Random Word Generator

Sometimes a Linux user can be in need of a random word generator. Random words can be used to set a new password or simply to create a bunch of randomly named directories. If you need a single word, the easiest way is to visit an online Random Word Generator website. However, if you need to generate more words or automate your task, the Linux Bash shell can be a handy friend.

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How to manage Bash history

BASH (Bourne Again SHell) is the default shell in practically all Linux-based operating systems. All the commands we write in the terminal are interpreted by the shell, and become part of its history. In this tutorial we see where the shell history is saved, and how to manage it using the “history” built-in command and some environment variables.

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Introduction to Ansible prompts and runtime variables

This tutorial is part of a series we dedicated to Ansible. Previously we talked about the Ansible basics, then we focused on some Ansible modules we can use to perform some very common administration tasks, and we also talked about Ansible loops. In this article, instead, we learn how to create interactive prompts we can use to ask for user input and how to pass variables at runtime.

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Introduction to YAML with Examples

YAML is a data serialization language. The name itself is a recursive acronym which stands for YAML Ain’t Markup Language. It is specifically designed to be human-friendly, easy to read and write, to represent settings and data structures and to work well with modern programming languages.

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