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Create a public SSH key from the private key?

Let's suppose I have a SSH key, but I've deleted the public key part. I have the private key part. Is there some way I can regenerate the public key part?
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69answers
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The Joel Test for system administrator jobs

Based on “Organizational issues” — sore spots of IT? I think it would be fair to say that system administrators need to determine if a place is worth working at. There is a similar well known test ...
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What useful things can one add to one's .bashrc? [closed]

Is there anything that you can't live without and will make my life SO much easier? Here are some that I use ('diskspace' & 'folders' are particularly handy). # some more ls aliases alias ll='ls -...
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How to force or redirect to SSL in nginx?

I have a signup page on a subdomain like: https://signup.example.com It should only be accessible via HTTPS but I'm worried people might somehow stumble upon it via HTTP and get a 404. My html/...
141
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13answers
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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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6answers
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How can I find out what AD groups I'm a member of?

I'm running a Windows XP desktop in a corporate environment. How can I find out what AD groups I belong to?
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4answers
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I am under DDoS. What can I do?

This is a Canonical Question about DoS and DDoS mitigation. I found a massive traffic spike on a website that I host today; I am getting thousands of connections a second and I see I'm using all ...
136
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2answers
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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 ...
135
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16answers
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How to use rsync over FTP

Any unix: I have the following cmd line which works fine. rsync -avr -e ssh /home/dir user@example.com:/home/ But I need to set it up now to rsync to a remote server that only has an FTP server on ...
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2answers
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How can I see which flags Nginx was compiled with?

How can I check what modules have been added to an nginx installation?
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25answers
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How can I get the size of an Amazon S3 bucket?

I'd like to graph the size (in bytes, and # of items) of an Amazon S3 bucket and am looking for an efficient way to get the data. The s3cmd tools provide a way to get the total file size using s3cmd ...
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4answers
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Is my password compromised because I forgot to hit Enter after ssh username?

I've just tried logging into a Fedora (release 13 Goddard) server using SSH (PuTTY, Windows). For some reason the Enter after typing my username didn't go through and I typed in my password and hit ...
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44answers
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Cheat Sheets for System Administrators?

I'd like to start a collection of good, free cheat sheet resources for system administrators. Please add your favorite ones. From the Wikipedia "cheat sheet" article: In more general usage, a "...
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12answers
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Should servers be turned off at night?

There is a server that is used from 4:30 am in the morning until ~ 22:00. Should it be turned off? I think that it is a server and that it won't have a problem to stay on, but serious professors are ...
128
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14answers
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How do diff over ssh?

How do I diff files/folders across machines provided that the only connectivity available is ssh?
125
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9answers
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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 ...
125
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3answers
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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 ...
124
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8answers
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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 ...
124
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12answers
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How to set up Nginx as a caching reverse proxy?

I heard recently that Nginx has added caching to its reverse proxy feature. I looked around but couldn't find much info about it. I want to set up Nginx as a caching reverse proxy in front of Apache/...
121
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27answers
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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 ...
118
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20answers
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How do you install Node.JS on CentOS?

I've found numerous installation instructions for Node.js but they all seem so complicated -- I'm not a super sys admin but I can get around. I have yum on the system, but I didn't find any node.js ...
118
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4answers
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All servers flooded by salt water, is it possible to recover data from multi-platter drives?

All of my servers are currently flooded by salt water. Is it possible for each platter in a multi-platter drive to be separated, cleaned, imaged, and merged into a new virtual drive for data recovery?...
117
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5answers
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nginx HTTPS serving with same config as HTTP

Is there a way to share configuration directives across two nginx server {} blocks? I'd like to avoid duplicating the rules, as my site's HTTPS and HTTP content are served with the exact same config. ...
117
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7answers
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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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23answers
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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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10answers
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Monday morning mistake: sudo rm -rf --no-preserve-root /

Please note: The answers and comments to this question contains content from another, similar question that has received a lot of attention from outside media but turned out to be hoax question in ...
115
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5answers
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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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13answers
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Engineers are using explosives to remove hard rock outside our office building. What countermeasures should we take?

