Friday, February 15, 2013

How do I setup my new Debian 6.0 (squeeze) server?

Great question, Chad Keck has a great answer: Also, here's the direct link to the iptables.txt Chad refers to in the video:

How do I install phpMyAdmin on my new server?

Great question, HowToForge has a great answer: followed up by:
# Open Apache's conf file:
sudo nano /etc/apache2/httpd.conf

# Add this line:
Include /etc/phpmyadmin/apache.conf

# Then, run:
sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

# And now phpMyAdmin should work! Check it out at http://yourip/phpmyadmin/.

How do I install MySQL & PHP on my new server?

Great question, the Linode Library has a great answer:

Why is MAMP PRO so slow?

Not sure. But I can tell you how to fix it.

Run the following series of commands:
# Where yoursite.local is the name of your site
sudo echo '::1 yoursite.local' > /tmp/newfile
sudo cat /etc/hosts >> /tmp/newfile
sudo mv /tmp/newfile /etc/hosts
Problem solved! Check it out for yourself at yoursite.local right now.


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

My .gitignore file isn't working as expected. How do I fix it?

# Run the following command (this removes everything from the index):
git rm -r --cached .

# Then, run:
git add .

# Finally, commit your changes:
git commit -m ".gitignore is now working"
Note, this answer's source came directly from

Monday, February 11, 2013

How do I show a list of all files and directories within a specific directory, recursivley, via the command line, such that each path printed is a fully qualified one?

$ find dir_of_interest -name '*'

Monday, February 4, 2013

How do I check if a user is a member of a specific usergroup on my Mac via the command line?

dsmemberutil checkmembership -U 'user' -G 'usergroup'
Where user is the username you're interested in and usergroup is the group you want to check to see if they're in.

How do I list the users on my Mac via the command line?

dscl . -list /Users

How do I list the usergroups on my Mac via the command line?

dscl . list /groups

How do I change a directory's group (or owner) on a *nix machine?

chgrp usergroup somedir
If you want to change the directory's contents too, simply append the -R option to the chgrp command as shown below:
chgrp -R usergroup somedir
Note that somedir could also be a file (it doesn't have to be a directory). Also, if you want to change a directory's owner simply switch chgrp to chown. The options between the two commands are the same.

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