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PostgreSQL pg_hba.conf problem adding a host?

I'm having a problem with configuring my postgresql server. I've installed PostgreSQL 9.0.2 on slackware 13.1x64 and it runs fine but I can't add a IP that could connect to PostgreSQL remotely. The ...
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Keeping configs, user ids, groups and passwords consistent across Linux-servers

I have a couple of Debian servers with only little users and services. The applications are kept as far as possible in their own directories where they can be backed-up or synced easily. But I have ...
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Why cache static files with Varnish, why not pass

I have a system runnning nginx / php-fpm / varnish / wordpress and amazon s3. Now I have looked at a lot of configuration files while setting up the system, and in all of them I found something like ...
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What configuration items do you track for proper configuration management? [closed]

As a professional system administrator, what configuration items do you consider it essential to track to perform proper configuration or change management? For example, in Windows, do you track ...
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Windows Service: Can I configure the current working directory?

By default, Windows services start in the sytem32 directory (usually C:\WINDOWS\system32). Is there a way to set up a different working directory? I am thinking of some registry parameter beneath ...
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IIS server: how to dump IIS configuration into a single file

How to export/import configuration of my IIS server into/from a single file? The reason is that I want to put the configuration under version control system to track changes made by admins. Sultan
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Exim 4.71 does not add DKIM signature to outgoing emails

I am trying to add DKIM to my domain, I have created a key, added the following to /etc/exim4/conf.d/transport/30_exim4_config_remote_smtp: dkim_domain = mydomain.com dkim_selector = mail1 ...
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Puppet manifest example

Can anyone point me to a full example (tar/zip) directory of a Puppet manifest? I get the guides but it would be way easier just to look at a working directory.
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Nginx includes config files not in order?

Is the order in which Nginx includes configuration files fixed, or random? Apache explicitly states wildcard characters are expanded in alphabetical order. With Nginx it seems this does not apply, and ...
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apache2: why <LimitExcept> parameter results “deny not allowed here” error in virtualhost tag?

I have asked the same question to stackoverflow but then I thought it might be more related to here. in apache's httpd.conf between VirtualHost tags I put <LimitExcept> expression like follows: ...
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What are compelling use cases for having both Chef/Puppet and RightScale/Scalr?

I was wondering about the differences between cloud computing management tools and server configuration software as there seems to be an overlap between them. I would like to have some feedback from ...
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How to parse and convert ini file into bash array variables?

I'm trying to convert an ini file into bash array variables. The sample ini is as below: [foobar] session=foo path=/some/path [barfoo] session=bar path=/some/path so these become: ...
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Find IP address of a device?

Open question: How to find the IP address of a device? As I understand, there are no guaranteed methods that work always, but there's a hundred approaches that work in specific situations, and I'd ...
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How should applications be developed for easy deployment?

I work for a company that deliver distributed control systems for various industries. We find that IT Admin skills vary to a great degree both in terms of skills and interest. We have everything from ...
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ubuntu server, ssh, write failed: broken pipe

I'm getting some bizarre behavior with Ubuntu Server 10.04 64bit on two of our new servers (both fresh installs). I have ubuntu server (same version) deployed on 4-5 other servers without this issue. ...
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Debian - What to do when upgrading packages and a config file has changes?

I'm new to system administration and I'm helping admin a server for a student group. I was wondering, what is the best practice for when you're upgrading packages and a config file has changes. I've ...
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What should be done to share a /home partition between two Linux installs on the same computer?

If I wanted to run different releases (stable, development) of the same distribution on a single computer, what do I need to configure to ensure they can share a /home partition between them?
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Choosing a value for wait_timeout & interactive_timeout in MySQL config?

We have a live server that's being hit hard so we're tying to optimise everything we can. We ran the MySQLTuner script on it (http://mysqltuner.com/) which tells us we should set a value less than ...
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Nagios 3 config ideas

We currently have Nagios 2.9 installed and has been running nicely for a few years. I want to migrate it off that old Linux server onto a new one. I've gotten Nagios 3.1.2 installed and running ...
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Should Production Windows Web Servers (IIS & SQL) be in a domain?

We have a few web servers and a few database servers. To date, they've been standalone machines that are not part of a domain. The web servers don't talk to each other, and the web servers talk to ...
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UTF-8 and !# shell scripts

Is there a way to configure bash on Linux (red hat and ubuntu) to allow shell scripts to be encoded in UTF-8? I can't find a simple way to change just one little thing and have the whole system just ...
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Allow anonymous user to only view job list without browsing workspace in Jenkins

We are running a Jenkins CI. Generally we would like to provide full access to authenticated users from particular group full-read access to anonymous users block anonymous users to access certain ...
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What are common strategies for configuration management on EC2?

Without using a 3rd party cloud configuration service, what are common patterns/strategies or whitepapers written on the subject of configuration management with EC2? Specifically on how to configure ...
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How do I get ubuntu to reconfigure /etc/network/interfaces for me?

How do I get Ubuntu to figure out the interfaces available on my computer and generate a new /etc/network/interfaces file? It created it the first time so I know it can somehow. Is there something ...
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Can I enable both peer and md5 authentication for the same PostgreSQL local user in pg_hba.conf?

