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Ubuntu's garbage collection cron job for PHP sessions takes 25 minutes to run, why?

Ubuntu has a cron job set up which looks for and deletes old PHP sessions: # Look for and purge old sessions every 30 minutes 09,39 * * * * root [ -x /usr/lib/php5/maxlifetime ] \ ...
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ubuntu 10.10 sshd contains “YOU WANNA SMOKE A SPLIFF” and pot leaf ascii art. Does this mean I've been hacked?

My sshd binary on an ubuntu 10.10 machine contains the following ascii artwork: ng: %.100sToo many lines in environment file %sUser %.100s not allowed because %s exists YOU WANNA . ...
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Why is Apache running so many processes? Excessive RAM here?

I notice Apache is running multiple processes on my LAMP server (ubuntu 10.10). I'm just running a Wordpress site with MySQL as a database. It seems like www-data is running apache2 more than it ...
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Ubuntu 10.04/CURL: How do I fix/update the CA Bundle?

I recently upgraded our server from 8.04 to 10.04, and all the software along with it. From what I've found online, it seems that the new version of CURL doesn't include a CA bundle, and, as a ...
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Ubuntu/Debian: Show list of available versions of a specific package

Sorry, this might be a beginner question: How can I list all available versions of specific package? I know with apt-get install myPackage=1.2.3 a specific version could be installed. And with ...
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What creates CPU I/O wait but no disk operations?

I have CPU I/O wait steady around 50%, but when I run iostat 1 it shows little to no disk activity. What causes wait without iops? NOTE: There no NFS or FUSE filesystems here, but it is using Xen ...
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Ubuntu Server message says packages can be updated, but apt-get does not update any [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: updates in amazon-ec2 ubuntu 10.04 server When I log into an Ubuntu 10.04.2 LTS server, I see the message: 42 packages can be updated. 18 updates are security updates. ...
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How do I get rsyslogd to log a server's FQDN instead of it's short hostname?

I'm trying to implement a simple centralized syslog server using stock rsyslogd (4.2.0-2ubuntu8.1) on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. At this point I have all my client nodes sending logs to the central server, but ...
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Soft limit vs Hard limit?

Can anyone explain in layman's terms what the difference between soft and hard limit is? Should I set my soft and hard limit to be the same? Or should soft be significantly lower? Does the system ...
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open file descriptor limits.conf setting isn't read by ulimit even when pam_limits.so is required

I am trying to raise the open file descriptor maximum for all users on an ubuntu machine. I've added the following lines to /etc/security/limits.conf: * soft nofile 100000 ...
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How can I configure a private (friends only) IRC Server?

I am trying to setup an IRC server on my machine for a bunch of friends and me to use. This is an ubuntu box and I have installed dancer-ircd and dancer-services and gotten everything up and running ...
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Are there any reasons NOT to run an Ubuntu server?

I'm going to be setting up a network for a small office soon. The network will consist of about 5 workstations (soon to be more) and 2-3 servers (one "real" server and a couple ...
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How do I cleanly remove apache2 server on ubuntu server and then reinstall?

I am having some wierd issues with Apache2 server on my ubuntu server. I believe some configuration files may have been tampered with. What is the easiest way to remove apache2 completely from my ...
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Need to fix file permissions in a user's home directory

Does anyone have a tool or script that will recursively correct the file permissions on a directory? On an Ubuntu Linux machine, a bunch of files were copied to a USB disk with full 777 permissions ...
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setting up a basic mod_proxy virtual host

I'm trying to set up a basic virtual host to proxy all requests to test.local to a WEBrick server I have running on 127.0.0.1:8080 while keeping all requests to localhost going to my static files in ...
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Limit Apache to a single IP

I've got a server with a bunch of IP addresses, and I only want Apache listening on one of them. It doesn't sound like a hard thing to do, and I've done it once before a while ago, but I'm having some ...
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Can't get bower working - bower ESUDO Cannot be run with sudo

I get the following error when I run bower: bower ESUDO Cannot be run with sudo Thing is, I'm not running bower with sudo. The command I run is: bower install foo or bower search cats I am ...
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Is it bad to have a very full hard drive on a high traffic database server?

