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arping in linux for getting MAC address and update ARP caches by broadcast

August 27th, 2014 No comments

Suppose we want to know MAC address of 10.182.120.210. then we can log on one linux host which is in the same subnet of 10.182.120.210, e.g. 10.182.120.188:

[root@centos-doxer ~]#arping -U -c 3 -I bond0 -s 10.182.120.188 10.182.120.210
ARPING 10.182.120.210 from 10.182.120.188 bond0
Unicast reply from 10.182.120.210 [00:21:CC:B7:1F:EB] 1.397ms
Unicast reply from 10.182.120.210 [00:21:CC:B7:1F:EB] 1.378ms
Sent 3 probes (1 broadcast(s))
Received 2 response(s)

So 00:21:CC:B7:1F:EB is the MAC address of 10.182.120.210. And from here we can see that IP address 10.182.120.210 is now used in local network.

Another use of arping is to update ARP cache. One scene is that, you assign a new machine with one being used IP address, then you will not able to log on the old machine with the IP address. Even after you shutdown the new machine, you may still not able to access the old machine. And here's the resolution:

Suppose we have configured the new machine NIC eth0 with IP address 192.168.0.2 which is already used by one old machine. Log on the new machine and run the following commands:

arping -A 192.168.0.2 -I eth0 192.168.0.2
arping -U -s 192.168.0.2 -I eth0 192.168.0.1 #this is sending ARP broadcast, and 192.168.0.1 is the gateway address.
/sbin/arping -I eth0 -c 3 -s 192.168.0.2 192.168.0.3 #update neighbours' ARP caches

resolved – IOError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory when creating VMs on Oracle VM Server

August 25th, 2014 No comments

Today when I tried to add one OVS server to Oracle VM Server server pool, there was error message like below:

Start - /OVS/running_pool/vm_test
PowerOn Failed : Result - failed:<Exception: return=>failed:<Exception: failed:<IOError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: '/var/ovs/mount/85255944BDF24F62831E1C6E7101CF7A/running_pool/vm_test/vm.cfg'>

I log on one OVS server and found the path was there. And later I logged on all OVS servers in that server pool and found one OVS server did not have storage repo. So I removed that OVS server from pool and tried to added it back to pool and want to create the VM again. But this time, the following error messages prompted when I tried to add OVS server back:

2014-08-21 02:52:52.962 WARNING failed:errcode=50006, errmsg=Do 'clusterm_init_root_sr' on servers ('testhost1') failed.
StackTrace:
File "/opt/ovs-agent-2.3/OVSSiteCluster.py", line 651, in _cluster_setup
_check(ret)
File "/opt/ovs-agent-2.3/OVSXCluster.py", line 340, in _check
raise OVSException(error=ret["error"])

2014-08-21 02:52:52.962 NOTIFICATION Failed setup cluster for agent 2.2.0...
2014-08-21 02:52:52.963 ERROR Cluster Setup when adding server
2014-08-21 02:52:52.970 ERROR [Server Pool Management][Server Pool][test_pool]:During adding servers ([testhost1]) to server pool (test_pool), Cluster setup failed: (OVM-1011 OVM Manager communication with host_master for operation HA Setup for Oracle VM Agent 2.2.0 failed:
errcode=50006, errmsg=Do 'clusterm_init_root_sr' on servers ('testhost1') failed.

From here, I realized that this error was caused by storage repo could not created on that OVS server testhost1. So I logged on testhost1 for a check. As the storage repo was one NFS share, so I tried do a showmount -e <nfs server>, and found it's not working. And then I tried to check the tracert to <nfs server>, and it's not going through.

From another host, showmount -e <nfs server> worked. So the problem was on OVS server testhost1. After more debugging, I found that one NIC was on the host but not pingable. Later I had a check of the switch, and found the NIC was unplugged. I plugged in the NIC and tried again with adding back OVS server, creating VM, and all went smoothly.

crontab cronjob failed with date single apostrophe date +%d-%b-%Y-%H-%M on linux

August 4th, 2014 No comments

I tried to creat one linux cronjob today, and want to note down date & time when the job was running, and here's the content:

echo '10 10 * * 1 root cd /var/log/ovm-manager/;tar zcvf oc4j.log.`date +%m-%d-%y`.tar.gz oc4j.log;echo "">/var/log/ovm-manager/oc4j.log' > /etc/cron.d/oc4j

However, this entry failed to run, and when check log in /var/log/cron:

Aug 4 06:24:01 testhost crond[1825]: (root) RELOAD (cron/root)
Aug 4 06:24:01 testhost crond[1825]: (root.bak) ORPHAN (no passwd entry)
Aug 4 06:25:01 testhost crond[28376]: (root) CMD (cd /var/log/ovm-manager/;tar zcvf oc4j.log.`date +)

So, the command was intercepted and that's the reason for the failure.

Eventually, I figured out that cron treats the % character specially (it is turned into a newline in the command). You must precede all % characters with a \ in a crontab file, which tells cron to just put a % in the command. And here's the updated version:

echo '10 10 * * 1 root cd /var/log/ovm-manager/;tar zcvf oc4j.log.`date +\%m-\%d-\%y`.tar.gz oc4j.log;echo "">/var/log/ovm-manager/oc4j.log' > /etc/cron.d/oc4j

This time, the job got ran successfully:

Aug 4 06:31:01 testhost crond[1825]: (root) RELOAD (cron/root)
Aug 4 06:31:01 testhost crond[1825]: (root.bak) ORPHAN (no passwd entry)
Aug 4 06:31:01 testhost crond[28503]: (root) CMD (cd /var/log/ovm-manager/;tar zcvf oc4j.log.`date +%m-%d-%y`.tar.gz oc4j.log;echo "">/var/log/ovm-manager/oc4j.log)

PS:

More on here http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1486088/cron-fails-on-single-apostrophe

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July 29th, 2014 No comments

Today when I tried to poweron one VM hosted on XEN server, the following error messages prompted:

Write protecting the kernel read-only data: 6784k
Kernel panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init! [failed one]
Pid: 1, comm: init Not tainted 2.6.32-300.29.1.el5uek #1
Call Trace:
[<ffffffff810579a2>] panic+0xa5/0x162
[<ffffffff8109b997>] ? atomic_add_unless+0x2e/0x47
[<ffffffff8109bdf9>] ? __put_css_set+0x29/0x179
[<ffffffff8145744c>] ? _write_lock_irq+0x10/0x20
[<ffffffff81062a65>] ? exit_ptrace+0xa7/0x118
[<ffffffff8105b076>] do_exit+0x7e/0x699
[<ffffffff8105b731>] sys_exit_group+0x0/0x1b
[<ffffffff8105b748>] sys_exit_group+0x17/0x1b
[<ffffffff81011db2>] system_call_fastpath+0x16/0x1b

This is quite weird as it's ok yesterday:

Write protecting the kernel read-only data: 6784k
blkfront: xvda: barriers enabled (tag) [normal one]
xvda: detected capacity change from 0 to 15126289920
xvda: xvda1 xvda2 xvda3
blkfront: xvdb: barriers enabled (tag)
xvdb: detected capacity change from 0 to 16777216000
xvdb: xvdb1
Setting capacity to 32768000
xvdb: detected capacity change from 0 to 16777216000
kjournald starting. Commit interval 5 seconds
EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
SELinux: Disabled at runtime.
type=1404 audit(1406281405.511:2): selinux=0 auid=4294967295 ses=4294967295

After some checking, I found that this OVS server was hosting more than 40 VMs, and the VCPUs was tight. So I turned off some unused VMs and then issue resolved.

yum install specified version of packages

July 15th, 2014 No comments

Assume that you want to install one specified version of package, say glibc-2.5-118.el5_10.2.x86_64:

