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A testing framework for Linux server configuration management

We are a medium sized shop that uses Puppet for Linux configuration management. Since we are a small shop, it's difficult to deploy and maintain DTAP environment. We normally perform manual testing ...
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1answer
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What does negative value of -1 in kB_rd/ and kB_wr/s mean in PIDSTAT command

This is a sample output from running pidstat. minflt/s majflt/s VSZ RSS %MEM kB_rd/s kB_wr/s kB_ccwr/s 49 0 217532 18784 0.01 -1 -1 -1 Can you ...
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How to test SpamAssassin and spam filters

Which is the best way to test SpamAssassin's functionality and configured Spam filters? I'm aware of the Generic Test for Unsolicited Bulk Email. but I would like to have a "real" Spam test that ...
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571 views

Sabotaging an apache server

Bit of an odd one this. We have a very political management situation brewing and as the developer looking after the interaction with the hosting company, I have been asked to perform a bit of ...
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644 views

How do you apply development practices like version control, testing and continuous integration/deployment to system administration?

Imagine you're going to manage a number of servers with a number of different services that's used by a number of people. Now say you want to reconfigure or replace some software on one of those ...
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1answer
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Test Server for Redirector Display Redirect URL without actually Redirecting

I am setting up a test server whose primary purpose is to test the scripts we are using for Apache redirectors. On the test server, I don't want to actually redirect to the page but instead I want ...
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2answers
151 views

Best practices for managing a web-server

Hi I want to ask what are the best practices when installing new software on a web-server, I'm pretty much self-taught, I have on my home PC: Ubuntu 11.04 with LAMP installed, and a VPS that I manage ...
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4answers
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Easily installing various distros over a network

I'm working on some software that I'd like to test on various distributions of Linux, to be able to say that I know it works on them. The software interfaces with a hardware device over USB and ...
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1answer
106 views

VM for learning and testing firewall and some others softwares? [closed]

Computer Specs: Core 2 Duo 1.80Ghz 2gb ram 500GB hd Currently with Windows XP installed but can be changed to anything else needed. To explain more about what i am looking forward to do, i was ...
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1answer
720 views

Online test to learn Linux command-line based on frequency of command-line operation and it's methods use? [closed]

Trying to learn Linux command-line as fast as possible, know of any online test that progressively present questions requiring a command be entered. Looking for test that recall what I've answered, ...
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Test WordPress on local Windows 2008 - production on hosted Linux

I have my WordPress based website hosted on a Linux server. I plan to redesign the site and would like to do in on a local test server first. I am an experienced Windows administrator, but have a very ...
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How can I test a new cron script?

I'm running on a couple of different Linux distros (Fedora 11, CentOS 5 and SuSE 10.2) and often run into a problem where a new script that I want to run as a cron job works fine when called direct ...
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1answer
272 views

Testing email system, spam injection tool recommendations?

is there any free spam injection tools available on ubuntu for testing the email system ? i would like to get free Spam inject tools for testing mail systems which i am part of development Edit 2 : ...
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3answers
378 views

How do I programmatically test if it's possible to connect to the X server specified in $DISPLAY

This is a bit of a middle-ground between programming and server-admin, but this seems ultimately the most relevant place for it. I'm looking for a way to determine if the variable '$DISPLAY' is ...
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3answers
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How to corrupt a file system

I am going to be testing 'xfs_repair' on some large file systems ( around 50 TB ) as in the past the memory usage is high. While I could test the program only on file systems which were correct it ...
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4answers
644 views

How did you go about studying for your LPI certification? [closed]

http://www.lpi.org/eng Additionally, how much does each test cost?
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7answers
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Testing a server before installing an OS

Our development server at work is taking a dump on us. So at this point, we're repurposing some other servers we have in our server room for this purpose. My boss wants me to test the servers before ...
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4answers
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Ethernet Loopback plug - running a ping

For a project at work, I need to be able to test various Ethernet NICs by connecting them to a "loopback adapter plug", like this one on various embedded Linux boxen that come off a production ...