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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 )

X11 forwarding request failed on channel 0 Error and Solution

I am a new Linux server user. I need to tunnel X over ssh. I type the following command from OS X Unix terminal to login into far_away_machine (a centos server):

ssh -X -o options -A -p 22 user@centos-far-away-server

But, I am getting the following error on screen:

X11 forwarding request failed on channel 0
Last login: Sun Mar 23 15:58:51 2014 from 1.2.3.4

How do I fix “X11 forwarding request failed on channel 0” on Linux or Unix-like systems?
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Increase NFS Client Mount Point Security For a Web-Server noexec, nosuid, nodev Options

I am using NFS server version 4.x on a CentOS/RHEL based system. I’m mounting my shared /var/www/ directory on five Apache based nodes using the following syntax:

mount -t nfs4 -o rw,intr,hard,proto=tcp rocknas02:/httproot/www /var/www/

I noticed that due to bug in my app user can sometime upload executable or other device files to get out of chrooted Apache server. How can I prevent such security issues on a CentOS or RHEL based NFS client and sever setup?
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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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