Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Convert Unix Time

If you happen to be working on a system where you want to convert unix time to human readable format, use this:

perl -p -e 's/^([0-9]*)/"[".localtime($1)."]"/e'

Its a perl command that when applied to a .log file allows you to convert unix time to a format that is readable to the user.  You can pretty much use this with other small shell tools to do wonderful things.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Nouveau causing the Linux Mint System to Freeze

Ever had an experience that suddenly your Linux system freezes for no apparent reason?  This is manifested, when you tried to fire-up chrome (at least in my case) and doing some check on dmesg / syslog points to this:

The problem here lies with the video drivers loaded to the kernel is having a (NOT going to discuss the internals here) hard time figuring out how to work with the hardware of your system.  It can be very painful especially if you are not sure where to look at.

sudo apt-get --purge remove xserver-xorg-video-nouveau

and then do:

sudo ldconfig

Afterwards reboot the system.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Enabling SSH Login Email Alerts

If you happen to be figuring out who is loging in or what is being logged in the system you can always use this defined entry to .bashrc to help monitor it.

echo  'ALERT - Root Shell Access (ServerName) on: `date` `who` | mail -s "Alert: Root Access from `who | cut -d'(' -f2 | cut -d')' -f1`" some_domain@domain.com

But please note that you will have to have either postfix / sendmail (mail server) and mail client "mailx" installed to get this working.

Monday, January 26, 2015

SSH Problem: /usr/bin/ssh-copy-id: INFO: attempting to log in with the new key(s), to filter out any that are already installed

When you encounter an error relating to this one: 

/usr/bin/ssh-copy-id: INFO: attempting to log in with the new key(s), to filter out any that are already installed

Please install the following packages to help fix the issue  "ssh-import-id"

Reload the SSH server then try again.  For more modern linux systems running on Cinnamon in my case using LinuxMint I have to use the following syntax to get it right.

ssh-copy-id -p 35354 -i .ssh/id_rsa.pub user@some_ipV4_address


Friday, January 9, 2015

Trobleshooting Roundcube Webmail Error: Message size exceeds fixed limit

At times you will encounter an error with your roundcube system with bouncing emails caused by limitations in the mail system.  If you get this error:  Message size exceeds fixed limit

Chances are your message_size_limit is not set to be as flexible with your current configuration for roundcube to fix this do the following:

1. Edit the file which roundcube reads to assign the global variables /var/www/html/roundcube/.htaccess file and change the following configurations to this one.

php_value       upload_max_filesize     32M
php_value       post_max_size           32M

2.  Check your postfix mailer configuration by issuing the command:
postconf -d |grep message_size_limit

If you did not get a value you need to fix this.

3.  To fix the limit issue the command.

postconf -e 'message_size_limit = 104857600'

4.   To fix the 'mailbox_size_limit' issue you need to add this using the command:

postconf -e 'mailbox_size_limit = 0'

5.  Reload postfix for the changes to apply.