As you may be already know, WordPress allows you to install and update plugins, widgets, themes etc, as well as whole system trough the admin panel. It’s very convenient time-saving feature but it requires you to provide FTP or FTPS credentials every time when its used. It could be really frustrating!
SFTP (SSH over FTP) should not be confused with FTPS (File Transfer Protocol Over SSL). FTP is vulnerable to attacks and should be avoided because the server can only handle usernames and passwords in plain text. So, as many people, I don’t have it installed on my virtual private server. If you feel that you need to install and enable a FTP server, just for WordPress, think twice – you can use SSH instead and I’ll show you how! Continue reading
Nano has experimental undo/redo feature. As you’ll see from the nano manual (type “man nano” in a Terminal to read that), you’ll need to start nano with the -u option
$ nano -u somefile.txt
… and then you can use Alt-U to undo and Alt-E to redo.
It’s little bit frustrating that you have to type the “-u” option every time when you want to edit a file, but hopefully there is a solution and its name is “alias”.
Aliases are a way for you to customize the commands by giving them aliases (nicknames). You can use them to remember commands with a lot of options or make their names shorter and easier to type. To setup aliases, all you need is to open the ~/.bash_aliases file and type in:
alias nano='nano -u'
If you want to add more aliases, enter each of them on separate line.
Now, typing “nano” is equal as typing “nano -u”. Tricky, yeah?
Ok, ladies and gentlemen!
I needed local development server closer as possible to the production one. I downloaded and Installed Ubuntu, but didn’t know how to get Apache, MySQL and PHP installed. After a few hours of reading random blogs found on Google and head banging I succeed.
My requirements was:
- Set up multiple subdomains automatically (i.e. Virtual Document Root)
- Password protect all my subdomains when they are accessed outside my home network but access them directly, without need to provide password, when I am connected to my local network and develop.
- To separate the error logs by virtual host (subdomain).
Below is a laundry list of commands to help you configure your own perfect Ubuntu server, too.
On my laptop I wanted to mount some shared directories (via samba), located on my office network and accessible trough OpenVPN. I need them to work remotely (there is in my office local development server, used from all my colleagues). Connecting to the VPN and mounting the shares was straightforward. I just have had to install smbfs (Samba file system utilities) and put the following line in my /etc/fstab:
//192.168.91.1/deals /mnt/deals-old cifs credentials=/etc/samba/deals-user,noexec,noperm 0 0