Jan 292014
 

Often one wants a shared access to files across machines. Traditionally one uses the network file system (nfs). The network file server works as follows: There is an nfs server that exports some directories in its filesystem hiearchy to various nfs clients that mount these directory over the network into their file system hierarchy. As a result, each of the clients shares the directories exported by the nfs server.

However a lot of times you just have to mount a directory from a server to your local computer and in these cases NFS it’s not so useful, sshfs it’s much better

Sshfs is a filesystem client based on the SSH File Transfer Protocol. Since most SSH servers already support this protocol it is very easy to set up: i.e. on the server side there’s nothing to do.  On the client side mounting the filesystem is as easy as logging into the server with ssh.

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Jun 042013
 

While installing a new computer (soon a post on my new arch-linux laptop) I’ve re-discovered a command that I don’t use frequently, but that can be really useful : lsblk

lsblk lists information about all or the specified block devices. The lsblk command reads the sysfs filesystem to gather information.
The command prints all block devices (except RAM disks) in a tree-like format by default.
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Apr 102013
 

As first thing a small lesson about what’s ZFS:

ZFS is a combined file system and logical volume manager designed by Sun Microsystems. The features of ZFS include protection against data corruption, support for high storage capacities, integration of the concepts of filesystem and volume management, snapshots and copy-on-write clones, continuous integrity checking and automatic repair, RAID-Z and native NFSv4 ACLs. ZFS is implemented as open-source software, licensed under the Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL). The ZFS name was registered as a trademark of Oracle until September 20, 2011

 

And now after more than two years in the experimental stage, the ZFS file system for Linux is ready for widespread use.
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4 open source software to analyse big quantity of log files

4 open source software to analyse big quantity of log files

Logging is a critical thing for all system administrators, if you log too much and you don’t manage the files you could fill up a partition or even worst stop some service, if you don’t log enough you’ll lose information when something goes wrong, in general a good solution for this is to send all [...]

Everything you need to know about APC (Alternate PHP cache)

Everything you need to know about APC (Alternate PHP cache)

If you are a system administrator and you want to push the performance of your PHP website such as Drupal, WordPress or wrote by you or other programmers, there are good chances that you’ve heard about the Alternate PHP Cache or simply APC. The Alternative PHP Cache (APC) is a free and open opcode cache [...]