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  • /usr/bin/ld: cannot find -lboost_system-mt-s /usr/bin/ld: cannot find -lboost_filesystem-mt-s /usr/bin/ld: cannot find -lboost_program_options-mt-s /usr/bin/ld: cannot find -lboost_thread-mt-s collect2: error: ld returned 1 exit status make: *** [cag


    cagecoin linux compile: sudo apt-get install qt4-qmake libqt4-dev build-essential libboost-dev libboost-system-dev         libboost-filesystem-dev libboost-program-options-dev libboost-thread-dev         libssl-dev libdb++-dev libminiupnpc-dev Solution:  sed -i s/"BOOST_LIB_SUFFIX=-mt-s"/"#BOOST_LIB_SU........
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    Somehow my wine install became uninstalled and cannot be reinstalled:   sudo apt-get install wine [sudo] password for one: Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree       Reading state information... Done Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable distribution that some requ........
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    When things go wrong your video is basically unplayable or the first video plays fine and then freezes when moving on to the next.  Generally if both videos weren't produced with the exact 100% same settings you will have issues.  You can try the basic concat but it often won't work right. Solution for me: My example uses 3 videos in total so "n=3"  and a=1 to include audio. ffmpeg -threads 12  -i file1.mp4 -........
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    I believe from what I've read that this card's driver doesn't support the features after trying all known troubleshooting methods. ffmpeg -i uservideoRendered.mp4 -filter:v hwupload_cuda,scale_npp=w=1920:h=1080:format=nv12:interp_algo=lanczos,hwdownload -c:v hevc_nvenc -profile main -preset slow -rc vbr_hq -c:a copy uservideoRendered.mp4-test ffmpeg -i uservideoRendered.mp4 -filter:v hwupload_cuda,scale_npp=w=1920:h=1080:format=nv12:interp_algo=lanczos,hwdownload........
  • Linux Mint USB Kernel Tainted and Locked Port/Dev File


    Essentially a program I was running for mining did not terminate properly with Ctrl+C it is listed as defunct and cannot be killed, kernel is tainted and normal tricks to disable the port are impossible the dev and sys entries for the device cannot be browsed or interacted with in any form without a lockup of the request.  The only solution is to reboot due to the kernel taint as far as I can find so far.   [1130246.811056] INFO: task minerd:21861 blocked for more th........
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    #if you have nvidia make sure you install the nvidia-cuda-toolkit so hardware acceleration can be used wget http://ffmpeg.org/releases/ffmpeg-3.3.2.tar.bz2 tar -jxvf ffmpeg-3.3.2.tar.bz2 cd  ffmpeg-3.3.2/ ./configure --disable-yasm install prefix            /usr/local source path              ........
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    This container won't start after exhausting its memory.  There are no relevant or helpful messages in dmesg or vzctl.log as well.  Standard troubleshooting such as disabling PPP etc has not helped.   2017-07-06T23:33:29-0400 vzctl : CT 888171 : Locked by: pid 166029, cmdline vzctl start 888171 2017-07-06T23:33:29-0400 vzctl : CT 888171 : Container already locked 2017-07-06T23:33:29-0400 vzctl : CT 888171 : Container was stopped 2017-07........
  • How to extract view contents of initramfs image gzip'd


    Very simple browse to your /boot directory It does make more sense to extract the image in its own directory eg "initramfs-blabla-dir" as it will literally extract directly to the pwd. cp initramfs.img someotherdir cd someotherdir zcat initramfs-3.10.0-514.el7.x86_64.img | cpio -idmv........
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    The old MBR 512 bytes partition table is no longer valid if you are using GPT.  To copy a GPT table with dd to another disk do it like so: Below sda is the source disk and destination disk is sdb (change to meet your needs). dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb bs=1536 count=1 You can also use dd to backup your partition table like normal but with the bs of 1536 dd........
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    Some guides still use the old Centos 6 style (do not use /etc/sysconfig/network). In Centos 7 the file is /etc/hostname echo "HOSTNAME=yourhostname.com" > /etc/hostname........
  • Debian/Mint/Ubuntu Font Packs/Recommended To Install


    This will give you a lot more nice fonts to work with.  Usually you must restart the program you are using to see the new fonts. ttf-mscorefonts-installer fonts-larabie-* ttf-xfree86-* ubuntustudio-fonts ttf-* fonts-*........
  • Migrate Centos 7 from Single HDD to mdadm RAID 10 array:


    Done on Centos 7.3 very important as clearly based on older guides it was a lot easier and more simpler!  Hint do not use grub2-install! One huge caveat if you are an oldschool user or sysadmin who has avoided UEFI booting The normal way will not work here if your Centos was using UEFI.  Newer systems use it by default. The easiest way to check is to do an fdisk -l if your sy........
  • How to change reserved blocks in Linux partition


    user@box:~$ sudo tune2fs -l /dev/md99 [sudo] password for user: tune2fs 1.42.9 (4-Feb-2014) Filesystem volume name:   <nuser> Last mounted on:          /mnt/md50 Filesystem UUID:          976a8655-2619-4587-878c-dab07f7b7652 Filesystem magic number:  0xEF53 Filesystem revision #:    1 (dynamic) Fi........
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    Still looking for the solution Solution gpg --keyserver hkp://subkeys.pgp.net --recv-keys D46F45428842CE5E gpg: requesting key 8842CE5E from hkp server subkeys.pgp.net gpg: keyserver timed out gpg: keyserver receive failed: keyserver error  ........
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    This error is usually because of some sort of encryption in this case a Seagate enclosure with encryption (even though not enabled) did not allow this hard drive to boot.........
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      This is a 8TB Seagate external USB 3.0 device apparently newer kernels use a module called "UAS" instead of "USB Storage" which causes issues as a lot of devices are not properly supported in UAS mode by the kernel driver.  The solution some say is to disable UAS specifically for your USB device but I'd rather just disable UAS altogether.   Solution blacklist UAS: *do not do this it does not work and just causes your USB 3.0........
  • Centos 7 Cudaminer Nvidia setup guide


