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2answers
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How should an IT department choose a standard Linux distribution?

There is a lot of community feeling about what Linux distributions are appropriate for production server environments and which aren't, however, a lot of this feeling seems religiously based, and ...
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22answers
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How the heck is http://to./ a valid domain name?

Apparently it's a URL shortener. It resolves just fine in Chrome and Firefox. How is this a valid top-level domain? Update: for the people saying it's browser shenanigans, why is it that: ...
60
votes
5answers
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Clean way to write complex multi-line string to a variable

I need to write some complex xml to a variable inside a bash script. The xml needs to be readable inside the bash script as this is where the xml fragment will live, it's not being read from another ...
60
votes
19answers
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How do you document a network?

I'm not sure how to ask this question, since I'm not in the field. Say you're a network admin and you leave your job. How does the new guy know where to start?
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2answers
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Does memtest86+ test memory which is used to run itself?

One of the common server failure scenarios is bad DRAM, sometimes even when ECC memory is used. memtest86+ is one of the most useful tools to diagnose DRAM problems. As it loads itself at the start ...
60
votes
12answers
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Subversion error: (405 Method Not Allowed) in response to MKCOL

I am getting the following error while trying to commit a new directory addition. svn: Commit failed (details follow): svn: Server sent unexpected return value (405 Method Not Allowed) in response to ...
60
votes
2answers
15k views

Why is it so difficult to upgrade between major versions of Red Hat and CentOS?

"Can we upgrade our existing production EL5 servers to EL6?" A simple-sounding request from two customers with completely different environments prompted my usual best-practices answer of "yes, but ...
60
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4answers
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Disable caching when serving static files with Nginx (for development)

We are using Nginx to serve static files on a development platform. As it is a development platform, we'd like to disable caching so that each change is propagated to the server. The configuration of ...
59
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10answers
4k views

How to extinguish a small fire in a server rack to minimize damage to surrounding equipment?

Suppose I have a rack with several servers and other stuff. One of servers overheats severely and either starts smoking or catches fire while there's a serviceman nearby. If anything similar happens ...
59
votes
6answers
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Is X.Y.Z.0 a valid IP address?

Are IP addresses with a 0 in the last octet valid? 10.6.43.0 In my case, I have the the following netmask 255.255.252.0 What about a 0 for the other octets?
59
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4answers
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Running Cron every 2 hours [duplicate]

I have the cron job as shown below, and wanted it to run every 2 hours, but it keeps running every 2 minutes. Can someone tell me where I'm going wrong? * */2 * * * /path-to-script
59
votes
11answers
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IIS 7.5 (Windows 7) - HTTP Error 401.3 - Unauthorized

I'm trying to test my ASP.Net website on localhost and I'm getting this error: HTTP Error 401.3 - Unauthorized You do not have permission to view this directory or page because of the access control ...
59
votes
14answers
25k views

GIT as a backup tool

On a server, install git cd / git init git add . git commit -a -m "Yes, this is server" Then get /.git/ to point to a network drive (SAN, NFS, Samba whatever) or different disk. Use a cron job ...
59
votes
4answers
30k views

How do I edit git's history to correct an incorrect email address/name [closed]

When I started using git I just did a git init and started calling add and commit. Now I am starting to pay attention and I can see that my commits are showing up as cowens@localmachine, rather than ...
59
votes
7answers
7k views

What are the drawbacks of running a database inside a virtual machine? How do I overcome them? [closed]

Running anything inside a virtual machine will have some level of performance hit, but how much does it really impact the performance of a database system? I found this academic reference paper with ...
59
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10answers
16k views

Unique Features of bash compared to zsh

I have been a zsh user for quite some time (before that tcsh and before that csh). I am quite happy with it, but was wondering if there are any compelling features of bash that do not exist in zsh. ...
59
votes
2answers
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How to check if a port is blocked on a Windows machine?

