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How can I sort du -h output by size

I need to get a list of human readable du output. However, du does not have a "sort by size" option, and piping to sort doesn't work with the human readable flag. For example, running: du | sort ...
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Can I nohup/screen an already-started process?

I'm doing some test-runs of long-running data migration scripts, over SSH. Let's say I start running a script around 4 PM; now, 6 PM rolls around, and I'm cursing myself for not doing this all in ...
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Can scp copy directories?

Now I can only copy a single tar file,how can I copy directories recursively with scp?
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What's the best way of handling permissions for apache2's user www-data in /var/www?

Has anyone got a nice solution for handling files in /var/www? We're running Name Based Virtual Hosts and the apache2 user is www-data. We've got two regular users & root. So when messing with ...
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Why is “chmod -R 777 /” destructive?

This is a Canonical Question about File Permission and Why 777 is "destructive". I'm not asking how to fix this problem, as there are a ton of references of that already on Server Fault ...
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How can I run a server on Linux on port 80 as a normal user?

I have googled about it for quite some time, but couldn't find it. I am on Ubuntu Linux and want to run a server on port 80, but due to security mechanism of Ubuntu, I get the following error: ...
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What is the difference between double and single square brackets in bash?

I just wondered what exactly the difference between [[ $STRING != foo ]] and [ $STRING != foo ] is, apart from that the latter is posix-compliant, found in sh and the former is an extension ...
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MySQL: Bind to more than one IP address?

Is there a secret way to bind MySQL to more than one IP address? As far as I can see the bind-address parameter in the my.cnf does not support more than one IP and you can't have it more than once.
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What exactly do the colors in htop status bars mean?

By default, htop shows colored status bars for processors, memory, and swap. From left to right, the bars are colored green, blue, yellow, and red depending on some thresholds. What does it mean when ...
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Why do I get “Permission denied (publickey)” when trying to SSH from local Ubuntu to a Amazon EC2 server?

I have an instance of an application running in the cloud on Amazon EC2 instance, and I need to connect it from my local Ubuntu. It works fine on one of local ubuntu and also laptop. I got message ...
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What permissions should my website files/folders have on a Linux webserver?

This is a Canonical Question about File Permissions on a Linux web server. I have a Linux web server running Apache2 that hosts several websites. Each website has its own folder in /var/www/. ...
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LVM dangers and caveats

I have recently started using LVM on some servers for hard drives larger than 1 TB. They're useful, expandable and quite easy to install. However, I could not find any data about the dangers and ...
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Keeping a linux process running after I logout

I'm connecting to a Linux machine through SSH, and I'm trying to run a heavy bash script that makes filesystem operations. It's expected to keep running for hours, but I cannot leave the SSH session ...
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Why does my hostname appear with the address 127.0.1.1 rather than 127.0.0.1 in /etc/hosts?

This may be a bit of a noobish question, but I was taking a look at /etc/hosts on my new Xubuntu install and saw this: 127.0.0.1 localhost 127.0.1.1 myhostname On most 'nixes I've used, the second ...
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How do you make it obvious you are on a production system?

A few of us at my company have root access on production servers. We are looking for a good way to make it exceedingly clear when we have ssh'd in. A few ideas we have had are: Bright red prompt ...
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How do I prevent accidental rm -rf /*?

I just ran rm -rf /* accidentally, but I meant rm -rf ./* (notice the star after the slash). alias rm='rm -i' and --preserve-root by default didn't save me, so are there any automatic safeguards for ...
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How to cd into a directory with this name “-2” (starting with the hyphen)?

I have a directory named: -2 I want to cd into it but the cd complains: bash: cd: -2: invalid option With no success, I've tried: cd "-2" cd '-2' cd \-2 Any solution? Edit: no file browsers ...
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Copying a large directory tree locally? cp or rsync?

I have to copy a large directory tree, about 1.8 TB. It's all local. Out of habit I'd use rsync, however I wonder if there's much point, and if I should rather use cp. I'm worried about permissions ...
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Should I quit using Ifconfig?

With the servers that mount Infiniband cards, when I use the ifconfig command, I get this warning: Ifconfig uses the ioctl access method to get the full address information, which limits hardware ...
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Moving an already-running process to Screen

My office job routinely sees me connected to a Linux box via VNC. Sometimes I start a remote job on the console, and realize later that it runs much longer than expected. (Should have started that ...
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Setting the hostname: FQDN or short name?

I've noticed that the "preferred" method of setting the system hostname is fundamentally different between Red Hat/CentOS and Debian/Ubuntu systems. CentOS documentation and the RHEL deployment guide ...
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In my /etc/hosts/ file on Linux/OSX, how do I do a wildcard subdomain?

I need to test sub-domains on my localhost. How can I effectively have this result of adding *.localhost.com to my /etc/hosts/ file? If it's not possible, how do I work around this problem? I need ...
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How can I run Debian stable but install some packages from testing?

Say you're running a server and you don't want to upgrade to Testing (Squeeze) from Stable (Lenny) to just install a required package or two. What's the best way of installing only certain packages ...
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Environment variables of a running process on Unix?

This is to troubleshoot some problems related to environment variables .. On Windows, I could do this by using tool such as ProcessExplorer to select particular process and view values of each ...
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When does `cron.daily` run?

