Archives: 'Unix*'

SCHAPPY — 22. January 2020, 9:43

Solved: /etc/cron.daily/spamassassin: Wide character in print at /usr/bin/sa-compile line 433

Issue: When using spamassassin 3.4.2 in combination with Heinlein filter rules, you might encounter once a day  messages from running the spamassassin cronjob as follows. Wide character in print at /usr/bin/sa-compile line 433, <$fh> line 2757. Wide character in print at /usr/bin/sa-compile line 433, <$fh> line 3260. Reason: Some of the Heinlein rules in contain UTF-8 […]

SCHAPPY — 8. July 2019, 12:49

Solved: Debian 10 (buster): Upgrade MariaDB from version 10.1 to version 10.3

Issue: After upgrading Debian, you will have to remove the old version of MariaDB and install the new one (semi-manual). After installation of MariaDB 10.3 it fails to start and mysql.error log does not contain helpful hints. /etc/init.d/mysql start [….] Starting mysql (via systemctl): mysql.serviceJob for mariadb.service failed because the control process exited with error code. […]

SCHAPPY — 21. May 2015, 11:14

[FIXED] After dist-upgrade from wheezy to jessie php scripts are not executed anymore

Situation: I upgraded a debian distribution wheezy to jessie with no significant issues. After upgrading I experienced that some of the already installed and formerly working php scripts stopped working. Content of some included php scripts, e.g. wordpress configuration, were printed as HTML content instead of being evaluated. Reason: The updated php.ini disables short open tags […]

SCHAPPY — 23. August 2011, 6:36

[Solved] Visual Editor (TinyMCE) stopped working after upgrade to WordPress 3.1.2

Problem: Debian release 6, wordpress installed from testing via “aptitude install wordpress -t testing”. This worked fine for years, however with upgrading to 3.1.2 users noticed that the visual tab does no longer display any text and no toolbar was loaded. Similar problems were noticed earlier, e.g. here, here or here. However, deactivating plugins was […]

SCHAPPY — 9. November 2010, 8:28


I look for this great tool all few month, but cannot remember its name. It automatically creates iptable entries by screening auth/logon logs to drop attackers and spammers. Recommended to download.

SCHAPPY — 20. September 2010, 8:20

Show progress of dd

If you want to clone logical partitions or entire HDDs blockwise the linux tool dd comes often into play. This is perfect, but after hours of consumed CPU time the question arise: “How to detect the progress of dd?” dd responses to the USR1 kill signal with a statistic output without interrupting its operation. Therefore, […]

SCHAPPY — 16. November 2009, 15:33

Perl refuses to install DB_File in debian? [solved]

Often db.h is missing which is part of the Berkeley DB development files. aptitude install libdb-dev fixed the problem in lenny.

SCHAPPY — 24. September 2008, 15:38

Red Hat + VMWare Converter + ESX Server

I got to migrate an existing Red Hat VM to an ESX Server. Keep in mind, VMWare’s converter is still beta. Some words about the migration. Once you start the migration wizard, ensure the following “Source Data” options: “Select volumes and resize to save or add space”. You must deselect the “Create separate disk for […]

SCHAPPY — 1. January 2007, 19:24

pydf := df + colored flavour

Cryptic headline? For linux users only. If you’d like to have a more colorful way of presenting your diskfree status, then try out python diskfree. sudo aptitutde install pydf Accordingly to your distribution, try sudo ln -s /usr/bin/pydf /usr/bin/df to make it your default df statement. This works, because of ordering of the $PATH variable […]

SCHAPPY — 2. July 2006, 23:33

Migrating harddisks

Some days ago, I’ve buyed a new harddisk for my notebook. My idea: place the old harddisk into an external 2,5″ chassis to use it as an external USB-2.0-HDD and install the new one to the notebook. But, how to get the whole content of the old harddisk to the new one without buying expensive […]