Error: GDBus.Error:org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.Spawn.ExecFailed: Failed to execute program /usr/lib/dbus-1.0/dbus-daemon-launch-helper: Success

I recently migrated my linux box from bare metal hardware to a VMware virtual machine. At the same time, I upgraded from Debian squeeze to Debian Wheezy (testing). After the dust had settled, one nagging problem keep recurring. Every time I did an aptitude update or aptitude install, after everything successfully ran, I would get […]

Expadirk: a hack to split PDFs and email based on instructions within

Sune Vuorela wrote a post asking people to make sure their private hacks become public. That inspired me to publish Expadirk. Expadirk is my solution to my accounting software provider requiring me to purchase yet more proprietary software in order to send statements, purchase orders and invoices by email. The accounting package has a way of outputting print […]

Import historical data from Apache logs into AWStats

One of my clients had a problem where the last 6 months of data was not in Google Analytics. Upon investigating it turned out that for some reason the WordPress Google Analytics plugin was not active. I could not determine why it was not active when I am sure I set it up in the […]

Apache Virtual Host configuration for a Networked WordPress Installation

Direct any URL request that Apache receives to the WordPress installation. You need to do it if you are setting up a WordPress Network multi-site installation that has sites with their own unique domain names. e.g. site1.org, site2.com, someothersite.co.uk etc. /etc/apache2/sites-enabled$ ls -al total 8 drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Jul 25 13:18 . drwxr-xr-x […]

Collectd causing rrd illegal attempt to update using time errors

I found collectd causing rrd illegal attempt to update using time errors. I was seeing a whole load of lines like this in my syslog: Aug 20 16:27:12 mythbox collectd[32167]: rrdtool plugin: rrd_update_r (/var/lib/collectd/rrd/mythbox/df-root/df_complex-free.rrd) failed: /var/lib/collectd/rrd/mythbox/df-root/df_complex-free.rrd: illegal attempt to update using time 1345444032 when last update time is 1345444032 (minimum one second step) It was […]

lookup smb windows hostnames from the command prompt in linux

There is this cool way of being able to lookup windows hostnames in linux. Ie so you can ping mywindowshostname and it will just find the ip and ping it. All you have to do is edit the line in /etc/nsswitch.conf: from hosts: files dns to hosts: files dns wins and install the winbind service. […]