    I am using a GTX 1060 but replace the download for the driver with the correct/current version for your particular card by visiting: http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us   yum install automake curl openssl-devel libcurl-devel gcc gcc-c++ yum -y install kernel-devel-`uname -r` yum -y install unzip #the........
  • USB 3.0 PCI x1 Card Review VIA VL805 on Linux Review and Experience


              This is a VIA made VL805 USB 3.0 Chipset with 4-ports and MOLEX powered.  First of all this unit was cheap at about only 9 USD with fast shipping.  My biggest concern was if this was a quality unit and would it really give you full USB 3.0 speeds (some people reported with similar cards that for some weird r........
  • rsync run as root sudo without password


    This is a common issue, what if a issue shouldn't have root but you want to use that user to make a full backup of a system?  They of course need root access. You can actually just give them passwordless sudo access to rsync in /etc/sudoers: sudo vi /etc/sudoers yourusername ALL = NOPASSWD: /usr/bin/rsync   Here is how you would execute rsync: The key thing for the remote host is to........
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    Why won't my Linux Mint boot after I manually installed a new kernel? eg. apt-get install linux-image-newerone Do this   dpkg -l|grep linux-image|grep extra ii  linux-image-extra-3.16.0-38-generic                         3.16.0-38.52~14.04.1     &nb........
  • cudaminer freezes Linux Mint taints kernel


    When running cudaminer once it tries to initialize the card the entire screen freezes.  The computer itself is still running but the Xorg is done for, you cannot even switch to another console window and must reboot (even an mdm or Xorg restart does not help). At first cudaminer will give you these errors: stratrum_recv_line failed ...retry after 15 seconds GPU #0: Geforce 210 with compute ca........
  • Linux Mint Intel Screen Tearing Horizontal Line Solution Fix


    sudo mkdir -p /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/ sudo vi /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-intel.conf   Type "i" and enter the following: Section "Device"   Identifier      "Intel Graphics"   Driver          "intel"   Option          &........
  • process_usershare_file: stat of /var/lib/samba/usershares/dump failed. Permission denied - samba error solution


    [2017/06/12 21:14:04.991169,  0] ../source3/param/loadparm.c:3259(process_usershare_file)   process_usershare_file: stat of /var/lib/samba/usershares/dump failed. Permission denied Issue was the parent directory needed chmod 755........
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       **** Warning: can't process font stream, loading font by the name. Can't find CMap Identity-UTF16-H building a CIDDecoding resource. Warning: falling back to Identity ordering    **** Error reading a content stream. The page may be incomplete.    **** File did not complete the page properly and may be damaged.    **** This file had errors that were repaired or ignored.    ****........
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    php read file into variable $content = file_get_contents(home.html); Otherwise if you want to get the source code of the PHP file, it's the same as a .txt file: $content = file_get_contents('/path/to/phpfile.php'); You can also get from URLs: $content = file_get_contents('http://someurl.com/file.txt');........
  • USB Device/MP3 Player not working properly and can't browse the device filesystem? Check the cable twice and again!


    Here is a simple MP3 player and now there's a reason to understand why the supplied cable has some kind of capacitor and is very short.  These devices can be VERY finicky and any voltage fluctuation or difference is enough to cause issues.   Take for example the error messages from Linux Mint: [804829.895414] usb 1-1: USB disconnect, device number 11 [806961.109030] usb 1-1: new high-speed USB device number 12 using xhci_hcd........
  • Centos/Linux Bash Script Warning when exiting/logging out of bash/shell/terminal for scripts running in the background


    This is mainly the case on Centos but applies to other distros and situations.  If you are running programs in the background with the &, at least in Centos it is usually not honored and if you quit or are disconnected the backgrounded programs will be sent sighup and be shut down.  The simplest way around this instead of using & is to start any programs or commands with "nohup" Eg. nohup yourscript.sh........
  • Wifi Antenna Extension Cable is called RP-SMA


    This sounds silly but if you don't know you don't know and the cable name is "RP-SMA" and allows you to extend your wifi antenna as long as the cable goes.........
  • Nvidia Linux Mint/Ubuntu screentearing horizontal line solution


    Finally after ages I found the solution which is on many pages on the net but not obvious and should have been standard or more common info! Instant Solution: Type this into the terminal (unfortunately the driver config menu doesn't have the option as itis hidden): nvidia-settings --assign CurrentMetaMode="nvidia-auto-select +0+0 { ForceCompositionPipeline = On }" Make permanent   Cli........
  • Openshot 2.2 is very unstable always crashing in Linux Mint 18.1!


