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  • How Does Cisco CUCM (Cisco Unified Communication Manager) Work?


    First of all the CUCM is a Linux based OS that is installed onto a server.  It is like the "Control Panel" or "PBX" for all of your communications in terms of voice and video.........
  • 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........
  • Linux What is umask (user mask) for file and directory creation permissions and how to calculate umask and change the defaults


    umask are the default permissions that are applied when a file or directory are created.  To see this in action simply just "touch filename" or "mkdir somedir" and you'll see what default permissions are applied. The first thing I always tell people you should know is to NEVER change the defaults unless you are making them more restrictive.  But they work well and if you change the defaults you could end up creating a file without permission to read........
  • Linux Permissions and Groups Real Usecase for Group Access


    I have a directory structure which the primary user needs full access on but wanted a user to access only a specific directory within the main directory (so they could write in there only and nowhere else). Here's what I did: [root@compevo8001 dllnow]# ls -alh drwxrwxr-x  2 someuser software  4.0K Oct 19  2017 ExpireYMD-2017-11-20 drwxrwxr-x  2 someuser software  4.0K Nov 19  2017 ExpireYMD-20........
  • AMD Set Fan Speed and Other Powerplay Memory/CPU Timings with a Linux script


    You can do other things but this particular script is just to set all AMD cards to 80% fan speed (remember this script needs to applied everytime you reboot). You could set it is a cron or just throw it into /etc/rc.local basepath=/sys/class/drm for hwmon in `ls -1 /sys/class/drm|grep card[0-99]$`; do echo card=$hwmon; hwmonname=`ls $basepath/$hwmon/device/hwmon|grep hwmon[0-99]` hwmonpath=$basepath/$hwmon/device/hwmon/$hwmonname echo "ec........
  • genisoimage errors with long filenames and deep directory structures


    You'll have to violate the iso9660 standards but it is necessary if you want to preserve your filesystem and filenames and shouldn't be an issue as long as you are using a modern OS like Linux. genisoimage -o Backup-Myfiles.iso -r -J -joliet-long  /some/path/ You will get errors like below (even enabling joliet-long didn't help) genisoimage: Error: /some/filename.pdf have the same Joliet name Joliet tree sort failed. The -joliet-lo........
  • Linux Kernel USB Export Errors


    4.374647] usb_common: exports duplicate symbol usb_get_dr_mode (owned by kernel) [ 4.403334] usbcore: exports duplicate symbol __usb_get_extra_descriptor (owned by kernel) [ 4.427736] xhci_hcd 0000:00:15.0: xHCI Host Controller [ 4.427844] xhci_hcd 0000:00:15.0: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 1 [ 4.429040] xhci_hcd 0000:00:15.0: hcc params 0x200077c1 hci version 0x100 quirks 0x01109810 [ 4.429141] xhci_hcd 0000:00:15.0: cache line size of 64 is not sup........
  • How to download gajim 0.16.9 XMPP/Jabber client so you can use OMEMO encryption


    #Linux Mint 18.2 how to install gajim .16.9 so you can use OMEMO encryption: sudo apt-get install python-axolotl python-nbxmpp wget https://gajim.org/downloads/0.16/gajim-0.16.9.tar.gz tar -zxvf gajim-0.16.9.tar.gz cd gajim-0.16.9 ./autogen.sh ;make;sudo make install #if you get this error you need to get a newer python-nbxmpp from here: gajim Gajim needs python-nbxmpp >= 0.6.1 to run. Quiting...........
  • HP DL385 G7 Linux BIOS Update Flash


    wget https://downloads.linux.hpe.com/repo/spp/rhel/6/x86_64/current/CP017004.scexe --2018-08-16 05:11:16--  https://downloads.linux.hpe.com/repo/spp/rhel/6/x86_64/current/CP017004.scexe Resolving downloads.linux.hpe.com (downloads.linux.hpe.com)... 15.249.152.85 Connecting to downloads.linux.hpe.com (downloads.linux.hpe.com)|15.249.152.85|:443... connected. HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK Length: 1525561 (1.5........
  • 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........
  • Linux bash shell doesn't show username, hostname or current path fix solution


    Usually this is because when you created your user you added a user but didn't create their home directory and/or for some reason your .bashrc and .bash_profile in ~ (home) is broken/missing. In your home just create the following files with the following content to solve it: .bashrc and .bash_profile. To apply it just relogin/start a new bash session # .bash_profile # Get the aliases and funct........
  • zenity popup messages, windows, dialogs, error messages calendars and more howto on Gnome Linux including Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Centos and more


    zenity is a nice utility as part of the gnome window manager that allows you to script from bash and retrieve the input from the user.  It could also be helpful in just notifying a user when they login with a popup window. I'll give an overview of what's available with zenity:   Application Options: --calendar Display calendar dialog --entry Display tex........
  • Debian/Ubuntu/Mint Linux How To Set VLAN in /etc/network/interfaces


