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Domain searching with bash

Below is a simple bash script that uses the dictionary to go through 3 letter words and does a whois check to see if the domain is available. You probably won't find any of those as all would have been taken. May want to try with 5 or 6 letters instead, in which case change the value of "$count".


# Get a list of 3 letter domains.
for x in `cat /usr/share/dict/words`; do count=`echo $x| wc -m`; [ $count = 4 ] && echo $x; done > domains_list.txt

# Get whois record.
for x in `cat ./domains_list.txt` ; do (whois $ | grep -q '^No match for domain') && echo $x; sleep 60; done > domains_available.txt

# Change to lowercase and sort print.
cat domains_available.txt | tr [:upper:] [:lower:]|sort| uniq

gnome logout command

Logout using gnome command saving current session:

gnome-session-save --logout

Serving ftp with vsftpd

vsftpd can be installed directly via yum and is a straight forward setup:

yum install vsftpd
chkconfig vsftpd on
service vsftpd start

The default vsftpd.conf should be fine to run with. However, it is best practice to disable anonymous access if not being used:

# cat /etc/vsftpd/vsftpd.conf | grep -v "#\|^$"

For an incoming dropbox only option, use:


disable logging of images in access log


SetEnvIfNoCase Request_URI "\.(gif|jpe?g|png|htc|css|js|ico)$" skiplog
CustomLog "/var/log/httpd/access.log" combined env=!skiplog


$HTTP["url"] =~ "\.(gif|jpe?g|png|htc|css|js|ico)$" {
  accesslog.filename = "/dev/null"

listing of directories in tree format

Below example shows listing of files and directories in tree format including hidden files and directory display depth of 3:

tree -a -L 3

-a : include hidden files
-L : depth of directory tree to display

man tree for more info...

resolve mysql replication error

MySQL replication stops whenever there is an error running a query on the slave. This happens so the problem query can be identified and resolved.

Such errors can be skipped as long as you know why the query failed.

For example, when you run a query in the slave accidentally instead of running it on the master. You can skip just that one query that is hanging the slave using:


Get a count of top 10 emails that are in mail queue

Below one liner, pipes mailq command to sed, which prints out every 3rd line starting from line 5 capturing only the email addresses and producing report of the top 10 email addresses in sendmail mail queue.

mailq | sed -n '5~3p' | sort  | uniq -c | sort -nr | head

wait_timeout versus interactive_timeout

"wait_timeout" is the amount of seconds during inactivity that MySQL will wait before it will close a connection on a non-interactive connection.

"interactive_timeout" is the same, but for interactive mysql shell sessions.

Setting a value too low may cause connections to drop unexpectedly, specifically if you are using persistent connections. Setting a value too high may cause stale connections to remain open, preventing new access to the database.

For wait_timeout, this value should be set as low as possible without affecting availability and performance.

For interactive_timeout, changing this value won't really increase or decrease performance of your application.

removing rpm imported gpg-key

While install the puppet dashboard, I noticed puppetlabs yum repo changed from using "" to "" causing yum to fail on the key import. I had run the key import manually couple times before I realized, yum was complaining about a different key.

Below is how I got around to removing all of the imported gpgkeys:

Find GPG keys and owners:

rpm -qa gpg-pubkey\* --qf "%{version}-%{release} %{summary}\n"

Remove corresponding GPG Key.

rpm -e gpg-pubkey-8347a27f-4afe0f12 --allmatches

Replacing sysklogd with rsyslog

If you need to replace old sysklogd with recent rsyslog on centos, `rpm -e --nodeps sysklogd` is rather kludgy as yum will remove initscripts, upon which most of the system is dependent on. However, it is possible to install and remove via the yum shell in one go, which resolves the dependency issues.

# yum shell
> install rsyslog
> remove sysklogd
> run
> quit

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