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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:

Spaces require special handling in regular expressions

Many of the examples in fail2ban make use of ^ at the start and $ at the end. In other words, the entire line is expected to match.

In many cases, though, it's not really useful to match the entire line when only a few things can be matched. That means you can't use have " $" at the end of the regular expression. (or even " +$" if one or more spaces are expected).

Instead you have to resort to a different way to allow for a space.

Note that I wrote these two regex example in double quotes to make it clear that there is a space at the start, but you actually ...

Settings for you NVidia video cards

NVidia provides a neat graphical interface that allows you to see and change various values that the GPU makes available.

This interface is opened when you start nvidia-settings.

The problem is that at times you probably would like to set a parameter to a value as defined in that interface. The cool thing is that the nvidia-settings tool actually lets you do that.

How that works exactly, you can use the --help command line option for details. The main two are -a to assign a new value and -q to list existing values. The values are defined per GPU, per screen, per display (monitor), and a ...

An empty hourglass or sandclock—just like a broken NTP, an empty hourglass is done showing you time.

Click to get your own sand clock.


Today I noticed a problem with one of my computer which clock was behind.

My main server NTP server somehow closed down (or was never started?) and so the time was not available to that slave.

In my ntp.conf I change the default URLs to time servers and use my own like so:

pool iburst

This means this computer will make use of the time on server and not some random (public) time servers.

Why would you do that you ask?

This way the computers are in close sync. between each others, especially if you are on an ...

Gopher admiring a flower

The Alpine docker, which is used for golang, removed bzr so you have to remove it from your RUN apk command line.

Here is a copy of the error I was getting:

Beep Brake -- you get distracted, we don't!

I installed a new Wordpress website and I was getting this error when trying to save pages and also when trying to go to a page once I switched the permalink to "Post name".

This is not a very clear error. Plus all the admin functionality was working like a charm so it took me close to forever to fix this one. (like a good 6 hours!)

The fact is I've got three a domain name with three different TLDs:

When I create the configuration file for Apache, I used another one which I just created ...

A group

Once in a while I want to add my user to a group and then right away make use of that group.

Unfortunately, in general Unix kind of forces you to re-log in for the new group to be attached to your account.

However, a command has been added, a while back, to do just that on the fly. Not something you would want to use in a script, but at least, it works for me when doing a few things here and there.

In my case, I wanted to run QEMU, which I hadn't done in a while, and the system told me that it could not open the KVM, the error: kvm permission denied.

The problem was that I was not ...

Twin Apples

Using BIND as a Master and a Slave simultaneously

I got BIND on two servers (the named service). Each server is at the same time a master and a slave depending on the domain name. For instance, I host on my server and on my company's server.

Up to here, easy.

The slaves are expected to update themselves whenever the master emits a change in a zone.

Somehow, one of my domain names would not work at all on the slave (company's server). I searched and searched and I just couldn't find out why it was not working. Finally, I ...

An Axe to Cut Trees

The <!--break--> comment has been used by Drupal to seperate the part of the text to show as a summary of your post and the rest.

That summary is often used on your front page, list views, etc.

The problem is that at times it breaks the editor. Something goes wrong and you just can't edit the post anymore.

To fix the problem, remove the break. Oh! But...

Effectively, you can't edit the post if it has a break so you can't edit the post to remove the break. At least not easily. That is, you could copy the part before the break and then edit and then paste. If you have ...

Jetson Xavier AGX with a Raspberry Pi showing the ports

First Boot

If you're here because the first boot didn't work, the system showed a message in the console saying:

a start job is running for End-User configuration after initial OEM installation

Then you most certainly have the network connected. The Jetson will not start if there is a chance that it is connected to the Internet and thus could let someone from the outside connect to the board unless you already setup a user account with your very own user name and password.

This is done like this because of a new law in California which now forces people to enter a ...

You need just one port to access a computer...

Here I have a table of 13075 ports that hackers have been trying to access on one of my servers in one week. Many are well known ports. Most are rather random... This clearly shows you why you want to have a firewall properly setup on your computer. If you run any local services (all computers do) then hackers can connect to them unless you block them with a strong firewall setup.

For sure, if you see a port or service name that you recognize (that runs on your computer), then know that anyone on the Internet will be able to connect to it if you do not have a firewall in place. If ...

Unfreeze your Mouse when it Froze

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