    You can find many ways to specify the VLAN in your network configuration but I find this is the simplest and quickest. In this case we are talking about a bridged adapter "vmbr0" but it works even if you just had a normal non-bridged interface. The key here is that in vmbr0 you'll notice there is no IP address.  We just specify "manual". Below it is a similar stanza for "vmbr0.58" in this case 58 represents the VLAN (change........
  • 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........
  • 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........
  • Linux How To Rename Files


    To remove all spaces from all files in the current directory linux rename remove spaces rename "s/ //g" * The above won't work in Centos but in Debian based distros as rename in Centos doesn't work that way. See this more comprehensive article.........
  • Linux Centos 7 HowTo Install Yarn


    https://yarnpkg.com/lang/en/docs/install/#centos-stable   curl --silent --location https://dl.yarnpkg.com/rpm/yarn.repo | tee /etc/yum.repos.d/yarn.repo If you need node.js: curl --silent --location https://rpm.nodesource.com/setup_6.x | bash - yum install nodejs yarn........
  • 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 Free Wasted Memory RAM in Buffers


    We all know Linux is known for good memory management but is it really?  It seems all on its own with hardly anything running that you can come back in days or weeks and find that almost all of your RAM is used! And many will say "no don't worry it's buffers for optimization" but it doesn't seem to help because what is in buffers is not available to use for new programs running or ones that allocate more RAM as far as I can tell. The reason I know........
  • 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........
  • How to qemu-kvm enable bridged networking in Debian Ubuntu Linux Mint on KVM containers


    I've read a few guides about this but they didn't work for me. sudo apt-get install bridge-utils #don't think the above is enough it won't work still even though you have by default an /etc/qemu-ifup that handles it if you have the right tools and setup sudo qemu-system-x86_64 -net tap -net nic -enable-kvm -cpu host,vmx=on ~/VirtualBox VMs/vsphere-vcenter/vsphere-vcenter.vdi W: /etc/qemu-ifup: no bridge for guest interface foun........
  • Install NFS (Network File System) On Debian Linux Ubuntu Mint Howto


    sudo apt-get install nfs-kernel-server #oops there are no exports so it won't startsudo /etc/init.d/nfs-kernel-server start * Not starting NFS kernel daemon: no exports. #we will use the /tmp/nfstestshare directory for our NFS share mkdir /tmp/nfstestshare #add it to /etc/exports (basically what NFS checks to determine what to make an NFS share) /tmp/nfstestshare 192.168.1.5(rw,sync,........
  • 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........
  • not allowed to execute '/usr/bin/apt-get install eclipse' as root linux sudo user permisson issue and solution


    This is most likely to happen on a normal GUI system like Ubuntu or Linux Mint.  If you or the user is meant to have sudo / root privileges it is as simple as editing the following files: Now assume your username is "iamtheuser" vi /etc/group adm:x:4:syslog,iamtheuser sudo:x:27:anotheruser,iamtheuser Find the above lines and add a comma and "ia........
  • mail command line examples of how to send an email using Linux / Unix and the Bash Shell or Scripting


    A simple way that may work for a lot of people who just need basic output for their scripts or daemons to announce an action is this: echo "body or message" | mail -s "realtechtalk.com" user@domain.com If you want to send a text file as the body just do this instead: mail -s "realtechtalk.com" user@domain.com < /tmp/sometxtfile.txt These a........
  • 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........
  • Intel NUC J3455 Linux Kernel freeze slowness 4.4.98 errors


    It looks like this has something to do with APIC but I am not sure.  I have similar CPUs with a different MB and BIOS that work fine on the same type of kernel.  A lot of time the issue is because of the C-step setting in the BIOS. The same thing happened on the 2.6 kernel with Centos 6 but this is a homebrew 4.4 kernel so I am not sure why it is happening when even Centos 7 (3.2) kernel works OK. Solution - It comes down to the BIOS set........
  • Linux Ubuntu Mint Debian cannot play xvid,x264,mp4 or any videos codec issue - xplayer Could not initialize supporting library.


