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Adding Random Quotes to the Bash Login Screen

According to “official” system administrator rules and guidelines you shouldn’t be adding so-called vain scripts to the login prompt – only utilities that will add something useful to the system (for example, current system load, memory and disk usage, etc). However I have some systems that I frequently connect to and thought it would be […]





It is very easy to create a random file using the linux command line. Much like the command to fill a file with all zeros, for example a 1 Meg file: dd if=/dev/zero of=zero.filename bs=1024 count=1000 You do the same using /dev/urandom: dd if=/dev/urandom of=random.filename bs=1024 count=1000 Resulting in a 1MB file: 1000+0 records in […]


You’ve flashed your old WRT54G or other vanilla router with the Tomato firmware. This itself turns your router into a lean, mean routing machine with QOS, SSH and more, but let’s say we want to take it a bit further. What it we want to get some more stats out of it? In order to […]



I recently received this error while mounting an iso image in a CentOS 5.3 install: [root@host ~]# mount -t iso9660 -o loop /mnt/glusterfs/ecp-spe-4867.iso /mnt/iso/ ioctl: LOOP_SET_FD: Invalid argument For more detail: [root@host ~]# mount -v -t iso9660 -o loop /mnt/glusterfs/ecp-spe-4867.iso /mnt/iso/ mount: going to use the loop device /dev/loop0 ioctl: LOOP_SET_FD: Invalid argument mount: failed […]


It is easy to do an in-place upgrade of Ubuntu Server from 8.10 ‘Intrepid Ibex‘ to 9.04 ‘Jaunty Jackalope‘. You can do this remotely over ssh or whatever you use to control your server. Best practices say to make sure to backup your server before doing the upgrade. I’ve done several servers this way with […]



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