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  • MySQL Using mytop Debug Source of High IO and Slow Performance


    mytop is one of my favorite tools and it is fairly simple aside from a few caveats and issues that persist to this day. To install it on Centos: yum -y install centos Configure ~/.mytop vi ~/.mytop user=root host=localhost db=test #port=3306 socket=/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock header=1 color=1 Try runni........
  • 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........
  • css how to format code in the code tag


    code {     background: #f4f4f4;     border: 1px solid #ddd;     border-left: 3px solid #f36d33;     color: #666;     page-break-inside: avoid;     font-family: monospace;     font-size: 15px;     line-height: 1.6;     margin-bottom: 1.6em;     max-width: 100%; &nb........
  • 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........
  • Centos 7 python34 how to install the gi library


    Getting an error about gi missing when running a .py python script? Just install EPEL and install the python3-gobject package:  yum install python34-gobject........
  • Centos 7 - Convert Minimal to Graphical GUI GNOME or KDE Desktop


    Did you just install the minimal version by accident or want to install the GUI?  No need to reinstall just tell yum to do the work for you! You could actually have both installed and choose one as your preference on demand (although many people prefer GNOME's simplicity). Step 1.) Install Gnome and/or KDE. To install the GNOME Desktop on Centos 7: yum -y groups install "GNOME Desktop" To........
  • 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........
  • 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........
  • Firefox An error occurred during a connection to some-ip-or-domain. SSL peer reports incorrect Message Authentication Code. Error code: SSL_ERROR_BAD_MAC_ALERT Solution


    An error occurred during a connection to some-ip-or-domain. SSL peer reports incorrect Message Authentication Code. Error code: SSL_ERROR_BAD_MAC_ALERT     The page you are trying to view cannot be shown because the authenticity of the received data could not be verified.     Please contact the website owners to inform them of this problem. **Solution** Go to about:config........
  • Proxmox understanding the directory structure and why an NFS datastore appears to be missing files/isos


    Proxmox at the root of your storage creates and "images" and "templates/iso" folder for VM images and iso's respectively.  It ignores files in any other location.........
  • 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 &........
  • Supermicro IPMI / KVM / BMC Remote Console Screen Resizing Issue - Window Cut Off Solution


    It could just be my specific Java but other KVM/IP works ok on my machine but with Supermicro's IPMI for some reason the console window doesn't resize and even putting it in full screen leaves the window cut off as shown below: As you can see above the screen is cut off you can't see the "I agree" on the right side. The window resi........
  • 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........
  • 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........
  • prosody xmpp server "Failed in all attempts to connect to proxy.eu.jabber.org"


    Aug 13 13:46:33 s2sout2d45040    info    Failed in all attempts to connect to proxy.eu.jabber.org Aug 13 13:46:33 s2sout2d45040    info    Sending error replies for 1 queued stanzas because of failed outgoing connection to proxy.eu.jabber.org No clue why it tries to use a proxy not explicitly specified.  This could be because the proxy specified for the domain fails when someone is trying to se........
  • VMWare ESXi 6.7 SSH/PowerShell CLI Commands


    [root@localhost:~] BootModuleConfig.sh          echo                         host-ind                     nfcd                   ........
  • 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-........
  • gmail.com address failing in Postfix


    Aug 10 01:11:54 mailserver postfix/smtp[6180]: 020AE17C2BD1: to=<theuserperson@gmail.con>, relay=none, delay=0.29, delays=0.28/0/0/0, dsn=5.4.4, status=bounced (Host or domain name not found. Name service error for name=gmail.con type=A: Host not found) A user complained that their e-mails weren't being delivered but they actually made a small typo and used gmail.con so it wasn't working as expected of course........
  • 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.........
  • [warn] VirtualHost 10.2.5.101:443 overlaps with VirtualHost 10.2.5.101:443, the first has precedence, perhaps you need a NameVirtualHost directive