[root@centos-doxer ~]# yum list|grep glibc
glibc.i686 2.5-107.el5_9.4 installed
glibc.x86_64 2.5-107.el5_9.4 installed
glibc-common.x86_64 2.5-107.el5_9.4 installed
glibc-devel.i386 2.5-107.el5_9.4 installed
glibc-devel.x86_64 2.5-107.el5_9.4 installed
glibc-headers.x86_64 2.5-107.el5_9.4 installed
compat-glibc.i386 1:2.3.4-2.26 el5_latest
compat-glibc.x86_64 1:2.3.4-2.26 el5_latest
compat-glibc-headers.x86_64 1:2.3.4-2.26 el5_latest
glibc.i686 2.5-118.el5_10.2 el5_latest
glibc.x86_64 2.5-118.el5_10.2 el5_latest
glibc-common.x86_64 2.5-118.el5_10.2 el5_latest
glibc-devel.i386 2.5-118.el5_10.2 el5_latest
glibc-devel.x86_64 2.5-118.el5_10.2 el5_latest
glibc-headers.x86_64 2.5-118.el5_10.2 el5_latest
glibc-utils.x86_64 2.5-118.el5_10.2 el5_latest

Then you should execute glibc-2.5-118.el5_10.2.x86_64. The format of this command is yum install <packagename>-<version>.<platform, such as x86_64>.

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linux process accounting set up

July 8th, 2014 No comments

Ensure package psacct is installed and make it boot with system:

rpm -qa|grep -i psacct
chkconfig psacct on
service psacct start

Here're some useful commands

[root@qg-dc2-tas_sdi ~]# ac -p #Display time totals for each user
emcadm 0.00
test1 2.57
aime 37.04
oracle 32819.22
root 12886.86
testuser 1.47
total 45747.15

[root@qg-dc2-tas_sdi ~]# lastcomm testuser #Display command executed by user testuser
top testuser pts/5 0.02 secs Fri Jul 4 03:59
df testuser pts/5 0.00 secs Fri Jul 4 03:59

[root@qg-dc2-tas_sdi ~]# lastcomm top #Search the accounting logs by command name
top testuser pts/5 0.03 secs Fri Jul 4 04:02

[root@qg-dc2-tas_sdi ~]# lastcomm pts/5 #Search the accounting logs by terminal name pts/5
top testuser pts/5 0.03 secs Fri Jul 4 04:02
sleep X testuser pts/5 0.00 secs Fri Jul 4 04:02

[root@qg-dc2-tas_sdi ~]# sa |head #Use sa command to print summarizes information(e.g. the number of times the command was called and the system resources used) about previously executed commands.
332 73.36re 0.03cp 8022k
33 8.76re 0.02cp 7121k ***other*
14 0.02re 0.01cp 26025k perl
7 0.00re 0.00cp 16328k ps
49 0.00re 0.00cp 2620k find
42 0.00re 0.00cp 13982k grep
32 0.00re 0.00cp 952k tmpwatch
11 0.01re 0.00cp 13456k sh
11 0.00re 0.00cp 2179k makewhatis*
8 0.01re 0.00cp 2683k sort

[root@qg-dc2-tas_sdi ~]# sa -u |grep testuser #Display output per-user
testuser 0.00 cpu 14726k mem sleep
testuser 0.03 cpu 4248k mem top
testuser 0.00 cpu 22544k mem sshd *
testuser 0.00 cpu 4170k mem id
testuser 0.00 cpu 2586k mem hostname

[root@qg-dc2-tas_sdi ~]# sa -m | grep testuser #Display the number of processes and number of CPU minutes on a per-user basis
testuser 22 8.18re 0.00cp 7654k

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Enable NIS client on linux host

July 2nd, 2014 No comments

After you set up NIS server, you need set up NIS client. Here's the steps for enabling NIS client on linux box.

Ensure required packages are installed

rpm -qa|egrep 'yp-tools|ypbind|portmap'

Edit /etc/sysconfig/network

NISDOMAIN=example.com

Edit /etc/yp.conf
domain example.com server 10.229.169.88
domain example.com server 10.229.192.99

Set NIS domain-name

domainname example.com
ypdomainname example.com

Set /etc/nsswitch.conf

passwd: files nis
shadow: files nis
group: files nis
hosts: files dns nis
bootparams: nisplus [NOTFOUND=return] files
ethers: files
netmasks: files
networks: files
protocols: files
rpc: files
services: files
netgroup: nisplus
publickey: nisplus
automount: files nisplus
aliases: files nisplus
sudoers: files nis

Make sure the portmap service is running:

service portmap start

chkconfig portmap on

Start ypbind service:

service ypbind start
chkconfig ypbind on

Test it out:

rpcinfo -u localhost ypbind

ypcat passwd|egrep 'username'

If you want to set up sudo privileges for NIS users, then you can refer to this article resolved – /etc/sudoers: syntax error near line 10

PS:

If there's firewall between Linux NIS clients and NIS servers, then you should not startup ypbind(chkconfig ypbind off; service ypbind stop), if you startup ypbind, then the box will try to connect to NIS servers without stopping. Your linux box will get stuck and will take a long time for you to log on even as root. This is rule of thumb.

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resolved – /etc/sudoers: syntax error near line 10

July 2nd, 2014 No comments

When using /usr/sbin/visudo, after modification, errors occurred:

>>> /etc/sudoers: syntax error near line 10 <<<

Here's line 10:

User_Alias Users_SDITAS = username1, username2

Then I changed it as following:

User_Alias USERS_SDITAS = username1, username2

And now everything is ok. So this means that the alias name must all be uppercase.

PS:
1. Here's the explanation about User_Alias Users_SDITAS = username1, username2

The first part is the user,
The second is the terminal from where the user can use sudo command,
The third part is which users he may act as,
The last one, is which commands he may run when using sudo.
For example, root ALL=(ALL) ALL, means the root user can execute from ALL terminals, acting as ALL (any) users, and run ALL (any) command. And USERS_SDITAS ALL=(oracle) NOPASSWD:SETENV: CMD_MIGRATIONDC1DC3 means users in group USERS_SDITAS can execute from ALL terminals, acting as oracle user, and run commands in group CMD_MIGRATIONDC1DC3. (sudo -E -u oracle <command>, -E will pass invoking users env variables to target user if SETENV tag is added to sudo commands in /etc/sudoers. You'll get error message "sudo: sorry, you are not allowed to preserve the environment" if you did not add SETENV tag in /etc/sudoers. You can run sudo -l or sudo -ll to get a list of privilege commands for you or for others if you run sudo -l -U <username> )

2. One sample of /etc/sudoers configuration in linux(use visudo to edit, as visudo can check for errors after modification. You may need set "echo 'export PATH=/usr/bin:$PATH' >> /etc/profile" in some circumstances so that sudo will be /usr/bin/sudo):

Defaults logfile=/var/log/sudo.log

Defaults always_set_home #switched to target user's home directory when running sudo. Note that HOME is already set when the the env_reset option is enabled, so always_set_home is only effective for configurations where either env_reset is disabled(Defaults !env_reset) or HOME is present in the env_keep list(Defaults env_keep += HOME). This flag is off by default.
Host_Alias HOSTS_MIGRATIONDC1DC3 = slcn06vmf0012, slcn06vmf0013
Cmnd_Alias CMD_MIGRATIONDC1DC3 = /u01/local/wls/user_projects/domains/base_domain/bin/tasctl, /u01/shared/wls/Oracle_SDI1/sdictl/sdictl.sh
User_Alias USERS_SDITAS =username1, username2
USERS_SDITAS ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: /bin/su - oracle #users in USERS_SDITAS group can now sudo su - oracle without asking for a password
oracle ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD:SETENV: CMD_MIGRATIONDC1DC3 #oracle user can run all commands in commands group CMD_MIGRATIONDC1DC3.

