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12 Dec 2017

CentOS 6: Upgrade GCC to 5.3.1

  CentOS 6: Upgrade GCC to 5.3.1   Install CentOS SCL repo. yum -y install centos-release-scl   Install the actual...

01 Nov 2017

/dev/[u]random: entropy explained

  Entropy When the topic of /dev/random and /dev/urandom come up, you always hear this word: “Entropy”. Everyone seems to...

21 Sep 2017

sysstat: keep more than 30 days worth of sar data

  Being a good sysadmin, you should comb through your logs periodically… Even better, get a log analyzer. With that...

01 Sep 2017

strace: how do I even use this?

  Strace is one of those tools that can be quite intimidating. But if you dont know how to use...

30 Jul 2017

sysstat: run sar more than one time per minute

  While working on some issues with performance, we needed a bit more granularity than the 10 minute default that...

04 Jul 2017

VMware ESX 6.5: The provided manifest file is invalid: Invalid OVF manfiest entry

Set the stage: Recently while deploying an OVA that I had deployed many times before, I came across this error....

04 Jul 2017

RPM SPEC: Directives of interest

This is not intended to be an extensive guide to building rpms. Although, if there is interest, that can be...

19 May 2013

LVM: Slaving an old drive with existing data

I have an old drive with existing LVM data. The drive is plugged in as /dev/sdb. [root@bt ~]# fdisk -l...

12 Feb 2013

Named: Disable zone transfer(AXFR)

  Recently I have been watching my log files a lot more closely. While doing so, I noticed A LOT...

07 Jan 2013

LFTP: File Transfer Swiss Army Knife

Working in the industry, at one time or another, you will have to transfer files. Im sure it will be...

10 Mar 2012

RPM: Rebuild corrupt rpmdb

So this used to happen a lot… but since yum, not so much… Like an impatient admin, I got tired...