Posts By: jonny

rpcbind.socket failed to listen on sockets: Address family not supported by protocol

Using CentOS 7 this problem arose after a reboot and NFS shares would not mount. Trying to start the rpcbind service:

gave the following error message via jounralctl -xe :

So it looks like

was set in /etc/sysctl.conf But this wasn’t yet incorporated into the initramfs. Solution Rebuild the initramfs with:

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Mount Files Virtually via Dell iDRAC

Use fallocate to create a new 300 MB file :

Create an ext4 file system within the image file:

Create a mount point:

mount it:

Then on the Dell iDRAC use the ‘Virtual Media’ menu to ‘Map Removable Disk…’  : Then on the host operating system the device can be mounted… Read more »

Docker jasonrivers/nagios Permissions Problem

I was running this docker image proxied via traefik but I was receiving an error message in the Nagios web interface: docker nagios Error: Could not read object configuration data And in the logs from the container:

To solve the issue I connected to the container:

And set the nagios user as the… Read more »

Determine Dell Hard Disk Location from Linux

On a Dell server I needed to determine the physical hard drive location for a faulty disk. Within the operating system the disk was mounted as /dev/sdk so I ran:

And from the output I could correlate this with the information in the iDRAC: So in this example disk 10 on the backplane.  

Dell racadm on Linux

I’m currently using Linux Mint and wanted to communicate with the iDRAC interfaces on Dell servers. Install racadm:

Test with:

or if you want to be prompted for login credentials use:

Example racadm commands Dump lots of info:

Get the status of the PERC/Raid battery:

Set… Read more »

Command Line Optimise JPEG image

This command significantly improved file size on disk although the quality value can be increased to adjust the image quality versus file size:


Cropping / Masking a Video for Kdenlive

I was helping a friend with creating a video and we need to mask out the distracting content around the video subject. If I had this problem with a static image I would use Gimp and the ‘Crop’ tool but I couldn’t find anything in Kdenlive to allow me to crop out a small square… Read more »

Managing RDP Remote Desktop Sessions/Users

RDP Session Manager

It took me a little digging to re-discover the name of this tool that allows remotely logging RDP users off from other servers so I thought I would write it down in case I need a reminder. The command to run is: tsadmin.msc Or it can be added directly from the MMC.

Laravel Quick Start

Quick reminder of steps to setup a Laravel project on Ubuntu/Linux Mint and similar. First install composer:

Install PHP dependencies:

  Use composer to create your Laravel project:

Install composer.json packages:

Generate a key for your new project into the .env file:

Amend the .env file with database details and anything else you want to customise. You may want to install mysql with

Auth Scaffolding Create the login and… Read more »

Resetting Root Password in Single User Mode

Using Red Hat  / CentOS etc one method of resetting the root user password is to boot into single user mode. To do so, interrupt the booting process if necessary so that you see the Grub boot menu: Press the ‘e‘ keyboard button to edit the boot parameters. You will see a menu with the… Read more »