When do entries in cron.daily (and .weekly and .hourly) run, and is it configurable? I haven't found a definitive answer to this, and am hoping there is one. I'm running RHEL5 and CentOS 4, but for ...
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How to reconnect to a disconnected ssh session

Is there a way to connect to an ssh session that was disconnected? We are having problems with our network connection to a remote site that we are working on separately; however, in the mean time we ...
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Meaning of the buffers/cache line in the output of free

Why does my server show total used free shared buffers cached Mem: 12286456 11715372 571084 0 81912 6545228 -/+ buffers/cache: 5088232 7198224 ...
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Heartbleed: how to reliably and portably check the OpenSSL version?

I was looking at a reliable and portable way to check the OpenSSL version on GNU/Linux and other systems, so users can easily discover if they should upgrade their SSL because of the Heartbleed bug. ...
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Why is TCP accept() performance so bad under Xen?

The rate at which my server can accept() new incoming TCP connections is really bad under Xen. The same test on bare metal hardware shows 3-5x speed ups. How come this is so bad under Xen? Can you ...
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What version of RHEL am I using?

From the shell and without root privileges, how can I determine what Red Hat Enterprise Linux version I'm running? Ideally, I'd like to get both the major and minor release version, for example RHEL ...
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Can I automatically add a new host to known_hosts?

Here's my situation; I'm setting up a test harness that will, from a central client, launch a number of virtual machine instances and then execute commands on them via SSH. The virtual machines will ...
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Shell command to monitor changes in a file - What's it called again?

I know there was a command on Unix that I could use to monitor a file and see changes that are getting written to it. This was quite useful especially for checking log files. Do you know what it is ...
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How to forcibly close a socket in TIME_WAIT?

I run a particular program on linux which sometimes crashes. If you open it quickly after that, it listens on socket 49201 instead of 49200 as it did the first time. netstat reveals that 49200 is in ...
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Why is my crontab not working, and how can I troubleshoot it?

This is a Canonical Question about using cron & crontab. The answer for 'Why is my crontab not working, and how can I troubleshoot it?' can be seen below. This addresses the cron system with ...
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how to disable SSH login with password for some users?

On Linux (Debian Squeeze) I would like to disable SSH login using password to some users (selected group or all users except root). But I do not want to disable login using certificate for them. ...
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What's wrong with always being root?

I have a feeling this is a stupid question, but this is something I've wondered for awhile. I have a VPS and this is my first big linux venture. I am the only person who has access to it. My question ...
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Linux - Is there a way to prevent/protect a file from being deleted even by root?

I have a very important file which an application in my workplace uses, i need to make sure it is not delete whatsoever, how can I do that?
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Tips for Securing a LAMP Server

This is a Canonical Question about Securing a LAMP stack What are the absolute guidelines for securing a LAMP server?
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How to know from which yum repository a package has been installed

After I have installed a package by yum (with multiple repository configured), how can I found from which repository it has been installed? If I run yum info package name (or yum list package name), I ...
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Showing total progress in rsync: is it possible?

I have searched for this option already, but have only found solutions that involve custom patching. The fact that it does not show in --help and no more info can be found probably indicates the ...
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Hundreds of failed ssh logins

Every night I get hundreds, sometimes thousands, of failed ssh logins on my RedHat 4 server. For firewall reasons from remote sites, I need to run on the standard port. Is there anything I should be ...
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How to make Windows 7 USB flash install media from Linux?

I have: ISO image of Windows 7 install media 4 GB USB flash drive no DVD drive Linux installed
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Is it possible to reboot a Linux OS without rebooting the hardware?

Is there a way to reboot a Linux system (Debian in particular) without rebooting the hardware? I have a RAID controller that takes a bit to get itself running before the OS starts up, and I would ...
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ssh hostname returns “Bad owner or permissions on ~/.ssh/config”

When I try to ssh to another box, I get this strange error $ ssh hostname Bad owner or permissions on ~/.ssh/config But I made sure that I own and have rw permissions on the file: ls -la ~/.ssh/ ...
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Apache 2 startup warning: NameVirtualHost *:80 has no VirtualHosts

When my Ubuntu Apache server (Apache 2) starts up I get a warning message that reads: [warn] NameVirtualHost *:80 has no VirtualHosts However, the web server is working fine. What might I have ...
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Is it possible to detach a process from its terminal? (Or, “I should have used screen!”) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I nohup/screen an already-started process? On Unix (specifically, Linux), I've started a job in a regular ssh->bash session. I'd like to leave work soon, but I now ...
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memcache vs memcached?

I want to use memcached http://www.danga.com/memcached/ I have installed it through yum install memcached But now I need to connect to PHP, and there is an extension named memcache and one named ...
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How to setup passwordless `sudo` on Linux?

How can passwordless sudo access be setup on either RHEL (Fedora, CentOS, etc) or Ubuntu distributions? (If it's the same across distros, that's even better!) Setting: personal and/or lab/training ...
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How can I export the privileges from MySQL and then import to a new server?

I know how to export/import the databases using mysqldump & that's fine but how do I get the privileges into the new server. For extra points, there are a couple of existing databases on the new ...
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How to copy a large number of files quickly between two servers

I need to transfer a huge amount of mp3s between two serves (Ubuntu). By huge I mean about a million files which are on average 300K. I tried with scp but it would have taken about a week. (about 500 ...