I’ve unpleasantly noticed that osTicket 1.9.5(.1) changed functionality and is now sending staff alert emails from the department email (if one is set). Old behaviour was to sent these alerts from the (configured) alerts email address. Some may prefer the new way better (this is most likely why it got … Continue reading
AWstats updates work fine for all other domains on the server. The cron task is there and is correct. Manually running from command line completes very fast (2-3 seconds).
Among a ton of other reasons, AWstats may fail to run if a previous collection crashed while running and… Continue reading
When using a system to host your important (or critical) operations, being able to get informed of issues while you’re away is a very handy function. Email is good for notifications, but it isn’t always fast enough (and constant checks drain battery power).
SMS on the other hand, is an almost instant alert method and although length-limited, should do the job just fine for those very important, must have alerts. For this setup you will need… Continue reading
Sometimes one needs to quickly block access to offending scripts – like for instance when a site has been hacked and malicious files have been uploaded to the account and are used to send out spam emails.
Apache provides a simple way to block out files from being accessible to visitors. And as most intrusions involve directly access hacked php files, the bit below will do wonders at blocking out those direct calls while leaving the main site fully functional (sort of). Continue reading
VMware Server for Linux was great back in the day. Unfortunately it was discontinued and I’ve been searching for a headless VM manager for running and remotely managing virtual machines on Linux ever since.
VirtualBox seems the best solution for the task so far, as it is capable of running headless on Linux and has and (unofficial but great) web interface to manage it. Continue reading
Sometimes MySQL changes its internal database structures between versions. When that is the case, you might get errors after updating it and trying to start it back up or when trying to perform particular operations on the databases (dumps for example).
The solution is rather simple and involves… Continue reading