Installing eAccelerator In Ubuntu Server

December 26, 2010 4 comments

eAccelerator is a free open-source PHP accelerator & optimizer. It increases the performance of PHP scripts by caching them in their compiled state, so that the overhead of compiling is almost completely eliminated. It also optimizes scripts to speed up their execution.

“eAccelerator typically reduces server load and increases the speed of your PHP code by 1-10 times.” – eAccelerator

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CentOS Firewall Init Script

August 8, 2010 3 comments

I wrote a simple chkconfig compatible firewall init script for CentOS/RedHat/Fedora based Linux systems.

It will setup iptables firewall rules allowing anyone to access user defined ports (22,80 by default). It also has the ability to whitelist and blacklist IP’s. I’ve tested it with chkconfig on CentOS 5.

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Print next few lines after pattern in AWK

May 6, 2010 1 comment

Input data.txt is a collection report for XYZ corp group by different collection zones.

$ cat data.txt
Total Collection = $10291 {Fri May  8}
zone7   4500
zone8   3545
zone1   1200
zone0   900
zone3   70
zone5   67
zone11  9
Total Collection = $11847 {Sat May  9}
zone1   2800
zone3   2800
zone6   2567
zone8   2300
zone9   1200
zone12  90
zone11  90

Required: We need to find out the top 4 collection zones for each day from the above file. i.e. to print next 4 lines where the pattern “Total Collection =” is found (as the items are sorted on collection amount).

This is how we can achieve this using awk:

$ awk '/^Total Collection =/{c=4;next}c-->0' data.txt
zone7   4500
zone8   3545
zone1   1200
zone0   900
zone1   2800
zone3   2800
zone6   2567
zone8   2300

Now if we need to print the header line also, something like:

$ awk '/^Total Collection =/{c=4;{print}next}c-->0' data.txt
Total Collection = $10291 {Fri May  8}
zone7   4500
zone8   3545
zone1   1200
zone0   900
Total Collection = $11847 {Sat May  9}
zone1   2800
zone3   2800
zone6   2567
zone8   2300

And if you want to just print the date part as the header with top 4 collection zones.

$ awk -F "[{,}]" '/^Total Collection =/{c=4;{print $2}next}c-->0' data.txt
Fri May  8
zone7   4500
zone8   3545
zone1   1200
zone0   900
Sat May  9
zone1   2800
zone3   2800
zone6   2567
zone8   2300
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Multiple FS in AWK

May 6, 2010 3 comments

Sample file:

$ cat summary.txt

Output Required:

(First field)|(last field converted to minutes)

This is how we can specify two field separators (| and 🙂 with FS in awk:

$ awk 'BEGIN{FS="[|,:]"; OFS="|"} {print $1,$(NF-1)*60+$NF}' summary.txt
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How to change the hostname in Ubuntu

February 26, 2009 36 comments

To change hostname in Ubuntu or any Debian variant Linux, modify the /etc/hostname and /etc/hosts.

sudo vi /etc/hostname

Change the old hostname to a new hostname.

sudo vi /etc/hosts

Also, change the oldhostname to a new hostname,               newhostname

After done, changing the /etc/hostname and /etc/hosts, you need to restart the hostname service.

sudo /etc/init.d/ stop

sudo /etc/init.d/ start

And then you log out from the shell and log in back. Once logged in, type


to check on the changes you have made for the hostname.

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Linux is sexy, too

February 24, 2009 3 comments


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Ubuntu auto shutdown due to high CPU temperature

February 23, 2009 41 comments


I use a laptop with Ubuntu 8.10 installed at work. While running the some high process, the CPU temperature get really high and its automatically shutdown the system. This thing happen every 2 or 3 days and its really annoying. The syslog showed the following error message:

ACPI: Critical trip point
Critical temperature reached (100 C), shutting down.

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How to reset Ubuntu root password

September 9, 2008 42 comments

If your memory or mistyping leaves you without the right password to get into an account on a Linux computer, there’s no need to reformat. You’ll just need to reboot into single user mode to reset it. Here’s how to do it on a typical Ubuntu machine with the GRUB bootloader:

  1. Reboot the machine.
  2. Press the ESC key while GRUB is loading to enter the menu.
  3. If there is a ‘recovery mode’ option, select it and press ‘b’ to boot into single user mode.
  4. Otherwise, the default boot configuration should be selected. Press ‘e’ to edit it.
  5. Highlight the line that begins with ‘kernel’. Press ‘e’ again to edit this line.
  6. At the end of the line, add an additional parameter: ‘single’. Hit return to make the change and press ‘b’ to boot.
Change the admin password

The system should load into single user mode and you’ll be left at the command line automatically logged in as root. Type ‘passwd’ to change the root password or ‘passwd someuser’ to change the password for your “someuser” admin account.


Once your done, give the three finger salute, or enter ‘reboot’ to restart into your machine’s normal configuration.

That’s all there is to it. Now just make sure to write your password down on a post-it and shove it somewhere safe like under your keyboard. 🙂

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How to setup headless Sun xVM VirtualBox on Ubuntu server

September 4, 2008 20 comments

The steps are not too difficult but I did have to find a few places for information. Search on the forum turn up nothing on this subject so hopefully this HOWTO would be helpful to someone out there.

Note: This is not using the OSE version.

VirtualBox has a very good GUI running on the host to manage guest OS. However when running a server, we typically do not want to run X on it. Fortunately VirtualBox has commandline tools to manage guest systems. It also provides the VirtualBox Remote Desktop Protocol (VRDP) to allow connection to the guest remotely.

Clarification of terms used:
Host – refers to the machine we are trying to install VirtualBox.
Guest – the VirtualBox guest system that is setup on the host.
Remote – the PC that we are working on to connect to the host via SSH.

This setup was done on a fresh install of Ubuntu Server 8.04 with openssh-server installed.

All the following steps are done by SSH into the host from a remote (I’m using Windows for now).

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Google Chrome (BETA) for Windows

September 3, 2008 2 comments

Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.

Google Chrome

Google Chrome

One box for everything
Type in the address bar and get suggestions for both search and web pages.

Thumbnails of your top sites
Access your favorite pages instantly with lightning speed from any new tab.

Shortcuts for your apps
Get desktop shortcuts to launch your favorite web applications.

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