Archive for January, 2010

Success, failure of the tar command recorded with time and date stamp

January 27, 2010
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I needed to determine the amount of time it would take to archive large amount of data on my unix server. If I had infinite amount of free time I could sit in front of the screen with a stop watch. But the better way is to create a script that would record the...
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How to delete a file or directory with special characters using the inode in Unix or Linux

January 22, 2010
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My fat fingers inadvertently created a directory on my unix server with special characters. I could not access this directory nor could I delete it. When I listed the directory using the command ls –b, I could see all the funny characters. ls –b scritps010/010/010/010 I tried every command I could think of, rmdir...
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Cheat Codes for Warcraft III

January 21, 2010
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Tired of getting slaughtered by the computer, use the cheat codes. My favourite one is GreedIsGood (not case sensitive). To activate a code simply press the enter key, type in the code (and the option if avaiable), and hit enter again. You should then see the message “Cheat Enabled” in th lower left corner....
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How to change the hostname in Solaris 10

January 21, 2010
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To change the hostname in Solaris 10 you need to edit 3 files and appply the new name. /etc/nodename /etc/hostname.*interface, e.g. hostname.bge0 /etc/inet/hosts this file is a hard link to /etc/inet/ipnodes. You will need to make /etc/inet/ipnodes writable before editing it. To enable write use the command chmod 744 /etc/inet/ipnodes. Finally rename directory /var/crash,...
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Graco kids strollers safety recall.

January 20, 2010
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Graco has issued a safety recall notice this morning. It is is second company to recall strollers in the past few weeks. Their website is very very slow today as I am sure every concerned parents are trying to find more information. Well I managed to get onto the site after a long wait...
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How to determine the AIX OS level and Maintenance Level.

January 20, 2010
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IBM had renamed the term maintenance level (ML) to technology level (TL). Here is an excerpt from IBM, “Although some systems administrators still use the term “maintenance level” when discussing their AIX version, the term is now reserved for legacy AIX systems. The new IBM methodology dictates two TL releases per year. The first...
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How to list the type of fiber channel card and it’s WWN info in AIX

January 16, 2010
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I needed to find out the type of fiber channel HBA cards installed in the Aix server. Here are the commands I used to find the information, Use the lsdev command to list the fiber channel cards (HBA) installed in the Aix server. Depending on the version of aix one or all of the...
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How to create a ZFS filesystem on two striped disk drives

January 15, 2010
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I ran out of space on my SAN drive on the Solaris 10 SPARC server. Since I had two spare disk drives sitting in the server that were not being used, I decided to create a single striped volume out of the two drives. The drives contained the factory installed Solaris 10 image. Here...
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Garmin Nuvi 760 gps got me lost in New York state – Part 1

January 14, 2010
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I bought the Garmin 760 gps from my local Costco last summer. I used it on many trips across Ontario and it had always been very reliable. The GPS had been so accurate that I decided to throw away my big CAA map of North America that had been growing moldy in the back...
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Formula to find a woman

January 8, 2010
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Formula to find a woman

This joke was emailed to me :)
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