3. To check  whether some NIS users are using/bin/false shell(means they can not log on the host by ssh), use the following commands:

ypcat passwd|awk -F: '{if($1 ~ /^username1$|^username2$/) print}'|grep false

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Resolved – Your boot partition is on a disk using the GPT partitioning scheme but this machine cannot boot using GPT

June 12th, 2014 No comments

Today when I tried to install Oracle VM Server on one server, the following error occurred:

Your boot partition is on a disk using the GPT partitioning scheme but this machine cannot boot using GPT. This can happen if there is not enough space on your hard drive(s) for the installation.

So to went on with the installation, I had to think of a way to erase GPT partition table on the drive.

To do this, the first step is to fall into linux rescue mode when booting from CDROM:

rescue

Later, check with fdisk -l, I could see that /dev/sda was the only disk that needed erasing GPT label. So I used dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=512 count=1 to erase GPT table:

 

fdisk_dd

 

After this, run fdisk -l again, I saw that the partition table was now gone:

fdisk_dd_2

Later, re-initializing installation of OVS server. When the following message prompted, select "No":

select_no

And select "yes" when below message prompted so that we can make new partition table:

select_yes

The steps after this was normal ones, and the installation went smoothly.

Resolved – rm cannot remove some files with error message “Device or resource busy”

June 11th, 2014 No comments

If you meet problem when remove one file on linux with below error message:

[root@test-host ~]# rm -rf /u01/shared/*
rm: cannot remove `/u01/shared/WLS/oracle_common/soa/modules/oracle.soa.mgmt_11.1.1/.nfs0000000000004abf00000001': Device or resource busy
rm: cannot remove `/u01/shared/WLS/oracle_common/modules/oracle.jrf_11.1.1/.nfs0000000000005c7a00000002': Device or resource busy
rm: cannot remove `/u01/shared/WLS/OracleHome/soa/modules/oracle.soa.fabric_11.1.1/.nfs0000000000006bcf00000003': Device or resource busy

Then it means that some progresses were still referring to these files. You have to stop these processes before remove these files. You can use linux command lsof to find the processes using specific files:

[root@test-host ~]# lsof |grep nfs0000000000004abf00000001
java 2956 emcadm mem REG 0,21 1095768 19135 /u01/shared/WLS/oracle_common/soa/modules/oracle.soa.mgmt_11.1.1/.nfs0000000000004abf00000001 (slce49sn-nas:/export/C9QA123_DC1/tas_central_shared)
java 2956 emcadm 88r REG 0,21 1095768 19135 /u01/shared/WLS/oracle_common/soa/modules/oracle.soa.mgmt_11.1.1/.nfs0000000000004abf00000001 (slce49sn-nas:/export/C9QA123_DC1/tas_central_shared)

So from here you can see that processe with PID 2956 is still using file /u01/shared/WLS/oracle_common/soa/modules/oracle.soa.mgmt_11.1.1/.nfs0000000000004abf00000001.

However, some systems have no lsof installed by default. Then you can install it or by using the alternative one "fuser":

[root@test-host ~]# fuser -cu /u01/shared/WLS/oracle_common
/u01/shared/WLS/oracle_common: 2956m(emcadm) 7358c(aime)

Then you can see also that progresses with PIDs 2956 and 7358 are referring to the directory /u01/shared/WLS/oracle_common.

so you'll need stop the process first by killing it(or stop it using the processes own stop() method if defined):

kill -9 2956

After that, you can try remove the files again, should be ok this time.

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Resolved – failed Exception check srv hostname/IP failedException Invalid hostname/IP configuration ocfs2 config failed Obsolete nodes found

June 3rd, 2014 No comments

Today when I tried to add two OVS servers into one server pool, errors were met. The first one was like below:

2014-06-03 04:26:08.965 NOTIFICATION Getting agent version for agent:hostname1.example.com ...
2014-06-03 04:26:09.485 NOTIFICATION Checking agent hostname1.example.com is active or not?
2014-06-03 04:26:09.497 NOTIFICATION [Server Pool Management][Server][hostname1.example.com]:Check agent (hostname1.example.com) connectivity.
2014-06-03 04:26:12.463 NOTIFICATION Getting agent version for agent:hostname1.example.com ...
2014-06-03 04:26:12.985 NOTIFICATION Checking agent hostname1.example.com is active or not?
2014-06-03 04:26:12.997 NOTIFICATION [Server Pool Management][Server][hostname1.example.com]:Check agent (hostname1.example.com) connectivity.
2014-06-03 04:26:13.004 NOTIFICATION Getting agent version for agent:hostname1.example.com ...
2014-06-03 04:26:13.522 NOTIFICATION Checking agent hostname1.example.com is active or not?
2014-06-03 04:26:13.535 NOTIFICATION Judging the server hostname1.example.com has been managed or not...
2014-06-03 04:26:13.980 NOTIFICATION [Server Pool Management][Server Pool][DC1_DMZ_Service_Mid]:Check prerequisites to add server (hostname1.example.com) to server pool (DC1_DMZ_Service_Mid) succeed
2014-06-03 04:26:16.307 NOTIFICATION Getting agent version for agent:hostname1.example.com ...
2014-06-03 04:26:16.831 NOTIFICATION Checking agent hostname1.example.com is active or not?
2014-06-03 04:26:16.844 NOTIFICATION Judging the server hostname1.example.com has been managed or not...
2014-06-03 04:26:17.284 NOTIFICATION [Server Pool Management][Server Pool][DC1_DMZ_Service_Mid]:Check prerequisites to add server (hostname1.example.com) to server pool (DC1_DMZ_Service_Mid) succeed
2014-06-03 04:26:17.290 NOTIFICATION Getting agent version for agent:hostname1.example.com ...
2014-06-03 04:26:17.814 NOTIFICATION Checking agent hostname1.example.com is active or not?
2014-06-03 04:26:17.827 NOTIFICATION Judging the server hostname1.example.com has been managed or not...
2014-06-03 04:26:18.272 NOTIFICATION [Server Pool Management][Server Pool][DC1_DMZ_Service_Mid]:Check prerequisites to add server (hostname1.example.com) to server pool (DC1_DMZ_Service_Mid) succeed
2014-06-03 04:26:18.279 NOTIFICATION Getting agent version for agent:hostname1.example.com ...
2014-06-03 04:26:18.799 NOTIFICATION Regisering server:hostname1.example.com...
2014-06-03 04:26:21.749 NOTIFICATION Register Server: hostname1.example.com success
2014-06-03 04:26:21.751 NOTIFICATION Getting host info for server:hostname1.example.com ...
2014-06-03 04:26:23.894 NOTIFICATION [Server Pool Management][Server Pool][DC1_DMZ_Service_Mid]:Add server (hostname1.example.com) to server pool (DC1_DMZ_Service_Mid) starting.
failed:<Exception: check srv('hostname1.example.com') hostname/IP failed! => <Exception: Invalid hostname/IP configuration: hostname=hostname1;ip=10.200.225.127>
2014-06-03 04:26:33.348 ERROR [Server Pool Management][Server Pool][DC1_DMZ_Service_Mid]:During adding servers ([hostname1.example.com]) to server pool (DC1_DMZ_Service_Mid), Cluster setup failed: (OVM-1011 OVM Manager communication with materhost for operation HA Setup for Oracle VM Agent 2.2.0 failed:
failed:<Exception: check srv('hostname1.example.com') hostname/IP failed! => <Exception: Invalid hostname/IP configuration: hostname=hostname1;ip=10.200.225.127>

Also there's error message like below:

2014-06-03 04:59:11.003 NOTIFICATION Getting agent version for agent:hostname1-fe.example.com ...
2014-06-03 04:59:11.524 NOTIFICATION Checking agent hostname1-fe.example.com is active or not?
2014-06-03 04:59:11.536 NOTIFICATION [Server Pool Management][Server][hostname1-fe.example.com]:Check agent (hostname1-fe.example.com) connectivity.
2014-06-03 04:59:15.484 NOTIFICATION Getting agent version for agent:hostname1-fe.example.com ...
2014-06-03 04:59:16.005 NOTIFICATION Checking agent hostname1-fe.example.com is active or not?
2014-06-03 04:59:16.016 NOTIFICATION [Server Pool Management][Server][hostname1-fe.example.com]:Check agent (hostname1-fe.example.com) connectivity.
2014-06-03 04:59:16.025 NOTIFICATION Getting agent version for agent:hostname1-fe.example.com ...
2014-06-03 04:59:16.546 NOTIFICATION Checking agent hostname1-fe.example.com is active or not?
2014-06-03 04:59:16.559 NOTIFICATION Judging the server hostname1-fe.example.com has been managed or not...
2014-06-03 04:59:17.014 NOTIFICATION [Server Pool Management][Server Pool][DC1_DMZ_Service_Mid]:Check prerequisites to add server (hostname1-fe.example.com) to server pool (DC1_DMZ_Service_Mid) succeed
2014-06-03 04:59:18.950 NOTIFICATION Getting agent version for agent:hostname1-fe.example.com ...
2014-06-03 04:59:19.470 NOTIFICATION Checking agent hostname1-fe.example.com is active or not?
2014-06-03 04:59:19.483 NOTIFICATION Judging the server hostname1-fe.example.com has been managed or not...
2014-06-03 04:59:19.926 NOTIFICATION [Server Pool Management][Server Pool][DC1_DMZ_Service_Mid]:Check prerequisites to add server (hostname1-fe.example.com) to server pool (DC1_DMZ_Service_Mid) succeed
2014-06-03 04:59:19.955 NOTIFICATION Getting agent version for agent:hostname1-fe.example.com ...
2014-06-03 04:59:20.476 NOTIFICATION Checking agent hostname1-fe.example.com is active or not?
2014-06-03 04:59:20.490 NOTIFICATION Judging the server hostname1-fe.example.com has been managed or not...
2014-06-03 04:59:20.943 NOTIFICATION [Server Pool Management][Server Pool][DC1_DMZ_Service_Mid]:Check prerequisites to add server (hostname1-fe.example.com) to server pool (DC1_DMZ_Service_Mid) succeed
2014-06-03 04:59:20.947 NOTIFICATION Getting agent version for agent:hostname1-fe.example.com ...
2014-06-03 04:59:21.471 NOTIFICATION Regisering server:hostname1-fe.example.com...
2014-06-03 04:59:24.439 NOTIFICATION Register Server: hostname1-fe.example.com success
2014-06-03 04:59:24.439 NOTIFICATION Getting host info for server:hostname1-fe.example.com ...
2014-06-03 04:59:26.577 NOTIFICATION [Server Pool Management][Server Pool][DC1_DMZ_Service_Mid]:Add server (hostname1-fe.example.com) to server pool (DC1_DMZ_Service_Mid) starting.
failed:<Exception: check srv('hostname1-fe.example.com') ocfs2 config failed! => <Exception: Obsolete nodes found: >
2014-06-03 04:59:37.100 ERROR [Server Pool Management][Server Pool][DC1_DMZ_Service_Mid]:During adding servers ([hostname1-fe.example.com]) to server pool (DC1_DMZ_Service_Mid), Cluster setup failed: (OVM-1011 OVM Manager communication with materhost for operation HA Setup for Oracle VM Agent 2.2.0 failed:
failed:<Exception: check srv('hostname1-fe.example.com') ocfs2 config failed! => <Exception: Obsolete nodes found: >

Then I was confused about "Obsolete nodes found" it complained. I could confirm that I've removed hostname1.example.com, and even after I checked OVM DB in OVS.OVS_SERVER, there's no record about hostname1.example.com.

Then after some searching, these errors were caused by obsolete info in OCFS2(Oracle Cluster File System). We should edit file /etc/ocfs2/cluster.conf and remove obsolete entries.

-bash-3.2# vi /etc/ocfs2/cluster.conf
node:
        ip_port     = 7777
        ip_address  = 10.200.169.190
        number      = 0
        name        = hostname1
        cluster     = ocfs2

node:
        ip_port     = 7777
        ip_address  = 10.200.169.191
        number      = 1
        name        = hostname2
        cluster     = ocfs2

cluster:
        node_count  = 2
        name        = ocfs2

So hostname2 was no longer needed or the IP address of hostname2 was changed, then you should remove entries related to hostname2, and modify node_count to 1. Later bounce ocfs2/o2cb services:

service ocfs2 restart

service o2cb restart

Later, I tried add OVS server again, and it worked! (Before adding that OVS server back, we need first remove its ovs-agent db: service ovs-agent stop; mv /etc/ovs-agent/db /var/tmp/db.bak.5; service ovs-agent start, and then configure ovs-agent service ovs-agent configure. You can also use /opt/ovs-agent-2.3/utils/cleanup.py to clean up too.)

 

SSH port forwarding

May 30th, 2014 No comments

As we know, SSH encrypts traffic between ssh client and ssh server. SSH forwarding can encrypt and forward data traffic of other TCP ports. This is AKA tunneling:

SSH is a client/server application that allows secure connectivity to servers. In practice, it is usually used just like Telnet. The advantage of SSH over Telnet is that it encrypts all data before sending it. While not originally designed to be a tunnel in the sense that VPN or GRE would be considered a tunnel, SSH can be used to access remote devices in addition to the one to which you have connected. While this does not have a direct application on Cisco routers, the concept is similar to that of VPN and GRE tunnels, and thus worth mentioning. I use SSH to access my home netork instead of a VPN. Here's PPTP vpn configuration on linux if you're interested. 

Also, when there's firewall blocking other TCP ports but allow SSH port 22, then you can use SSH to forward these TCP ports so that you can communicate to the blocked TCP ports.

SSH Local Port forwarding

img1LDAP server allows only localhost to visit it's 389 port. So how can we connect from another host to its 389 port?

On LdapClientHost:

ssh -L 7001:localhost:389 <user@LdapServerHost> #with format as ssh -L <local port>:<remote host>:<remote port> <SSH hostname>

After this, you can connect to LdapClientHost:7001, then the data flow will be like:

  1. App on LdapClientHost sends data to LdapClientHost:7001;
  2. SSH client on LdapClientHost will encrypt & forward data received on port 7001 to SSH server on LdapServerHost;
  3.  SSH Server will decrypt & forward data to LDAP:389. When got data back from LDAP:389, SSH Server will forward data back forth according to the same way as data comes in.

Maybe you'll ask whether we can connect from another host say LdapClientHost2 to LdapClientHost:7001 so that we can use the tunnel? The answer is no, as SSH Local Port forwarding will bind to loopback interface, you'll get "Connection refused" response when you connect from other hosts. But one good thing is that SSH has "-g" opthin which will allows remote hosts to connect to local forwarded ports:

ssh -g -L 7001:localhost:389 <user@LdapServerHost>

Anoter note is that, you will want ssh not to disconnect by itself after some time. So you'll need to modify ssh configuration file. Here's more about it: avoid putty ssh connection sever or disconnect or make ssh on linux not to disconnect after some certain time.

SSH Remote Port forwarding

img2On LdapServerHost:

ssh -R 7001:localhost:389 LdapClientHost #with format as ssh -R <local port>:<remote host>:<remote port> <SSH hostname>

This is called SSH Remote Port forwarding as of now, SSH will connect from LDAP server to LDAP client. And the dataflow is the same except that ssh client is now on LDAP server and ssh server is now on LDAP client:

  1. App on LdapClientHost sends data to LdapClientHost:7001;
  2. SSH server on LdapClientHost will encrypt & forward data received on port 7001 to SSH client on LdapServerHost;
  3. SSH client will decrypt & forward data to LDAP:389. When got data back from LDAP:389, SSH client will forward data back forth according to the same way as data comes in.

img3

On SSH Client(C):

ssh -g -L 7001:<B>:389 <D>

Then configure 7001 port on A and C. Please note that traffic between A)<-> (C) and (B)<->(D) are not encrypted by SSH.

