How to check SpamAssassin version

Quick one-liner for checking spamassassin version:

[root@server ~]# perl -MMail::SpamAssassin -e 'print $Mail::SpamAssassin::VERSION;'

OpenSUSE developers announced csync

Andreas Schneider has unleashed the first public release candidate of csync 0.42, which is now available as source from the csync Web site, or via one-click for openSUSE 11.0 and 11.1.

Project homepage:

This tool looks like a promising alternative to unison, which ...


Parallels decided to drop qmail?

While installing latest Parallels Plesk version (9.0), noticed an unusual option :) :

Different mailservers
16. (*) Qmail mailserver
17. ( ) Postfix mailserver

Could this be true, that Parallels finally decided to drop Qmail?
Now don't get me wrong, but qmail wasn't updated for 10 years already, and any additional feature ...


2009 will be a second longer | Happy new year!

Found a confirmation of this in my system logs:

Jan  1 01:59:59 (none) kernel: Clock: inserting leap second 23:59:60 UTC



( Happy new Year! ) 
    \   ^__^      
     \  (oo)\_______
        (__)\       )\/\
           ||----w |
           ||     ||

Icewarp Merak mail server not working behind a smtp relay

Just migrated an email server to a dedicated server at GoDaddy, and according to their policies, 25 TCP port is blocked "to prevent spam", and they force us to use their smtp relay for mail delivery.

After properly configuring all delivery related settings, server still could not send emails.

A ...


Installing SVN server on FreeBSD

Quick installation of SVN on FreeBSD, access by svn:// protocol

portinstall subversion
mkdir /home/svn-repo
pw user add -n svn -u 3690 -d /home/svn-repo
chown svn:svn /home/svn-repo/
chsh -s /bin/false svn

Add to /etc/rc.conf:


Start ...


vsftpd - chroot users to their homedir

Open the vsftpd configuration file - /etc/vsftpd/vsftpd.conf

nano /etc/vsftpd/vsftpd.conf

Make sure following line exists (and uncommented):


Save and close the file. Restart vsftpd.

/etc/init.d/vsftpd restart

Ati released a new version of the Radeon Proprietary drivers package

A few days ago i've noticed ati has released version 8.42.3 of it's proprietary drivers package for radeon,

I was using previously the 8.40.* version on my Samsung R20 Notebook running Debian Etch, that has an ...


Using vnstat for simple traffic accounting

vnStat is a network traffic monitor for Linux that keeps a log of daily network traffic for the selected interface(s). vnStat isn't a packet sniffer. The traffic information is analyzed from the /proc vfs, so vnStat can be used without root permissions. However at least a 2.2 ...


Using mod_evasive for dos attack prevention

A quick solution for blocking dos attacks can be mod_evasive Installing mod_evasive on an apache2 web server:

# mkdir -p /root/tmp
# cd /root/tmp
# wget
# tar zxvf mod_evasive_1.10.1.tar.gz
# cd mod_evasive
# apxs -cia mod_evasive20.c

then ...