    Jun  1 15:45:42 videoeditor-desktop org.mate.panel.applet.MintMenuAppletFactory[1882]: project_data:INFO Missing folder chosen by user: Jun  1 15:45:42 videoeditor-desktop org.mate.panel.applet.MintMenuAppletFactory[1882]: project_data:INFO Removed missing file: MAH02949.MP4 Jun  1 15:45:57 videoeditor-desktop org.mate.panel.applet.MintMenuAppletFactory[1882]:      ui_util:WARNING Icon theme media-playback-start not found. Will use backup........
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    I was sure this was a Centos bug with OpenSSL, Apache, MySQL or even PHP.  I tried everything but nothing helped.  One clue is that if you check the Apache logs you will see nothing in the access logs until minutes later (this means Firefox has not even passed your request to the remote Apache/htttpd server). When even accepting the invalid certificate message that would show up minutes later when trying to "View the Certificate" Firefox would freeze.  This bu........
  • Track 01: 34 of 1726 MB written (fifo 100%) [buf 99%] 3.6x.Errno: 5 (Input/output error), write_g1 scsi sendcmd: cmd timeout after 1.897 (40) s CDB: 2A 00 00 00 44 A9 00 00 1F 00 resid: 6144 cmd finished after 1.897s timeout 40s write track da


    These errors believe it or not are simply because of not being the root user or running with sudo! However if you didn't know to try as root you'd think there was a problem with your burner or disc  Essentially it looks like without root you cannot send the required scsi commands to continue writing.  I think cdrecord should have built-in tests or safeguards to see if it has the permissions to run the required commands. I guess for more advanced users the idea is simila........
  • Transaction Check Error: file /usr/lib64/php/modules/fileinfo.so conflicts between attempted installs of php-pecl-fileinfo-1.0.4-2.el6.rf.x86_64 and php-common-5.3.3-49.el6.x86_64 solution


    Transaction Check Error:   file /usr/lib64/php/modules/fileinfo.so conflicts between attempted installs of php-pecl-fileinfo-1.0.4-2.el6.rf.x86_64 and php-common-5.3.3-49.el6.x86_64 solution you can't install php-pecl-fileinfo it seems to be incompatble with the php5.3 being installed: yum --exclude=php-pecl-fileinfo --skip-broken --disablerepo=epel install php-*........
  • Intel NUC J3455 Linux Support Ubuntu/Linux Mint Issues


    I get the following error "Installer Crashed" on 18.1 MATE 64-bit when installing by NFS/PXE.  Yet it was able to at least detect and use my NIC (perhaps the driver was only activated because of PXE/NFS being used)? When using 18.1 Cinnamon on CD the NIC does not work but the installer did succeed.  However it doesn't work right, I can't login graphically and get some Cinnamon OOM error but how can this be with 8GB of RAM straight from login?........
  • Linux Mint Install Netboot PXE Guide Howto


    *Update so this doesn't work it must be something to do with the path of nfs or something else but the installer fails with "Installer crashed" at the end whereas with the CD/USB it works. This assumes you've already installed and configured a separate PXE/DHCP server somewhere else and your /tftpboot directory is setup. This is for Linux Mint 18.1 but generally applies to most versions although you may have tro change things like "casper"........
  • xdebug easiest howto get going


    Just make sure you have php-xdebug installed and edit your php.ini: [xdebug] xdebug.profiler_enable = 0 xdebug.profiler_enable_trigger = 1 xdebug.profiler_output_dir = "/tmp/xdebug/" xdebug.output_name = "cachegrind.out.%t-%s" Also make and set permissions on /tmp/xdebug: mkdir /tmp/xdebug chmod 777 /tmp/xdeb........
  • [warn] RSA server certificate is a CA certificate (BasicConstraints: CA == TRUE !?) - Apache Error Solution


    Does this mean? [warn] RSA server certificate is a CA certificate (BasicConstraints: CA == TRUE !?) Basically it means you created your SSL Certificate as a CA the wrong way, usually with this command: openssl req -new -x509 -nodes -days 1530 -out server.crt -keyout server.key   How can you fix it and do it properly? Step 1.) Make a new Private KeyCreate server pass key:........
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    I'm getting this error randomly but suspect it is an update or application conflict.  It also takes ages for this "collection" to happen.   "system_thread_exception_not_handled (srv.sys)"........
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    Just type the following in the bash/terminal shell to enable the blue LED light on the Coolermaster CM Storm keyboard: xset led 3 To make it automatic and permanent execute the following as root: echo "xset led 3" >> /etc/rc.local   This is a fairly nice gaming keyboard which I bought because I type very quickly and the cheap standard keyboards simply can't keep up!........
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    It's very simple you just use the "-c" switch and wget will resume the file (make sure you are in the same directory) or specify -O /path/to/partialdownload.zip wget -c http://someurl/file.zip........
  • strange vi errors in Linux Mint/Ubuntu line 58: E488: Trailing characters: t_Sbet line 63: E171: Missing :endif


    This happens on any file an even just typing "vi" whereas it never happened before.  I suspect an update or environment variable is causing this issue When entering vi I get this weird stuff line   58: E488: Trailing characters: t_Sbet line   63: E171: Missing :endif When exiting vi I get this weird stuff   t_Sb=^[[4%?%p1%{1}%=%t........
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  • Text Editors - Top Linux Ubuntu/Debian/Mint Options


