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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........
  • 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 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........
  • vmkping -I vmk1 10.0.2.69 PING 10.0.2.69 (10.0.2.69): 56 data bytes sendto() failed (Host is down)


    [root@localhost:~] vmkping -I vmk1 10.0.2.69 PING 10.0.2.69 (10.0.2.69): 56 data bytes sendto() failed (Host is down) vsphere distributed switch vmotion not working [root@localhost:~]  esxcfg-route -l VMkernel Routes: Network          Netmask          Gateway          Interface &........
  • VMWare Vsphere VCSA Graphical Install Creates json


    yes it does create its own json ============================================ cat /tmp/vcsaUiInstaller/ovftool-20180809-175238948-20180809-175603497.log |grep -i json 2018-08-09T17:56:04.238-07:00 verbose OVFTool[30966] [Originator@6876 sub=Default] Manifest file entry: SHA1(VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-6.7.0.12000-8832884_OVF10-file1.json) = 1deb658c724767697587d5909c4051c01813e6a1 -->     <ovf:File ovf:href="VMware-vCenter-Server-........
  • 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........
  • 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........
  • 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........
  • 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........
  • Mozilla Firefox Address Bar History Not Working places.sqlite corruption solution database repair


    Here is the only solution I found that works in Firefox: *Note you could basically just copy all of the commands in bold (the rest just shows the output)   Install sqlite3 sqlite3 places.sqlite sqlite> .clone places.sqlite-fixed moz_places... done moz_historyvisits... done moz_inputhistory..........
  • 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 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........
  • tftp: client does not accept options - solution if you are using UEFI PXEBoot disable it!


    tftp: client does not accept options I spent the good portion of a late evening on this double checking settings that I know always worked right for tftp! This error can also happen if you are trying to boot PXE in UEFI mode.  Enter your BIOS and change it to "Legacy PXE" or non-UEFI PXE mode and you'll be good to go!........
  • 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........
  • Authentication refused: bad ownership or modes for directory /home/user SSH Public Key Authentication Failed Solution


    First of all I got this error after accidentally messing up my usergroup by using usermod -G user group When I would login using SSH keys it would fail: sshd[2020]: Authentication refused: bad ownership or modes for directory /home/one No worries, the fix is simple! chmod g-w /home/use........
  • css responsive images


    add this style="background-size: contain;max-width: 100%; height: auto;" to your img code. Example: <img style='background-size: contain;max-width: 100%; height: auto;' sr........
  • Intel NUC Lower Power Green Computing Boxes Review/Comparison of J3160 and J3455 Models


    Intel NUC J3455 vs Vorke V1 J3160 Both are excellent units but the J3160 is nicer if you require even lower power usage (6W vs the Intel 10W).  The price is attractive on the Vorke V1 as well.  It's been said that the Intel J3455 NUC has a buggy BIOS and some other issues that require attention. The Intel J3455 is still nice because it has 2 RAM slots but it does get hotter due to lack of fan. The Vorke V1 runs cooler, uses less power an........
  • 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........
  • 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........
  • 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........
  • 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........
  • 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........
  • phpBB3 slow and internal dummy connection


    Using Apache 2.2 and PHP 5.6 PHPBB3 is very slow to respond.  Actually for some reason it takes so long to even register a log entry in access_log as in several seconds or a few minutes later it shows up in Apache.  All other vhosts and Apache access stops working and freezes until the request to access PHPBB3 slowly completes. It seems to randomly be slow if you stop using it whether for posting or reading the forums.  I've migrated to different machines including........
  • ENOM how to do a 301 redirect to another domain/site


    Just manage your domain in Enom and choose "Host Records" Choose "URL Redirect" as the record type. As shown below choose the URL and add "?redir_mode=301" to the end of it. To test the 301 and make sure it is a 301 (unlike Godaddy which really did a 302 when I chose 301!).  ........
  • sshd[10470]: Authentication refused: bad ownership or modes for directory /root


    This can be a case of bad permissions or modes as the error says.  Normally one would assume permissions but often a script may change ownership of /root to something else. This was the case half the time I've encountered this. So in short make sure ownership is correct chown -R root.root /root........
  • 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........
  • Centos 5 OpenSSL does not support TLS 1.2 Apache Error


    [Thu Jan 26 14:13:31 2017] [notice] caught SIGTERM, shutting down [Thu Jan 26 14:14:00 2017] [notice] suEXEC mechanism enabled (wrapper: /usr/sbin/suexec) [Thu Jan 26 14:14:00 2017] [error] Server certificate is expired: 'Server-Cert' [Thu Jan 26 14:14:00 2017] [notice] SSL FIPS mode disabled [Thu Jan 26 14:14:07 2017] [notice] suEXEC mechanism enabled (wrapper: /usr/sbin/suexec) [Thu Jan 26 14:14:07 2017] [error] Server certificate is expired: 'Server-Ce........
  • 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   &........
  • Linux How To Recover Partition Table from Kernel and Restore Centos/Debian etc..


