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How to avoid receiving warning message from a mount system

I asked similar question in superuser, no satisfying answer. Re-post here with some update. I mount a remote host to my system during debug because the source code is on that host, but after I do the ...
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When is a port considered being used?

I am getting port in use cannot bind on process restarts. I am trying to find out when a port is considered being used? Is it only when in LISTEN mode? Can it also be if a connection is open to the ...
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How to keep a development environment clean? [closed]

Working as a hobby developer on Debian/Jessie64 mostly C++ but also assembly, python, java, c, c# like compiling programs on my own like looking into other's source it results into many ...
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static ip adress for remote administrating distant home computer via ssh?

i've set up the pc of my grandmother with debian and dhcp. I have to administrate that pc, so the best option is obviously ssh. The problem with that is just dhcp changes obviously the ip adress from ...
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Weird disk usage on Enterprise Linux

I'm little bit worried about this (note the 99% used space in the root): $ df -h File System Size Used Free Use% Mounted To /dev/mapper/scientific-root 50G 50G 735M ...
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Cannot edit visudo

I have to give my user permission to run sudo. I am using CentOs # uname -a Linux lab-hv1-centos1 3.10.0-229.el7.x86_64 #1 SMP Fri Mar 6 11:36:42 UTC 2015 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux and have ...
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Winbind / AD - changed user account issue

So here's an odd one. We've had a user for years who happens to have a user id by local convention that matches a system account. So of course, I changed the users user ID in AD to avoid issues and ...
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How do I install a program as a different user? [duplicate]

To be very specific: Debian system: I want to install Linuxbrew, when logged in as root, as a specific user. Linuxbrew enjoys the niceness of being installed by the user, for the user's specific ...
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How can I run a “check-up” on my Ubuntu installation?

I would like to know if there is some kind of script or utility to check for problems in my Ubuntu installation. I am new to Linux and I had some trouble setting up my system, specifically trying to ...
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Are basic system administrator utilities such as useradd or adduser standardized?

Are basic system administrator utilities such as useradd or adduser standardized? If so, where can I find the specs? (POSIX doesn't seem to encompass those, but I might need to take a better look).
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Owners and groups of everything inside /var are changed mistakenly [duplicate]

I have recursively changed owner and group of /var to root:root. I have mistakenly ran following command while standing in /var. I thought I was in /var/www, sudo chown root:root . R Now many ...
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Implications creating System Accounts “useradd -r” Linux Fedora/RHEL/CentOS

I want to know what are the implications of create an account using -r option? # useradd -r ... The help says: -r, --system Create a system account. System users will be created with no aging ...
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Do I need a computer science degree to have a successful career in Linux? [closed]

I recently got a bachelor's in hospitality management, for 4 years I basically lied to myself thinking thats what I want to study while neglecting my interest in computer science. I've been getting to ...
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transmission-remote error 301 moved permanently

I have a debian server running the bitorrent client transmission and I want to access transmission via command line. The transmission deamon runs on port 9092, for now I just want to get a list of ...
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Tasksel vs metapackages

Some debian applications are installed via tasksel, rather than the traditional apt tool. What is the benefits/differences between the methods, when we already have the option of meta-packages?
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dnsbind not working from client end

I am trying to configure dnsmasq in a virtual environment. I have created 2 VMs in VMWare Work Station. Was successful in installing and configuring DNS Server and able to do nslookup of client and ...
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Compare Linux configuration with default

My system fails to upgrade. I suspect it was breached. Is there a way to compare system configuration to default version that should be at this date and kernel version? My current system is Debian, ...
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Set a size limit to SAMBA shared directory remotely

I have been asked to set up a shared directory for a colleague on a server I manage. I created an account for him on that server, set up a Samba password with smbpasswd, created a directory and set it ...
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Prevent scp from overwriting existing files?

Have been googling this for a while, and the problem is not so much of one where I trust my users to "do the right thing" and have them use rsync with various options to avoid overwriting files. I ...
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NIS and /etc/passwd

Shadow passwords are to be avoided in a NIS server, as suggested in this guide at paragraph 7.6. So: in a NIS server (a Unix or Unix-like system), should all the users be migrated to /etc/passwd from ...
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/etc/passwd permissions and GECOS field

The default permissions on Ubuntu (or even some BSD) distributions for the /etc/passwd file are 644. It is pointed out in questions like this that /etc/passwd is a sort of user database and it is ...
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Unable to get last connection info for SSH users (locked, no shell, public key) is there an alternative?

I have several remote systems connecting to my server via SSH to establish tunnels. They authenticate using a public key, their user is locked and their shell is set to /usr/sbin/nologin It all ...
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How to add StartUp application in Arch Linux [closed]

I am using Arch Linux, I want to add a start-up program in Arch Linux. How to add start-up program which will execute after login after every boot ? Note: I am not system administrator, I am just a ...
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Script to see if user has logged off

I have created this program to see if a user is logged on and it checks every minute. if [ "$#" -ne 1 ] then echo "Usage: mon user" exit 1 fi user="$1" until who | grep "^$user " > ...
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Global Shell Variables?