On the Windows platform, what native options to I have to check if a port (3306, for example) on my local machine (as in localhost), is being blocked?
59
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3answers
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Can I create a top level TLD? (.michael for instance)

It appears that ICANN is allowing the creation of top level domains. Instead of 'registering' a domain, you would essentially be signing up to be a registrar (you'd be giving out registrations on ...
58
votes
18answers
63k views

Why hasn't rsync caught on in the Windows world? [closed]

It seems that rsync is the de-facto standard for efficient file backup and sync in Unix/Linux. Does anyone have any thoughts on why it wouldn't have caught on in the Windows world? Why hasn't it ...
58
votes
13answers
80k views

What's the best way to check if a volume is mounted in a Bash script?

What's the best way to check if a volume is mounted in a Bash script? What I'd really like is a method that I can use like this: if <something is mounted at /mnt/foo> then <Do some ...
58
votes
6answers
12k views

Why can't MX records point to an IP address?

I understand you should not point a MX record at an IP address directly, but should instead point it to an A record, which, in turns, points to the IP address of your mail server. But, in principle, ...
58
votes
3answers
26k views

How to re-order windows, change the scroll shortcut, and modify the status bar contents in GNU Screen?

I learned to use gnu-screen and have been using it for the past several weeks. I got a grip of the basics now, and would be very helpful if I get these queries clarified: How do I rename / reorder / ...
58
votes
3answers
31k views

What is the difference between Load Balancer and Reverse Proxy?

I'm not clear about the difference between Load Balancer and Reverse Proxy. They both seems having same behavior: distributing incoming requests to backend servers.
58
votes
3answers
6k views

Is a VM with 2 CPUs really faster than one with 4 CPUs?

Our IT created a VM with 2 CPUs allocated rather than the 4 I requested. Their reason is that the VM performs better with 2 CPUs rather than 4 (according to them). The rationale is that the VM ...
58
votes
8answers
64k views

Is a wildcard CNAME DNS record valid?

I know it's valid to have a DNS A record that's a wildcard (e.g. *.mysite.com). Is it possible/valid/advised to have a wildcard CNAME record?
57
votes
2answers
80k views

SFTP logging: is there a way?

I'm wondering if there is a way to log commands received by the server. It can be all SSH commands, as long as it includes information on commands related to file transfer. I'm having issues with an ...
57
votes
13answers
90k views

Windows 2008: WinSXS directory growing uncontrollably, blocking server

I run a (remotely hosted) virtual Server with Windows 2008 Server for a client. Initially, it had 10 GB of space. During the course of a few weeks - during which nothing was done on the machine ...
56
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15answers
9k views

Are IP addresses “trivial to forge”?

I was reading through some of the notes on Google's new public DNS service: Performance Benefits Security Benefits I noticed under the security section this paragraph: Until a standard ...
56
votes
11answers
253k views

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?
56
votes
2answers
16k views

Colors in bash after piping through less?

When I have dircolors defined life is full of... color. When I pipe ls through less to scroll around I lose the colors. Any suggestions?
56
votes
6answers
12k views

Heartbleed: are services other than HTTPS affected?

The OpenSSL 'heartbleed' vulnerability (CVE-2014-0160) affects webservers serving HTTPS. Other services also use OpenSSL. Are these services also vulnerable to heartbleed-like data leakage? I'm ...
56
votes
19answers
8k views

Best Practise and Solutions for Sharing Passwords [closed]

We have various passwords that need to be known to more than one person in our company. For example, the admin password to our internet routers, the password for our web-host, and also a few "non-IT" ...
55
votes
3answers
14k views

Is there a difference between how two ampersands and a semi-colon operate in bash?

If I wanted to run two separate commands on one line, I could do this: cd /home; ls -al or this: cd /home && ls -al And I get the same results. However, what is going on in the ...
55
votes
5answers
7k views

I accidentaly forbid SSH connection to a remote server… What's next?

Let's say it again, we all make mistakes, and I have just made one. A brief history: I was doing some stuff on a VPS (Debian) I'm renting, when I noticed some strange behaviour. Using the netstat ...
55
votes
17answers
13k views

Do you skip a rack unit between servers?

