Monthly Archive: November 2014

Nov 21

Samba: Simple and Secure File Sharing

Samba can be overwhelming. Especially since unless you use the help of tools like SWAT, you basically are staring at a huge and complicated looking smb.conf in /etc/samba. I’ve been messing with Samba for many years, and I still learn a bunch every time I mess with it. I was talking to an IRC friend …

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Nov 14

Ubuntu 14.04+: Changing Login Messages

The login messages you get when you log into SSH or the console are actually a bunch of bash scripts in /etc/update-motd.d. You can modify these and customize them as you would like. For example, all of my Ubuntu servers include a line advertising landscape.canonical.com, which would be fine, but I’m just a home user …

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Nov 14

Ubuntu 14.04+: Automatically Start a Script as a User

There are several different ways to start a script as root, in rc.d, crontab, etc. Starting a script as a user however can be just as easy in crontab:

and then add:

So, why do this? Security. In my case I had a public service that I run (an IRC bot) that refuses …

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Nov 11

Ubuntu 14.04+: ia32-libs

ia32-libs isn’t an installable package by default anymore, thankfully a kind poster over at stackoverflow posted a simple solution to get the libraries installed. This is useful if you are running an older 32bit application in a 64bit only Linux.

Note: Others on that same page say this isn’t a good idea, although they …

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