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    Normally the below would indicate a failing or failed drive.  In this case the SATA port was unplugged and sometimes the Linux kernel/motherboard even with AHCI just don't play nice and can't handle it. What happened is I plugged in a new drive after removing another one.  However the log shows that after the old drive was plugged in the Linux kernel kept complaining thinking the drive was there but not responding properly.  This continued even with reseating........
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    If you have this problem: http://realtechtalk.com/mencoder_bmovl_error_vf_bmovl_Unknown_command_Ignoring_-1860-articles Then ffmpeg is for you.  Go here if you are using Linux Mint and cannot find or install it to use an external PPA........
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    Based on this tutorial: http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/overlay-images-video-using-mplayer-and-mencoder mencoder -oac pcm -ovc raw -vf bmovl=0:0:tfifo -o $output $file vf_bmovl: Unknown command: ''. Ignoring.  ........
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    To check if a file/directory is a symlink in bash: if [ -L /some/path/file ]; then echo "OK we're a symlink" fi   That's all there is to it.........
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    tar -czf yourfile.tar.gz . The . dot is the crucial part, normally many will use * and that will exclude hidden files by default which is very undesirable as many hidden files are important such as .htaccess and conf files in your home directory etc..  It seems the default behavior of tar should be the opposite but these are all very old tools.........
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    echo 120000 >/proc/sys/dev/raid/speed_limit_min This will increase the speed, note that sometimes a rebuild is slow due to current disk activity/iowait. If that is not the cause then you may have a hardware issue (controller, cable or a bad drive).........
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    rpm --import http://apt.sw.be/RPM-GPG-KEY.dag.txt i686: rpm -ivh http://packages.sw.be/rpmforge-release/rpmforge-release-0.5.2-2.el6.rf.i686.rpm x64: rpm -ivh http://packages.sw.be/rpmforge-release/rpmforge-release-0.5.2-2.el6.rf.x86_64.rpm  ........
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    I read this article and still don't understand the issue. If I understand correctly the client negotiates after the first SSL connection and then gets the correct hostname and thus correct certificate. http://wiki.apache.org/httpd/NameBasedSSLVHostsWithSNI To their credit I know I'm not using SNI becuase I get this message in the Apache log :) [warn] Init: You should not use name-based virtual hosts in conjunction with SSL!! B........
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    if [ ! -s /path/to/file ]; then echo "file is blank or zero bytes" fi Use -s to check if it's larger than 0 bytes, I like to use the ! (not) operator to do this as shown above.........
  • Linux free space not reclaimed after deleting large log file solution


    This example involves an Aterisk message log of about 26GB, but with any server it usually does not get deleted until the server is stopped/restarted: asterisk  13729     root    6w   REG       0,41 27277943090   59097971 (deleted) /var/log/asterisk/messages So if you've deleted a bunch of large logs, make sure you restart the server for them to regain your space.  ........
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  • bash for loop with specific numbers


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  • convert carat ^M/M Windows based text files to Linux


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  • Openvz Container IP not working suddenly Solution


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  • Openvz migration error solution Error: Failed to suspend container CPT ERR: f68cf000,25000 :foreign process 15755/14731(vzctl) inside CT (e.g. vzctl enter or vzctl exec). CPT ERR: f68cf000,25000 :suspend is impossible now.


    Starting online migration of CT 25000 to 192.168.5.1 Preparing remote node Initializing remote quota Syncing private Live migrating container... Error: Failed to suspend container CPT ERR: f68cf000,25000 :foreign process 15755/14731(vzctl) inside CT (e.g. vzctl enter or vzctl exec). CPT ERR: f68cf000,25000 :suspend is impossible now. CPT ERR: f68cf000,25000 :foreign process 15755/14731(vzctl) inside CT (e.g. vzctl enter or........
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    Warning: Unable to open /dev/fd0 read-write (Read-only file system).  /dev/fd0 has been opened read-only. That's a very annoying error, it's simply because Centos for some reason thinks it's wise to load the "floppy" kernel module, who has a floppy drive?  I haven't seen or used a floppy for over 12 years! It's more than just annoying, if you probe the drives attached to your system, eg. with grub or partprobe, it keeps trying to locate a flopp........
  • Openvz YUM Error Solution to "[Errno -1] Metadata file does not match checksum Trying other mirror."


    It's weird because I have a nearly identical box and setup and I can update the ovzkernel-PAE* just fine but on this box it doesn't work. I only get this error with the openvz.repo and not others such as Centos-Base.repo With my other server it works normally: ================ Setting up Update Process Resolving Dependencies --> Running transaction check ---> Package ovzkernel-PAE.i686 0:2.6.18-238.12.1.el5.0........
  • GRUB Solution to error "Error 6: Mismatched or corrupt version of stage1/stage2"


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  • Thunderbird/MBOX to IMAP/Maildir migration done easy with mb2md


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  • MySQL NEVER delete ib_logfile0 or ibdata1 or you'll lose data


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  • Postfix/Any Email Server check for Open Relay


    The first thing you need to remember is not to check from the same host/server itself.  This is a silly mistake I made, the reason is that many mailservers and especially postfix are configured to allow relaying from the localhost/same host.  If you do that you'll get a false positive. *Make sure you test from another host/system than the mail server itself! telnet yourmailserverhost.com 25 220 Courier (FreeBS........
  • sshd[9217]: Authentication refused: bad ownership or modes for file /root/.ssh/authorized_keys


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  • MySQL Out of Range Solution for DATETIME field


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  • email server messsages rejected without reverse DNS DNS check failure Client host rejected: cannot find your reverse hostname Cannot resolve PTR record


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  • MySQL Replication/Dual-Master vs Clustering


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  • Dovecot Enable SSL/TLS with your certificate


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  • Postfix Enable SSL/TLS with your certificate


    Create Cert & Key: openssl req -new -x509 -nodes -days 1530 -out server.crt -keyout server.key mkdir /etc/mailssl chmod 700 /etc/mailssl cp server.* /etc/mailssl Postfix SSL config Edit /etc/postfix/main.cf: #SSL stuff smtpd_tls_cert_file = /etc/mailssl/server.crt smtpd_tls_key_file = /etc/mailssl/server.key To make smtps w........
  • CPU #1 not responding - cannot use it.