    [root@thetor2017 conf]# service httpd restart Stopping httpd:                                            [  OK  ] Starting httpd: WARNING: MaxClients of 3000 exceeds ServerLimit value of 300 servers,  lowering MaxClients to 300.  To increase........
  • 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........
  • HP DL385 G7 BIOS Key Enter


    Just Press F9. F11 gets you the boot Menu.........
  • Centos 7 - How To Install NFS and Mount Remotely


    1.) First install nfs-utils [root@bcitcourse ~]# yum -y install nfs-utils Loaded plugins: fastestmirror base                                                         &n........
  • Postfix How To Change Sending IP Address To Specific IP Binding or Interface


    I thought I'd post this becuase there is some bad information out there.  Some guides tell you to edit /etc/postfix/master.cf (-o smtp_bind_address=) but this doesn't work.  The same guide also says if you don't change it there you end up changing the listening IP/bind interface which is also not true. Here is a simple and effective way to change Postfix's sending/binding/outgoing IP address (very important for reverse DNS and so mail servers don't block you)........
  • Relocating modules and starting up the kernel - VMWare ESXi 6.7 Error and Solution


    I had this error in an unsupported CPU on VMWare 6.7 and apparently this sometimes works especially on older VMWare versions like 6.5 5.5 etc (but in my case it did not). To make sure it proceed when you see "Loading VMWare" Hit "Shift+O" Then add "ignoreHeadless=TRUE" See an example below:........
  • 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........
  • Hard Drive Serial Number Examples


    The reason for this article is because a lot of us don't physically see our hard drives they are often remote in a datacenter etc and the actual serial number we see in SMART is not enough to check for some manufacturers. A good example is our first one the Toshiba === START OF INFORMATION SECTION === Device Model:     TOSHIBA DT01ACA200 Serial Number:    33FMDW4AS........
  • OpenVPN auth-user-pass-verify ENV script error


    Starting with newer versions of OpenVPN I believe 2.2+ you need to have "script-security 3" set or you can't execute a third party script. Prior to that you could also use the auth-user-pass-verify like this: auth-user-pass-verify ./validate.pl "$username $password $ip" via-env Options error: the --auth-user-pass-verify directive should have at most 2 parameters.  To pass a list of arguments as one of the paramete........
  • Cannot create gradle for conversations


    The main issue is it looks like Java is not configured to accept the invalid ssl cert that is coming from the download location. Exception in thread "main" java.lang.RuntimeException: javax.net.ssl.SSLException: java.security.ProviderException: java.security.InvalidKeyException: EC parameters error  export ANDROID_HOME=/home/user/Downloads/tools/ Conversations-master$ ./gradlew Downloading https://services.gradle.org/distributions/grad........
  • 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........
  • Database Error One or more of the WHMCS database tables appear to be either missing or corrupted. Please check and repair. - WHMCS Solution


    Database Error One or more of the WHMCS database tables appear to be either missing or corrupted. Please check and repair. This error can be misleading especially if you know you are using a known good backup or restoration of the WHMCS database.  The error can also be that the user lacks permissions to read and write to the database. To check to this in MySQL shell: GRANT read,write to dbusername@localhost on dbna........
  • postfix errors fatal: no SASL authentication mechanisms /usr/libexec/postfix/smtpd: bad command startup -- throttling solution


    Jul  3 22:12:17mailserver postfix/smtpd[6195]: fatal: no SASL authentication mechanisms Jul  3 22:12:18mailserver postfix/master[4881]: warning: process /usr/libexec/postfix/smtpd pid 6195 exit status 1 Jul  3 22:12:18mailserver postfix/master[4881]: warning: /usr/libexec/postfix/smtpd: bad command startup -- throttling This only ever happens in my experience when the authentication method is actually Dovecot.  Usually the problem........
  • named [FAILED] - zone 1.168.192.in-addr.arpa/IN: not loaded due to errors. - bind error solution


    Centos when copying old files and restarting it seems load everything fine and then says [FAILED] with no log or other message. service restart named named   [FAILED] Check more thoroughly you may have missed the error if you have lots of zones!  service named restart|grep error zone 1.168.192.in-addr.arpa/IN: not loaded due to errors. zone 2.168.192.in-addr.arpa/IN: no........
  • No comments are allowed here Internal Server Error The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.


