Lenovo packages its UEFI firmware updater as either a Windows installable package or a bootable CD image. The bootable image is great for those running Linux on their systems. However, if you do not have an external CD drive or do not want to burn a CD, the update process takes a few more steps. Fortunately, the updater can be extracted from the CD image and written to a USB drive with Linux.
Recently, I needed to use GPU instances with a custom AMI on EC2. The image I needed to use did not contain the necessary NVIDIA and CUDA modules and instead contained nouveau. This posed a unique situation because normally a reboot is necessary after installing the official module. However, the software I was provisioning the instances with was unable to resume after rebooting. Using this short script I was able to swap the opensource nouveau module for the NVIDIA module without rebooting the instance.
If you find yourself migrating a repository from subversion to git you may run into a couple issues. One common issue I ran into was where an engineer updated a tag. When converting a repository with a modified tag,
svn2gitwill stop and return an error message stating that a duplicate tag is present.
The built in
vagrant pushcommand allows you to post your boxes publicly to Atlas. However, what if you want to publish boxes to an internal or private server over
Have you have ever had a script or application accidentally send thousands of messages through your postfix queue? With this simple tip you no longer need to wait for those messages to be processed through the Postfix queue. This one liner is also helpful if you have a lot of differed messages in the Postfix queue you would like to discard.
When transferring files between systems usually
scpare all that is needed. Sometimes, there are difficult edge cases. For example using
rsyncto transfer many files spread across 1000s of directories quickly. Recently, I needed to move several TB worth of files in varying size spread across 1000s of directories. I found that
rsyncspent most of the time traversing directories and not copying the data. I turned to the webs to find a better solution.
I am always looking for better ways to integrate the unix components into Mac OS X. I recently came across a great way to connect the
manpages to a more visual mode in OS X.
Some times it is necessary to terminate a PostgreSQL query and connection. This can be very helpful when you have a run away command or script. It can also be helpful if your application has submitted a query to the backend that has caused everything to grind to a halt. Fortunately, postgres comes to the rescue and provides a few helpful commands that will allow you to cancel the query from the database and optionally terminate the user or application's connection.