    I think this will be useful to others because I have a server that kept crashing mysteriously during intense disk usage/RAID checks.  It would only crash during the weekly RAID integrity check. Then I noticed during a reboot that not all CPUs were being brought up, as a result this actually creates much higher temperatures with the output I got from sensors, just booting the system produced higher than normal temperatures. You can imagine that a full blown RAID check........
  • Understanding /etc/aliases from sendmail when using with postfix or other MTA's


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  • rsync and cp doesn't/won't include .hidden files


    I was shocked that options like preserve and archive made no difference!  This is a big deal and will catch people off guard. Rsync include hidden files Solution: You need to use something like: rsync -Pha /source/dir/. /dest/dir *Notice the "." at the end of the source directory. cp -a still ignores them too, the solution is the same: cp -a /source/directory/. /destination........
  • Apache Forbidden You don't have permission to access / on this server.


    Forbidden You don't have permission to access / on this server. [Sun Jan 23 15:28:12 2011] [crit] [client 96.44.31.12] (13)Permission denied: /www/vhosts/domain.com/httpdocs/.htaccess pcfg_openfile: unable to check htaccess file, ensure it is readable   Solution I've done a chmod 755 .htaccess and index.php and restarted Apache That wasn't the only issue, the issue was the httpdocs direc........
  • named/bind cannot find zone file, load zone files without specifying full directory path/loading master file genuine.com.zone: file not found


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  • Openvz Disk quota exceeded inode problem with free space


    Openvz problem, it is confusing because it's an inode issue and there is enough free space. cp: cannot create regular file `forums/memberlist.php': Disk quota exceeded /dev/simfs             60G   20G   41G  33% / none                  2.0G  4.0K  2.0G   1% /dev........
  • tar how to include hidden files such as .htaccess when it doesn't automatically


    tar include hidden files such as .htaccess just add . to the path eg. tar -czvf tarfile.tar.gz /home/directory/.........
  • mysqldump does not include CREATE DATABASE statement


    mysqldump does not include CREATE DATABASE statement you need the --databases option   "--databases" is misleading, it implies in the documentation that this is a list of databases to be dumped, it should be clear that uses this command in conjuction with dumping a single database also adds CREATE DATABASE and is the only way to get the database to automatically create itself.........
  • PHP5 & Apache Blank/White Screen/Page PHP won't work


    PHP5 & Apache Blank Screen/Page The PHP package is installed and works from the CLI Error reporting is enabled The only way I could get it working was: rm /etc/php.ini yum remove php yum install php-* -x php-pear* -x php-pecl* Interestingly enough reinstalling php did not bring back the deleted php.ini but everything is working.  ........
  • updatedb/mdadm caused a kernel panic?


    Jan 16 04:02:03 centosbox syslogd 1.4.1: restart. Jan 16 04:07:34 centosbox kernel: INFO: task updatedb:20771 blocked for more than 300 seconds. Jan 16 04:07:34 centosbox kernel: "echo 0 > /proc/sys/kernel/hung_task_timeout_secs" disables this message. Jan 16 04:07:34 centosbox kernel: updatedb      D F78BE050  6476 20771  20766                &n........
  • Ubuntu 9.04 Crash


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  • php won't work with absolute links


    php won't work with absolute links Warning: imagecreatefromgif(/images/header.gif): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /vhostsdir/httpdocs/images.php on line 15 That is how my path is structured and ONLY likes the true full path as /vhostsdir/httpdocs/images/header.gif Why can't it work relative to the vhost directory with absolute links just like say an html link would.........
  • Failed to save enabled features : The Suexec command on your system is configured to only run scripts under /var/www, but the Virtualmin base directory is /home. CGI and PHP scripts run as domain owners will not be executed.


    Apache/httpd Failed to save enabled features : The Suexec command on your system is configured to only run scripts under /var/www, but the Virtualmin base directory is /home. CGI and PHP scripts run as domain owners will not be executed. This is because I never edited the Apache Config and Virtualmin config to reflect my new/current updated structure.........
  • Webmin/Virtualmin when enabling bind: Failed to save enabled features : Virtualmin is configured to setup DNS zones, but this system is not setup to use itself as a DNS server. Either add 127.0.0.1 to the list of DNS servers, or turn off the BIND fe


    Webmin/Virtualmin when enabling bind: Failed to save enabled features : Virtualmin is configured to setup DNS zones, but this system is not setup to use itself as a DNS server. Either add 127.0.0.1 to the list of DNS servers, or turn off the BIND feature on the module config page. It means what it says, add "127.0.0.1" to /etc/resolv.conf........
  • Plesk: Backup Domains from the CLI - it's quicker