It seems like there's a lot of disagreement in mindsets when it comes to installing rackmount servers. There have been threads discussing cable arms and other rackmount accessories, but I'm curious: ...
55
votes
9answers
81k views

How to tell if a Linux system is big endian or little endian?

I know that certain processors are Big Endian and others are Little Endian. But is there a command, bash script, python script or series of commands that can be used at the command line to determine ...
55
votes
5answers
18k views

How does Ubuntu keep track of the “System restart required” flag in motd?

I have a few Ubuntu servers (8.10, 9.10) that is set to automatically install security updates. Some times these updates requires a restart of the system, and this string is shown in motd: *** System ...
55
votes
8answers
3k views

What are the advantages of tape drives?

IBM still develop and sell tape drives today. The capacity of them seems to be on a par with today's hard drives, but the search time and transfer rate are both significantly lower than that of hard ...
55
votes
3answers
17k views

How to reload screenrc without restarting screen?

After modified screenrc, how to see the changes without restarting screen?
54
votes
10answers
14k views

How to [politely?] tell software vendor they don't know what they're talking about

Not a technical question, but a valid one nonetheless. Scenario: HP ProLiant DL380 Gen 8 with 2 x 8-core Xeon E5-2667 CPUs and 256GB RAM running ESXi 5.5. Eight VMs for a given vendor's system. ...
54
votes
5answers
16k views

Monday morning mistake: sudo rm -rf --no-preserve-root /

Here's a an entertaining tragedy. This morning I was doing a bit of maintenance on my production server, when I mistakenly executed the following command: sudo rm -rf --no-preserve-root ...
54
votes
5answers
67k views

What does “Warning: untrusted X11 forwarding setup failed: xauth key data not generated” mean when ssh'ing with -X?

When I use ssh -X on my Mac (running OS X 10.6.7) to connect to my Ubuntu (11.04) box, I get the following warning: Warning: untrusted X11 forwarding setup failed: xauth key data not generated ...
54
votes
16answers
55k views

Is FreeNAS reliable?

FreeNAS seems like a great product with a full checklist of features, even iSCSI. But how reliable is it? There are a few scary stories about lost data, for example here. Here is another example. If ...
54
votes
9answers
82k views

What's the best way to move c:\users to d:\users under vista/W7 [closed]

I just installed Windows 7 RC1 and want to move c:\users to d:\users. What's the best way to do this? Due to the fact that Windows 7 creates a reserved partition that is mounted as C: in the ...
54
votes
14answers
2k views

Is UPS worthwhile for non-production equipment? [closed]

Over the years, I've had to throw away a quite a few bits of computing equipment (and the like): Several ADSL routers with odd symptoms (losing wireless connections, losing wired connections, DHCP ...
54
votes
5answers
13k views

How can I implement ansible with per-host passwords, securely?

I would like to use ansible to manage a group of existing servers. I have created an ansible_hosts file, and tested successfully (with the -K option) with commands that only target a single host ...
54
votes
9answers
126k views

Creating a virtual machine in VirtualBox from a physical one

Is there any way to create a virtual machine that you can use in VirtualBox from a physical installation that you have? For instance, if I have Windows XP installed on a physical computer and want to ...
54
votes
1answer
3k views

Can't enter the letter 'e' over ssh [duplicate]

Right now I am experiencing some very, very weird behaviour on a Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS server I am managing. Connecting to the server over ssh either from cygwin(mintty) or a terminal on a Linux ...
54
votes
6answers
8k views

What should NOT be managed by puppet?

I'm learning my way through configuration management in general and using puppet to implement it in particular, and I'm wondering what aspects of a system, if any, should not be managed with puppet? ...
53
votes
8answers
78k views

How can I monitor hard disk load on linux

Is there a good command line utility to monitor hard disk load on linux? Something like top but then monitoring disk activity i.s.o. cpu usage. More specifically, I suspect that for some (heavy load) ...

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