One thing is that LDAP Server(B) is using private IP, and so you'll need to set NAT on SSH Server(D). You can take the following article for reference: NAT forwarding for ssh and vncviewer and NAT binding one priviate ip and one public ip together using linux as router.

SSH Dynamic port forwarding

img4

Sometimes there's no fixed service port, for example when we surf the internet, or talking using MSN. But we need protect our data when we using insecure network such as public WIFI. Here's when SSH Dynamic port forwarding comes into use.

ssh -D 7001 <SSH Server> #with format ssh -D <local port> <SSH Server>

After this, SSH will create a SOCKS proxy service. You can set proxy on MSN or browser to use localhost:7001 as SOCKS proxy, and you can browse internet for sites that are blocked on SSH client.

Here's what -D means:

-D [bind_address:]port
Specifies a local 'dynamic' application-level port forwarding. This works by allocating a socket to listen to port on the local side, optionally bound to the specified bind_address. Whenever a connection is made to this port, the connection is forwarded over the secure channel, and the application protocol is then used to determine where to connect to from the remote machine. Currently the SOCKS4 and SOCKS5 protocols are supported, and ssh will act as a SOCKS server. Only root can forward privileged ports. Dynamic port forwardings can also be specified in the configuration file.

SSH X port forwarding

img5
We can got GUI on Linux/Unix/Solaris/HP through VNC or X windows, here we'll take X windows for example.

In here, X client will be Linux/Unix/Solaris/HP servers, and X Server will be our client host(such as your PC). First, you'll need specify X server's location on X client:

export DISPLAY=myDesktop:1.0 #with format export DISPLAY=<X Server IP>:<display #>.<virtual #>

Then run X app on X client(Linux/Unix/Solaris/HP servers), and the GUI will show on X Server(such as your PC).

All goes smooth when there comes a firewall before Linux/Unix/Solaris/HP servers and X protocol is blocked. We now can use SSH port forwarding except for use VNC. And SSH port forwarding has an advantage of security upon VNC.

On X Server(your PC for example):

ssh -X <SSH Server>

Now you can run X app on remote servers, and GUI will show on client host. You can use XMing for example as Xserver when your PC is running Windows, and as for SSH client, putty or Cygwin are all ok. A more guide is Use xming, xshell, putty, tightvnc to display linux gui on windows desktop (x11 forwarding when behind firewall) which you'll find useful if you only want X windows.

resolved – check backend OHS httpd servers for BIG ip F5 LTM VIP

May 23rd, 2014 No comments

Assume you want to check the OHS or httpd servers one LTM VIP example.vip.com is routing traffic to. Then here's the steps:

  1. get the ip address of VIP example.vip.com;
  2. log on LTM's BUI. Local traffic-> virtual servers -> virtual server list, search ip
  3. click "edit" below column "resource"
  4. note down default pool
  5. search pool name in local traffic -> virtual servers -> pools -> pool list
  6. click the number below column members. Then you'll find the OHS servers and ports the VIP will route traffic to.

test telnet from VLAN on cisco router device

May 22nd, 2014 No comments

If you want to test telnet connection from one vlan to specific destination IP, here is the howto:

test-router# telnet 10.200.244.14 80 source vlan 125
Trying 10.200.244.14...
Connected to 10.200.244.14.
Escape character is '^]'.

Good luck.

Resolved – input_userauth_request: invalid user root

May 15th, 2014 No comments

Today when I tried to ssh to one linux box but it failed, and /var/log/secure gave the following messages:

May 15 04:05:07 testbox sshd[22925]: User root from 10.120.120.188 not allowed because not listed in AllowUsers
May 15 04:05:07 testbox sshd[22928]: input_userauth_request: invalid user root
May 15 04:05:07 testbox unix_chkpwd[22929]: password check failed for user (root)
May 15 04:05:07 testbox sshd[22925]: pam_unix(sshd:auth): authentication failure; logname= uid=0 euid=0 tty=ssh ruser= rhost=10.120.120.188 user=root
May 15 04:05:09 testbox sshd[22925]: Failed password for invalid user root from 10.120.120.188 port 50362 ssh2
May 15 04:05:10 testbox unix_chkpwd[22930]: password check failed for user (root)
May 15 04:05:11 testbox sshd[22928]: Connection closed by 10.120.120.188

Then I had a check of /etc/ssh/sshd_config and modified the following:

[root@testbox ~]# egrep 'PermitRoot|AllowUser' /etc/ssh/sshd_config
PermitRootLogin yes #change this to yes
#AllowUsers testuser #comment out this

Later, restart sshd, service sshd restart, and later ssh worked.

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resolved – fsinfo ERROR: Stale NFS file handle POST

May 15th, 2014 No comments

Today when I tried mount NFS share from one NFS server, it timeout with "mount.nfs: Connection timed out".

I tried to search something in /var/log/messages but no useful info there was found. So I used tcpdump on NFS client:

[root@dcs-hm1-qa132 ~]# tcpdump -nn -vvv host 10.120.33.90 #server is 10.120.33.90, client is 10.120.33.130
23:49:11.598407 IP (tos 0x0, ttl 64, id 26179, offset 0, flags [DF], proto TCP (6), length 96)
10.120.33.130.1649240682 > 10.120.33.90.2049: 40 null
23:49:11.598741 IP (tos 0x0, ttl 62, id 61186, offset 0, flags [DF], proto TCP (6), length 80)
10.120.33.90.2049 > 10.120.33.130.1649240682: reply ok 24 null
23:49:11.598812 IP (tos 0x0, ttl 64, id 26180, offset 0, flags [DF], proto TCP (6), length 148)
10.120.33.130.1666017898 > 10.120.33.90.2049: 92 fsinfo fh Unknown/0100010000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
23:49:11.599176 IP (tos 0x0, ttl 62, id 61187, offset 0, flags [DF], proto TCP (6), length 88)
10.120.33.90.2049 > 10.120.33.130.1666017898: reply ok 32 fsinfo ERROR: Stale NFS file handle POST:
23:49:11.599254 IP (tos 0x0, ttl 64, id 26181, offset 0, flags [DF], proto TCP (6), length 148)
10.120.33.130.1682795114 > 10.120.33.90.2049: 92 fsinfo fh Unknown/010001000000000000002FFF000002580000012C0007B0C00000000A00000000
23:49:11.599627 IP (tos 0x0, ttl 62, id 61188, offset 0, flags [DF], proto TCP (6), length 88)
10.120.33.90.2049 > 10.120.33.130.1682795114: reply ok 32 fsinfo ERROR: Stale NFS file handle POST:

The reason of "ERROR: Stale NFS file handle POST" may caused by the following reasons:

1.The NFS server is no longer available
2.Something in the network is blocking
3.In a cluster during failover of NFS resource the major & minor numbers on the secondary server taking over is different from that of the primary.

To resolve the issue, you can try bounce NFS service on NFS server using /etc/init.d/nfs restart.

Categories: Hardware, NAS, Storage Tags:

resolved – show kitchen sink buttons when wordpress goes to fullscreen mode

April 11th, 2014 No comments

When you click the full-screen button of wordpress TinyMCE, wordpress will go to "Distraction-Free Writing mode", which benefits as the name suggests. However, you'll also find the toolbox of TinyMCE will only show a limited number of buttons and the second line of the toolbox(kitchen sink) will not show at all(I tried install plugin such as ultimate TinyMCE or advanced TinyMCE, but the issue remained):

full-screenPreviously, you can type ALT+SHIFT+G to go to another type of fullscreen mode, which has all buttons include kitchen sink ones. However, seems now the updated version of wordpress has disabled this feature.