    Internal Server Error The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request. Please contact the server administrator, root@localhost and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error. More information about this error may be available in the server error log. Apache/2.2.15 (CentOS) Server at testdomain.com Port 80........
  • 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..........
  • Centos PXEBoot NetInstall Failure - Pane is dead


    ValueError: new value non-existent xfs filesystem is not valid as a default fs type Pane is dead From what I read this is misleading and has to do with the fact that the initrd and kernel are mismatched. This is a hard situation because for some older hardware I am using the Centos Plus kernel which has modules that I require for an older server/NIC.  This seems to have cropped up in the past few months and there is no simple fix........
  • 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........
  • named[1525]: error (broken trust chain) resolving 'min-api.cryptocompare.com/A/IN': 173.245.58.78#53 solution


    So you restarted your router/dhcpd server or for some other reason you wonder why DHCP is not working on any of your clients?  You go and check that named is in fact running fine. But then you check /var/log/messages and see this error for everything hostname: named[1525]: error (broken trust chain) resolving 'min-api.cryptocompare.com/A/IN': 173.245.58.78#53 I've only ever seen this when the time on the server was off.  It........
  • 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 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!........
  • 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........
  • SMF Forums / Simple Machines Forums Not Displaying Images Theme or Styles Properly using 127.0.0.1


    This is one thing that has me wondering about SMF.  It is apparently a known issue but in the latest version and new install nothing looked right because it was using http://127.0.0.1 to find everything!  How on earth would it ever do this or think it is normal? Excerpt of crazy html code it produces that causes the issue:     <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css&qu........
  • solution mysqldump: Got error: 1044: Access denied for user 'user'@'localhost' to database 'thedb' when using LOCK TABLES


    It is simple the user just needs to be given the "LOCK TABLES" privilege. As root run this command: GRANT LOCK TABLES ON yourdatabase.* TO yourmysqluser@localhost;........
  • MySQL How To Grant Access To ALL Databases For Export and Backup Purposes


    GRANT SELECT, LOCK TABLES ON *.* TO yourmysqluser@localhost; All you need to do a full MySQL dump on all databases is the SELECT and LOCK TABLES privileges.  This way you don't have to use the mysql root user.  Data could be compromised this way but at least no harm from manipulation, changes or deletion are possible by locking down the privileges to the minimum for a full MySQL dump and backup.........
  • 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)'........
  • samba how to listen on specific IP only


    This is useful for security purposes especially on a server which may have a public IP assigned to it but has a second NIC for the LAN. Here is how you edit smb.conf: [global] interfaces = 192.168.1.50 bind interfaces only = yes As you can see above it will only listen on 192.168.1.50 and remind to keep the "bind interfaces only" option.........
  • 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........
  • curl: (35) Unknown SSL protocol error in connection Solution Centos


    curl: (35) Unknown SSL protocol error in connection The main solution is to update curl and nss.  If you are having an issue with curl through Apache/PHP you will need to restart PHP after. It's important to remember that this error could mean a lot of things but most often it simply means that curl and openssl may be outdated and only allow newer secure ways of connecting to SSL. In general here is how you would fix it in most c........
  • sudo: unable to resolve host


    sudo: unable to resolve host yourhostname No clue why sudo is doing that when running. Solution   Check /etc/hosts You will probably find that it doesn't contain "yourhostname" for 127.0.0.1 Just update the hostname or add a field for your hostname like this: 127.0.0.1 yourhostname  ........
  • "Object of class WP_Term could not be converted to string"


    Normally when I've seen this it's when you are using a variable like a normal string when in fact it's actually an array such as this example:   [Tue Mar 13 04:22:35 2018] [error] PHP Catchable fatal error:  Object of class WP_Term could not be converted to string in /vhost/httpdocs/wp-content/plugins/wp-instagram-post/classes/class-woo-igp.php on line 578             &nbs........
  • Wordpress Instagram Post Modify Plugin To Add Tags