    In xplayer I get the following error "Could not initialize supporting library.".  It actually looks more like a gstreamer issue. For those wondering what the default video player is called it is "xvid" and not "totem" anymore like previous versions. Basically it looks like some codecs are missing when I uninstalled another program it uninstalled other programs and codecs that it shouldn't have. I've tried installing all the gstre........
  • How To Set or Change Useragent in Firefox and Seamonkey


    In your browser go to "about:config" Right click and choose "New" -> "String" The name should be: general.useragent.override String Value: Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 2.2.1; en-ca; LG-P505R Build/FRG83) AppleWebKit/533.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile Safari/533.1   You don't even have to restart to make this work.........
  • 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!........
  • Linux Mint Ubuntu Debian How To Disable Webcam Automatically Onboot To Prevent Spying and Privacy Violations


    It is well known hackers, the NSA, CIA and other groups have created malware to secretly turn on your webcam and microphone on your phone, tv etc.. But fortunately on our computers and laptops we have some options. Most webcams use the "uvcvideo" kernel module / driver.  You can disable this in two ways on boot. I recommend both just as a failsafe.  Disable it on rc.local once your system boots automatically Add the followi........
  • Debian Linux Mint Ubuntu Disable Automatic apt-get update


    sudo chmod 000 /etc/cron.daily/apt-compat   This is the easiest way to disable the cron without anything more invasive like deleting the file. After that you won't have anymore apt-get's starting. This can be critical for systems without much extra RAM that is not in use.  I've seen systems that have swapped and crashed over apt-get.........
  • How To Install Seamonkey Web Browser on Debian Ubuntu Linux Mint


    It's a little tricky if you are running a 64-bit OS which most people will be. The weird thing is that the Seamonkey website for Linux seems to only provide a 32-bit download. seamonkey-2.49.2.tar.bz2 First unpack it tar -jxvf seamonkey-2.49.2.tar.bz2   Try to run it  ./seamonkey XPCOMGlueLoad error for file /home/queenlazina/Downloads/seamonkey/libmozgtk.so: lib........
  • 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/........
  • syslinux / pxelinux how to boot from local drive how to


    Just type the command: localboot By default it will boot the first local drive "0".  I believe you can specify a different number to boot a different device. eg. localboot 3 (will boot the 4th BIOS device)'........
  • How To Install Windows Server 7 8 10 12 2008 2012 2014 2016 Servers Desktops using Linux tftp, dhcpd and samba


    It has been a big pain for a long-time to install Windows from a Linux environment.  I used to run a windows install server and it never worked right for some reason (the install would fail on most servers). Before getting start be sure to setup your samba share so once you boot into WinPE you can mount the install for whatever Windows you want /etc/samba/smb.conf [smbwinstall] path = /tftpboot/images/winstall guest ok = yes........
  • 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.&........
  • Unable to negotiate with 192.168.1.99 port 22: no matching host key type found. Their offer: ssh-dss Solution


    ssh rtt@192.168.1.199 Unable to negotiate with 192.168.1.99 port 22: no matching host key type found. Their offer: ssh-dss It looks like the DSS option is not considered secure so when connecting from newer Linux systems to an older one you will get the above error. It can be fixed (but you should consider upgrading your SSH daemon):   ssh -oHostKeyAlgorithms=+ssh-dss rtt@192.168.1.199........
  • Centos 7 Password Reset


    In Centos 7 the days of editing the "kernel" line and adding "single" are gone.  On top of that sometimes after a new install passwords do not work (possibly because requirements were not met but the installer never mentioned this?). 1.) On bootup edit the bootline by entering GRUB. Type e Find the line that says "linux16 /vmlinuz" Edit the part that says "ro" and change with &q........
  • PHP geoip.so fatal error Solution


    PHP Warning:  PHP Startup: Unable to load dynamic library '/usr/lib64/php/modules/geoip.so' - /usr/lib64/php/modules/geoip.so: undefined symbol: GeoIP_country_code_by_name_v6 in Unknown on line 0  Remove the GEOIP from PHP: php71w-pecl-geoip-1.1.1-1.w6.x86_64   PHP Fatal error:  PHP Startup: apc_shm_create: shmget(0, 67108864, 914) failed: Invalid argument. It is possible that the........
  • 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........
  • possible SYN flooding on ctid 42131, port 80. Sending cookies. - Solution


    The Linux Kernel interpretated a very high volume of real traffic as a DDOS attack so it basically ends up blocking your web server. possible SYN flooding on ctid 42131, port 80. Sending cookies. Simple fix edit sysctl values for max_syn_backlog sysctl -w net.ipv4.tcp_max_syn_backlog=5000 To make them permanent edit /etc/sysctl.conf echo "net.ipv4.tcp_........
  • Linux last command show login by IP instead of hostname


