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Drupal Critical Update SA-CORE-2014-005 - How to Fix an Infected Site
Last edited on: 30/11/2014 - 17:17

The issuing of the security advisory SA-CORE-2014-005 - Drupal core - SQL injection on 15th October, and designated the status of Critical sent shock waves through the Drupal community. The inference being that unless the security fix was applied within seven hours of the advisory then a Drupal site owner should expect their site to be subjected to attack.

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openSUSE 12.3 Installation of GitLab, Nginx, Apache and Drupal PHP
Last edited on: 02/10/2013 - 09:46

This tutorial blog is intended for those who wish to run concurrent instances of Nginx and Apache web servers on Linux openSUSE 12.3, the Nginx server being used for the Ruby on Rails GitLab application, whilst Apache will co-exist for serving pages from my PHP-based Drupal sites. Of course, the exercise is valid for Wordpress and Joomla and other PHP-based CMS frameworks.

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Install Dual Boot openSUSE 12.3 and Windows 8 on Acer Aspire v3-772G Laptop
Last edited on: 19/09/2013 - 14:36

This tutorial goes through the steps of installing openSUSE 12.3 on a brand new Acer Aspire v3 772G laptop which came with Windows 8 pre-installed, with the need to retain Windows 8 and have a dual boot system. Anyone wishing to undertake such a project should familiarise themselves with the concepts of secure boot, UEFI and GPT.

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Evaluate Windows 8 in VirtualBox running on openSUSE Linux
Last edited on: 24/02/2013 - 12:01

Being a die-hard Linux user I have tried to eliminate Microsoft products from my life. Unfortunately I've not been totally successful, and I still have recourse to using a few software packages that are only available on the Windows platform. Therefore I have three options - (1) Use a second machine to run the Windows apps, (2) Reboot my Linux machine into a Windows partition, (3) Run a VirtualBox in Linux, and in that VirtualBox have a copy of Windows running.

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Configuration for openSUSE 12.1, Drupal and Nginx
Last edited on: 24/12/2012 - 13:07

This tutorial is intended for those planning on removing Apache as their Drupal web server, and replacing it with the high performance NGINX product (pronounced Engine-X) on an openSUSE 12.1 platform. Note, this is using Nginx as the web server itself, and not as a reverse proxy as it is often used. Firstly, there is a need to install Nginx and PHP-FPM (the PHP FastCGI Process Manager).

Nginx is part of the openSUSE 12.1 distribution, but is not installed by default. The simplest way of installation is to go through the YaST software management screens.

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Listing Octal Numerical File Permissions in Linux
Last edited on: 29/04/2011 - 10:05

The other day I needed the output of a directory on Linux showing the octal file permissions. It got me thinking - exactly how do I achieve this? The obvious solution would be the ls command, but a quick read of its man page suggested it couldn't be achieved that way.

In fact, the answer is with the stat command. The following syntax is required:

stat -c "%a %n" *

The -c flag says use the following format, whilst the format itself is:
%a Access rights in octal
%n File name.

So, a typical example would be:

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Linux openSUSE 11.4 Installation on Dell Latitude D430
Last edited on: 24/04/2011 - 10:48

Before you start you will need a copy of the openSUSE 11.4 distribution; don't forget to verify the download if you have downloaded it - even broadband can scramble a few bits in 700MB. I chose the easy option - I happened to see that openSUSE 11.4 was bundled in the free cover disk in the May 2011 edition of Linux Format magazine (UK publication from Future Publishing), and it had one or two interesting articles to read too - hopefully the in-depth review of mythTV will inspire me to build a Linux-based home theater.

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Linux Shell Script to cksum and Compare Local and iPod Disks
Last edited on: 02/01/2011 - 19:09

After being bedeviled with disk problems on my FAT formatted 5th Generation Video iPod I put together a script to checksum (cksum) the drive and compare against the checksum of the music files on my local laptop. In reality, the this script can be used to check any two drives and it is not mandatory one of them needs to be an iPod drive. All the other examples of this sort of script on the Internet I found had one basic problem - they all only checked one directory, whilst I had a tree structure under my ~/Music directory.

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Disable Annoying System Beep on OpenSUSE 11.3
Last edited on: 28/11/2010 - 09:17

If you have ever been annoyed or embarrassed by the extremely loud system beep in OpenSUSE then you've probably trawled the Internet for a way of disabling it. There are many solutions out there, most don't seem to work. After a little trial and error I finally have the definitive solution. You need the xset command with the -b flag. So:

badzilla@laptop4:/> xset -b

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Linux Convert YouTube Flash Video (FLV) to MP3
Last edited on: 16/10/2010 - 17:59

Ever wanted to download music videos from YouTube, then extract the music component from the video and convert to MP3? Well here's how to do it!

Firstly, to download the videos from YouTube, you will need to install the Flashgot extension into your Firefox web browser. This will add a small icon at the bottom right of the browser, and when it detects video (such as when you go to YouTube), you will be able to click on the icon and the video is grabbed and (in my instance) saved to the /tmp directory.

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