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  • systemd management using systemctl and journalctl to check systemd logs


    systemd is like the service manager for your Centos and other modern Linux distributions (including Debian/Mint/Ubuntu) allows you to enable services, stop them, restart them, check their status and even reboot your system. The key commands or arguments you will use with systemctl are the following: Unit Commands:   list-units [PATTERN...]         List loaded units &nbs........
  • What is /dev/pts and why do we need it in Linux?


    A quick check in /dev/pts shows a lot of entries but what are they for?:  ls /dev/pts 0  10  12  14  16  18  2   21  23  25  27  29  30  32  4  6  8  ptmx 1  11  13  15  17  19  20  22  24  26  28  3   31  33  5  7  9 Basically they are pseudo-termi........
  • hwloc-nox set CPU affinity in Linux


    sudo apt-get install  hwloc-nox Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree       Reading state information... Done The following NEW packages will be installed:   hwloc-nox 0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 530 not upgraded. Need to get 151 kB of archives. After this operation, 453 kB of additional disk space will be used. Get:1 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubunt........
  • PHP Displaying Blank Page on Apache


    Almost always the reason will be that the php.so file is missing but also that php.conf is misconfigured. In the problem machine it is actually PHP 7 installed so if you reference PHP 5 of course things wil be broken! Take for example here: cat /etc/httpd/conf.d/php.conf # # PHP is an HTML-embedded scripting language which attempts to make it # easy for developers to write dynamica........
  • VMWare ESXi 6.7 SSH/PowerShell CLI Commands


    [root@localhost:~] BootModuleConfig.sh          echo                         host-ind                     nfcd                   ........
  • error while loading shared libraries: libasound.so.2: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory


    ./tronwatch: error while loading shared libraries: libasound.so.2: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory [root@testing linux-unpacked-1.0.7]#   Solution: yum -y install alsa-lib-devel........
  • ./xmr-stak: error while loading shared libraries: libmicrohttpd.so.10: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory


    The solution is just to install libmicrohttpd-dev ./xmr-stak ./xmr-stak: error while loading shared libraries: libmicrohttpd.so.10: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory libmicrohttpd libmicrohttpd10 - library embedding HTTP server functionality libmicrohttpd-dbg - library embedding HTTP server functionality (debug) libmicrohttpd-dev - library embedding HTTP server functionality (development) $ sudo apt-get i........
  • Debian Mint Ubuntu compiling xmr-stak


    sudo apt-get install libcurl4-openssl-dev git build-essential autotools-dev autoconf libcurl3 sudo apt-get install libcurl4-gnutls-dev git clone https://github.com/wolf9466/cpuminer-multi sudo apt-get install cmake  libpthread-* libmicrohttpd-dev libssl-dev libhwloc-dev git clone https://github.com/fireice-uk/xmr-stak-cpu.git make install cd bin chmod +x xmr-stak-cpu ./xmr-stak -O xmr........
  • *** These critical programs are missing or too old: gawk


    checking whether autoconf works... ../configure: line 5377:  7325 Segmentation fault      $AUTOCONF $ACFLAGS configure.in > /dev/null 2>&1 no configure: error: *** These critical programs are missing or too old: gawk *** Check the INSTALL file for required versions.  ........
  • wodim / cdrecord error cannot burn DVD or BDR .iso Errno: 5 (Input/output error), write_g1 scsi sendcmd: no error


     dvd+rw-mediainfo /dev/sr0 INQUIRY:                [ASUS    ][BW-16D1HT       ][3.00] GET [CURRENT] CONFIGURATION:  Mounted Media:         11h, DVD-R Sequential  Media ID:              RITEKF1  &n........
  • linux mint image convert menu option missing solution


    I already have the caja-image-converter option installed but it shows nothing. Weirdly enough if you install nemo and nautilus converter it does show and work inside caja: The solution is to install *-image-converter sudo apt-get install *-image-converter Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree       Reading state information... Done Note, selecting 'n........
  • Linux How To Eject and Insert a CD-R/DVD-R/BD-R Disc