    Plesk 8.6 CLI backup: /usr/local/psa/bin/pleskbackup domains domain.com This is a much better way of doing it and of course it can be scripted, it's a real pain to point, click and wait for Plesk to backup domains (and yes I know you could do all of them in a single client file but this is not desirable for my situation).........
  • Importing Plesk 8.6 Backup to Virtualmin: Validating migration file .. .. validation failed : XML::Simple Perl module is not installed


    Importing Plesk 8.6 Backup to Virtualmin: Validating migration file .. .. validation failed : XML::Simple Perl module is not installed Solution is to install the correct module: perl -MCPAN -e 'install XML::Simple' Migrating a single domain works just fine, but it doesn't work with a full client backup containing multiple domains.........
  • ERROR! MySQL manager or server PID file could not be found! ERROR! Manager of pid-file quit without updating file.


    I found the cause of this issue was from all the diskspace being used but clearing it was not enough.  I guess the tables became inconsistent when space ran out and myisamchk is what fixed the rest.   service mysqld restart ERROR! MySQL manager or server PID file could not be found! ....................................................................................... ERROR! Manager of pid-file quit without updating file. se........
  • VMWare bridged adapter not working: The network bridge on device vmnet0 is not running. The virtual machine will not be able to communicate with the host or with other machines on your network. Failed to connect virtual device Ethernet1.


    VMWare bridged adapter not working: Message from system: The network bridge on device vmnet0 is not running. The virtual machine will not be able to communicate with the host or with other machines on your network. Failed to connect virtual device Ethernet1. I'm not sure how to fix this but one of the issues is that my eth0 became eth1 after moving my hard drives to a new motherboard.  I have run the vmware-config.pl but this did not resolve the issue.........
  • PHP Fatal error: Call to undefined function mysql_connect()


    PHP Fatal error:  Call to undefined function mysql_connect() yum install php-*........
  • mysql backup/dump all databases with mysqldump command


    mysqldump --all-databases > allDB.sql The above dumps ALL the mysql databases to "allDB.sql". If you want to compress with gzip you could do this instead: mysqldump --all-databases > gzip > ALLDB.sql.gz........
  • Installing Webmin & Enabling SSL


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  • Virtualmin/Webmin Postfix Error: The status of your system is being checked to ensure that all enabled features are available, that the mail server is properly configured, and that quotas are active ..


    Virtualmin Postfix Error: The status of your system is being checked to ensure that all enabled features are available, that the mail server is properly configured, and that quotas are active ..       A problem was found with your Postfix virtual maps : No map sources were found in the Postfix configuration .. your system is not ready for use by Virtualmin. <- Solution  ........
  • crontab/cronjob running multiple times at the wrong time


    crontab not working It is running as user Apache I've tried 0 0 * * * (which means midnight 00:00) and it does run at midnight but also 13:25 for some reason? 25 0 * * * with this it runs at 00:25 but again also at 13:25 Solution - Restart the Cron Service (especially if you changed your time/timezone) *Update I had a suspicion that changing the timezone a few weeks ago caused this.  I restarted lhe cron service and the problem h........
  • mdadm Centos 5 automatic resync


    This made me nervous but it's clearly a cronjob based on the messages log that happens every Sunday at about 4:22. I actually can't find any evidence of it in cron.d cron.daily but it is there somewhere obviously. What I don't get is why doesn't this cronjob do a datacheck like Ubuntu's cronscript does?  When you unnecessarily rebuild the array you lose your redundancy during that point which makes your data extremely vulnerable. *Update I did a grep of &q........
  • SSH delay problem UseDNS and disabling GSSAPI does not help


    The normal solution doesn't help or apply here:   ssh -v user@192.168.5.41 OpenSSH_4.3p2 Debian-9etch3, OpenSSL 0.9.8c 05 Sep 2006 debug1: Reading configuration data /etc/ssh/ssh_config debug1: Applying options for * debug1: Connecting to 192.168.5.41 [192.168.5.41] port 22. debug1: Connection established. debug1: permanently_set_uid: 0/0 debug1: identity file /root/.ssh/identity type -1 debug1: i........
  • ntpdate[30630]: no servers can be used, exiting


    You're not supposed to call ntpdate like that, it's part of the server and needs a bunch of different arguments. The chances are if your time is out of sync and you installed ntpd, you need to start the ntpd service.........
  • Linux Realtek Gigabit NIC huge/high latency problem after sleep?


    That is pinging to the gateway IP on the same switch, the same IP is pingable externally without any problems which makes me think the switch is fine. 64 bytes from 55.55.55.55: icmp_seq=4 ttl=255 time=1.07 ms 64 bytes from 55.55.55.55: icmp_seq=1 ttl=255 time=3536 ms 64 bytes from 55.55.55.55: icmp_seq=2 ttl=255 time=2536 ms 64 bytes from 55.55.55.55: icmp_seq=3 ttl=255 time=1536 ms 64 bytes from 55.55.55.55: icmp_seq=8 ttl=255 time=1.20 ms 64 by........
  • Walmart.ca & Ubuntu Caused Xorg 100% CPU usage


    I can't tell if it's Flash or Javascript that they were using, but it basically caused my sysetm to lockup until I closed that one page.  Is this proof enough that Wal-mart is evil? :) I've never seen that before, it's weird how certain things mask themselves as high CPU usage with Xorg, unless it is some kind of weird Xorg problem but I believe it's more of a Flash/Javascript issue from Firefox in Wal-mart's evil scripting.........
  • mdadm/md-check how to check array integrity without rebuilding