    I modified this code after quickly learning how Wordpress plugins actually work, how they're called etc.. was the first trick to modifying the code to add tags. Add this code after line 570 in wp-content/plugins/wp-instagram-post/classes/class-woo-igp.php                               &nb........
  • 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........
  • Installing SSL Certificate with Chain Intermediary CA File


    Some of the cheaper or newer SSL suppliers will require this to work properly (otherwise you may be prompted that the cert is invalid when it's not the case but it will certainly scare off your users!). In the Apache vhost conf for the domain here is what you add: SSLCACertificateFile /path/to/your/cafile.pem Here is a full example of an SSL Vhost config in Apache using a CA Certificate file <VirtualHost *........
  • Unable to load dynamic library '/usr/lib64/php/modules/module.so' - /usr/lib64/php/modules/module.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory in Unknown on line 0


    Getting this error on Centos 6 with PHP 5.3 when just running "php -v"   PHP Warning:  PHP Startup: Unable to load dynamic library '/usr/lib64/php/modules/module.so' - /usr/lib64/php/modules/module.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory in Unknown on line 0 PHP Warning:  Cannot load module 'XCache' because conflicting module 'apc' is already loaded in Unknown on line 0 Solution:........
  • How to start screen in bash script or from /etc/rc.local on startup as a specific user


    It takes some tinkering the main thing is that the "-dmS" flag allows screen to start without a session which of course sudo won't have. solution: /usr/bin/sudo -u user /usr/bin/screen -dmS nameyouchoose /script/start.bash this doesn't work at all: /usr/bin/sudo -u user "/usr/bin/screen /script/s........
  • 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........
  • 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........
  • MySQL Cannot Update/Write to any database table solution


    This happened on Centos for no apparent reason with no obvious issue in the logs.  Data could be read fine but not written (possibly due to some corruption or out of memory issue in the OpenVZ container is the best guess).   All mysql update and insert queries failed freezing without any error log on any database and table. Tried to restart: service mysqld restart Timeout error occurred trying to stop MySQL........
  • Centos How To Update to Glibc 2.14 Plus


    Centos 6 requires GLIBC 2.12 however a lot of new programs you would want to compile may need a newer glibc.  You can't remove the old glibc since the whole OS is based on it but you can install the updated glibc alongside it and do an export pointing to your updated GLIBC. mkdir ~/glibc_install; cd ~/glibc_install wget http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/glibc/glibc-2.14.tar.gz........
  • 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........
  • How To Create Apache htpasswd file


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  • Yahoo Mail (email) DNS Server Out Of Date Problems


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  • Linux - mptbase/MPT Fusion LSI Logic Error mptbase: ioc0: ERROR - didn't initialize properly! (-1)


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  • Enable SPAMASSASSIN on Postfix in 5 minutes


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  • Postfix/Any Email Server check for Open Relay


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  • updatedb/mdadm caused a kernel panic?


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  • Installing Webmin & Enabling SSL


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  • mdadm Centos 5 automatic resync


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  • SSH delay problem UseDNS and disabling GSSAPI does not help


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  • Ubuntu 10.04/GNOME Volume Control Missing From Panel/Indicator Applet


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  • yum error with some versions of Centos Refusing to automatically import keys when running unattended. Use "-y" to override.


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  • mdadm RAID 1 adventures


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  • Ubuntu 10.04/GRUB2 mdadm won't boot


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  • How to chroot properly into your OS/distro


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  • PHP CURL SSL won't work or connect


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  • VirtualBox Error Failed to start the virtual machine Centos 5.5 Mirror. Medium '/home/testuser/.VirtualBox/HardDisks/Centos 5.5 Mirror.vdi' is not accessible. UUID {a1a9fad7-0402-4867-b8f3-39fb49454bc5} of the medium '/home/testuser/.VirtualBox/HardD


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  • How to Enable SMART on a device


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  • exim high load and dozens of processes


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  • mencoder Linux CLI video editing how to encode video file into xvid and split by time into multiple parts


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  • mdadm when a RAID 1 member dies


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