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Resolving php-fpm nginx 504 Gateway-Timeouts

Scotch Tape Icon by Arnoud Warschauer
Scotch Tape Icon by Arnoud Warschauer

I ran into this issue the other day on an Ubuntu 11.04 server running WordPress. The solutions I found searching online weren’t all that helpful so I wanted to share the steps I followed to sort out the issue. More…

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Install Dropbox On Ubuntu Server (10 & 11)

Dropbox FUSION Icon By Parthiban Mohanraj
Dropbox FUSION Icon By Parthiban Mohanraj

This post will help you install the Linux Dropbox client on your headless Ubuntu Server and link it up to your Dropbox account. Unlike the process of mounting an S3 bucket we looked at before the Dropbox approach is a much better solution for sharing files. If you’re a daily Dropbox user you’ll quickly get hooked on the convenience of having your servers in the same file sharing loop as all your other Dropbox connected devices! More…

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Mount S3 Buckets On Ubuntu Server With S3QL

Senary Drive icon set by Milos Mirkovic
Ubuntu Senary Drive icon by Milos Mirkovic

This post will show you how to mount an S3 bucket to your Ubuntu Server for unlimited pay-as-you-go storage that works just like a locally mounted drive. There are handful of open source projects out there for mounting S3 buckets on Linux. Here we’re highlighting the S3QL project More…

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Defend Your Server From SSH Attacks

You hear about servers getting hacked all the time but when was the last time you checked to see if anyone has been trying to break into yours? Attacks can target any public facing services on your box but SSH attacks are among the most common. More…

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Search Within Files with Grep

Robert Deyber - Needle in a Haystack

Once your familiar with finding files on your Ubuntu server you’ll quickly run into situations where you need to search within them from the command line. 

Grep is an easy to use tool that quickly shows each line inside a file containing the keyword you feed it. Let’s get right to it!

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Find Large Files Fast

We’ve all been there, your 10GB VPS server is running out of space or that 3GB virtual machine your using as a dev server is bursting at the seems and you need to free up some space quickly. 

Use these searches to find the largest files on your server and start clearing up space for more 1′s and 0′s.

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Searching For Files with Find

I’ll start with some quick examples for the “copy and paste” crowd, which I’m usually a part of. 

Search the entire file system for files named php.ini. More…

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Ubuntu Server Memory Usage & Swap Space

You can quickly check how much memory is being used on your server and how much is available using the free command. Adding the m flag displays values in megabytes so they’re easier to read. More…

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Determine the Version of Ubuntu You’re Running

When all the Ubuntu code names like feisty, juanty and lucid start blending together with all the different release numbers it can be easy to forget exactly which version of Ubuntu server you have on your system.

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Checking Disk Space Usage

Quickly check available disk space on your server using the df command. By default values are displayed in 1K blocks which is why we added the h flag to display values in a more “human readable” format i.e. Megs and Gigs. More…