- create a shortcut for your app somewhere
- right-click on the shortcut and head over to the Shortcut tab
- under Target, add your argument(s) after the closing quote
- hit OK, then double-click the shortcut
I’m working on a handful of servers that all have the same problem: when running yum, an error message appears that tells me a package called ntpupdate needs to be upgraded, but somehow this doesn’t work and the package is being skipped. Then follows a huge list of duplicate packages that are installed on those systems (probably installed by the automatic package updater within Plesk).
Let’s see how we can fix such issues. Continue reading How to remove duplicate packages with yum
Unmounting external drives on a Mac is usually done quick and simple by either dragging drive icon to the trash, or by using the eject symbol in a Finder window. Mounting usually happens automatically when a new drive is inserted into a USB port or SD card slot.
However, there is a way to do this via the command line, of which I am a big fan. Fire up a Terminal session and see how to do it.
To see what’s currently attached to your Mac, let’s use the diskutil command, followed by the word list. You’ll see output like this:
/dev/disk0 (internal, physical):
#: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
0: GUID_partition_scheme *512.1 GB disk0
1: EFI EFI 209.7 MB disk0s1
2: Apple_HFS Macintosh SSD 511.3 GB disk0s2
3: Apple_Boot Recovery HD 650.0 MB disk0s3
/dev/disk1 (internal, physical):
#: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
0: GUID_partition_scheme *1.0 TB disk1
1: EFI EFI 209.7 MB disk1s1
2: Apple_HFS Mac HDD 1TB 999.9 GB disk1s2
/dev/disk2 (external, physical):
#: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
0: FDisk_partition_scheme *1.0 TB disk2
1: Apple_HFS VM Drive
Attached drives are listed with their physical locations on the left (i.e. /dev/disk0, /dev/disk1, etc), as well as with their respective partitions if available on the right (like disk0s1, disk1s2, etc). Make a mental note of the latter: you’ll see that we have a physical disk (like disk0), on which several partitions may have been created. It is those partitions we’ll mount and unmount, NOT the physical drive.
On my system I have two internal hard disks (disk0 and disk1), and one external USB drive (disk2). Let’s unmount that USB drive now:
diskutil unmount /dev/disk2s1
Volume VM Drive on disk2s1 unmounted
Note how we use the unmount command. We need to specify the location of the partition with its full path (i.e. /dev/disk2s1).
To mount the drive again, without having to take it out and plugging it in again, I can issue this command:
diskutil mount /dev/disk2s1
Volume VM Drive on /dev/disk2s1 mounted
The other day I tried to format a USB drive for use with Windows. I had previously tried this on my Mac to no avail. But now even Windows was telling me that it too could not format my drive.
I was stumped! I had in fact never seen anything like it before. Was that USB drive broken? Had I turned stupid overnight? Well perhaps… but more importantly, it dawned on me what I had used this USB drive prior to this formatting nightmare: it was a Linux installation that could run directly from the stick.
This is important, because as part of the installation, a protected EFI system partition is installed. This is used for booting if I understand correctly, and hence rather important. So important in fact that the ordinary user tools in both macOS and Windows do not allow us users (even Administrators) to erase such partitions.
The Logitech M325 and M325c are both wireless USB mice. Their design appears to be identical (except for the many different colourful variations of course), and their prices vary from anything between $12 and $60 – depending the layout and seller. Even the packaging is identical.
So what’s the difference between these two models? Is it precision? Is it the build quality? Is it the year of production? Is it something else?
Actually no, the two mice are absolutely identical and both work with Windows, macOS and Linux. The only difference is in the wireless receiver that Logitech give you with each model.
The M325 comes with a Logitech Unifying Receiver. You can tell by the little “sunshine” logo on the side. This type of receiver allows us to use the Logitech Unifying Software to operate several devices over a single receiver (say a mouse and a keyboard). It’s a little clunky to setup more than one device, but it certainly saves valuable USB slots on your machine.
Note that for this to work, all decides must be Logitech unifying devices, and all must display that little sunshine logo.
The M325c on the other hand does NOT come with a unifying receiver, and instead comes with a standard USB receiver. Only this one device will work with said receiver. As you can imagine, the receiver does not bear the unifying logo on the side. Therefore you may find the M325c a little cheaper than the M325.
Note however that the M325c mouse itself IS a unifying device, and it DOES bear the unifying logo on the underside. Hence you can use the M325c mouse with another unifying receiver just fine.
So there you have it – that’s the big secret difference between these two mice. I have both, and I couldn’t tell the difference at first. The mice are identical, just the USB receiver is a little different. Just in case this question was driving you crazy too 🙂
Sometimes we must know what web server is running on a particular domain. Usually web hosts should be able to tell a client this, but if the client is afraid to ask, there is a way to ask the web server directly for this information.
Just to clarify: the web server is the process that serves files (HTML, PHP, ASP, images, etc) from a remote machine to your local web browser. The most likely choices in this day and age (2017) are Apache, NGINX or IIS. The latter is used by Windows servers, and the two former are used by Linux servers. There are other web servers too, such as lighttpd, but they’re used less commonly.
By asking the web server for this information, we can tell exactly who’s serving those files.
Let’s open a Terminal or Command Line Prompt window and utilise the good old fashioned Telnet protocol. Replace yourserver.com with the actual domain in question: Continue reading How to check which web server is running on a domain
It’s not pretty when it happens, but it happens to the best of us: you forget the admin password for your Plesk Onyx installation.
In previous versions there was an option to retrieve this password via the command line, but that special command has been removed in Onyx for security reasons.
So what can we do? Well luckily it’s relatively easy to reset the password to something else, or gain temporary access to the server quickly. Let me show you how. Continue reading How to reset the admin password in Plesk Onyx
For the last few days I had a very interesting (read: ultra annoying) issue with Windows 10 on my Surface Pro. No matter which network I was connecting to, I could never see the internet anymore.
Logic dictates that there was perhaps an issue with the router, but since it happened on other networks as well, this couldn’t have been the case. I could even ping the router, but no matter what else I tried, Windows didn’t see the internet.
Finally I came across this Microsoft Support Article that suggested several things, among whose suggestions were to reset the TCP/IP stack and to renew the IP address. Sounds like fun I thought and went to work.
Here’s how I could solve my internet issues:
From time to time, the yum package manager may encounter issues with duplicate packages that are erroneously installed on a system. This manifests in a yum update going awry, telling us something along the lines of this:
--> Finished Dependency Resolution
Error: Package: ntp-4.2.6p5-22.el7.centos.2.x86_64 (@updates)
Requires: ntpdate = 4.2.6p5-22.el7.centos.2
Removing: ntpdate-4.2.6p5-22.el7.centos.2.x86_64 (@updates)
ntpdate = 4.2.6p5-22.el7.centos.2
Updated By: ntpdate-4.2.6p5-25.el7.centos.x86_64 (base)
ntpdate = 4.2.6p5-25.el7.centos
You could try using --skip-broken to work around the problem
** Found 41 pre-existing rpmdb problem(s), 'yum check' output follows:
// huge scary list of packages follows
You may at times install all other packages via yum update –skip-broken, but it will still leave some trouble on the system. Best to take care of it.
Here’s how I’ve managed to do it on many occasions:
Continue reading How to fix duplicate packages in yum