    We've all done this at some point, you work on the wrong shell window and this was my first time making this mistake but I deleted a partition table in fdisk, recreated it and saved it with "wq" and even ran partprobe!  If you haven't rebooted yet then you can still recover your partition table, otherwise you're in big trouble. Fortunately since it was a live system and in use the kernel still had to use the old table like below:........
  • blocked for more than 120 seconds issues with iowait and timeout on Live Linux distribution while writing to physical disk


    This happened while an mdadm array was syncing, all access from writing a new blank file to opening a small .txt file was very slow:   [222117.312078] kjournald starting.  Commit interval 5 seconds [222117.685060] EXT3-fs (md0): using internal journal [222117.685096] EXT3-fs (md0): mounted filesystem with ordered data mode [222122.376847] kjournald starting.  Commit interval 5 seconds [222122.602825] EXT3-fs (md2): using internal jour........
  • PAP2T Linksys VOIP strange ring problem


    The problem is that the default of most of these units is set for non-North American phones so the ring sounds like it cuts off and is not  sequential. How To Fix the Issue Click on "Regional" and make sure you are in Advanced mode.    ........
  • 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........
  • clamav freshclam out of date won't update solution


     freshclam ERROR: Can't open /var/log/clamav/freshclam.log in append mode (check permissions!). ERROR: Problem with internal logger (UpdateLogFile = /var/log/clamav/freshclam.log). Tue Oct 13 13:49:35 2015 -> WARNING: Incremental update failed, trying to download daily.cvd Tue Oct 13 13:49:35 2015 -> WARNING: Can't download daily.cvd from db.local.clamav.net Tue Oct 13 13:49:35 2015 -> Trying again in 5 secs...........
  • status: { DRDY ERR } error: { ICRC ABRT } failed command: WRITE FPDMA QUEUED MCP55 Linux Errors


    [ 2868.041375] ata1: EH in SWNCQ mode,QC:qc_active 0x40 sactive 0x40 [ 2868.041554] ata1: SWNCQ:qc_active 0x40 defer_bits 0x0 last_issue_tag 0x6 [ 2868.041556]   dhfis 0x40 dmafis 0x40 sdbfis 0x20 [ 2868.041874] ata1: ATA_REG 0x41 ERR_REG 0x84 [ 2868.042013] ata1: tag : dhfis dmafis sdbfis sactive [ 2868.042163] ata1: tag 0x6: 1 1 0 1  [ 2868.042301] ata1.00: exception Emask 0x1 SAct 0x40 SErr 0x400000 action 0x6 frozen [........
  • initial Main Mode message received on 192.168.5.94:500 but no connection has been authorized with policy=PSK


    If you are getting this error from Pluto/IPSEC it is almost always due to a routing or NAT issue.........
  • HP Procurve Switch 2824 CLI Telnet Experience , Guide and Tutorial


    telnet 192.168.1.54 ------------------------------------- ProCurve J4903A Switch 2824 Software revision I.10.77 Copyright (C) 1991-2009 Hewlett-Packard Co.  All Rights Reserved.                            RESTRICTED RIGHTS LEGEND  Use, duplication, or disclosure by the Government is subject........
  • Linux check NIC ethernet port network card speed


    ethtool eth0 Settings for eth0:     Supported ports: [ TP MII ]     Supported link modes:   10baseT/Half 10baseT/Full                             100baseT/Half 100baseT/Full                   ........
  • Dell CS24SC Server Info


    Dell CS24SC Info 0000:00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 5100 Chipset Memory Controller Hub (rev 90) 0000:00:02.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5100 Chipset PCI Express x8 Port 2-3 (rev 90) 0000:00:03.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5100 Chipset PCI Express x4 Port 3 (rev 90) 0000:00:04.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5100 Chipset PCI Express x16 Port 4-7 (rev 90) 0000:00:05.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5100 Chipset PCI Express x4 Port 5 (rev 90)........
  • How to install grub on virtio KVM with Linux