    Many people are aware of the "eject command" which works as you would expect. To eject the disc: sudo eject /dev/sr0 To insert the disc again you still use the same command but with the "-t" close try toggle: sudo eject -t /dev/sr0  ........
  • Linux Mint 18 Screen Goes Dark or Black After Screensaver or even when using the Desktop Solution


    You can search for this bug and it seems like it may be related to ecryptfs and is many years old. The symptoms are that you return to the computer and the screensaver was active or the screen was asleep/black and it doesn't seem to come back.  But you check by SSH the computer is running fine and are frustrated you'll lose your running programs and have to reboot. There is a simple solution: Ctrl + Alt + F1 Ctrl + Alt + F8 Ba........
  • VMWare 6.7 VCSA VSphere ESXi Management SSO Install Guide on Linux using the CLI


    #mount the VCSA DVD mount /dev/sr0 /mnt/cd #alternatively you could mount the iso directly mount -o loop vcsa.iso /your/mount/path #for this purpose we are using the CLI installer on Linux cd /mnt/cd/vcsa-cli-installer/lin64 #no it's not going to be that easy you can't just run vcsa-deploy like that you need to use a template or configured .json file ./vcsa-deploy Usage: vcsa-deploy [-h] [--version] [--supported-deploymen........
  • OpenVPN cannot ping remote IP routing loop issue after connecting


    Sometimes if you have a very basic configuration OpenVPN on the client side for some reason sends all traffic to the OpenVPN server IP through the tun0 which is of course impossible and creates a block or routing loop.  This is because you need to use your normal ISP/LAN gateway to hit the OpenVPN server if it is remote/offsite as is usually the case.  So if you are connected to the OpenVPN through say a tun0 device and your routing is set to connect to the OpenVPN&nbs........
  • Linux Mint Black Screen after boot no graphics solution


    This is not the normal "black screen" issue and I was shocked to eventually find out why.  The normal advice of reconfiguring Xorg didn't work.  Even booting into "Recovery Mode" did not help. Here is the short end of the stick that fixed it: sudo apt-get install mdm mate-desktop-environment Yes you got it right, mdm and the mate-desktop-environment / gnome were somehow uninstalled.  This must be whe........
  • How To Turn Any .iso file into a bootable USB drive


    This works for almost all ISO's I find (at least Linux based): sudo dd if=CentOS-6.9-x86_64-minimal.iso of=/dev/sdg bs=20M 20+1 records in 20+1 records out 427819008 bytes (428 MB) copied, 118.233 s, 3.6 MB/s   Of course change the .iso filename above and the /dev/sdg to your desired USB drive!........
  • Apache htaccess Custom ErrorDocument not working properly for root home page 403 Error Issue and Solution


    So I have a domain "testdomain.com". Inside test domain.com's root is the following .htaccess: Options +FollowSymLinks -Indexes ErrorDocument 403 /launch/index.html Order Deny,Allow Deny From All Allow From 192.168.1.2 When you visit anything other than root things work fine.  Eg. if you visit http://testdomain.com/somedirfile.html It will show the right error in /launch/........
  • Linux input/output error invalid program cannot read data on some CD-Rs and DVD-Rs on ASUS BW-16D1HT


    I've never seen this before in all of my years.  I have some very old CDs and DVDs 12-15 years old that seem not to work in this BD-R/DVD-R/CD-R Asus drive. The discs are fine actually and ironically they even work fine on a normal LG USB based BD-R drive! Here are the errors in Linux: [2914936.884924] attempt to access beyond end of device [2914936.884927] loop1: rw=0, want=730424, limit=688384 [2914954.556873] attempt to........
  • Linux How To Clone One System Harddrive to another remote system


    The easiest way is to use SSH and DD or a combination of netcat.  SSH will be a little slower due to encryption but is the most secure way (on two older systems the average clone speed is about 40-50MB/s).  This is also OS independent as it doesn't matter what the source OS is because you are literallly cloning the drive so you retain the partition table and settings.   Clone HDD using SSH and DD........
  • Ubuntu/Debian/Linux won't boot and drops to Busybox shell after cloning HDD with dd