    In the "last" command in Linux by default it will show the information with the hostname (not very useful at all especially since it normally truncates long hostnames). To get last to show the IP address use this: last -i The -i makes it show the numeric IP instead of hostname.........
  • Install Windows From a Linux TFTP Server instead of using WDS Solution


    yum -y install samba vi /etc/samba/smb.conf https://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/boot/syslinux/syslinux-6.03.zip mkdir syslinux;cd syslinux;unzip syslinux-6.03.zip mkdir -p /tftpboot/libs/ cp bios/com32/modules/linux.c32 /tftpboot/libs/ cp bios/com32/libutil/libutil.c32 /tftpboot/libs/ cp bios/com32/lib/libcom32.c32 /tftpboot/libs/ #add lib path echo "PATH libs" >> /tftpboot/pxeli........
  • 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........
  • mysqld in Linux hacked


    Check for crap in /var/lib/mysql like this   ls -al /var/lib/mysql/ total 20888 drwxr-xr-x 24 mysql mysql     4096 Oct  3 18:30 . drwxr-xr-x 20 root  root      4096 Oct  3 04:23 .. -rw-rw-rw-  1 mysql mysql    11776 Oct  3 17:10 c:exp.exe -rw-rw-rw-  1 mysql mysql    48128 Oct  3 17:10 c:exp1.exe........
  • h264 DVR security camera footage cannot be played


    This is not just a Linux issue but a general issue most software or hardware players cannot play the resulting exported/backed up format of .h264 from DVR security camera footage for some silly reason. There is a simple solution in Linux using ffmpeg fortunately. Convert the .h264 file into mp4 ffmpeg -i yourfile.h264 -codec copy video.mp4   play dvr .h264 file........
  • linux how to answer yes to copy


    Have you have a command ask a question such as cp or move? You can do this: echo y|cp * /tmp/othercopy However it may still fail if your bashrc aliases have the "-i" flag see this post here.........
  • linux cp and mv will not overwrite due to alias!


    This through me for a loop when I would do a cp -rf or mv -f nothing would get overwritten even if piping y or yes to the command. Type alias and you'll see why: alias cp='cp -i' alias l.='ls -d .* --color=auto' alias ll='ls -l --color=auto' alias ls='ls --color=auto' alias mv='mv -i' alias rm='rm -i' The -i is a safeguard against messing things up but however does mess things up worse when you know what........
  • Linux and FreeBSD how to set time and date


    Linux Set Date date -s "YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS" date -s '2014-12-25 12:34:56' BSD Unix Set Date date yymmddhhmmss date 170809121156........
  • 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 Unable to mount cifs/smb share in /etc/fstab


    sudo mount -a Unable to find suitable address. [35758.706993] CIFS VFS: Error connecting to socket. Aborting operation. [35758.707247] CIFS VFS: cifs_mount failed w/return code = -111 [35795.476160] CIFS VFS: Error connecting to socket. Aborting operation. [35795.476346] CIFS VFS: cifs_mount failed w/return code = -111 When the above happens "Unable eto find suitable address" it usually means the smb nam........
  • bash Linux how to get first or last letters of a word


    To get the first X letters of a word: It's very simple you can just pipe it to head with -c 1 (gives the first letter and so on) -c2 (2 gives the first 2 letters).   echo "dsjfsdlksjdklf;jlsd;kflasdj;kl"|head -c 2 Returns ds   To get the last X letters of a word: Now we use tail with -c but it works differently. ........
  • Disable SSH Password Authentication to Increase Security and Harden SSH Linux Unix Server Ubuntu Mint Centos Debian


    Just a note before you do this you should have a sure, guaranteed way into the system such as local, KVM or preferably publickey making bruteforce SSH absolutely impossible since there is no password to bruteforce and even if someone knew the password they wouldn't be able to login except from the local console (presumably you should make sure no one unauthorized has physical access). 1. Edit /etc/ssh/sshd_config Find the section like this:........
  • 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........
  • Linux Mint/Ubuntu/Debian apt how to downgrade a package


    First of all check to see which version if any you have available for a downgrade: apt-cache showpkg packagename Downgrade/Install old package: apt-get install package=version Example apt-cache showpkg caja Package: caja Versions: 1.10.3-1+rafaela (/var/lib/apt/lists/packages.linuxmint.com_dists_rafaela_import_binary-amd64_Packages) (/var/........
  • Ubuntu Linux Mint How To Exclude Stop Package from being Upgraded or Installed


    In Debian/Ubuntu this is called "holding". To hold/exclude a package from being installed or upgraded: sudo apt-mark hold packagename To allow the upgrade/installation unhold: sudo apt-mark unhold packagename........
  • How to backup entire computer Linux Mint Ubuntu with tar


     sudo tar --ignore-failed-read  -czvf mycomputer-backup.tar.gz --exclude=/home/otheruser/* --exclude=/proc/* --exclude=/sys/* / Note the --exclude clauses and modify/add according to your needs........
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  • Linux AHCI Hotswap Tips - Remember To Reread The Partition Table WITHOUT rebooting


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