    I messed up the bootloader by accident on a standard Centos 6.3 install because I turned the /dev/vda1 boot partition into an mdadm raid 1.  This was all done correctly aside from one point I didn't realize was an issue metadata=00.90 is the only thing that will allow you to boot (otherwise grub won't work and you won't boot). So the next step is rescue mode from a CD right? The problem you will find is that grub does not detect your hard drives, this is I believe is be........
  • esniper and curl errors https://signin.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?SignIn: Couldn't connect to server: couldn't connect to host


    I kept thinking it was esniper but somehow my bash settings have a preset proxy that was creating the issue. https://signin.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?SignIn: Couldn't connect to server: couldn't connect to host curl manually to any URL is the same: curl: (7) couldn't connect to host Run curl with -vvvvvv mode to see the issue: curl -vvvvvvvvvv http://realtechtalk.com * About to c........
  • Vbox/Virtualbox devices grayed out for non-root user solution


    <p>It is a permissions issue that is hard to fix.</p> <p><strong>All but one USB device is greyed out.</strong></p> <p>I am already a member of &quot;vboxusers&quot;</p> <ul> <li>I have already enabled and disabled USB support for the guest.</li> <li>I have already reinstalled the latest VBOx guest editions</li> <li>If running as root it all works fine</li> <li>Changing........
  • Samsung C410W/CLP410W not printing in Linux solution


    You need to use the Samsung driver but specify it as a CLP-360 (this is what I used for my CLP365) and incidentally most of these units look identical on the outside on inside (I've been buying whatever the latest C300 and now 400 unit for years which all seem the same with slightly different features that I never use). The solution Once again try specifying earlier models and revisions if the printer doesn't print (it will say it's been sent to the printer bu........
  • How to root and unlock S4 in Canada Bell/Rogers/Telus/Fido I337 4.4.2


    <p>i337 Canada on Bell is hard to root or even install TWRP<br /> <br /> Installed TWRP from Odin and my computer gave me the bluescreen at the end but it seemed to be successful (after ODIN said reset).<br /> TWRP mode does not seem to enter, instead you get the Android recovery mode with Volume up + Home<br /> <br /> <br /> http://galaxys4root.com/galaxy-s4-root/how-to-root-att-or-verizon-galaxy-s4-on-android-4-4-2/<br /> <br /> 1.)........
  • Postfix how to secure outgoing authenticated e-mails for privacy and hide the IP address, mailer and other things


    The most common solution is to use the /etc/postfix/header_checks but this is a big problem. Why is header_checks a problem?  Because it does it to all mail whether incoming or outgoing and whether authenticated or not.  We of course want as much header information for incoming as we can get for many reasons but many organizations want to secure and make their mail clients as secure as possible. I adapted this solution to the client's custom config, they are configur........
  • 2CO/2Checkout how to create recurring payment subscription button dynamically


    It was hard to find this as I find most online payment processors don't just put the basic information in plain view. Remember to set your sid (your seller id).  The below can easily be turned into a scripted PHP template to integrate into your own custom or existing payment solution. http://help.2checkout.com/articles/How_to/How-to-Sell-Recurring-Products-with-2Checkout/........
  • drbd won't create device if previous partition is on it Command 'drbdmeta 0 v08 /dev/md160 internal create-md' terminated with exit code 40


    This is what fixed it: [root@box13 ~]# dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/md160 bs=512 count=500 Basically you need to wipe out more than just the 512 byte partition table so 512 bytes * 500 is more than enough to make DRBD happy and think the partition is now empty. The reason this happens is because it gets confused when there is a previous partition with data on the device you are using.   root@box13 ~]# d........
  • Asterisk VOIP Sipura/Linksys PAP2T Calls Not Being Received Solution


    This problem seemed to happen recently but was likely causing issues before where the phone(s) do not ring. Now there are a few reasons why this can happen especially if your adapter has DND mode enabled (disable it). However that wasn't my issue and I only figured it out the other day  when  by fluke if you're on the phone (making a call) then  calls will come in. That's when I figured out the solution: This likely app........
  • OpenVZ mismatched kernel and dev when compiling.


