chmod -R 777 .

This is one of the thing I hate to see, recursively changing everything to 777 👿 If you want to give read access to all, then 644 is enough for files and 755 for directories. If you want to give execution permission too, you could give 755 to executable files. Also sometimes you have files […]

to ftp or to sftp

Ftp is seen as an old-time unsecure protocol. Many shops nowadays have switched or are switching to sftp. I will try to point out some differences : Compatibility: none. the protocol is completly different. Multiple graphical clients however do support both mode. But the basic “ftp” client will not work with sftp. Ascii mode: only […]

return code before grep

In my previous post hide-password-from-ps-output-sql-loader I mentioned a way to pass the password to the loader thru a parameter file. As correctly suggested by Brian Tkatch, the password could be passed as standard input sqlldr control=x.ctl silent=header,feedback

updatedb does not work with samba drives and cygwin

updatedb and locate are parts of the findutils package, which exists since a long time on most unix / linux flavors. Something I never get worked is to search for files on network drives with Cygwin, I always got : find: /cygdrive/y/Favorites/Links/del changed during execution of find (old inode number -474324984, new inode number -44545478 […]

How to cron?

RTFM is not the best answer … man crontab SunOS 5.10 Last change: 10 Nov 2005 User Commands crontab(1) A crontab file consists of lines of six fields each. The fields are separated by spaces or tabs. The first five are integer patterns that specify the following: minute (0-59), hour (0-23), day of the month […]