I would like to let a PostgreSQL (super)user be authenticated with either the "peer" or "md5" authentication methods, preferably using local Unix domain sockets in both cases. The problem is that the ...
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Merging variable with string in config file

I the have following setup in my conf file upload_set_form_field $upload_field_name.name "$upload_file_name"; But I want change chosen param name to: upload_set_form_field ...
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Configure PHP to use a proxy?

Using PHP 5.2.6 and need to configure it to use our forward proxy (which requires authentication be set) so that the PHP scripts can connect to the internet correctly. I see that PHP.INI in the 4 ...
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Restoring Printer Settings

We're trying to standardise our printing environment to provide consistent settings across our various print queues. To do this, we would like create a settings file per model of printer so that they ...
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How do I configure apache to accept a client ssl certificate (if present) or authenticate using ldap (if the cert is absent)?

I have an Apache server that serves up mercurial repositories and it currently authenticates using ldap credentials. I want to permit a single user (to start with) to use a SSL client certificate, ...
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Nginx set_real_ip_from AWS ELB load balancer address

I have a set of Nginx servers behind an Amazon ELB load balancer. I am using set_real_ip (from the HttpRealIpModule) so that I can access the originating client IP address on these servers (for ...
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Php.ini disable “Scan this dir for additional .ini files”?

I want to lock my php configuration and disable loading other php configurations rather than the default (which in my case is located at /usr/local/php/lib/php.ini) I want to disable the "Scan this ...
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Pros and cons of installing ESXi on a SSD vs USB flash drive?

I'm debating on doing an ESXi 4.1/5.0 installation on a USB stick or a pair of 32GB SATA II SSDs (RAID1 mirror). According to VMWare's documentation, when ESXi is booting it looks for a 4GB space for ...
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Apache / httpd not starting automatically on boot

I have apache2 installed on Amazon Linux AMI release 2012.03. I'm able to start it manually just fine, without any errors using /etc/init.d/httpd start. However, it doesn't start automatically when ...
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How to clone computers to give each an unique computer name

Some software require each computer to have an unique name in the network. After cloning from an identical ghost image for each computer, each of the 100+ computers will have the same name. As a ...
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Config deployment on multiple servers

I have multiple servers in WEB cluster (identical configuration for all of them, despite the IP) How do you deploy changes in configs on multile servers? I make the new config, then create config ...
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Outgoing only SMTP server

I want to setup an outgoing only SMTP server on Debian, so my Web-applications will be able to send e-mails via it. I don't want to use another hosts because of security and customizability of my own ...
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How to fetch ./configure parameters used at last time?

I am upgrading LAMP stack on customer's server and need to ./configure mysql and apache with exact last settings they were compiled with last time. Where do I get these? PHP configure string can be ...
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Will changing applicationHost.config cause IIS7 restart?

If I make a change to the file: %windir%\system32\inetsrv\config\applicationHost.config and update it with a change resulting in a valid config, will it cause IIS7 to restart and force restarts on ...
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Can't SSH into a Vagrant Virtual Machine

Local Vagrant machine installed at IP address 10.0.0.23 with hostname lamp-vm. Using vagrant ssh command, I can connect just fine and do everything I need. This creates an error $ ssh ...
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Full status information in Nagios email notification?

I have set up Nagios to monitor my servers and I have written a few custion checks. When I get a notification email, I only get the first line of the status information and I have to use the web ...
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Postfix server configuration values explained?

I am trying to setup a single server to send out email from a single domain but I'm having trouble identifying the correct values for these Postfix settings. mydomain = example.com myhostname = ...
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Inconsistent trailing slash in DOCUMENT_ROOT variable in PHP when using Apache

In different server environments, the PHP $_SERVER['DOCUMENT_ROOT'] super global sometimes has a trailing slash and sometimes it does not. I would have thought this issue is directly related to how ...
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Is there any strong, well tested and general purpose puppet recipes-base to be used as starting point for customization?

I have configured a working cobbler system that successfully handles my bare metal server deployment and I'm going to start the configuration management issues using puppet (integrating it as much as ...
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How to deploy 10 new iMac and configure it programatically

What is the best and quicker way to deploy and customize a number of newly arrived iMacs (say 10 or more) using an already configured iMac, a DHCP/DNS server, a LAN and Remote Desktop installed on the ...
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iptables SSH connection logging

Is it possible to only write a log-entry when a connection is established ? I have tried: iptables -I OUTPUT -p tcp --dport 22 -j LOG --log-level notice --log-prefix "outgoing ssh connection" to ...
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Setup IIS 7.5 with multiple website bindings and SSL?

On IIS 7.5 I am trying to achieve this with two websites: Default Web Site is bound to: (blank host header port 80 - http) (blank host header port 443 - https) go.example.com www71.example.com the ...
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PHP: what is --enable-zend-multibyte configure option for?

What is exactly --enable-zend-multibyte option for when you ./configure PHP?
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How do I set the date format to ISO globally in Linux?

I would like to globally set the Linux date format to ISO, which looks roughly like this: YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS 2009-03-16 15:20:00 With varying levels of detail, such as omitting time, seconds, etc. ...
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Is there a limit setting a php_admin_value in php-fpm?

I am trying to set a large value in the configuration of a pool in php-fpm, but at some point it just doesn't start anymore. php_admin_value[disable_functions] = ...
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debian, diff, config default

I want to know if is posible to get the diff on the original versus the current config files of installed debian packages. If found an answers which shows up the modified config files, but I find no ...