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Setting up time synchronising on Centos 6
Setting up time synchronising on Centos 6

This guide is intended for UK servers but is pretty simple to adapt for any other timezone. Firstly, I installed the ntp daemon. Next, setting […]

Linux Mint Nvidia Drivers
Linux Mint Nvidia Drivers

I’ve had a bit of a mare trying to get brightness working on a Samsung laptop in Linux Mint. As yet.. still no working brightness […]

Apt – ignore updates for a particular package
Apt – ignore updates for a particular package

I’ve had some difficulty after converting from Percona (mysql) Server over to MariaDB, finding that apt wanted to upgrade libmysqlclient18 to a version unsupported by […]

Reading package list 0%
Reading package list 0%

I recently had an issue on Linux Mint (Ubuntu based) where apt-get upgrade was just getting stuck each time on Reading Package list 0%. This […]

How To: Set Linux resolution for a virtual display
How To: Set Linux resolution for a virtual display

Here’s a fix I found to a problem I encountered running a Linux server with no screen attached. Without a screen, Linux didn’t want to […]

Fedora upgrade from 16 to 17 fail
Fedora upgrade from 16 to 17 fail

I’ve recently tried to upgrade Fedora from 16 to 17 on my Asus Eee Box and was given a lovely error telling me an unhandled […]

Centos 5: Setting up RPMForge and updated repos
Centos 5: Setting up RPMForge and updated repos

When setting up a new sever I like to have updated packages such as PHP 5.3 => etc which don’t ship with Centos 5’s default […]

How To: Umount when “device is busy” on linux.
How To: Umount when “device is busy” on linux.

The idea of this blog is to give help on things that crop up in our day to day lives, usually to do with technology. […]

How To: Mount a cifs share permanently with correct rw permissions
How To: Mount a cifs share permanently with correct rw permissions

Put simply: How to mount a cifs share in linux permanently with the correct permissions to allow read-write access. In /etc/fstab Replace $ value with […]

How To: Mount a cifs share manually
How To: Mount a cifs share manually

Brief guide on how to mount a cifs share manually as a one off mounting. Alternatively username and password can be replaced by a lovely […]