Running an Ubuntu server with MySQL for a high traffic production database server. Nothing else is running on the machine except the MySQL instance. We store daily database backups on the DB server, ...
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Can't create symlinks in virtualbox shared folders [closed]

A few days ago I found I can no longer create symlinks from Ubuntu in any directories that are shared with the OS X host. ln: creating symbolic link `foo': Read-only file system I'm able to create ...
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How to divert traffic based on hostname using HAProxy?

I've had some initial success with HAProxy setting up a bunch of app servers listening on various other ports. I now have another webserver listening on one port, and i'd like to what changes to make ...
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Check incoming network traffic in real time?

Is there a way I can monitor incoming network traffic in real time on my server? Preferably in terms of *bps Running Ubuntu
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How do I set default permissions for SFTP for an Ubuntu Server?

We have an Ubuntu 10.04 server. How can I set it so that new files created (or copied) over SFTP or SSH have g+rw and g+rwx permissions (where appropriate)? I'm also using setgid (chmod g+s) so that ...
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Which logs to track regularly

I run my own server at home for my personal website running Ubuntu Server with Apache, Bind9 and Django. What logs would you suggest are best to keep track of on a regular basis? (rather than on a ...
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How to setup etckeeper with Mercurial in Ubuntu?

I'm interested in installing etckeeper with Mercurial in my Ubuntu system. My reason is that I don't know how to use Git and don't want to learn at the moment. If I check the package description it ...
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Install php extensions on ubuntu

I have a Ubuntu 9.10 server. I have installed apache2 and php5 using the apt-get commands. How does one install php extensions? Are there commands like apt-get to get them? Or should I manually look ...
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php-mysqlnd or php-mysql

Long story short: just installed Ubuntu 12.04 (Debian based), nginx, php-fpm and mysql. Now I need the MySQL driver for PHP, but which should I choose? Which is better php-mysqlnd or php-mysql?
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How to recreate a working AMI from recovery snapshot after Aug 8 outage?

After Amazon's Aug 8 outage, all (EBS based) AMIs stopped working for many users. This is due to corruption of some sectors in snapshots that the AMIs are based on. However, Amazon created recovery ...
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Checkpoint VPN Linux Client

Is there a Linux client for Checkpoint VPN? Preferably for Ubuntu? -- Rubem
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How do I mount sshfs at boot?

Using a NAS box as 24/7 file server, I'd like to use sshfs to connect to it from an Ubuntu 9.04 desktop. Currently, I have this line in the desktop's fstab: sshfs#jldugger@storage:/mnt/HD_a2/ ...
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How do I make sphinx restart when I reboot my Ubuntu server?

I built and installed sphinx search on my ubuntu 9.04 server. How do I make the sphinx daemon start automatically when I reboot?
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Port Forwarding from Host to Guest with libvirt 0.8.3 Using KVM on Ubuntu

The host has a single external IP available, so I set my KVM guests up with NAT. How do I set up a port forwarding to forward some of the requests from the outside to the guests? I couldn't find ...
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Restricting account logins using LDAP and PAM

I was hoping some PAM/LDAP gurus may be able to help me out here. I've recently set up an LDAP directory on Ubuntu Server to hold accounts for both my clients (for use with web-based systems) and ...
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How can I install Apache with a specific version?

Because of Ubuntu updating, I made the mistake to upgrade Apache 2.2 to 2.4—many things went wrong. I have no idea how to specify the version after apt-get remove apache2. apt-get install apache2 ...
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Why does this ldapadd command quit with an “Invalid syntax” error?