    This doesn't seem to be widely known (maybe it's in some documentation that none of us read though) but there's an easy way to check the integrity of any mdadm array: sudo echo check > /sys/block/md0/md/sync_action -bash: /sys/block/md0/md/sync_action: Permission denied sudo will never work, this only works as root since echo is not actually a binary/command.  It is built-into bash. /sys/devices/virtu........
  • Cygwin and crontab backups via ssh/scp/rsync


    Install the "Editors" and "Net" groups that will give you rsync, ssh, ssh-keygen and cron. The trickiest thing that I keep forgetting about each time is you have to run "cron-config" which adds the cron service to Windows, and without doing that obviously no cron jobs will be run thus making automatic backups impossible. Warning about rsync/cygwin and using the -a archive switch. It's a good thing I caught this because it doesn't work ri........
  • VBulletin How To Change Welcome E-mail


    Login as Admin Languages & Phrases -> Search in Phrases Choose "Phrase Variable Name Only" Search for: welcomemail Edit the "Translation" box with what you'd like in it.........
  • md: data-check of RAID array md3


    This really made me nervous but notice the mdstat says "check".  This is because in Ubuntu there is a scheduled mdadm cronscript that runs everyday on Sunday at 00:57 that checks your entire array.  This is a good way because it prevents gradual but unnoticed data corruption which I never thought of. As long as the check completes properly you have peace of mind knowing that your data integretiy is assured and that your hard drives are functioning properly (I'........
  • Dying Seagate 7200.11 SD15


    [137392.910057] ata4.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x1 SErr 0x80000 action 0x6 frozen [137392.910077] ata4: SError: { 10B8B } [137392.910095] ata4.00: cmd 60/20:00:00:00:00/00:00:00:00:00/40 tag 0 ncq 16384 in [137392.910099]          res 40/00:00:00:00:00/00:00:00:00:00/00 Emask 0x4 (timeout) [137392.910122] ata4.00: status: { DRDY } [137392.910135] ata4: hard resetting link [137393.440060] ata4: SATA link........
  • WD EARS Advanced Format Can't be fixed?


    There's no partial WD EARS alignment fix: I had data on /dev/sda3 and /dev/sdb3 (RAID1) so I couldn't edit that one. I thought I'd be smart and try fixing the first two partitions so I set the first one starting at sector 2048 and then +8 for the second partition. This has really slowed the performance down worse than it ever was! Disk /dev/sda: 2000.4 GB, 2000398934016 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 243201 cylinders, tot........
  • How to see what's inside your gziped CPIO'd initrd image


    Copy the initrd to somewhere else, say /tmp: mv initrd.img to initrd.gz *the mv to .gz is needed otherwise gunzip won't work/it will refuse to operate without the correct .gz extension gunzip initrd.gz cat initrd | cpio -idmv The last command extracts the contents of initrd to your present working directory.........
  • rhythmbox & ecryptfs segfault crash


    It seems nearly anything can make rhythmbox crash, I've always found it buggy. This crash seems to be something related to ecryptfs but it's hard to say.  After re-opening rhythmbox so it sits in the Gnome panel/tray, and letting it load/find all of my songs let's it work again.  If I show it too soon (I wait 10-15 minutes for everything to scan first) then it will crash over and over. [171938.995645] ecryptfs_read_and_validate_header_region: Error........
  • vmare server - Cannot open the disk '/mnt/sda4/vmware/Debian/hdd.vmdk' or one of the snapshot disks it depends on. Reason: Failed to lock the file.


    Go into the directory for your Virtual Machine and delete all ".lck" directories. rm -rf *.lck After that your server should boot.........
  • Ubuntu 10.04/GNOME Volume Control Missing From Panel/Indicator Applet


    What this really refers to is gnome-volume-control-applet which is what controls the volume in the panel/indicator applet. In Ubuntu 10.04 it is just the applet mentioned above, run that from the command line and it will start. I lost mine when I removed pulseaudio trying to fix audio issues with Flash and Opera.  It also removes the gnome-volume-control-applet from starting.  *I also note........
  • mdadm: metadata format 00.90 unknown, ignored.


    mdadm: metadata format 00.90 unknown, ignored. This happens with various versions of older mdadm such as mdadm - v2.6.7.1 - 15th October 2008 It is all because an extra 0 in 00.90 in /etc/mdadm/mdadm.conf that it doesn't like (it doesn't seem to cause any problem except that message though): Solution - Edit your /etc/mdadm/mdadm.conf and change 00.90 to 0.90 in your arrays: ARRAY /dev/md3 level=raid1 num-devices=2 metadata=0.90 UUID=f41a4644:6b2a05f........
  • rsync preserve attributes, permissions/ownership and times without being root non-root user


    One of the purposes of rsync is to backup whole filesystems and archive them but how can you do that properly and restore things to normal if all permissions and ownerships are not preserved from your root filesystem? It's not desirable to have everything running as root, especially not just for an rsync. The Easy rsync preserve permission solution for non-root users sudo is the answer and all you have to do is edit /etc/sudoers At the end o........
  • Ubuntu/Debian DRBD 8.0 Setup Guide


