How to enable auto updates in Ubuntu

It is important to keep your Linux server up to date with security updates, Linux Distributions like Ubuntu and Debian release updates daily, so it can become a tedious job to keep the system up to date. Thankfully there is an option to install security updates automatically, here are the steps to enable automatic security updates in Ubuntu 14.04 and later versions. Continue reading How to enable auto updates in Ubuntu

How to install FFmpeg on Ubuntu 14.04

FFmpeg has been removed from Ubuntu 14.04 and was replaced by Libav. This decision has been reversed so that FFmpeg is available now in Ubuntu 15.04 again, but there is still no official package for 14.04. In this tutorial, I will show you how to install FFmpeg from mc3man ppa. Add the mc3man ppa:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mc3man/trusty-media

And confirm the following message by pressing <enter>:

Also note that with apt-get a sudo apt-get dist-upgrade is needed for initial setup & with some package upgrades
More info:
Press [ENTER] to continue or ctrl-c to cancel adding it

Update the package list.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Now FFmpeg is available to be installed with apt:

sudo apt-get install ffmpeg

How to add PHP support for jailed SSH users in ISPConfig 3

Jailkit is an easy to use tool to create and maintain jail environments for shell users on Linux. In this guide, I will show you how to move PHP and its dependencies into the jail so that the jailed user can execute PHP scripts inside the jail.
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How to list installed packages on Debian?

To get a list of all installed packages on a Debian or Ubuntu server, run the command:

dpkg --get-selections

This command will show you a rather long list. To save the list to a file, use this command:

dpkg --get-selections > /tmp/packages.txt

the list is saved then in the file /tmp/packages.txt.

If you seek for a specific package, use the grep command:

dpkg --get-selections | grep nginx

will show you all packages that contain the word "Nginx" in their name.


root@sv1:/# dpkg --get-selections | grep nginx
nginx-common                                    install
nginx-extras                                    install

How To Check And Repair All MySQL Databases on Debian And Ubuntu Linux

The Following command can be used to check and repair all MySQL databases on a Ubuntu or Debian Linux System.

Ubuntu Linux

sudo mysqlcheck --defaults-file=/etc/mysql/debian.cnf --auto-repair --optimize --all-databases

Debian Linux

mysqlcheck --defaults-file=/etc/mysql/debian.cnf --auto-repair --optimize --all-databases

The benefit of the above command is that it uses the debian-sys-maint login to MySQL which is available on every Debian and Ubuntu System, so you don't have to provide the MySQL root login details.

How to Copy Files with SCP between Linux Servers

1.1 SCP Command Line-An Overview


The SCP command line is commonly used to copy files over SSH, and between popular Operating systems like Linux, Mac and Windows in a secure fashion. SCP is used to copy files to/from a remote server. It also allows you to copy files from one remote server to another remote server, without passing traffic through your PC.

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Solution for dovecot error: /path/ is no longer mounted. If this is intentional, remove it with doveadm mount

Dovecot is watching the whole server filesystem for modifications and removed or added sub filesystems. If you get errors similar to this one on your server:

Aug 30 09:10:23 server1 dovecot: master: Warning: /var/www/clients/client1/web1/log is no longer mounted. If this is intentional, remove it with doveadm mount

 (the directory path may vary), then you can fix it by excluding the path from being watched by dovecot. In my case, dovecot shall not watch my website directories as they do not contain any mailboxes

Run the following command on the shell as root user:

doveadm mount add '/var/www/*' ignore

To exclude all files and folders in /var/www from deovecot monitoring.


Incorrent Time on Windows/Linux Dual Boot System

If you work on a dual boot system you might experience that when you log off from Windows, onto Linux, and to Windows again, the time that is shown in the bottom right corner might be an hour or more off the actual time. This will correct once you refresh it by loading the time from a time server again but will remain an issue for the next logins.
This has not directly to do with daylight savings or an incorrect time zone, but most likely with Linux assuming that the BIOS time is set to UTC while it's set to local time. So it just changes the BIOS clock according to that. Logging in to Windows with the wrong BIOS clock will result in a wrong system time.

This Linux behavior can easily be changed though, so just login to your Linux system and open a command line. First log in as root with your password:

sudo su

Then enter following to open the rcS file (note that I use vi as text editor - you can use any other you like here):

vi /etc/default/rcS

Now look for the line reading UTC = yes and change it to UTC = no. Save the file and try to boot into Windows - if every other time setting is set correct you should get the right time now.

Install Steam on Ubuntu and Linux Mint

With Steam support for Linux, there will most likely be a whole lot more games coming out for Ubuntu and its consorts. While the database of games with Linux support still grows, many titles are already available.
To install Steam on Ubuntu or Linux Mint, open a Terminal and enter the following commands:

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys B05498B7
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb precise steam" >>


sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install steam

Afterwards start it with


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