To resolve this issue, we can insert the following code in functions.php of your theme:

function my_mce_fullscreen($buttons) {
$buttons[] = 'fullscreen';
return $buttons;
}
add_filter('mce_buttons', 'my_mce_fullscreen');

Later, the TinyMCE will have two full-screen button:

full-screen buttonsMake sure to click the SECOND full-screen button. When you do so, the editor will transform to the following appearance:

full-screen with kitchen sinkI assume this is what you're trying for, right?

 

 

Categories: Misc Tags:

add horizontal line button in wordpress

April 11th, 2014 No comments

There're three methods for you to add a horizontal line button in wordpress:

Firstly, switch to "Text" mode, and enters <hr />.

Secondly, add the following in functions.php of your wordpress theme:

function enable_more_buttons($buttons) {
$buttons[] = 'hr';
return $buttons;
}
add_filter("mce_buttons", "enable_more_buttons");

horizontal line

Thirdly, you can install plugin "Ultimate TinyMCE", and in its setting, you can enable horizontal line button there in one click! This is my recommendation.

ultimate tinymce

Categories: Misc Tags: ,

linux tips

April 10th, 2014 No comments
Linux Performance & Troubleshooting

 

For Linux Performance & Troubeshooting, please refer to another post - Linux tips - Performance and Troubleshooting

 

Linux system tips

 

ls -lu(access time, like cat file) -lt(modification time, like vi, ls -l defaults to use this) -lc(change time, chmod), stat ./aa.txt <UTC>
ctrl +z #bg and stopped
%1 & #bg and running
%1 #fg
pgrep -flu oracle  # processes owned by the user oracle
watch free -m #refresh every 2 seconds
pmap -x 30420 #memory mapping.
openssl s_client -connect localhost:636 -showcerts #verify ssl certificates, or 443
openssl x509 -in cacert.pem -noout -text
openssl x509 -in cacert.pem -noout -dates
openssl x509 -in cacert.pem -noout -purpose
openssl req -in robots.req.pem -text -verify -noout
blockdev --getbsz /dev/xvda1 #get blocksize of FS
dumpe2fs /dev/xvda1 |grep 'Block size'
sed -i.bak2014 's/HISTSIZE=1000/HISTSIZE=100000/' /etc/profile
echo 71_testhost_emgc | sed -re 's/.*_(slce.*)_.*/\1/g' #output testhost
sed -re 's/User_Alias USERS_SDITAS.*/&, xiaozliu/g' a.txt #'&' refers to matched content
echo 'export HISTTIMEFORMAT=%h/%d - %H:%M:%S' >> /etc/profile

 

Strings

 

ovm svr ls|sort -rn -k 4 #sort by column 4
cat a1|sort|uniq -c |sort #SUS
ovm svr ls|uniq -f3 #skip the first three columns, this will list only 1 server per pool
for i in <all OVMs>;do (test.sh $i &);done #instead of using nohup &
ovm vm ls|egrep "`echo testhost{0\|,1\|,2\|,3\|,4}|tr -d '[:space:]'`"
cat a|awk '{print $5}'|tr '\n' ' '
getopt #getopts is builtin
date -d '1970-1-1 1276059000 sec utc'
date -d '2010-09-11 23:20' +%s
find . -name '*txt'|xargs tar cvvf a.tar
find . -maxdepth 1
for i in `find /usr/sbin/ -type f ! -perm -u+x`;do chmod +x $i;done #files that has no execute permisson for owner
find ./* -prune -print #-prune,do not cascade
find . -fprint file #put result to file
tar tvf a.tar  --wildcards "*ipp*" #globbing patterns
tar xvf bfiles.tar --wildcards --no-anchored 'b*'
tar --show-defaults
tar cvf a.tar --totals *.txt #show speed
tar --append --file=collection.tar rock #add rock to collection.tar
tar --update -v -f collection.tar blues folk rock classical #only append new or updated ones, not replace
tar --delete --file=collection.tar blues #not on tapes
tar -c -f archive.tar --mode='a+rw'
tar -C sourcedir -cf - . | tar -C targetdir -xf - #copy directories
tar -c -f jams.tar grape prune -C food cherry #-C,change dir, foot file cherry under foot directory
find . -size -400 -print > small-files
tar -c -v -z -T small-files -f little.tgz
tar -cf src.tar --exclude='*.o' src #multiple --exclude can be specified
expr 5 - 1
rpm2cpio ./ash-1.0.1-1.x86_64.rpm |cpio -ivd
eval $cmd
exec menu.viewcards #same to .
ls . | xargs -0 -i cp ./{} /etc #-i,use \n as separator, just like find -exec. -0 for space in filename. find -print0 use space to separate, not enter.(-i or -I {} for revoking filenames in the middle)
ls | xargs -t -i mv {} {}.old #mv source should exclude /,or unexpected errors may occur
mv --strip-trailing-slashes source destination
ls |xargs file /dev/fd/0 #replace -
ls -l -I "*out*" #not include out
find . -type d |xargs -i du -sh {} |awk '$1 ~ /G/'
ovm svr ls|awk '$NF ~ /QA_GA_DC2$/'
ypcat passwd|awk -F: '{if($1 ~ /^user1$|^user2$/) print}'|grep false
for i in `ls -I shared -I oracle`;do du -sh $i;done #exclude shared and oracle directories
find . -type f -name "*20120606" -exec rm {} \; #do not need rm -rf. find . -type f -exec bash -c "ls -l '{}'" \;
ps -ef|grep init|sed -n '1p'
cut -d ' ' -f1,3 /etc/mtab #first and third
seq 15 21 #print 15 to 21, or echo {15..21}
seq -s" " 15 21 #use space as separator

 

Categories: IT Architecture, Linux, Systems Tags:

perl tips

April 2nd, 2014 No comments
#!/usr/bin/perl
use strict;
use warnings;##arrays
my @animals = ("dog", "pig", "cat");
print "The last element of array \$animals is : ".$animals[$#animals]."\n";
if(@animals>2){
print "more than 2 animals found\n";
}
else{
print "less than 2 animals found\n"
}
foreach(@animals){
print $_."\n";
}
##hashes
my %fruit_color=("apple", "red", "banana", "yellow");
print "Color of banana is : ".$fruit_color{"banana"}."\n";

for $char (keys %fruit_color)
{
print("$char => $fruit_color{$char}\n");
}

##references
my $variables = {
scalar  =>  {
description => "single item",
sigil => '$',
},
array   =>  {
description => "ordered list of items",
sigil => '@',
},
hash    =>  {
description => "key/value pairs",
sigil => '%',
},
};
print "Scalars begin with a $variables->{'scalar'}->{'sigil'}\n";

##Files and I/O
##regular expressions
open (my $passwd, "<", "/etc/passwd2") or die ("can  a not open");
while (<$passwd>) {
print $_ if $_ =~ "test";
}
close $passwd or die "$passwd: $!";
my $next = "doing a first";
$next =~ s/first/second/;
print $next."\n";

my $email = "testaccount\@doxer.org";
if ($email =~ /([^@]+)@(.+)/) {
print "Username is : $1\n";
print "Hostname is : $2\n";
}

##subroutines
sub multiply{
my ($num1, $num2) = @_;
my $result = $num1 * $num2;
return $result;
}

my $result2 = multiply(3, 5);
print "3 * 5 = $result2\n";

! system('date') or die("failed it"); #if a subroutine returns ok, it'll return 0
PS:
Categories: IT Architecture, Perl, Programming Tags:

resolved – /lib/ld-linux.so.2: bad ELF interpreter: No such file or directory

April 1st, 2014 No comments

When I ran perl command today, I met problem below:

[root@test01 bin]# /usr/local/bin/perl5.8
-bash: /usr/local/bin/perl5.8: /lib/ld-linux.so.2: bad ELF interpreter: No such file or directory

Now let's check which package /lib/ld-linux.so.2 belongs to on a good linux box:

[root@test02 ~]# rpm -qf /lib/ld-linux.so.2
glibc-2.5-118.el5_10.2

So here's the resolution to the issue:

[root@test01 bin]# yum install -y glibc.x86_64 glibc.i686 glibc-devel.i686 glibc-devel.x86_64 glibc-headers.x86_64

Categories: IT Architecture, Kernel, Linux, Systems Tags:

resolved – sudo: sorry, you must have a tty to run sudo

April 1st, 2014 2 comments

The error message below sometimes will occur when you run a sudo <command>:

sudo: sorry, you must have a tty to run sudo

To resolve this, you may comment out "Defaults requiretty" in /etc/sudoers(revoked by running visudo). Here is more info about this method.

