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Intermediate Linux / Unix System Administrator Tutorials

These tutorials assumes that you have strong understanding of Unix like operating systems and very comfortable with most aspects of the Unix/Linux operating system. Familiar with fundamental networking/distributed computing environments is required. ( rss feed )

Unix / Linux: Check New Files In File System /var/www/uploads/

Recently, I switched from MS-Windows based web-server to CentOS Linux based Apache web-server. All user uploaded files are stored in /var/www/uploads/ directory. Is there command that can give me a list of files that have been added to the filesystem at /var/www/uploads/ in last 7 days on Linux/Unix-like oses?
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CentOS / RHEL: Yum Lock Package Version At a Particular Version

I am a new CentOS / RHEL 6.x server user and DevOP. I need to lock a package called nginx on a server being updated via yum command. How do I lock package version at a particular version on CentOS / Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.x or Fedora Linux?
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Mac OS X: Install wget Network Downloader Utility

I recently learned that “wget” can continue getting a partially-downloaded (resume download) file. I am unable to find wget command on Mac OS X. How do I install install wget on Mac OS X (Mountain Lion/ Mavericks / Snow Leopard)? How can I install wget in Mac OS X without 3rd-party repo such as Homebrew or MacPorts?
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HowTo: Reinstall MySQL v5.x On Linux

My MySQL database installation has been corrupted. I would like to delete old mysql server. How do I reinstall MySQL database server version 5.x on Linux or Unix-like oses? A software upgrade broke my system. How can I uninstall and re-install mysql again to get fresh full mysql again?
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Nginx: Allow All But Block Certain POST Request URLS For Selected Spammer IP Address/CIDR

I am a small business and ecom site owner. I also run a WordPress based blog to connect with my customers. However, I get too much spam from certain IPs and net-blocks. How do I block access to certain url(s) such as example.com/blog/wp-comments-post.php for selected IP address and CIDRs? How do I allow everyone including IP address 1.2.3.4 to access my blog but block IP address 1.2.3.4 accessing only example.com/blog/wp-comments-post.php? How do I block POST requests for selected IPs/CIDR on nginx?
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HowTo: Upgrade CentOS Linux 6.4/6.3/6.2/6.1/6.0 to v6.5

CentOS Linux v6.5 has been released and available via repos for immediate update. The new version includes several hundred bug fixes for, and enhancements to the Linux kernel. How do I upgrade from CentOS Linux version 6.0 / 6.1 / 6.2 / 6.3 or 6.4 to the latest version 6.5?
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WordPress MySql Statement To Delete All Pending Comments

I have over 1800+ pending comments and most of them are spams in WordPress based blog. How do I delete all (mass delete) the pending comments using sql statements?
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