I'm very new to openldap but extremely well versed in the linux/unix environment. I'm trying to setup my very first test openldap environment using the guide here. I've also read most of the admin ...
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Run nginx as a non-root user

I followed this process to installing nginx on my Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Server http://library.linode.com/web-servers/nginx/installation/ubuntu-10.04-lucid I got lost after the point of creating an init ...
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Anyway to get GRUB failsafe to timeout?

I've got a bunch of headless servers installed in random (remote) locations all running Ubuntu 11.04. Sometimes the boxes go down and never come back up, eventually someone goes out to check on them ...
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How safe are Unattended Upgrades/Automatic Updates for Ubuntu

I'm in the process of trying to keep several ubuntu box's up to date and patched (10.4.2 LTS), one suggestion I've been getting is setting up unattended upgrades ...
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Why can't I ssh into (or even ping) my Ubuntu VM from the Mac OS X host?

I'm running Ubuntu 8.04 as a virtual machine using VMware Fusion 3.0 on Mac OS X 10.5.8. I want to be able to ssh into my VM from the Mac OS X host (so I can use MacFUSE and SSHFS to mount the VM's ...
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NFS with encrypted ubuntu home directory

I am having trouble getting NFS setup on with vagrant: On my local machine I have installed NFS: apt-get install nfs-common nfs-kernel-server And in my Vagrantfile set it to be used: ...
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PXE Booting Virtualbox guests in internal networking mode?

I am not sure if this is just specific to my distro's packages or is a vbox limitation. So, any help would be appreciated. Ok, so I have a network of VMs, with one VM acting as a NAT for the other ...
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SSH session never closes when executing “apt-get install”

Problem When running apt-get install in an SSH session, the session never closes. Example: ssh user@target "sudo apt-get -y install my_package" The my_package does get installed properly, but the ...
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96 GB RAM on a Dell T7500 showing up as 78GB in Ubuntu Server 11.04

Running Ubuntu Server 11.04. I've got a new Dell Precision T7500 workstation loaded up with 12x8GB DIMMs and the BIOS shows 96GB but checking /proc/meminfo gives: cat /proc/meminfo | grep MemTotal ...
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Any way to run Linux as a Virtual Machine on top of Windows so can have best of both worlds?

Since Linux has a lot of useful tools, while Windows has a lot of apps (like Chrome), instead of buying another machine to run Linux, is there a way to run it as a Virtual Machine on the PC? The ...
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SSD for swap on Ubuntu server

Currently I am reading SSD reviews and I wonder how much exactly I will benefit if I move the 24 GB swap from 7200rpm HDD to SSD. Does anyone implemented swap space on SSD? Is this generally good ...
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Disable prompts while installing a Debian package

How can i disable totally the prompts that appear while installing a Debian package, i've used all the options that i've found but there are some packages that are still prompting. I'm using this ...
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How can I block all but three ports in Ubuntu?

How can I block all ports except for 1962, 999, 12020? One port for SSH and two others for a kind of script. So, it's necessary to allow outgoing on these ports, right? My iptables: # Generated by ...
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How do you swap the caps lock to control in xfce?

I used to have the caps lock and control swapped in GNOME, but when I upgraded to Ubuntu 9.04 I also changed my desktop environment to Xfce. I have the following line in my xorg.conf: Option ...
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Ubuntu ufw: set a rule on a per interface basis

I want to create a rule that allows anyone on eth1 to access port 80. Can UFW do this or should I go back to using Shorewall? To clarify: this is a capabilties question, can ufw handle interfaces as ...
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SSH Connections freezing with “Write failed: Broken pipe”

I am connecting to a CentOS 5.5 box via SSH from a Ubuntu 11.04 machine. The connection appears to work as expected when it is in active use (i.e. no lag or loss), but if it is left inactive for a ...
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How can I manage apt efficiently on multiple machines?

I manage around 30 Ubuntu servers using puppet. I've seen many references to cron-apt and apticron as approaches to keeping their packages up to date but I haven't been able to find a way to ...