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  • Unable to mount location Failed to retrieve share list from server: No such file or directory solution


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    You are checking your MySQL logs in /var/log/mysqld.log and come across an error like this: 161222 18:03:40 [ERROR] /usr/libexec/mysqld: Table './eximstats/sends' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed The Solution: cd /var/lib/mysql/eximstats myisamchk -r sends.MYI - recovering (with sort) MyISAM-table 'sends.MYI' Data records: 71129........
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  • Centos 6 how to guide convert LVM non-RAID into mdadm 1/10 RAID array live without reinstalling


    Here is the scenario you or a client have a remote machine that was installed as a standard/default minimal Centos 6.x machine on a single disk with LVM for whatever reason. Often many people do not know how to install it to a RAID array so it is common to have this problem and why reinstall if you don't need to? In some cases on a remote system you can't easily reinstall without physical or KVM access. So in this case you add a second physical or disk or already ha........
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  • [emerg] (28)No space left on device: Couldn't create accept lock (/etc/httpd/logs/accept.lock.15449) (5) solution


    [Wed Jan 08 18:50:07 2014] [emerg] (28)No space left on device: Couldn't create accept lock (/etc/httpd/logs/accept.lock.15449) (5) This may happen when trying to restart Apache and you find it dies right after starting and check /var/log/httpd/error_logs. What is the cause of this? You could be out of disk space (if you're not then see #2 and below) You're out of Semaphores, you need to kill all the old ones.........
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    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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    You need to enable the httpd daemon with monit to actually view the status and control, it's not only for the web interface since the httpd is theONLY way of controlling monit and viewing the status. monit monitor all will also reinstate disabled services if they've timed out too much. Just restarting the service will do nothing to re-monitor a service that monit has stopped monitoring due to too many failures. *Also note that /etc/monit.conf i........
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    I thought there would be an error message or warning from MySQL in the case that the text you submit is greater than the allowed limit based on the field. So essentially I submitted text that was about 120,000 characters long, whereas the limit of TEXT is just 65,535 characters! I almost lost half of my data/what I typed without knowing it! I just altered the field type in my database from TEXT to LONGTEXT. I can't see how LONGTEXT wouldn't be long enough for MOST........
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