As a system administrator with root access on a unix machine, is it possible to provide default shell variables to all users of a system? That is, as an individual unix user, I can define ...
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Remove ex-admin user account and grant privileges / permissions / ownership to another

I would like to find the simplest way to remove the old system admin's user and group from a Gentoo server and put them all under my name instead. He no longer works here and it would appear that a ...
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Linux SW RAID and physical volumes

In each guide about software RAID in Linux, I could find online I see that people usually create/assemble RAID devices using partitions, like: mdadm --create --verbose /dev/md0 --level=5 ...
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Backup remote management protocol in case of faulty SSH server

I have a remote computer which I currently cannot access with SSH. The computer responds to ping but SSH gives connection refused, so I suspect the ssh-server is not working for some reason. What ...
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Where is the appropriate place to deploy web apps?

I am a new sysadmin (by default). We have an ubuntu 14 server with two users. Both users need to deploy web apps to the (production) server. My plan is to create a folder off of root /apps/ and ...
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Change user info on the command line

I have made a user in Mint 16 but want to change its first and last name without deleting it and starting from scratch. I know how to do it with a GUI but I want to know the terminal command ...
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Redhat subscriptions - synchronise subscriptions

I have inherited a system admin role of a small cluster of redhat machines - most running rhel5 and one machine running rhel6. My sys admin skills are at the moment poor but I would like to improve ...
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List Kerberos principals with valid TGTs

Is it possible to query my (MIT) Kerberos KDC to return a list of principals who have been issued TGTs that are currently valid? My use case is that I would like to find out which users are currently ...
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Default files in home dir for each user

I'm using ubuntu server 14.04. I want to add some files and folders by default in each user's home directory, whenever a user account is created.
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How can I tell if lack of memory is causing these crashes?

I have a tornado web server running a flask application that connects to a postgres 9.3 database on an ubuntu 12.04 box. The application has been crashing intermittently and I am trying to understand ...
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How to provision software across multiple laptops [duplicate]

I've got a bunch of laptops for my classroom and I'm using Ubuntu. I want to be able to add/update/remove software across them as easily as possible and I'm not sure how to go about it. I was ...
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telinit 1 and run a command there

I need to do some maintenance on a bunch of Debian (Wheezy) systems, and it has to happen at run level 1. But not all machines have a keyboard and a screen; some are even located somewhere else. So I ...
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How can I administer a server if USB disabled?

I'm looking to disable USB via the kernel for a high-performance server. How can I effectively administer the server, if problems occurs if USB isn't enabled? Without USB, keyboards and mice ...
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AT&T UNIX System V Release 4 - How do I create a new “Administrator” user?

I am running AT&T UNIX System V Release 4 Version 2.1 inside VirtualBox, and want to create a new "user account" for myself. At first, I simply created a new user with the useradd command, but ...
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Any interface for building a server in Linux Xubuntu. (not desktop)

Is there any interface or program that I could install on my Linux Xubuntu that would help me set up a server using the terminal as little as possible?
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How to live a Pleskless life? [closed]

I have always used Linux with Plesk when hosting web projects. It's easy to host multiple websites and setup email accounts but I realized it's overkill sometimes. I think it uses a lot of resources ...
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Is there a way to administrate multiple computers at the same time?

Let's say you have 24 computers. They all have the same Linux or Unix distro on them, with the exact same configuration, but with different users. Is there a way to be able to do the exact same thing ...
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Integrating LDAP and Kerberos V to add users via a useradd-like interface

I'm currently trying to set up an integrated Kerberos V/LDAP system for authentication/authorization. From what I have managed to gather, there are at least two ways to integrate Kerberos V with LDAP: ...
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Important scripts useful for a Linux system administrator [closed]

I am a Linux system administrator and constantly find myself doing the same chores again and again. I need some scripts to make life easier. What are the most important scripts needed by a Linux ...
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Where Is MySQL installed on My Machine?

What is going on, everybody? Recently I have installed MySQL server on my Debian machine using Advanced Packaging Tool, and I am curious where it is installed and how I can find all the source files ...
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Unidentified network connections

I have an external-facing ftp/webserver (with virtual hosts) running Ubuntu 12.04LTS, and I have some concerns about some network traffic I'm seeing. Some background. I tried to be as preventive in ...
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How to issue a warning to administrator (when the administrator issues a system restart) when user has process running

Background I work on a development team and for each project we have a different server setup to emulate the environment of our customers. It can be hard to keep track of what I was doing on each ...
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How does iptables recognize packet state?

Consider these two sets of rules: Set A -A INPUT -m conntrack --ctstate ESTABLISHED,RELATED -j ACCEPT -A INPUT -j REJECT -A OUTPUT -j ACCEPT Set B -A INPUT -m conntrack --ctstate ...
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Get contact information of system administrator from the terminal

Do any of the common Unix/Linux platforms provide a way to query the system administrator contact information from the command line. Obviously a system admin might not include this information when ...
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Why is the 'sudo' password different than the 'su root' password

On my personal machine, I often type sudo in front of certain commands in order to accomplish administrative tasks. I had hoped to avoid doing this throughout the day, by typing su root and providing ...
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Manage another Linux installation on another partition in the same computer

How can I manage (install packages, manage packages, check for updates and the like) for another Linux installation on another partition in the same machine? I would be doing this from Ubuntu, and ...