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The sysconfig directory in Redhat-based Linux

Redhat Enterprise Linux, Fedora, and Centos have a convenient directory called “sysconfig”. It is located under the main /etc directory and contains many of the frequently-used configuration files necessary to operate a server. Often the configuration files are for command line options or very specific settings rather than the complete …

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Watching Linux logs live

Question: How can I watch information come into my Linux server logs as they arrive? Answer: Linux has a nifty little command called “tail” that allows you to see the latest log file messages, but that by itself will not show you the latest messages as they arrive in real …

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Book Review: ModSecurity 2.5 by Magnus Mischel

Title: ModSecurity 2.5: Securing your Apache installation and web applications Author: Magnus Mischel Publisher: Packt Publishing Price: £26.34 Securing a web server can be a difficult task. Large companies hire professionals or consulting companies to ensure their customers have access to their content and any would-be attackers have access to …

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To X or not to X

Question: Show I run X.org on my Linux-based dedicated server? Answer: When you are running a dedicated server, especially one with live websites, there is always a lot to learn. From domain name servers (DNS) to mail server configuration, you may find yourself with little time for anything else. One …

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SSH security tips: Part 1

SSH is a great tool to have when you need remote access to a server, and it is naturally more secure than other methods, such as Telnet. Nevertheless, you should still take care to make sure your OpenSSH server is as secure as possible. Here are two tips to get …

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Gain access to cPanel from anywhere with JAP

Many people who manage websites also have other jobs, and even those who do not frequently find themselves traveling and away from the comfort of their own home Internet connection. In such situations, users sometimes find themselves behind firewalls that prevent them from accessing certain services, including web hosting control …

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Website Hosting Apache

Apache HTTP Server is the leading web server software available. It commands nearly 60% of the web server market and over 66% of the 1 million sites with the most traffic. It is developed by the Apache Software Foundation and is released under a free and open source license called …

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Restoring a huge MySQL database

Question: I have a shared hosting account but need to import a 3GB MySQL database. I do not have shell access, and phpMyAdmin always times out. How can I restore it? Answer: You can use a script called BigDump to import your dumped MySQL database a little at a time. …

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