The next few chapters will deal with configuring for TCP/IP networking, and with running some major applications. Before getting our hands dirty with file editing and the like, we will examine IP a little closer in chapter . If you already know about the way IP routing works, and how address resolution is performed, you might want to skip this chapter.
Chapter deals with the very basic configuration issues, such as building a kernel and setting up your Ethernet board. The configuration of your serial ports is covered in a separate chapter, because the discussion does not apply to TCP/IP networking only, but is also relevant for UUCP.
Chapter helps you to set up your machine for TCP/IP networking. It contains installation hints for standalone hosts with only loopback enabled, and hosts connected to an Ethernet. It will also introduce you to a few useful tools you can use to test and debug your setup. The next chapter discusses how to configure hostname resolution, and explains how to set up a name server.
This is followed by two chapters featuring the configuration and use of SLIP and PPP, respectively. Chapter explains how to establish SLIP connections, and gives a detailed reference of dip, a tool that allows you to automate most of the necessary steps. Chapter covers PPP and pppd, the PPP daemon you need for this.
Chapter gives a short introduction to setting up some of the most important network applications, such as rlogin, rcp, etc, in chapter . This also covers how services are managed by the inetd super, and how you may restrict certain security-relevant services to a set of trusted hosts.
The next two chapters discuss NIS, the Network Information System, and NFS, the Network File System. NIS is a useful tool to distribute administative information such as user passwords in a local area network. NFS allows you to share file systems between several hosts in your network.
Chapter gives you an extensive introduction to the administration of Taylor UUCP, a free implementation of the UUCP suite.
The remainder of the book is taken up by a detailed tour of electronic mail and Usenet News. Chapter introduces you to the central concepts of electronic mail, like what a mail address looks like, and how the mail handling system manages to get your message to the recipient.
Chapters and each cover the setup of smail and sendmail, two mail transport agents you can use for . This book explains both of them, because smail is easier to install for the beginner, while sendmail is more flexible.
Chapters and explain the way news are managed in Usenet, and how you install and use C news, a popular software package for managing Usenet news. Chapter briefly covers how to set up an NNTP daemon to provide news reading access for your local network. Chapter finally shows you how to configure and maintain various newsreaders.