Spamassassin failing to reload

Since some time I was getting nearly each day an email from my cron :

/etc/cron.daily/spamassassin:
invoke-rc.d: initscript spamassassin, action "reload" failed.

Googling for this I found several posts, bug tracker entries... but no real solution. Hint was : RC script is not finding the PID file, check …

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Kdeconnect- how to make people NOT use your app

I wrote some time ago about kdeconnect and linconnect.

Kdeconnect was not working for me, empty screen, no error message.

Today I got an update of kdeconnect installed on my PC so I googled once more "kdeconnect empty screen" and found one post (sorry forgot to bookmark it) : the statement …

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Webtrees genealogy web frontend

I've been using Gramps for quite a long time to store my genealogy data. Biggest advantage : it runs locally, which is very handy when doing offline research. However, the GUI is not very nice to display to non-genealogists and it's HTML export features are very limited, creating mostly HTML 1 …

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Using ansible to deploy hosts

I've discovered ansible several weeks ago, but only decided to give it a real try the last two.

Test vehicle was the setup of icinga & check_mk on several hosts I wanted to monitor, along with the setup of the master monitoring server.

Some time ago I had already taken a …

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Kitkkat restricting access to external SD card

With the upgrade to Kitkat finally available for the S4, new problems arose : android now restricts app access to external SD cards. Apps can read from SD card, but not store files anymore. This is rather annoying as I'm using the external SD card to store the maps for OsmAnd …

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One more deception from Ubuntu

For my desktop, therre's some time I've left Ubuntu behind. I still use it on my servers, but I'm getting more and more deceived by those guys...

Last example : John the ripper not working.

The bug was filed 2012-10-26 and as of today is still not fixed - though I must …

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Generating huge quantities of random data

Before encrypting a disk it is recommended to fill it with random data to make prediction of encrypted blocks more difficult.

In practice this has become an issue with disks' capacity increasing - be it a SSD, with 120GB or a harddisk with 3TB : where to get such an amount of …

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Mediawiki update odyssey

So I had this wiki running mediawiki (MW) v1.20 and semantic mediawiki (SMW) v1.8. As MW was getting end-of-life, I wanted to update to latest v1.22.

Usually this means :

  • download new archive of the MW software, unpack
  • get updates of installed extensions
  • for SMW there's the so-called …
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Android notifications on desktop

Came across two tools that intend to bring the notifications from an android smartphone to the PC's desktop. This way, no notifications get missed. They are no replacement for e.g airdroid which brings the display of the smartphone onto the desktop and allows file transfers.

One is kdeconnect. I …

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Proftpd shutting down

Since the update of the rootserver to Ubuntu Saucy I've been experiencing strange shutdowns of proftpd. Logfiles only showed :

2013-12-29 06:25:27,355 zulu203 proftpd[18394] zulu203.server4you.de: ProFTPD killed (signal 15)
2013-12-29 06:25:27,457 zulu203 proftpd[18394] zulu203.server4you.de: ProFTPD 1.3.5rc3 standalone …
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