I had a customer complain of this error when trying to become ‘oracle’ user on a Red Hat 4.4 server:
[user@redhat ~]$ sudo su – oracle
Your account has expired; please contact your system administrator
/bin/su: incorrect password
The cause was that the password for the oracle account had expired (nothing to do with the user’s own account). The chage command can be used to list account expiry and password ageing information: Continue reading →
These days, service providers like British Telecom have tightened up their requirements on email delivery. Most ISPs now accept email only from servers that can authenticate through SMTP. Sendmail has authentication built in, allowing administrators to use an “authinfo” file, for example. The server then authenticates every time it sends mail out to the ISP.
That’s great for reducing spam. But it can have a side-effect of killing local mail on the server. Here is an recent example from Debian Squeeze. The authentication features that allowed this server to successfully send mail through the ISP were preventing local mail from working: Continue reading →
Copying data is something every administrator does. A single file or directory file can be copied with a single command. Moving information from one system to another needs a bit more work, but it needn’t be a pain.
The ssh command can be used to copy data from one Unix system to another. Here is an example for HP-UX, but it works on Linux too. A directory, called /var/opt/ignite, is copied from the system “pluto” to another machine called “jupiter”. Continue reading →