Category: debian

  • Intel NUC6i7KYK with Debian Jessie

    Random notes from installing Linux on it … it does just work – but ….

  • compiling a vanilla kernel to a .deb

    As I keep losing this…. Creating a .deb kernel package from a vanilla kernel : wget tar -xf linux-4.4.24.tar.xz cd linux-4.4.24 cp /boot/config-whatever .config Optionally: edit and set: CONFIG_DEBUG_INFO=n to stop the *dbg* package being generated make olddefconfig make deb-pkg -j6 LOCALVERSION=-dg1

  • dotdeb – apt package pinning

    As of last night, Debian Security released PHP 5.4.44 for Wheezy. Wheezy shipped with PHP 5.4.12 or something like that. DotDeb is currently on 5.4.43, and if you’ve been using it based on the assumption that it has a newer version of a package over Debian, then an upgrade will leave your PHP install in…

  • varnish throttling

    I came across the varnish throttle module the other day – which seems quite useful – and certainly gives better control over abusive requests than using fail2ban (in that, only specific URLs/request types can be targeted and blocked with the throttle module, while fail2ban tends to trigger the blocking of any traffic from a client…

  • MySQL Max_connections stuck on 214 ?

    I found MySQL was being annoying earlier and not ‘accepting’ my max_connections = 450 directive on a Debian Wheezy install, and being seemingly stuck on having 214 connections….

  • More monitors.

    I have an Intel NUC d54250wyk as my work computer (it’s a little dinky thing, which somehow manages to pack a reasonable punch). On board it has a mini-hdmi port, and a mini-display port – which I used for a dual monitor configuration. But two monitors is so last year …. and after 5+ years…

  • BTRFS gotchas… (balance / scrub / snapshots / quota)

    I’ve been using BTRFS for a few weeks now, and some bits are great (filesystem snapshots, dynamic resizing etc). The “Good” and “Bad” things follow:

  • Squid 3.4.x for with transparent ssl proxying/support for Debian Wheezy.

    I needed  a variant of Squid which supported transparent SSL interception (i.e via iptables redirection) so I could log outgoing HTTPS requests without the client being aware. The stock wheezy variant doesn’t support SSL (see : Debian Bug Report). Even after recompiling Wheezy’s squid3 it didn’t seem to work (perhaps my stupidity) so I ended…

  • Postfix – connect from unknown[ip.address]

    One server I poke around on, has a number of postfix instances (see: postmulti). Interestingly, one instance was logging things like : Oct 26 22:02:05 mail postfix-blah/smtpd[59158]: connect from unknown[] Oct 26 22:02:05 mail postfix-blah/smtpd[59158]: CA9292EE2C0: client=unknown[]

  • Debian http_proxy setting

    Need to set a HTTP proxy within a Debian system ? Assuming your proxy server is on and listening on port 3128, then the below may help … ( If you need authentication you can use username:password@ like you would in an old style web browser – e.g. http://username:password@ ) /etc/profile.d/ Add /etc/profile.d/ containing…