October 22, 2014

How to build Redis server on Ubuntu 14.04

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Recently we used Redis server on Ubuntu 14.04. And I just thought about writing a blog post to show how to build Redis on Ubuntu server or desktop editions. 

First of all you have to go to Redis site and download the redis source code. Redis site

Copy the download link from redis site. Currently download link looks like this "http://download.redis.io/releases/redis-2.8.17.tar.gz". It may change depending on the version you want to download.

Then connect to the server through SSH or take a terminal on Ubuntu desktop machine. Run below command

wget <URL that you copied from redis site>

Then you want to install build-essential and  libjemalloc-dev in order to build redis server. To install those packages run below command.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install buid-essential libjemalloc-dev

After installing dependencies and tool you want to extract redis archive. Run below commands to extract it. Change the archive name depending on your download.

tar xvf redis-2.X.XX.tar.gz
cd redis-2.X.XX

To build redis server type below command on the terminal. It may take a while to build Redis.


If it didn't throw any errors, Congrats! You just build your own Redis server. Then if you want to run Redis server run below command. Make sure that you are in Redis folder.


 Then you can test redis server using redis-cli tool like below.

dedunu@test5:~/redis-2.8.17$ src/redis-cli>> set key1 value1
OK> set key2 value15
OK> get key1
"value1"> get key2

If you get an output like above your redis works fine!

August 06, 2014

Disable telnet and enable ssh on Cisco Switch (IOS)

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We recently purchased a Cisco switch for our Hadoop cluster. So I wanted to setup Cisco switch. But first of all I want to configure ssh and disable telnet. Lets see how we can do that.
Connect to the switch using telnet or using console port. (You should enable telnet and give a password from express setup.)
configure terminal
hostname <switchname>
ip domain-name <domain name>
crypto key generate rsa
Enter "1024" when it prompts for
How many bits int the modulus [512]:
Then run below commands
interface fa0/0
ip address
no shutdown
username <username> priv 15 secret <password>
aaa new-model
enable secret <password>
If you have a Cisco router use "0 4" instead of "0 14"
line vty 0 14
transport input ssh
copy running-config startup-config
Now you can use SSH client to connect to switch.

July 07, 2014

Ubuntu 14.04 Desktop - How I feel it

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I couldn't install Ubuntu 14.04 as soon as it was released. But I upgraded my office laptop to Ubuntu 14.04 in June.

Ubuntu 14.04 is more stable than other releases. And Ubuntu 14.04 is a LTS (Long term support) version which will release updates till 2019. I switched to 14.04 from 12.04.

They have disabled workspaces. (+1) I hate this workspace business because it is very hard to work with windows when these workspaces are there. In Ubuntu 14.04, workspaces are disabled by default. You have to enable it if you want it. 

Now Ubuntu supports real time windows resizing. (Not that impressive. But nice to have.)  

I don't like Amazon plug-in in Unity dashboard. So I always run fixubuntu.com script to disable it.

wget -q -O - https://fixubuntu.com/fixubuntu.sh | bash

What you have to do is just run above command line on terminal. After doing that you wont see advertisements on your Unity dashboard.

I don't see super fantastic awesome features to celebrate on this release. But developers have done a good job it making Ubuntu more robust and stable. Multi-monitor user experience has been improved. 

They have changed lock screen. (+1) I like this lock screen more than older one. This lock screen is visually similar to the login screen.

March 28, 2014

Portable Drive encryption with Ubuntu

I haven't used encryption on hard disk drives or pen drives ever. But recently I got a requirement to encrypt some portables disks. And there are some limitations also. After encrypting you would not be able to use that drive on Windows Operating System. You are going to limit to ext4 file system as well.

First you have to install cryptsetup to format your portable drive with encryption. To install cryptsetup run following command on a terminal.
sudo apt-get install cryptsetup
After that you have to open Disk utility application. To open it just search on Unity dash board like below.
 Then you will get a window like this.
Click on "Unmount Volume"
Click on "Format Volume". Then you will get a new dialog box like below. Select "Encrypt underlying device" option, before clicking "Format" button.
After that Disk Utility will ask for a pass-phrase to encrypt device. Give a strong pass-phrase and don't forget it! If you forget it, you will loose your all important and confidential data.
Then wait till it format the drive. This may take some time depending on your device capacity.
After completing formatting you will get below window.
Most probably after formatting disk utility will automatically mount your disk without prompting for the password. When you are connecting encrypted disk next time, Ubuntu will prompt for the password like below
Just type the pass-phrase and use your portable drive.
But sometimes Ubuntu will prompt for the pass-phrase. When you are attempting to mount drive you will get below error.
Unable to mount x.x GB Encrypted
Error unlocking device: cryptsetup exited code 5: Device <UUID> already exists.
There is a workaround for this bug. What you have to do first is closing all the applications which is using files on your encrypted device. Even the terminal windows you have to close.
Then run below command on a terminal.
sudo dmsetup remove /dev/mapper/<UUID>
Change the UUID part according to your error message. If you are getting an error like below after running above command, please check whether there are any application which uses your encrypted device. If you have anything running please close it and run above command again!
device-mapper: remove ioctl failed: Device or resource busy
Command failed