Exam 101: Objective Changes as of July 2, 2012

Included below are objectives for Exam 101 of LPIC-1 which will be updated as of July 2, 2012. For a more detailed description of these Objective changes, please see the Addendum for LPIC-1 on the LPI Wiki: http://wiki.lpi.org

Topic 101: System Architecture

101.3 Change runlevels and shutdown or reboot system

Weight

3

Description

Candidates should be able to manage the runlevel of the system. This objective includes changing to single user mode, shutdown or rebooting the system. Candidates should be able to alert users before switching run level and properly terminate processes. This objective also includes setting the default run level. It also includes basic feature knowledge of potential replacements to init.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Set the default run level.

  • Change between run levels including single user mode.

  • Shutdown and reboot from the command line.

  • Alert users before switching run levels or other major system event.

  • Properly terminate processes.

  • Knowledge of basic features of systemd and Upstart.

The following is a partial list of the used files, terms and utilities:

  • /etc/inittab

  • shutdown

  • init

  • /etc/init.d

  • telinit



Topic 102: Linux Installation and Package Management

102.1 Design hard disk layout

Weight

2

Description

Candidates should be able to design a disk partitioning scheme for a Linux system.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Allocate filesystems and swap space to separate partitions or disks.

  • Tailor the design to the intended use of the system.

  • Ensure the /boot partition conforms to the hardware architecture requirements for booting.

  • Knowledge of basic features of LVM.

The following is a partial list of the used files, terms and utilities:

  • / (root) filesystem.

  • /var filesystem.

  • /home filesystem.

  • swap space.

  • mount points.

  • partitions.


102.2 Install a boot manager

Weight

2

Description

Candidates should be able to select, install and configure a boot manager.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Providing alternative boot locations and backup boot options.

  • Install and configure a boot loader such as GRUB Legacy.

  • Perform basic configuration changes for GRUB 2.

  • Interact with the boot loader.

The following is a partial list of the used files, terms and utilities:

  • /boot/grub/menu.lst, grub.cfg and other variations.

  • grub-install.

  • MBR.

  • superblock.


Topic 104: Devices, Linux Filesystems, Filesystem Hierarchy Standard

104.1 Create partitions and filesystems

Weight

2

Description

Candidates should be able to configure disk partitions and then create filesystems on media such as hard disks. This includes the handling of swap partitions.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Use various mkfs commands to set up partitions and create various filesystems such as:

    • ext2/ext3/ext4

    • xfs

    • reiserfs v3

    • vfat

The following is a partial list of the used files, terms and utilities:

  • fdisk

  • mkfs

  • mkswap