    I've only used it on Centos, so I thought I'd make a quick Debian guide: Install the DRBD Package apt-get install drbd8-utils Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree       Reading state information... Done The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:   libswfdec-0.8-0 Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them. The following........
  • VMWare Server cannot connect to web interface SSL Handshake on client connection failed: SSL Exception


    VMWare log: /var/log/vmware/hostd.log SSL Handshake on client connection failed: SSL Exception sudo /etc/init.d/vmware-mgmt restart Stopping VMware management services:    VMware Virtual Infrastructure Web Access    VMware Server Host Agent                          &nb........
  • VMWare Server is on SSL port 8333


    I'm mentioning this because I keep forgetting what port the management is on for the web interface (since newer releases of VMWare server took away the superior stand alone client). So remember it is port 8333 and sometimes you need to restart vmware-mgmt service and also enable sslv2 in your Firefox or it won't connect.........
  • VirtualBox Convert Import/Boot .vmdk VMWare Hard Disk/Drive Image Won't Work


    I wanted to Import/Use a .vmdk hard disk image file from VMWare.  Generally you can just "point" VirtualBox to it and use it and it will work but I found an exception. One of my Centos 4.4 x64 images wouldn't boot.  I had two copies, an older one and the newer one.  The older one booted as normal (once I changed the VirtualBox driver to IDE from SATA).  The newer one stopped at the "GRUB loading" message no matter what I tried. As far as........
  • bash script count unique/dupllicate lines in a file


    For many reasons you may be dealing with a standard text file and you want to know if there are any duplicate lines: Here's how you do it: cat filename|uniq -c The "uniq -c" program counts how many time each line occurs.........
  • Outsourced VPS Support


    The Xen VPS I had was not working properly and when they asked for the login information I found the support was coming directly from India:   whois 122.178.148.* [Querying whois.apnic.net] [whois.apnic.net] % [whois.apnic.net node-5] % Whois data copyright terms    http://www.apnic.net/db/dbcopyright.html inetnum:        122.178.128.0 - 122.178.191.255 netname: &........
  • yum in Centos 5/Xen halts and exits suddenly


    yum exits in the middle The problem is this VPS seems to be an OpenVZ template from HyperVM.  The only way to make it work was to disable i386 packages since this was an x64 kernel.  That shouldn't be necessary but it was the only way to make yum stop quitting after the first package or two.  I couldn't find any issue by checking the logs either. echo y|yum install vim-minimal telnet expect jwhois net-tools slocate iptables elinks gawk L........
  • vzquota : (warning) Incorrect quota shutdown for id 2333, recalculating disk usage vzquota : (error) quota check : lstat `sess_a5078fce5f569e453ab1fb39b0fc69f8': No such file or directory vzquota on failed [1]


    first container would not come up: Starting CT 2333: service vz stop OpenVZ is locked                                           [FAILED] 2010-11-29T23:26:23-0800 vzctl : CT 2333 : Starting container ... 2010-11-29T23:37:21-08........
  • WD EARS/Green 2TB Cannot Disable Power Saving/Head Parking with hdparm


    hdparm -B 255 /dev/sdb /dev/sdb:  setting Advanced Power Management level to disabled  HDIO_DRIVE_CMD failed: Input/output error   The one thing you can do though is to set hdparm spindown time lower (it doesn't seem to work that well).  -S   set standby (spindown) timeout   hdparm -S 251 /dev/sda /dev/sda:  setti........
  • yum error with some versions of Centos Refusing to automatically import keys when running unattended. Use "-y" to override.


    Refusing to automatically import keys when running unattended. Use "-y" to override. When using echo y|yum install gcc Fix with rpm --import /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY*........
  • mdadm RAID 1 adventures


    I separated the 2 drives in the RAID 1 array. 1 is the old one /dev/sda and is out of date, while the separated other one /dev/sdc was in another drive and mounted and used with more data (updated). I wonder how mdadm will handle this: usb-storage: device scan complete md: md127 stopped. md: bind<sda3> md: md127: raid array is not clean -- starting background reconstruction raid1: raid set md127 active with 1 out of 2 m........
  • WD (Western Digital) Advanced Format Drive Lagged/Slow Speed/Performance/Design Flaw EAD/EARS problem WDC WD20EARS-00S8B1


    Let the numbers speak for themselves, from what I read the Load_Cycle_Count which is very high (more than 500,000/half a million times) is the number of head parks.  What a stupid "Green" design and design flaw which will probably mean an early life for the drive. This is almost as silly as Seagate's new reputation for BSY/poor quality disks since the 7200.11 series. To make it worse this is also when Western Digital introduced "Advanced Format" o........
  • Firefox plugin-container high CPU usage


    This is an easy fix and highlights a huge issue again with Linux and Flash still not playing nicely/working as well as Windows yet. Solution - Go to "about:config" and disable the two entries (set them to false):   dom.ipc.plugins.enabled.libflashplayer.so dom.ipc.plugins.enabled.libnptest.so........
  • VirtualBox some USB passthrough devices greyed/grayed out unavailable solution


    The solution is simple but it's a wonder why VBOX doesn't address it directly? Perhaps newer versions will but you have to add your user to the "vboxusers" group and then login and logout and you'll see the devices you wanted but couldn't access are now available. The weird thing is that the grayed out issue doesn't happen with all devcies but one notable thing is the Apple iPhone especially in DFU or Recovery Mode which is an big issue for some people.........
  • mdadm won't boot due to fsck error


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