    I don't recall having this issue in the distant past but nowadays at least Debian seems to be very picky about this. I used dd to copy one hard drive to another and tried booting it.  Everything seemed fine with grub working but each time it would drop to the busybox shell.  There is no particular error so this is misleading. Normally the first things you would check are to make sure your fstab is correct (that the UUID is correct) and that you've updated grub.&........
  • GCC 5 on Centos 6 - How To Install


    Install requirements: yum -y install gmp-devel mpfr-devel libmpc-devel glibc-devel glibc-devel.i686 zip unzip jar   Download, untar, configure, compile and install GCC http://mirrors.kernel.org/gnu/gcc/gcc-5.5.0/gcc-5.5.0.tar.gz tar -zxvf gcc-5.5.0.tar.gz cd gcc-5.5.0 ./configure make make install Now you need to cleanup th........
  • Linux how to view video card make and exact model


    Normally lspci will show you just like this and would suggest they are exactly the same card: 1a:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Ellesmere [Radeon RX 470/480/570/580] (rev e7) 1c:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Ellesmere [Radeon RX 470/480/570/580] (rev e7) lspci -vnn is the answer As we can see one is a Gigabyte and the other is an MSI card.  Wha........
  • How to Update Linux /usr/share/misc/pci.ids


    This works with lspci and if it's outdated may not give you the exact manufacturer and device model. For example take these 3 different RX 580's: 1a:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Device 67df (rev e7) 1b:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Device 67df (rev e7) 1d:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Device 67df (rev e7)   You ca........
  • pcimodules and lspci not working alternative solution


    pcimodules no longer works it produces nothing probably because the format of /sys/bus/pci is different. lspci -k doesn't work on older lspci versions. pciutils can be compiled but it won't work if you have an old system and compile on a newer glibc. iteriate through /sys/bus/pci/devices/*/modalias cat /sys/bus/pci/devices/*/modalias pci:v00008086d00001237sv00000000sd00000000bc06sc00i00 pci:v00008086d00007000sv0000000........
  • cannot mount kvm ntfs image


    guestmount -a kvmuserscra.img -m /dev/sda1 mount libguestfs: error: mount_options: /dev/sda1 on / (options: ''): mount: unknown filesystem type 'ntfs' guestmount: '/dev/sda1' could not be mounted. guestmount: Did you mean to mount one of these filesystems? guestmount:     /dev/sda1 (ntfs) guestmount:     /dev/sda2 (ntfs) yum -y install ntfs-3g still........
  • mdadm how to mount inactive array


    myguy@devbox:~$ sudo mdadm -As myguy@devbox:~$ cat /proc/mdstat |grep sdf md125 : inactive sdf3[2](S) sudo mdadm --manage /dev/md125 --run mdadm: started /dev/md125  ........
  • How to find and mount mdadm arrays automatically


    A great way if you have a bunch of drives and mdadm connected and are looking for backups/archives and don't know what is where!    for md in `cat /proc/mdstat|grep md[0-99]|awk '{print $1}'`; do mkdir /mnt/$md; mount /dev/$md /mnt/$md; done........
  • FreeBSD/OpenBSD OpenVPN Client error "Cannot allocate TUN/TAP dev dynamically"


    I have never had this error on Linux and this is running FreeBSD as root: Wed Aug  9 04:29:34 2017 us=329050 Cannot allocate TUN/TAP dev dynamically Wed Aug  9 04:29:34 2017 us=329832 Exiting due to fatal error The Solution you need a kernel module that is for some reason not automatically loaded like Linux: kldload if_tap........
  • Linux bash script to see what connected computers respond to ping


    A great way when moving your equipment to a new location, new router/switch etc to help confirm what MAC has what IP:   for ip in `arp -na|awk '{print $2}'|sed s/(//g|sed s/)//g`; do echo ping $ip ping -c 1 -w 1 $ip > /dev/null if [ "$?" == 0 ]; then    echo "$ip UP" fi done........
  • Cannot allocate TUN/TAP dev dynamically - FreeBSD/OpenBSD OpenVPN Client error Solution


