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    One of my test Centos 5 containers was on a partition that filled up and it threw all sorts of errors and stopped responding but now I can't boot it again anymore. All the console shows is the Linux Penguin on the top left corner and the xm console says "usbcore: registered new driver hub" and has halted there. Centos 5 Xen container stuck/frozen won't boot on "usbcore: registered new driver hub" Another great way of troubleshooting is booting fro........
  • screen Cannot open your terminal '/dev/pts/2' - please check.


    The solution to this screen issue is simple. This happened to me in Centos 5 as a user, but I also su'd to it and I don't have any password for it. I've read some people say this is more common when su'ing. The solution is simple though, just give others rw access to the corresponding pts whether it's 0,1,2 etc..: As root do chmod o+rw /dev/pts/2 ........
  • MySQL NEVER delete ib_logfile0 or ibdata1 or you'll lose data


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  • CPU #1 not responding - cannot use it.


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  • mdadm won't boot due to fsck error


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  • Geoip and Geocity Packages


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    Everyone says there is a "manual" way of doing it and then they tell you to use iTunes, but if you're like me, you're travelling on business in a foreign country and your laptop does not have iTunes and you don't have a way of getting it and/or don't want it. For this example I'm using the provider "du" in Dubai, UAE (United Arab Emirates) but this method works for virtually all providers. The requirements in this case to truly "manually update........
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