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accidently ran “chown www-data:www-data / -R” as root

i just ran this a few seconds ago, i managed to do ctrl-c as soon as i realized what i started doing. so far in the only dir its started going through is /bin im afraid to do anything else, so far ...
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How to reduce number of sockets in TIME_WAIT?

Ubuntu Server 10.04.1 x86 I've got a machine with a FCGI HTTP service behind nginx, that serves a lot of small HTTP requests to a lot of different clients. (About 230 requests per second in the peak ...
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What's needed for a complete backup system?

For my new server, I want to setup a proper backup solution. I've found a great setup that will do twice-daily incremental backups via Dropbox. I plan on backing up my various databases, the webroot ...
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SSL site not using the correct IP in Apache and Ubuntu

I'm trying to set up an apache-ubuntu-php webserver. My webserver will host multiple SSL sites, each SSL site will have it's own IP address (unless there's a better way to do this). So I suppose the ...
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Weird syslog order

Have you ever seen wrong order in /var/log/syslog ? I think that it causes only crontab. Jun 28 22:20:01 alex CRON[2327]: (root) CMD (something > /dev/null) Jun 28 22:21:01 alex CRON[2700]: (root) ...
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Accidential CHMOD 755

Alright, I accidentially chomdded everything to 755, which isn't as terrible as chowning everything to the local user. How insecure is this and how would I restore it easily, without reinstalling?
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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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Scripted install of MySQL on Ubuntu

I need to write a script that will build my server from a fresh Ubuntu server install. Among things like Apache and PHP it needs to install MySQL. The only problem here is that when I install MySQL ...
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How do I set permissions structure for multiple users editing multiple sites in /var/www on Ubuntu 9.10?

I'm setting up an Ubuntu server that will have 3 or 4 VirtualHosts that I want users to be able to work in (add new files, edit old files, etc.). I currently plan on storing the sites in /var/www but ...
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What causes PHP pages to consistently download instead of running normally

I'm running a Ubuntu Server on a VM, to test out different web forum solutions. I have set up a ~/public_html/ to be accessible with the apache2 web server, and that works fine. However when I go to ...
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Installing Ubuntu 12.04 on HP Proliant DL380e with 1TB SAS Drive

I have an HP Proliant DL380e with a 1TB SAS Drive and I am trying to install ubuntu server 12.04 on it. I have created a RAID array using Array Controller Utility and had a RAID0 logical volume ...
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Securing a fresh Ubuntu server [closed]

Say I've got a fresh install of Ubuntu, what steps should I take to secure it for use as a Rails application server?
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Why don't EC2 ubuntu images have swap?

I started a couple servers on EC2 and they don't have swap. Am I doing something wrong or is it that the machines just don't have any?
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How do I upgrade from PHP 5.3 to PHP 5.4.6 in Ubuntu?

Is there an easy way out to get the latest PHP? I have tried updating my package but none of it has 5.4.6 yet... if anyone knows on how to do it quickly, can it be shared here? I've tried compiling ...
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How to configure a shortcut for an SSH connection through a SSH tunnel

My company production servers (FOO, BAR...) are located behind two gateway servers (A, B). In order to connect to server FOO, I have to open a ssh connection with server A or B with my username ...
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Setup ubuntu server to send mail()

I tried searching a lot but unable to find how to actually setup a ubuntu server, so that I can send mails through php using mail() function in php. I have apache2, mysql and php5 installed on my ...
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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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Dealing with multiple private DNS servers

I'll try to explain this as best I can... I'm on ubuntu 13.04, and I am running a local BIND instance at 127.0.0.1 for access to basic wild-card DNS for development (i.e. "*.dev == 127.0.0.1" - yes, ...
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Ubuntu, how to setup a new machine like an existing one

I have one machine setup with the apps I need, and I'd like to install the same on a new Ubuntu box. Is there a script that will list all the installed apps, so that I can diff between the boxes and ...
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Iptables: How to allow only one ip through specific port?

How can I on my ubuntu server, in Iptables only allow one IP adress on a specific port? Thanks
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How do I ask apt-get to skip any interactive post-install configuration steps?

I have a server build script which uses apt-get to install packages. It then puts pre-written configuration files directly in place, so the interactive post-install configuration dialog in packages ...
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How do I get apt-get to ignore some dependencies?

How do I make apt-get ignore some dependencies? For example, I wanted to install mailx so I can use it to send email from cron scripts/report-generating tools. However, installing mailx also installs ...
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Can someone clarify Ubuntu (Debian) dist-upgrade for me?

I've got an Ubuntu 8.04 LTS server. There are several packages which are "kept back" ("the following updates have been kept back:") when I do an apt-get upgrade. It's my understanding that I can do ...
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upstart scripts: run a task after networking goes up

I'm working on moving my current server setup to newer hardware, and migrating from ubuntu karmic koala to lucid lynx. Currently i'm using gw6c (compiled from the gogo6 website, as opposed to the ...
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How to redirect all outgoing email from postfix to a single address for testing

I am setting up a testing server for a web based application that sends some email notifications. Sometimes testing is performed with real customer data, and for that reason I need to guarantee that ...
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Which Distributed File System as a backend for Cloud Computing?