    I have never had this error on Linux and this is running FreeBSD as root: Wed Aug  9 04:29:34 2017 us=329050 Cannot allocate TUN/TAP dev dynamically Wed Aug  9 04:29:34 2017 us=329832 Exiting due to fatal error The Solution You need a kernel module that is for some reason not automatically loaded like Linux: kldload if_tap........
  • kdenlive titles/text renders as white screen when using .sh script


    When using the .sh script the rendering doesn't work after an upgrade of related packages to kdenlive.   kdenlive (kdenlive:amd64 (4:17.04.1+git201705191233~ubuntu16.04.1)) with affine or composite transitions was fine but is now broken during the time of transition it is just a white screen. The previous version was fine: kdenlive:amd64 (4:17.04.1+git201705191233~ubuntu16.04.1 But now I can't find it or install it:........
  • /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........
  • Wine uninstalled broken on Linux Mint


    Solution: Aptitude is very smart and fixed the issues it was because of nvidia cuda and opencl and nothing else suggested or hinted this using apt sudo aptitude install wine The following NEW packages will be installed:   ocl-icd-libopencl1{ab} ocl-icd-libopencl1:i386{ab} wine wine1.6   wine1.6-amd64{a} wine1.6-i386:i386{a} The following packages will be REMOVED:........
  • ffmpeg trouble concatenating similar but different files


    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 -........
  • 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........
  • ffmpeg Linux Mint download, compile and install howto


    #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              ........
  • OpenVZ error : Container start failed (try to check kernel messages, e.g. "dmesg | tail") Locked by: pid 166638, cmdline vzctl start 888171


    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........
  • Linux how to copy GPT partition table with dd


    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........
  • 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........
  • Centos 7 A start job is running for dev-mapper-clx2droot.device (8min 44s / no limit)


    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.........
  • USB 3.0 External HDD Enclosure Seagate UAS problems - [sdd] tag#1 CDB: Write(16) 8a 00 00 00 00 01 70 04 08 68 00 00 00 08 00 00


      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........
  • 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........
  • 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........
  • Apache SSL very slow response with Firefox Freezes/Loads Very slow when checking self-signed SSL certificate


    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........
  • 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"........
  • Linux shows my drive as being dead is it really? Buffer I/O error on device sdb, logical block 0 sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] CDB: Read(10): 28 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 08 00


    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........
  • Linux bash script how to generate a random password using /dev/urandom


    This command will generate a random password using all letters and numbers that is 20 characters wrong based on /dev/urandom (for the most truly random output). echo `< /dev/urandom tr -dc _A-Z-a-z-0-9 | head -c${1:-20};echo;`........
  • How to create openssl md5 password hash to use in /etc/shadow using bash


    Very useful in embedded and other non-standard deployments.  The above makes a random salt of 14 random characters from /dev/urandom (you can change the -14 to whatever number of characters you want for your salt). openssl passwd -1 -salt `< /dev/urandom tr -dc _A-Z-a-z-0-9 | head -c${1:-14};echo;` YourPassword Output: $1$eW-ScuyL$f/iKMJ5mbJ..7bSzvX6EO0    ........
  • How to verify SSL SHA-1 Certificate Fingerprnit Signature of your mail/web server to avoid hijacking/man-in-the-middle attacks


    This is especially helpful if you run your own servers.  If you are presented with an error message or warning that the signature has changed or does not match the IP/domain you are connecting to you always want to verify manually. So your e-mail/web client will show you an SHA-1 fingerprint like this: "Could not verify this certificate because the issuer is unkown" or other reasons such as a mismatch in IP/domain. It will also show you........
  • What happens when you unplug 1 or more devices from an mdadm RAID array to simulate a failure in Linux Ubuntu/Centos/Debian?


