I’ve used this extremely basic procmail configuration a million times, and it’s a great start for any server configuration.
If you have Plesk 8.
Many applications that are used on a standard server perform quite a few of small writes to the disk (like MySQL or Apache).
Before you follow this guide, be sure to read about the issue I had in Fedora 12 with this strategy.
If you recently upgraded to Plesk 8.
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As some of you may know, MySQLTuner is one of my favorite projects.
Nessus is one of those applications that makes me happy and drives me crazy at the same time.
Thanks to some work started by Ville Skyttä, MySQLTuner is now included in Fedora 9 repositories:
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If you run a fairly busy and/or badly configured MySQL server, you may receive something like this when attempting to connect:
Thanks to some hard work from Oden Eriksson and Frederik Himpe, MySQLTuner 0.
There was a bug in versions of Plesk prior to 8.
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As some of you might know, I interviewed for a position at Google in April of this year.
I found myself in a peculiar situation last week.
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It seems like I have a conversation like this one at least once a week:
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One of the most frustrating aspects of CPAN is connecting to mirrors via FTP.
Working with the RAID configurations on Linux can be a little involved if all you have is hpacucli.
I’ve received some great feedback on my first screencast.
MySQL has quite a few cryptic error messages, and this one is one of the best:
I received an e-mail from Tim Linden about a post he made in his blog about backing up MySQL data to Amazon’s S3.
I just received a Google Alert about MySQLTuner being the Debian Package of the Day!
I’m really enjoying the Parallels Summit in Washington D.
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I’ll be taking a short break from posting, but I should be back underway within week!
Normally, qmail will be able to process the mail queue without any interaction from the system administrator, however, if you want to force it to process everything that is in the queue right now, you can do so:
Upgrading Plesk from 7.
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After running the idea by some of my fellow technical folks, I’ve considered making an array of screencasts aimed to prepare people for the MySQL DBA exam.
I finally remembered this book when someone asked me about how to get started with PHP and MySQL development.
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Call me weird - but I like to know where people host their sites.
UPDATE: The TRACE/TRACK methods are disabled in Plesk 8.
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Before getting started, it’s important to understand why MySQL uses locks.
If you’re working in Plesk and you receive this error:
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DISCLAIMER: Okay, technical folks - I’m doing this as a favor to the general community of people that aren’t very technical, but they need to know some tips for ridding themselves of a technical person that is harming their business.
On a Plesk server, the maximum size for an individual e-mail sent through qmail is unlimited.
It’s tough to find examples of dumps that can’t be properly reimported on other servers.
I really dislike qmail.
One of my biggest Plesk gripes is dealing with the Plesk Professional Website Editor.
Just in case some of you out there enjoy nomenclature and theory behind Linux filesystems, here’s some things to keep in mind.
A question I’m asked daily is “How can I find out what is generating iowait on my server?
I saw a ticket the other day where a customer received this error from Horde when trying to expand items on the left pane of the interface:
I recently came across a server that was throwing this error into its message log:
Due to popular demand, I’ve created a mailing list for MySQLTuner.
If you see a large mail queue and your system’s I/O is increasing, you may find messages like these in your syslog:
To get the latest copy, head over to the download page!
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I’m going to take two weeks off from posting on RackerHacker and I’m going to put that time towards bringing the next version of boxcheck.
Thanks to an e-mail from Joe Calderon, I’ve corrected a MySQLTuner bug where indexes were not being calculated properly when symbolic links are used.
One of my biggest complaints on RHEL 4 is the large resource usage by the version of SpamAssassin that is installed.