Category: Linux

Website Screenshot Thumbnail Creator Script

One day I needed to create thumbnails of about 300 websites, this
would usually take a very long time, so I wacked together a simple
shell script which makes use of Firefox, Xvfb, and ImagemagickThe
script creates a virtual X desktop, starts a Firefox instance, and
then, using the openUrl command, proceeds to load each website and
capture a screenshot one at a time.If you cannot get Xvfb
working, you should be able to run this with little modification on a
spare linux desktop. I suggest you play with image magicks cropping
tools to remove the firefox decal. here is the original bash script

Wildcard Apache2 Sub Domains

Sub domains in Apache… Here’s the apache config used for this site. This tells apache to serve up all sub domains of from the same /var/www/dtbaker directory <VirtualHost *> ServerName ServerAdmin ServerAlias * DocumentRoot /var/www/dtbaker/ <Directory /> </Directory> <Directory /var/www/dtbaker> Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews Order allow,deny allow from all </Directory> ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/error.log […]

Oracle and Toad – tnsnames.ora example

Getting Toad to work with Oracle doesn’t seem to be explained very well anywhere. Here’s a quick list: Download and Install TOAD from Download and Install the Oracle XE Client from If you launch toad now, you should see XE as an option for connecting to Oracle Create a tnsnames.ora file in C:/Program […]

svn: PROPFIND request failed on /svn – Moved Permanently

Setup a new svn repo, and got the following error: # svn checkout http://xx.xx.xx.xx/svn /var/www/myproject –non-interactive# svn: PROPFIND request failed on ‘/svn’# svn: PROPFIND of ‘/svn’: 301 Moved Permanently (http://xx.xx.xx.xx/) Make sure apache has read/write access to the repo, if that doesn’t fix it, then move your svn repo out of the DocumentRoot and you […]

Oracle Joins Across Multiple Servers

You can create a link as: CREATE PUBLIC DATABASE LINK “OtherDB” CONNECT TO “UserName” IDENTIFIED by “Password” USING ‘SID’SELECT * FROM “OtherSchema”.”TableName”@”OtherDB”; or CREATE SYNONYM “otherTableName” FOR “OtherSchema”.”TableName”@”OtherDB” SELECT * FROM “otherTableName” ( it’s easier to do this via the oracle enterprise manager http://192.168.X.X:1158/em Administration > Schema ) You need to establish the link as […]

Hide .svn files on a samba share

Found myself in a situation where I was editing and uploading some files through Dreamweaver on a windows box. The files were accessed via a mounted samba share on a debian server. Didn’t want dreamweaver to see all the .svn directories and files under them (so uploading a folder from dreamweaver would skip uploading the […]