    In short the two drives in the array were /dev/sdd and /dev/sde.  The kernel sees they were unplugged and have gone down as you can see below. mdadm caught the first one being unplugged /dev/sde and disabled the missing drive.  However when the final drive that was part of the array is unplugged it didn't notice at all.  Instead it complains about an IO error later for drives that the kernel knows do not exist anymore. [45817.162728] ata4: exception........
  • Migrating from Linux Mint 17.2 mdadm RAID array to a new one (because I upgraded to larger drives).


    1.) Replicate the number of partitions in your new drives. gdisk /dev/sda gdisk /dev/sdb I created 3 partitions of the same same size. partition #1: +1G (/boot) partition #2: +60G (swap) partition #3: rest of it (/) #note if you are using GPT/gdisk you need to create separate a partition at least 1MB in size (in my case I would a 4th partition and mark it type ef02).........
  • mdadm how to recover from failed drive


    Remove the failed partition /dev/sde1  mdadm --manage /dev/md99 -r /dev/sde1 mdadm: hot removed /dev/sde1 from /dev/md99   Now add another drive back to replace it:  # mdadm --manage /dev/md99 -a /dev/sdf1 mdadm: added /dev/sdf1   A "cat /proc/mdstat" should show it resyncing if all is well.........
  • mdadm and lvm how to completely disable and remove vg/pv/lv


    In short the solution is just to use vgremove for the actual /dev/mapper device: vgremove /dev/mapper/backups-backuplv   box mnt # mdadm --manage /dev/md8 --stop mdadm: Cannot get exclusive access to /dev/md8:Perhaps a running process, mounted filesystem or active volume group? box mnt # lv lvchange     lvconvert    lvcreate     l........
  • mdadm frozen and doesn't realize array is dead/missing failed due to unplugged drives


    This was a surprising bug but I unplugged all drives for an array md127.  At first it was just 1 drive and mdadm seemed to notice this.  I unplugged the second drive taking the array offline but mdadm did not realize it was offline and still showed a non-existent disk as being part of it.  This created problems trying to unmount it or even to stop this array with mdadm freezing.  As for how to fix it I can only think of making sure you are not in a mounted path of........
  • mdadm how to make inactive array active


    This happens when you assemble array it doesn't mean it will be active for many reasons: md20 : inactive sdf1[2](S)       732442488 blocks super 1.2 Solution:  sudo mdadm --manage /dev/md20  --run........
  • ERROR 2013 (HY000): Lost connection to MySQL server during query


    The solution is simple but strange, if you copy your /var/lib/mysql directory to another server and think it will work, be sure to check if you have /var/log/mysql and binary log files.  If you do, the server will not work and will give you errors like below and crash without the proper log files. UPDATE user SET password=password("newpass") WHERE user='root'; flush privileges; ERROR 2013 (HY000): Lost connection to MySQL server durin........
  • fdisk wq causes hung process


    I created a new partition table on a newly plugged in device and it caused fdisk to hang (even force kill does not work).  It also may be a bad drive or some other issue because fdisk -l hangs after the first 2 HDDs (totaly of 8 HDDs on this system): [1232879.903596] INFO: task fdisk:27176 blocked for more than 120 seconds. [1232879.903607]       Tainted: P        &nbs........
  • ADATA SU800 256GB 3D NAND Flash SSD Test & Review


    I keep reading these drives are slower, but they are cheap and still SSD and work very fast for my needs. As you can see the sequential read is 481-491MB/s, if I put them in MDADM RAID10 mode (normal RAID1) they should give me well over 900MB/s and with redundancy and being very cheap for what they offer. [1232206.315622] scsi 8:0:1:0: Direct-Access     ATA      ADATA SU800   &........
  • mdadm kernel panic if trying to change --layout on a RAID10


    It is already known this is not possible   mdadm --create /dev/md3 --level 10 --layout=f2 --raid-devices=2 /dev/sdc1 /dev/sdd1 mdadm: /dev/sdc1 appears to be part of a raid array:        level=raid10 devices=2 ctime=Sat Dec 24 18:44:29 2016 mdadm: /dev/sdd1 appears to be part of a raid array:        level=raid10 devices=2 ctime=Sat Dec 24 18:44:29 2016 Continue creating ar........
  • remove gpt partition linux


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