Setting up Mosh (Mobile Shell) Server on Debian Squeeze

A key with a browser behind it.My curiosity takes me to a bunch a different programs that I like to hack around with. Today it took me to setting up a Mosh Server. Mosh is a short term for Mobile Shell, which is attempting to act as an SSH (Secure Shell) replacement for a connection-less state. With Mosh, you are able to roam around on a 3G / 4G / Wifi / Work / Home and not have the need to always reconnect your SSH sessions or have a dedicated server setup with screen, which if that server goes down then you will have to reconnect all the sessions again!… Read More

Hacking NGINX and PHP-FPM Running Debian

A guy trying to get NGINX / PHP-FPM working

Keeping logs is a part of system administration. For me, I keep my logs of items I have installed in my articles. This way I always have the instructions to reference when I need to look back and do other installs. Today I am writing about how to setup NGINX that uses PHP-FPM on Debian. This can be a faster alternative to FastCGI in that you set the number of instances it will always run and the max that PHP-FPM is allowed to run. PHP-FPM allows for more control making a PHP server lighter weight when the extra weight is not necessary.… Read More

Redmine on Debian 6 with Unicorn and NGINX

A unicorn with it's refelction in water.Redmine is perhaps my favorite Bug tracking, ticketing, wiki, forum, documentation software there is. My only complaint in the past about Redmine was the fact that you needed to use Passanger to run it (which is a RAM hog). Having a bunch of low end VPS’s (Virtual Private Servers) I decided to attempt hacking Redmine onto a 128MB Ram box. Well after doing my research I came upon a neat little trick, Unicorn. Unicorn is a webserver that we can use in place of Passanger to serve Redmine to NGINX, our main webserver. Time to gallop to the setup.… Read More

Trick to Take Flash Screenshots on Headless Linux

A man with a magnifying glass, trying to increase the size.
Along with the Slunked blog site I also run a Flash Game site, GameUsage.com. Recently I have been wanting to hack the code a little to provide a screenshot of each game. Unfortunately, all of my servers are linux based and have no monitor attached (headless). I began thinking a little bit outside of the box and came up with a trick to capture a flash game screenshot (should also capture with or without in-game ads) on a 256MB VPS server I run. The script is very lightweight, and easy to setup for automation with with a cron jobs. I find that the screenshots for the Games to be of decent quality, especially for something that takes a small amount of time and effort to setup.… Read More

Setup SVN with SSL using Apache2 on Linux (Debian)

The past few days I have been digging and diving and reading through many different tutorials about setting up SVN (or Subversion) through Apache2 on Debian based Linux Distro's. After many trials and errors and taking down my webserver a few times I finally was able to get a full on SVN Server for my main website up and running with Authentication over SSL, and here is my tale.

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