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Dell LCD Custom Text

Recently I had setup a HA-pair in my environment and if I do not have my computer with me, I need the NOC guys to be able to identify which is the ‘active’ unit and I found out that writing custom text to Dell LCD panel is pretty easy after some digging.

If you have not installed OMSA, please go to this link and follow the instructions.

Next, install the IMPI tool for you to be able to read/write to the LCD panel

yum install -y OpenIPMI-tools

You just need to know 2 commands to read/write to the LCD.

To see your current content on the LCD panel

ipmitool delloem lcd info

To write your custom text to the LCD panel

ipmitool delloem lcd set mode userdefined MyCustomText

There you go, it’s so simple.

Hope someone find this useful =)

mysqlhotcopy cause MySQL server has gone away

As I was performing a backup for a ~5GB database on a new db server, I encounter this error.

DBD::mysql::db do failed: MySQL server has gone away at /usr/bin/mysqlhotcopy line 521.

The above means that the MySQL timeout while doing the mysqlhotcopy, you just need to increase the timeout. If your database is really huge, you will need to adjust the timeout accordingly.

For me, I will just set 15mins.

Append the following lines to /etc/my.cnf under [mysql] section

interactive_timeout = 3600
wait_timeout = 3600

Hope this helps!

Changing Linux Network Interface Bonding

WARNING: The following steps will stop your network interface, please ensure that you have KVM-Over-IP before attempting to do it remotely.

If you ever had to change the bonding type while the server is live, follow the steps:

[db2:/root]# ifdown bond0
[db2:/root]# modprobe -r bonding
[db2:/root]# modprobe bonding mode=1 miimon=100
[db2:/root]# ifup bond0
[db2:/root]# cat /proc/net/bonding/bond0
Ethernet Channel Bonding Driver: v3.4.0 (October 7, 2008)
Bonding Mode: fault-tolerance (active-backup)
Primary Slave: None
Currently Active Slave: eth2
MII Status: up
MII Polling Interval (ms): 100
Up Delay (ms): 0
Down Delay (ms): 0
Slave Interface: eth2
MII Status: up
Link Failure Count: 0
Permanent HW addr: 
Slave Interface: eth3
MII Status: up
Link Failure Count: 0
Permanent HW addr:

Hope this helps someone out there.

Locating Dell Service Tag in Linux

Here is a quick command to retrieve Dell Service Tag number remotely.

dmidecode|grep -A 2 "PowerEdge"

Hope this helps…

Detecting Creative Sound Card in Linux

As I am working on a project where I need to play external audio into a application, as you are aware that dealing with audio in Linux can be challenging.

As such, here is a simple solution to it =)

My test environment:
CentOS 5.5 64bit
Creative Blaster S80490 (USB)

yum install -y alsa-utils

Once I installed Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (known as ALSA), I can run the following command to see whether my audio is detected by the system.

[root@localhost src]# aplay -l
**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: External [SB Live! 24-bit External], device 0: USB Audio [USB Audio]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0

I got my audio devices detected by the Linux system. So now, I can move on to the next stage of integrating into my applications now. 🙂

Hope this helps someone out there…

Windows 7 cause “mount: Cannot allocate memory”

Had a friend who want to backup all his files (300GB+) from a Linux server to a laptop harddisk, we hit with a error message that cause Linux unable to mount the shared folder in laptop.


[root@localhost ~]# mount -t cifs "//" -o username=admin,password=1234
ed /mnt/laptop/
mount: Cannot allocate memory

The server has at least 3GB cached RAM available in the memory pool. So that’s not possible with memory issues.

Take a look at dmesg and you should see this error

Oct  3 00:33:18 localhost kernel:  CIFS VFS: Send error in SessSetup = -12
Oct  3 00:33:18 localhost kernel:  CIFS VFS: cifs_mount failed w/return code = -12

If you have the above error, most likely it is due to your Windows 7 machine. Let’s move to the Windows 7 and troubleshoot.
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Detecting Duplicate IP Address using arping

I have been facing a loss of connection suddenly, so I am suspecting that some host on the network is using the same IP address with me.

So I used this tool called arping.

Let’s said I want to check whether is configure on more than 1 host. You need to test it on another machine which is not configure as

[svr1:/root]# arping -I eth0 -c 3
ARPING from eth0
Unicast reply from [00:0D:A2:02:3B:53] 1.090ms
Unicast reply from [00:0D:A2:02:3B:53] 0.837ms
Unicast reply from [00:0D:A2:02:3B:53] 1.031ms
Sent 3 probes (1 broadcast(s))
Received 3 response(s)

As you can see, the host that response has the same mac address means this IP address is not conflict with any of the host on the network.

To simplify things, you can use this single command that uses “Duplicate address detection mode (DAD)”.

[svr1:/root]# arping -D -I eth0 -c 3 >/dev/null;echo $?

If you get “0”, it means that the IP address has conflict with another host


it also means that there is no host in the network configured on the IP address.

So I got “1” on the IP address I am trying to detect, it looks like IP conflict is not a issue here for me.

Hope this helps someone…

Force fsck on reboot

Sometimes if you suspect your file system is corrupted, you might want to run fsck to check against the file system. You just need to create a simple file at the root partition.

touch /forcefsck

Simple and easy =)

Dell: No controllers found.

I am running some random check on the system that I handle. One of the Dell server controller is undetectable for unknown reason.

[svr3:/root]# omreport storage controller
No controllers found.

Before you start to panic, run the following command

modprobe mptctl
/etc/init.d/dataeng restart

Now try to execute the controller status command again.

[svr3:/root]# omreport storage controller
Controller SAS 6/iR Adapter (Slot 1)

ID : 0
Status : Ok
Name : SAS 6/iR Adapter
Slot ID : PCI Slot 1
State : Ready
Firmware Version :
Minimum Required Firmware Version : Not Applicable
Driver Version : 3.04.05
Minimum Required Driver Version : Not Applicable
Number of Connectors : 2

Hope this helps… =)

NTFS read/write in Linux

Accessing NTFS parition via Linux is pretty simple. Here is the steps to get it running in less than 10 mins 🙂

Let’s install some basic stuff.

yum install gcc gcc-c++ make kernel-devel

Setup Fuse

tar zxvf fuse-2.7.4.tar.gz
cd fuse-*
make install

Next, download NTFS-3G from here

tar zxvf ntfs-3g-2009.1.1.tgz
cd ntfs-3g-*
make install

Last but not least

modprobe fuse
mkdir /windows
 mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sdb1 /windows

You can then read/write your windows partition from /windows 😉

Hope this helps … 🙂