However, sometimes it's not convenient or even not possible to modify /etc/sudoers, then you can consider the following:

echo -e "<password>\n"|sudo -S <sudo command>

For -S parameter of sudo, you may refer to sudo man page:

-S' The -S (stdin
) option causes sudo to read the password from the standard input instead of the terminal device. The password must be followed by a newline character.

So here -S bypass tty(terminal device) to read the password from the standard input. And by this, we can now pipe password to sudo.

Resolved – print() on closed filehandle $fh at ./perl.pl line 6.

March 19th, 2014 No comments

You may find that print sometimes won't work as expected in perl, for example:

[root@centos-doxer test]# cat perl.pl
#!/usr/bin/perl
use warnings;
open($fh,"test.txt");
select $fh;
close $fh;
print "test";

You may expect "test" to be printed, but actually you got error message:

print() on closed filehandle $fh at ./perl.pl line 6.

So how's this happened? Please see my explanation:

[root@centos-doxer test]# cat perl.pl
#!/usr/bin/perl
use warnings;
open($fh,"test.txt");
select $fh;
close $fh; #here you closed $fh filehandle, but you should now reset filehandle to STDOUT
print "test";

Now here's the updated script:

#!/usr/bin/perl
use warnings;
open($fh,"test.txt");
select $fh;
close $fh;
select STDOUT;
print "test";

This way, you'll get "test" as expected!

 

Categories: IT Architecture, Perl, Programming Tags:

set vnc not asking for OS account password

March 18th, 2014 No comments

As you may know, vncpasswd(belongs to package vnc-server) is used to set password for users when connecting to vnc using a vnc client(such as tightvnc). When you connect to vnc-server, it'll ask for the password:

vnc-0After you connect to the host using VNC, you may also find that the remote server will ask again for OS password(this is set by passwd):

vnc-01For some cases, you may not want the second one. So here's the way to cancel this behavior:

vnc-1vnc-2

 

 

Categories: IT Architecture, Linux, Systems Tags: ,

stuck in PXE-E51: No DHCP or proxyDHCP offers were received, PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel Boot Agent, Network boot canceled by keystroke

March 17th, 2014 No comments

If you installed your OS and tried booting up it but stuck with the following messages:

stuck_pxe

Then one possibility is that, the configuration for your host's storage array is not right. For instance, it should be JBOD but you had configured it to RAID6.

Please note that this is only one possibility for this error, you may search for PXE Error Codes you encoutered for more details.

PS:

  • Sometimes, DHCP snooping may prevent PXE functioning, you can read more http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DHCP_snooping.
  • STP(Spanning-Tree Protocol) makes each port wait up to 50 seconds before data is allowed to be sent on the port. This Delay in turn can cause problems with some applications/protocols (PXE, Bootworks, etc.). To alleviate the problem, Porfast was implemented on Cisco devices, the terminology might differ between different vendor devices. You can read more http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=HOWTO6019
  • ARP caching http://www.networkers-online.com/blog/2009/02/arp-caching-and-timeout/

Oracle BI Publisher reports – send mail when filesystems getting full

March 17th, 2014 No comments

Let's assume you have one Oracle BI Publisher report for filesystem checking. And now you want to write script for checking that report page and send mail to system admins when filesystems are getting full. As the default output of Oracle BI Publisher report needs javascript to work, and as you may know javascript is evil that wget/curl can not get them, so after log on, the next step you need to do is to find the html version's url of that report for you to use in your script(and the html page has all records when javascript one has only part of them):

BI_report_login

BI_export_html

 

Let's assume that the html's url is "http://www.example.com:9703/report.html", and the display of it was like the following:

bi report

Then here goes the script that will check this page for hosts that has less than 10% available space and send mail to system admins:

#!/usr/bin/perl
use HTML::Strip;
system("rm -f spacereport.html");
system("wget -q --no-proxy --no-check-certificate --post-data 'id=admin&passwd=password' 'http://www.example.com:9703/report.html' -O spacereport.html");
open($fh,"spacereport.html");

#or just @spacereport=<$fh>;
foreach(<$fh>){
push(@spacereport,$_);
}

#change array to hash
$index=0;
map {$pos{$index++}=$_} @spacereport;

#get location of <table> and </table>
#sort numerically ascending
for $char (sort {$a<=>$b} (keys %pos))
{
if($pos{$char} =~ /<table class="c27">/)
{
$table_start=$char;
}

if($pos{$char} =~ /<\/table>/)
{
$table_end=$char;
}

}

#get contents between <table> and </table>
for($i=$table_start;$i<=$table_end;$i++){
push(@table_array,$spacereport[$i]);
}
$table_htmlstr=join("",@table_array);

#get clear text between <table> and </table>
my $hs=HTML::Strip->new();
my $clean_text = $hs->parse($table_htmlstr);
$hs->eof;

@array_filtered=split("\n",$clean_text);

#remove empty array element
@array_filtered=grep { !/^\s+$/ } @array_filtered;
system("rm -f space_mail_warning.txt");
open($fh_mail_warning,">","space_mail_warning.txt");
select $fh_mail_warning;
for($j=4;$j<=$#array_filtered;$j=$j+4){
#put lines that has free space lower than 10% to space_mail_warning.txt
if($array_filtered[$j+2] <= 10){
print "Host: ".$array_filtered[$j]."\n";
print "Part: ".$array_filtered[$j+1]."\n";
print "Free(%): ".$array_filtered[$j+2]."\n";
print "Free(GB): ".$array_filtered[$j+3]."\n";
print "============\n\n";
}
}
close $fh_mail_warning;

system("rm -f space_mail_info.txt");
open($fh_mail_info,">","space_mail_info.txt");
select $fh_mail_info;
for($j=4;$j<=$#array_filtered;$j=$j+4){
#put lines that has free space lower than 15% to space_mail_info.txt
if($array_filtered[$j+2] <= 15){
print "Host: ".$array_filtered[$j]."\n";
print "Part: ".$array_filtered[$j+1]."\n";
print "Free(%): ".$array_filtered[$j+2]."\n";
print "Free(GB): ".$array_filtered[$j+3]."\n";
print "============\n\n";
}
}
close $fh_mail_info;

#send mail
#select STDOUT;
if(-s "space_mail_warning.txt"){
system('cat space_mail_warning.txt | /bin/mailx -s "Space Warning - please work with component owners to free space" [email protected]');
} elsif(-s "space_mail_info.txt"){
system('cat space_mail_info.txt | /bin/mailx -s "Space Info - Space checking mail" [email protected]');
}

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wget and curl tips

March 14th, 2014 No comments

Imagine you want to download all files under http://www.example.com/2013/downloads, and not files under http://www.example.com/2013 except for directory 'downloads', then you can do this:

wget -r --level 100 -nd --no-proxy --no-parent --reject "index.htm*" --reject "*gif" 'http://www.example.com/2013/downloads/' #--level 100 is large enough, as I've seen no site has more than 100 levels of sub-directories so far.