Our building is located approx. 100 meters from the explosive charges. They happen several times per day, and really shake the entire building a lot. This is going to go on for many days and the ...
114
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9answers
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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 ...
114
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4answers
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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 ...
113
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9answers
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What is a good SSH server to use on Windows? [closed]

In my spare time I remotely support my wife's office via VPN into a Windows Server. I am about to purchase a wireless broadband service which doesn't support VPN. I don't want to open up the remote ...
112
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10answers
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How do I get current Unix time in milliseconds using bash?

How do I get the current Unix time in milliseconds (i.e number of milliseconds since Unix epoch January 1 1970)?
112
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4answers
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What's the difference between authorized_keys and authorized_keys2?

Just wanted a quick summary of the differences between them and why there are two? Cheers
112
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4answers
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FreeBSD performance tuning: Sysctl parameter, loader.conf, kernel

I wanted to share knowledge of tuning FreeBSD via sysctl.conf / loader.conf / KENCONF / etc. It was initially based on Igor Sysoev's (author of nginx) presentation about FreeBSD tuning up to 100,000-...
111
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85answers
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Linux command line best practices and tips?

I would like to open a discussion that would accumulate your Linux command line (CLI) best practices and tips. I've searched for such a discussion to share the below comment but haven't found one, ...
110
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7answers
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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 ...
110
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10answers
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Environment variables of a running process on Unix?

I need to troubleshoot some problems related to environment variables on a Unix system. On Windows, I can use a tool such as ProcessExplorer to select particular a process and view values of each ...
110
votes
14answers
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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 ...
110
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6answers
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How do you add a Windows environment variable without rebooting?

This is probably an easy answer, but I have never been able to find it by googling. I simply would like to add an Environment variable to a Windows machine (desktop or server) and be able to use it ...
109
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3answers
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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/ ...
109
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7answers
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Can anyone explain precisely what IOWait is?

As much as I have read about iowait, it is still mystery to me. I know it's the time spent by the CPU waiting for a IO operations to complete, but what kind of IO operations precisely? What I am also ...
108
votes
2answers
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What is Active Directory Domain Services and how does it work?

This is a Canonical Question about Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS). What is Active Directory? What does it do and how does it work? How is Active Directory organized: Forest, Child Domain, ...
108
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1answer
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What is a challenge password?

I'm setting up SSL on an Ubuntu server. One of fields it asks for as part of setting up the CSR is a "challenge password". What is that? The default is blank. Do I need to enter one?
107
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11answers
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Run a .bat file in a scheduled task without a window

I have a scheduled task that starts a batch script that runs robocopy every hour. Every time it runs a window pops up on the desktop with robocopy's output, which I don't really want to see. I ...
106
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11answers
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Finding out what user Apache is running as?

I want to secure a file upload directory on my server as described beautifully here, but I have one problem before I can follow these instructions. I don't know what user Apache is running as. I've ...
105
votes
10answers
205k views

How to refresh hosts file without rebooting

On Windows, how do you refresh the hosts file without rebooting?
104
votes
17answers
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CentOS vs. Ubuntu [closed]

I had a web server that ran Ubuntu, but the hard drive failed recently and everything was erased. I decided to try CentOS on the machine instead of Ubuntu, since it's based on Red Hat. That ...
104
votes
5answers
135k views

how to download the ssl certificate from a website?

I want to download the ssl certificate from, say https://www.google.com, using wget or any other commands. Any unix command line? wget or openssl?
103
votes
7answers
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How does CTRL-ALT-DEL to log in make Windows more secure?

When logging into Windows, it says on that page that CTRL-ALT-DEL somehow makes Windows more secure. I have never been able to figure a mechanism where having to press some specific key combination ...
103
votes
4answers
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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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