I have a basic cloud running on Ubuntu Server (9.04) and Eucalyptus. Walrus (Eucalyptus' API compatable S3 implementation) stores files by on the cloud controller. However each of the other 4 server ...
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Linux e1000e (Intel networking driver) problems galore, where do I start?

I'm currently having a major problem with e1000e (not working at all) in Ubuntu Maverick (1.0.2-k4), after resume I'm getting a lot of stuff in dmesg: [ 9085.820197] e1000e 0000:02:00.0: PCI INT A ...
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Ubuntu: Resize the root LVM(2?) partition

I have an Ubuntu virtual machine running in VirtualBox 2.2.4, and I created it on an 8gb virtual disk which is too small. So, I am trying to increase the size of the disk. So far, I have done this: ...
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How can I install packages without starting their associated services?

As you're probably aware, by default when you install a package on a Debian or Ubuntu based system, if the package contains a service, that service will generally be enabled and started automatically ...
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My cron tasks report command not found [duplicate]

This is the contents of my crontab file: 0 0,6,12,18 * * * cd /var/www/app/current && backup perform --trigger db_backup --config_file config/backup.rb --data-path db --log-path log ...
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ubuntu server slowly filling up

We had our samba server (ubuntu 8.04 ltr) share fill up the other day but when I went to look at it I cant see any of the shares have to much on them we have 5 group shares and then each users has an ...
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MySQL: Allow both remote AND local connections

In my Ubuntu's /etc/mysql/my.conf, I have: bind-address = 192.168.2.20 # My external IP It works fine from remote, but when I want to connect locally, the app that uses on MySQL says: ...
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No space left on device — but there is space

I'm running an Ubuntu 12.04.1 server in a VMware virtualized environment that has a strange issue. Twice now, at seemingly random times, the machine has suddenly been unable to write to the root ...
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Encrypted LVM on RAID1 - Failure testing, manual mount

We have an Ubuntu 10.04 LTS server set up with LVM running on top of disk encryption, which runs on top of a RAID1 volume comprised of two physical SATA disks. The configuration looks like this: ...
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Enable access without “www.” on Ubuntu

I want to enable the access to my site without the "www." prefix. I tried to insert this in my /etc/apache2/sites-available file: <VirtualHost *:80> serverName mydomain.gov.br ...
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Ubuntu installation can't detect hard drives

I'm installing Ubuntu onto a HP Proliant DL360 G7 server, which has a hardware Smart Array RAID controller that is not compatible with Ubuntu. HP say the RAID controller needs to be disabled in the ...
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Creating new users using PHP not recognized by Apache 2.4

I have a server setup where new linux users are created using (PHP) shell_exec ( '/usr/sbin/useradd ' . $username ); exec ('usermod -a -G ' . $username . ' '. $username); #add user into the usergroup ...
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Cant find my harddrives in ubuntu installation?

I was trying to setup a Microserver with two 1TB harddrives as a software RAID. Somehow it didnt work and now ubuntu 14.04 is not starting. My problem is that I dont see the drives anymore when I go ...
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Postfix forwards to Gmail being rate limited even with unmodified headers

I've installed Postfix on Ubuntu 14.04 with the defaults. I then configured some virtual aliases to forward email from a few addresses to various personal (mostly Gmail) accounts. This is just to make ...
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How to start/stop iptables on Ubuntu?

How can I start/stop the iptables service on Ubuntu? I have tried service iptables stop but it is giving "unrecognized service". Why is it doing so? Is there any other method?
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How to Setup Ubuntu Mail Server with Google Apps?

I have a domain, let's call it foobar.com. All of the MX records for foobar.com point to Google's mail servers because I am using Google Apps for your domain to manage it. It's great because everyone ...
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MySQL: How do I get my “Maximum possible memory usage” down?

I've recently been having problems with thrashing as a result of running out of memory. (My VPS has 256M total) I'm trying to tune MySQL using mysqltuner.pl, and get the following results: -------- ...
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How to set up Mod_WSGI for Python on Ubuntu

I am trying to setup MOD_WSGI on my Ubuntu box. I have found steps that said I needed to do the following steps I found at http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=833766 sudo apt-get install ...
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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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Apache2 config variable is not defined

I installed apache2 on ubuntu 13.10. If I try to restart it using sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart I get this message: AH00558: apache2: Could not reliably determine the server's fully ...
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What is the difference between sudo -i and sudo su -

What is the difference between commands sudo -i and sudo su -? Are they the same?
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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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Node.js is not accessible from external IPs on Ubuntu

Hey everyone, I'm sure this is very noobish, so forgive me. I'm trying to run a node.js server on port 8080 of my ubuntu 10.04. Here's the result of iptables -L on the server: Chain INPUT (policy ...
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My server is still vulnerable to heartbleed even after I update OpenSSL

I have an Ubuntu 12.04 server. I have updated the OpenSSL package in order to fix the heartbleed vulnerability. But I am still vulnerable even, even though I have restarted the web server, and even ...
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How to setup Apache NameVirtualHost on SSL?

I would like to set the A record of two DNS to point to my Ubuntu intance. Apache should then read the domain name accordingly and point the incoming request to the right physical path. I have set ...