The Linux Page

Help other users realize that everything is possible, especially avoiding Windows for their own personal use.

Welcome to The Linux Page

Fox Trot by Bill Amend. Click to enlarge.
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This site is a collection of my own work with Linux. Certain things are easy, others take time to decipher and if I ever need to repeat the work (which usually happens!), then I need to remember everything by memory or... have a site with all the steps taken and to take again.

The following are my most recent posts:

Who is ZmEu?

An image showing ZmeuThe name Zmeu (no capital E) is the name of a fantastic creature of Romania. There are so many stories that there isn't a clear understanding of what it is... but it is human like, can spit fire and wants to marry young women.

If you're wondering, it is generally a bad guy.

ZmEu Attack

Today, I noticed a lot of traffic on one of my servers. Looking into what was happening, I immediately found out that an attacker was looking for a loophole in that system. That attack was being performed from China.

I checked another server, and sure enough, that other server was ...

At some point in 2017, the WHOIS registry was split in two.

Before, the WHOIS was all in one place (at least from what I understand) and thus a query would return all the info you could get. Now it's in part on the ICANN whois registry (which is not even operated by ICANN itself) and partially on the registrar WHOIS server.

  |       |
  | ICANN |
  |       |
      |                                |
      v                                v
+------------+                   +------------+
|            |    ...

I got a Jetson TX2 not too long ago and was first looking into how to play a 4K video using the full accelerated GPU to see that it would be all smooth and play with the correct colors, etc.

My first experience with SBCs was with a Raspberry Pi and that board would display really crappy videos.

The first test I tried was to go to Chrome, the browser, and then attempt to play the video from there. Unfortunately, Chrome has difficulties to find the right wayt to accelerate video decompression and thus it did everything in software. It would use a good 100% of the 6 CPUs and  the video ...

A bunch of fruits on a table with five smoothies

Unix in Colors

Whenever I run a command without piping it through less, I generally get colors.

This is true in this century that computer started to use more and more colors in the console. It's practical for all sorts of reasons.

However, you lose those nice colors when you want to use "less" to paginate the results. There are two reasons for that:

Terminal vs. Pipe

The fact is that many tools will check their stdout and determine whether it's a terminal or not. If not, it can generally be assumed that it's a file, a pipe, a variable, etc. and therefore a ...

Train track echanger


Today I got an email from rkhunter telling me that port 7000 is now opened by /usr/bin/keybase that looked as follow:

Warning: Network TCP port 7000 is being used by /usr/bin/keybase. Possible rootkit: Possible rogue IRC bot
         Use the 'lsof -i' or 'netstat -an' command to check this.

If you are also running rkhunter, you certainly got the exact same message.


After close look up, I could see that was safe.

1) The process listening on port 7000 is indeed keybase, try the following command:

sudo netstat -a64np
Proto Recv-Q Send-Q ...

Train Wreck, meaning that the driver is now in timeout!

Today I had to work with a customer who decided to use GoDaddy to host their WordPress website. It's not a bad platform, they actually include quite a bit of integration between the WordPress installation on your server and your GoDaddy account. It gives you access to various functions and keeps track of necessary upgrades.

The account for the Hosting also includes information about sFTP. You can connect to your server using the SSH (Secure SHell) server and use that to send FTP commands to handle file transfers securely.

Your account may also have an FTP, I did not try. Just ...

Black board with various math formulae

LibreOffice offers a Math editor which is very powerful and allows you to write complex Math Formulae. Unfortunately, it's not one to one compatible with LaTeX (in case you learned that Math Language) and so far I've not found pages that would explain all the different cases I often would like to use in my formulae.

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Indeed, a few things are not self explanatory (and even certain things have weird side effects, like using additional ...

A meteorite flying in Earth atmosphere, ready to smash the ground and kill 95% of the animals on the entire planet.

As per the following page:

Drupal 6.x is also at risk from this issue. You can download Drupal 7 or 8 and compare and find out what is different between both versions.

The only difference between 7.57 and 7.58, which makes a difference, is a class used to remove any parameter that starts with a hash (#). Drupal defines arrays with keys. To distinguish between regular values and keys, Drupal uses words that start with a hash (#) for those keys.

Here are two lines of code that show that '#...' key usage:

$form['#pre_render'][] = ...

Row of jars with hot peppers in olive oil and delicious herbs.

As I have been looking around for various tools to help me determine what is happening whenever I have a reader on my blog, I found this tool which offers quite a few features for free which is called: HotJar.

One step in the process of using HotJar is to download a small JavaScript and add it to your website header. This script includes your website identification and allows for tracking your customers and see what they are doing on your website. Pretty nice to get a better idea of what's happening.

The hit with the "hjVerifyInstall" parameter happens whenever you click the ...

My Jetson TX2 see from the top, the area with the heat sink and the fan is the actual Jetson card.
(click on image to see 4K version in new window)


I just received my Jetson TX2 so I had to test it!

First I needed to setup the network since by default it wants DHCP which I don't allow by default on my server.

Since it's running Ubuntu, I thought it would be dead easy, but I ran in two interesting settings I hadn't seen before.

Stop Eth0

When you are about to edit an interface, you probably want to first bring it down. If you forget to do this step first, you may have to reboot to get the status back to normal. So run this one:

sudo ifdown eth0

You ...

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