Displaying Binary Files.

Which and Type.


Searching the Filesystem.

Alternate Search Method.

Manually Installed Shared Libraries.

Lab Tasks: Manipulating Files and Directories.

Work with Archives and Compression

Archives with tar.

Archives with cpio.

The gzip Compression Utility.

The bzip2 Compression Utility.

The PKZIP Archiving/Compression format.

Lab Tasks: Archiving and Compression, Using tar and cpio for Backups.

Process Text Streams Using Filters

Producing File Statistics.

The Streaming Editor.

Text processing with awk.

Replacing Text Characters.

Text Sorting.

Duplicate Removal Utility.

Extracting Columns of Text.

Combining Files and Merging Text.

Lab Tasks: Text Processing, Processing Text Streams.

Search Text Files Using Regular Expressions

Searching Inside Files.

Regular Expression Overview.

Regular Expressions.

RE Character Classes.

RE Quantifiers.

RE Parenthesis.

Lab Tasks: Pattern Matching with Regular Expressions, Extended Regular Expressions, Using Regular Expressions With sed.

Perform Basic File Editing Operations Using VI

Text Editing.

vi and vim.

Learning vi.

Basic vi.

Intermediate vi.

Lab Tasks: Text Editing with vim.

Create, Monitor and Kill Processes

What is a Process?

Process Lifecycle.

Process States.

Viewing Processes.


Tools to Send Signals.

Job Control Overview.

Job Control Commands.

nohup and disown.

Managing Processes.

Tuning Process Scheduling.


Lab Tasks: Job Control Basics, Process Management Basics.

Use RPM, YUM and Debian Package Management

Managing Software.

RPM Architecture.

Working With RPMs.

Querying and Verifying with rpm.

Installing Debian Packages.

Querying and Verifying with dpkg.

The alien Package Conversion Tool.

Managing Software Dependencies.

Using the YUM command.


Configuring YUM.

The dselect and APT Frontends to dpkg.


Configuring APT.

Lab Tasks: Working with RPMs on Ubuntu, Querying the RPM Database.

Work with Partitions, Filesystems and Disk Quotas

Partition Considerations.

Filesystem Planning.

Partitioning Disks with fdisk.

Partitioning Disks with parted.

Filesystem Creation.

Filesystem Support.

Unix/Linux Filesystem Features.


Selecting a Filesystem.

Filesystem Maintenance.

Mounting Filesystems.

Mounting Filesystems.

Managing an XFS Filesystem.



Filesystem Table (/etc/fstab).

Configuring Disk Quotas.

Setting Quotas.

Viewing and Monitoring Quotas.

Lab Tasks: Hot Adding Swap, Accessing NFS Shares, Setting User Quotas.

Linux Boot Process

Booting Linux on PCs.

GRUB Configuration.


Boot Parameters.


System Init Styles.

Linux Runlevels.



SUSE /etc/init.d/boot.

System Initialization.

Runlevel Implementation.

systemd System and Service Manager.

systemd Targets.

Using systemd.

Shutdown and Reboot.

Lab Tasks: Boot Process, GRUB Command Line, Basic GRUB Security.

Determine and Configure Hardware Settings

Managing Linux Device Files.

Hardware Discovery Tools.

Configuring New Hardware with hwinfo.

PC Architecture and Bus.

DMA and IRQ.

USB Devices.

USB Configuration.

Configuring Kernel Components and Modules.

Kernel Modules.

Handling Module Dependencies.

Configuring the Kernel via /proc/.

Kernel Hardware Info and /sys/.

/sys/ Structure.

Lab Tasks: Adjusting Kernel Options.

Linux Fundamentals

Unix and its Design Principles.

FSF and GNU.

GPL General Public License.

The Linux Kernel.

Components of a Distribution.

Red Hat Linux Products.

SUSE Linux Products.



Logging in.

Got root?

Switching User Contexts.

Gathering Login Session Info.

Lab Tasks: Login and Discovery, Switching Users With su.

Practice Exams.

LPIC-1 Certification Examination (Exam 101-400).