    ./configure ./configure: line 91: cd: /lib/modules/2.6.32-042stab084.25/build: No such file or directory Error: kernel version not found. Please make sure your kernel is configured. dr-xr-xr-x.  4 root root   4096 Feb 21 06:13 .. lrwxrwxrwx   1 root root     45 Feb 21 06:13 build -> ../../../usr/src/kernels/2.6.32-042stab084.25 drwxr-xr-x   2 root root   4096 Feb 12 20........
  • What a hdd hard drive and mdadm RAID array failure looks like in Linux


    [3805108.257042] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] 1953525168 512-byte hardware sectors: (1.00 TB/931 GiB) [3805108.257052] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Write Protect is off [3805108.257054] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Mode Sense: 00 3a 00 00 [3805108.257066] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA [3805108.257083] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] 1953525168 512-byte hardware sectors: (1.00 TB/931 GiB) [3805108.257090] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Write Protect is off........
  • kvm centos cannot compile error


    ./configure ./configure: cannot locate gcc 3.x. please install it or specify with --qemu-cc yum -y install gcc make ./configure ./configure: cannot locate gcc 3.x. please install it or specify with --qemu-cc yum -y install compat-gcc-* ./configure Error: Could not find alsa Make sure to have the alsa libs and headers installed. yum -y install alsa-lib-devel ./configure........
  • strange kernel dmesg errors


    Sep 26 16:56:21 box kernel: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 Sep 26 16:56:21 box kernel: [37007.155690]   d_alias libdl-2.12.so d_count=9 d_flags=8 Sep 26 16:56:21 box kernel: [37007.155697] 09 00 00 00 08 00 00 00 9f 05 9f 05 00 00 00 00 c0 71 1d 18 04 88 ff ff 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 a0 7e 48 00 00 c9 ff ff 78 a9 21 18 04 88 ff ff 3a 7b fa 4e 0d 00 00 00 98 5c 2d 18 04 88 ff ff 18 5c 2d 18 04 88 ff ff 18 5c 2d 18 04 88 ff ff 00 01 10 00 00 00 ad de 00 02 20 00 00 00 ad de f8........
  • PHP Security - Enable Safe Mode to increase security


    Everyone should be running with safe_mode on in /etc/php.ini (on Centos) as it makes exploiting your system more difficult is PHP can't execute anything on the system if a script is exploited. For example with Safe_Mode on the only executable files on the system are ones in the safe_mode_exec_dir = /safephp This is crucial, if you must execute anything from PHP then you have to copy the binary and assign to the user that Apache runs your site under.&........
  • CPanel suhosin install failed


    /scripts/phpextensionmgr install PHPSuHosin Updating md5sum list Fetching http://httpupdate.cpanel.net/cpanelsync/easy/targz.yaml (connected:0).......(request attempt 1/12)...Resolving httpupdate.cpanel.net...(resolve attempt 1/65)...     Fetching http://httpupdate.cpanel.net/mirror_addr_list (connected:0).......(request attempt 1/3)......connecting to 74.50.120.123...@74.50.120.123......connected......receiving...100%......request success......Done........
  • Dell FS12-NV7 2U Server Information and Guide


    I've got one of these for testing projects from work at home and got more than I bargained for with the time I've spent on it due to the storage handing/Perc 6/i cards. My particular model came with the following: 2U Rack Mount Server with Rails 2xOpteron 2373 EE (Quad Core, there is a 6-core version that can be found at times) 16GB RAM 2 x 250GB Seagate SATA 2 x Dell Perc 6/i (horrible and a nightmare to work........
  • GIMP change from grayscale to color/RGB howto


    Image -> Mode -> RGB........
  • openoffice calc printing extra blank pages


    Make sure that the Page mode is set to landscape and that the columns fall within the margins/boundaries, otherwise this is why there will be blank pages (Print Preview will show you this too).........
  • WD 20EARX Dead Again


    Another new drive bad from the start:   Jun  2 15:14:18 one-desktop kernel: [15895.386779] ata2.00: exception Emask 0x50 SAct 0x1 SErr 0x280900 action 0x6 frozen Jun  2 15:14:18 one-desktop kernel: [15895.386782] ata2.00: irq_stat 0x08000000, interface fatal error Jun  2 15:14:18 one-desktop kernel: [15895.386784] ata2: SError: { UnrecovData HostInt 10B8B BadCRC } Jun  2 15:14:18 one-desktop kernel: [15895.386788] ata2.00: cmd 60/0........
  • Either the lower file is not in a valid eCryptfs format, or the key could not be retrieved. Plaintext passthrough mode is not enabled; returning -EIO


    I'm using ecryptfs and was suddenly unable to access or even ls my home directory (but every subfolder is accessible).  It just hangs and throws this message in messages/dmesg: Either the lower file is not in a valid eCryptfs format, or the key could not be retrieved. Plaintext passthrough mode is not enabled; returning -EIO I read somewhere that perhaps some file or folder is owned by root somehow, sure enough there are some and sudoing to root allows me to........
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