If you wanted one final excuse to use Linux.

by WanderingTechy February 7, 2016

It turns out some exploit writers don’t want us anywhere near their servers.


The people who created the Neutrino exploit kit are using network level OS finger printing to block access at the network level to Linux systems.

An interesting read and a positive move for us Linux Desktop users.

Export WordPress XML file to separate html files.

by WanderingTechy January 27, 2016

I needed to quickly export all the articles in a WordPress install to separate html files.  There were over 400 posts so a copy and paste was not an option.  The quickest way to do this was to export it using the built in export option, then process it using php.

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Clearing the buffers and caches on Linux.

by WanderingTechy August 9, 2015

I have been playing around with a couple of modules and monitoring their memory usage.  I wanted to clear the caches and buffers to give me a clearer picture of memory usage.

This command is handy for clearing them out.

When you run

after running the above command you will see the buffers and cached values are either zero or very low. and the Total/Used/Free columns are much clearer.

Please do NOT do this on a live production server unless you know what you are doing.

What hard drives are in my Perc Raid Array

by WanderingTechy August 9, 2015

I had a client who ordered a new server for me to configure.  The memory was not what was ordered so I checked out all the other hardware was in order as well.

The hard drives were supposed to be SSD’s but they were connected to a PERC Raid controller.  This command allowed me to view them.

If you don’t have Smartmon installed.

Plesk 12 Mailman relaying denied

by WanderingTechy July 7, 2015

If you get “relay access denied” error messages on mailman and mailman messages are not going out then check to see if you have

::1/128 and in your whitelist in email settings.  This fixed it on a newly migrated server for me.

Server Migration DNS Propagation Solution

by WanderingTechy June 13, 2015

I have used this technique for a few years now so thought I should post it here as it doesn’t appear to break.

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Cannot save sent message or Postfix permission problems.

by WanderingTechy March 12, 2015

I started getting a “couldn’t save sent message” error message in thunderbird.

I logged onto the server and restarted courier-imapd and postfix and retried. Still the same error.

I checked the maillog and found this error.

Mar 12 17:33:53 plesk postfix/postfix-script[21448]: warning: not set-gid or not owner+group+world executable: /usr/sbin/postdrop

As usual, a quick run of the command

Confirmed it was a problem,

So I ran the fix permissions command.

Apparently this is not a well known command so I have posted here.

How to find the biggest files or directories on the server?

by WanderingTechy November 15, 2014

Just had a client call me due to the fact all the sites on his server were down.

A quick check on disk space and the hard disk was full. This is always the first thing to check when the server is up but sites are down.

I then check each of the root folders in turn to find out which one is causing the problem. This command is so useful and I have been using it for years or variations that I thought I would post just in case.

I always check /var first as this has logs, mail and lots more in it.

The GPG keys listed for the “CentOS / Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 – atomicrocketturtle.com” repository are already installed but they are not correct for this package.

by WanderingTechy October 23, 2014

Atomic are moving everything under one key. To fix this error run this command;

Then edit /etc/yum.repos.d/atomic.repo

change the following line


Logging from to and subject in postfix

by WanderingTechy October 22, 2014

We needed to analyse the from, to and subject on one of our servers to deal with a persistent spammer.

Add this to your header_checks