Copy Linux sparse files over network

Sparse files are nice to use to store virtual machine’s virtual disks but can be a real pain in the ass to backup efficiently, especially over the network. Luckily rsync provides a way to intelligently copy sparse files both locally and over the network. The trick is use --sparse and --inplace options. Let’s say we have a sparse 60 GB qemu virtual disk with only around 7 GB used: $ ls -lh fedora24. …

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pdnsd automatic startup Arch Linux

I have this Arch Linux based ODROID-U3 I use as DLNA server, local web server…etc…and also as local DNS caching server. For some strange reason pdnsd doesn’t seem to start correctly on Arch Linux. [root@server ~]# systemctl status pdnsd -l ● pdnsd.service - proxy name server Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/pdnsd.service; enabled) Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Sat 2000-01-01 20:02:07 CET; 14 years 7 months ago Process: 182 ExecStart=/usr/bin/pdnsd (code=exited, status=3) Main PID: 182 (code=exited, status=3) Jan 01 20:02:06 server systemd[1]: Starting proxy name server. …

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Interesting read on Samba 4

In the last month or so despite not having much spare time I spent a few hours reading an interesting book: Implementing Samba 4 It actually is more than a simple book, it is a well written step-by-step guide on how to install (on Debian 7, not that it makes much difference, the installation is really similar on CentOS for example), configure, manage and even migrate an existing Active Directory domain controller from Windows Server to GNU/Linux. …

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nginx and TLS v1.2

Given that SSL and TLS, especially v1.0, suffer from serious security issues (e.g. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transport_Layer_Security#TLS) I thought it would be a good idea to use the latest and more secure version of it: v1.2. On CentOS 6.4 the openssl version included is quite old and doesn’t support TLS v1.1 and 1.2. So, first of all we have to install the latest version 1.0.1e, it can be done compiling from sources or by adding a third party repository; I chose the latter. …

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WordPress admin, SSL, Apache + nginx

Let’s say we have a WordPress blog and we would like to encrypt our login pages and the whole back-end of the site. There are many ways to do it, but since I already have a nginx instance configured as reverse proxy running in front of Apache I’ll use it to protect my admin pages and logins. In this page I’ll not cover Apache’s configuration, which, by the way, is trivial to say the least, so please refer to this other post: Apache + nginx as reverse proxy. …

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Linux Kernel 3.10 and VMware Workstation 9

A new Linux kernel version is released and guess what: VMware Workstation fucked up once again. The fix posted on the Arch Linux wiki is applicable also to Fedora 19, I’ll post it here for future reference. $ cd /tmp $ curl -O http://pkgbuild.com/git/aur-mirror.git/plain/vmware-patch/vmblock-9.0.2-5.0.2-3.10.patch $ curl -O http://pkgbuild.com/git/aur-mirror.git/plain/vmware-patch/vmnet-9.0.2-5.0.2-3.10.patch $ cd /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source # tar -xvf vmblock.tar # tar -xvf vmnet.tar # patch -p0 -i /tmp/vmblock-9.0.2-5.0.2-3.10.patch # patch -p0 -i /tmp/vmnet-9.0.2-5.0.2-3.10.patch # tar -cf vmblock. …

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Logitech G500 and Linux

Despite not being a gamer at all I see having a decent mouse as an important thing, I spend 10 to 15 hours a day in front of my PC and probably for at least half of the time I’m using the mouse, so I don’t get why I should not have the best input peripherals on the market. My current mouse is a Logitech G500 (NP 910-001262), of course it being the best mouse on the market is an highly debatable thing since, along side with the keyboard, mouse choice is highly subjective. …

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Samba 4, simple directory sharing

With Samba being the clusterfuck it is, every time a new version is released you have to expect something to be messed up. This time they added a bunch of new features like MS Active Directory support, too bad that now the simple directory sharing is broken/not working like it did before. Something like 1 year ago I wrote a small guide about how to setup a Samba share on Centos 6 and I used the same smb. …

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