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I have some servers.
I try not to update them.
They are tools, not toys.

The lights are all out.
The servers chanting loud.
Like monks at compline.


Oct
26
comment WGet from one site on a server to another site on the same server
See edited answer (comment box was too small)
Oct
26
comment WGet from one site on a server to another site on the same server
What does ping tell you about the IP-address when run locally and remotely?
Oct
25
comment Encypted backups
I based my answer on this material from the Duplicity website: "Duplicity backs directories by producing encrypted tar-format volumes and uploading them to a remote or local file server ... Because duplicity uses GnuPG to encrypt and/or sign these archives, they will be safe from spying and/or modification by the server." - but I believe voretaq7 is correct.
Oct
20
comment Syslog not logging anything; /var/log/syslog is empty
I'd wait for MadHatter to post an answer and accept that.
Oct
20
comment how i can identify which process is making UDP traffic on linux?
No info? Empty packets? What I meant was, if something is attempting to resolve updates.java.sun.com or rss.cnn.com you might usefully infer something from it.
Oct
17
comment Postfix user not found in virtual alias table
That to address looks wrong, instead of person.example.com@example.com it should be person@example.com. Is that a typing error in your question?
Oct
16
comment How do I invoke a Perl CGI script when the user requests an HTML page?
I agree, edited accordingly.
Oct
16
comment PHP on Linux: How to make PHP use proxy settings to connect to internet?
See edited answer above
Oct
15
comment Configure apache to listen on port other than 80
Can you amplify how it doesn't work? Presumably you are getting "connection refused" or similar? What do nmap or wget from other computer say?
Oct
15
comment PHP on Linux: How to make PHP use proxy settings to connect to internet?
If /etc/environment doesn't help, I'd edit /etc/apache2/envvars and I'd put in both http_proxy and HTTP_PROXY as different applications have different conventiopns sometimes. Do a full stop and a restart of Apache before testing. Use phpinfo to check the variables are visible to php
Oct
15
comment PHP on Linux: How to make PHP use proxy settings to connect to internet?
Neither, Try editing /etc/environment
Oct
13
comment Severe server failure. Media Temple claims it is due to .htaccess file
If it is solved, it would be helpful if you would move this question off the "unanswered" list by either accepting adirau's answer or by entering your own answer and accepting it.
Oct
12
comment Java fat client slow when connecting to localhost, fast with remote
... contacting support for the custom database software (or give fuller details here) or try to create a minimal test program that reproduces the problem. If the DBMS has a JDBC driver I would also try to write a test client that uses plain JDBC to see if the problem lies in the non-JDBC comms layer you are using.
Oct
12
comment Java fat client slow when connecting to localhost, fast with remote
In that case would try one of
Oct
12
comment SSHD - blocking password authentication
Thanks Marcel, that answers my question about Keyboard-Interactive vs Password authentication. I'm still not certain my servers are safe from password-guessing but the syslog output (see above) seems more reassuring as although there is mention of an invalid password, there is also mention of the username not being allowed. Presumably it's as safe as I can make it?
Oct
12
comment SSHD - blocking password authentication
I've edited the question to add a sample from syslog.
Oct
12
comment SSHD - blocking password authentication
I'm using Putty 0.59 mostly, though I have used OpenSSH 3.4p1 command-line ssh for testing as it has the useful -v debugging option. I've no idea what SSH client is being used by the evil bot-nets that are attacking these servers.
Sep
29
comment Forwarding mail to local mailserver
That helped. I should have mentioned that mail.example.com replaced alpha.example.com as the LAN email server and so the local-host-names file on alpha did indeed contain example.com as well as alpha.example.com