wget -p -k --no-proxy --no-check-certificate --post-data 'id=username&passwd=password' <url> -O output.html

wget --no-proxy --no-check-certificate --save-cookies cookies.txt <url>

wget --no-proxy --no-check-certificate --load-cookies cookies.txt <url>

curl -k -u 'username:password' <url>

curl -k -L -d id=username -d passwd=password <url>

curl --data "loginform:id=username&loginform:passwd=password" -k -L <url>

 

resolved – ssh Read from socket failed: Connection reset by peer and Write failed: Broken pipe

March 13th, 2014 No comments

If you met following errors when ssh to linux box:

Read from socket failed: Connection reset by peer

Write failed: Broken pipe

Then there's one possibility that the linux box's filesystem was corrupted. As in my case there's output to stdout:

EXT3-fs error ext3_lookup: deleted inode referenced

To resolve this, you need make linux go to single user mode and fsck -y <filesystem>. You can get corrupted filesystem names when booting:

[/sbin/fsck.ext3 (1) -- /usr] fsck.ext3 -a /dev/xvda2
/usr contains a file system with errors, check forced.
/usr: Directory inode 378101, block 0, offset 0: directory corrupted

/usr: UNEXPECTED INCONSISTENCY; RUN fsck MANUALLY.
(i.e., without -a or -p options)

[/sbin/fsck.ext3 (1) -- /oem] fsck.ext3 -a /dev/xvda5
/oem: recovering journal
/oem: clean, 8253/1048576 files, 202701/1048233 blocks
[/sbin/fsck.ext3 (1) -- /u01] fsck.ext3 -a /dev/xvdb
u01: clean, 36575/14548992 files, 2122736/29081600 blocks
[FAILED]

So in this case, I did fsck -y /dev/xvda2 && fsck -y /dev/xvda5. Later reboot host, and then everything went well.

PS:

If two VMs are booted up in two hypervisors and these VMs shared the same filesystem(like NFS), then after fsck -y one FS and booted up the VM, the FS will corrupt soon as there're other copies of itself is using that FS. So you need first make sure that only one copy of VM is running on hypervisors of the same server pool.

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tcpdump & wireshark tips

March 13th, 2014 No comments

tcpdump [ -AdDefIKlLnNOpqRStuUvxX ] [ -B buffer_size ] [ -c count ]

[ -C file_size ] [ -G rotate_seconds ] [ -F file ]
[ -i interface ] [ -m module ] [ -M secret ]
[ -r file ] [ -s snaplen ] [ -T type ] [ -w file ]
[ -W filecount ]
[ -E spi@ipaddr algo:secret,... ]
[ -y datalinktype ] [ -z postrotate-command ] [ -Z user ] [ expression ]

#general format of a tcp protocol line

src > dst: flags data-seqno ack window urgent options
Src and dst are the source and destination IP addresses and ports.
Flags are some combination of S (SYN), F (FIN), P (PUSH), R (RST), W (ECN CWR) or E (ECN-Echo), or a single '.'(means no flags were set)
Data-seqno describes the portion of sequence space covered by the data in this packet.
Ack is sequence number of the next data expected the other direction on this connection.
Window is the number of bytes of receive buffer space available the other direction on this connection.
Urg indicates there is 'urgent' data in the packet.
Options are tcp options enclosed in angle brackets (e.g., <mss 1024>).

tcpdump -D #list of the network interfaces available
tcpdump -e #Print the link-level header on each dump line
tcpdump -S #Print absolute, rather than relative, TCP sequence numbers
tcpdump -s <snaplen> #Snarf snaplen bytes of data from each packet rather than the default of 65535 bytes
tcpdump -i eth0 -nn -XX vlan
tcpdump -i eth0 -nn -XX arp
tcpdump -i bond0 -nn -vvv udp dst port 53
tcpdump -i bond0 -nn -vvv host testhost
tcpdump -nn -vvv "dst host host1.example.com and (dst port 1521 or dst port 6200)"

tcpdump -nn udp dst port 111 #note that telnet is based on tcp protocol, NOT udp. So if you want to test UDP connection(udp is connection-less), then you must start up the app, then use tcpdump to test.

tcpdump -nn udp dst portrange 1-1023

Wireshark Capture Filters (in Capture -> Options)

Wireshark DisplayFilters (in toolbar)

 

psftp through a proxy

March 5th, 2014 No comments

You may know that, we can set proxy in putty for ssh to remote host, as shown below:

putty_proxyAnd if you want to scp files from remote site to your local box, you can use putty's psftp.exe. There're many options for psftp.exe:

C:\Users\test>d:\PuTTY\psftp.exe -h
PuTTY Secure File Transfer (SFTP) client
Release 0.62
Usage: psftp [options] [user@]host
Options:
-V print version information and exit
-pgpfp print PGP key fingerprints and exit
-b file use specified batchfile
-bc output batchfile commands
-be don't stop batchfile processing if errors
-v show verbose messages
-load sessname Load settings from saved session
-l user connect with specified username
-P port connect to specified port
-pw passw login with specified password
-1 -2 force use of particular SSH protocol version
-4 -6 force use of IPv4 or IPv6
-C enable compression
-i key private key file for authentication
-noagent disable use of Pageant
-agent enable use of Pageant
-batch disable all interactive prompts

Although there's proxy setting option for putty.exe, there's no proxy setting for psftp.exe! So what should you do if you want to copy files back to local box, and there's firewall blocking you from doing this directly, and you must use a proxy?

As you may notice, there's "-load sessname" option in psftp.exe:

-load sessname Load settings from saved session

This option means that, if you have session opened by putty.exe, then you can use psftp.exe -load <session name> to copy files from remote site. For example, suppose you opened one session named mysession in putty.exe in which you set proxy there, then you can use "psftp.exe -load mysession" to copy files from remote site(no need for username/password, as you must have entered that in putty.exe session):

C:\Users\test>d:\PuTTY\psftp.exe -load mysession
Using username "root".
Remote working directory is /root
psftp> ls
Listing directory /root
drwx------ 3 ec2-user ec2-user 4096 Mar 4 09:27 .
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 Dec 10 23:47 ..
-rw------- 1 ec2-user ec2-user 388 Mar 5 05:07 .bash_history
-rw-r--r-- 1 ec2-user ec2-user 18 Sep 4 18:23 .bash_logout
-rw-r--r-- 1 ec2-user ec2-user 176 Sep 4 18:23 .bash_profile
-rw-r--r-- 1 ec2-user ec2-user 124 Sep 4 18:23 .bashrc
drwx------ 2 ec2-user ec2-user 4096 Mar 4 09:21 .ssh
psftp> help
! run a local command
bye finish your SFTP session
cd change your remote working directory
chmod change file permissions and modes
close finish your SFTP session but do not quit PSFTP
del delete files on the remote server
dir list remote files
exit finish your SFTP session
get download a file from the server to your local machine
help give help
lcd change local working directory
lpwd print local working directory
ls list remote files
mget download multiple files at once
mkdir create directories on the remote server
mput upload multiple files at once
mv move or rename file(s) on the remote server
open connect to a host
put upload a file from your local machine to the server
pwd print your remote working directory
quit finish your SFTP session
reget continue downloading files
ren move or rename file(s) on the remote server
reput continue uploading files
rm delete files on the remote server
rmdir remove directories on the remote server
psftp>

Now you can get/put files as we used to now.

PS:

If you do not need proxy connecting to remote site, then you can use psftp.exe CLI to get remote files directly. For example:

d:\PuTTY\psftp.exe [email protected] -i d:\PuTTY\aws.ppk -b d:\PuTTY\script.scr -bc -be -v

And in d:\PuTTY\script.scr is script for put/get files:

cd /backup
lcd c:\
mget *.tar.gz
close

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