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Just used perl and hexcurse to recover a private SSL key from a corrupt filesystem. (It was a RHN entitlement.)


(hey look... I had to redeem myself for forgetting to guestunmount before firing up the VM...)

@art and it's always that host that you paid for a year of access in advance

I frequently wonder how FTP was allowed to survive after about 2003. This is a periodic reminder as to why that is.

@Mycroft why do you think they call it "dog eat dog world"

@jebug29 hats off to distros for paving over systemd's potholes. They let you use the old commands you've always used (while you learn new ones), they don't hook your perfectly-working services to systemd's replacements, so at least life after systemd is tolerable

So of course I was forced to do what everyone else on a time constraint does: rather than take the weeks/months to properly learn SELinux, I just disable it system-wide.

Systems like SELinux and systemd are terrible in this respect. They assume you have time (and, if it's for an employer, that means money) to do it their way. There will always be "time-saving hacks" that just treat the symptom as a result of this.

So... I alter the shipped RHEL7 KVM image so I can make a VM. I configure the hostname, I enable root account (no cloud, thanks), I configure the console...

I fire it up and can't login as root. Not even if I blank the password field.

I get led on some PAM goose chase (the UID restriction only comes in if root's password is "incorrect")

Somehow I get a reboot to tell me the real cause: SELinux.

My changes made it to where SELinux was denying access to the files I changed.

@manu systemd would do well to be an init system first, and to debug that. My other very big gripe with systemd is its insistence that it replace all the things that worked for many years. It has no business being my DNS or my NTP.

I do agree, though: many of the less-than-legit gripes about systemd stem from the fact that "it's not the way [they] USED to do things." So learn some basics, correct the Stupid Defaults, and carry on.

Mainly for my later reference (and for anyone who wants to use Yubikey as a smartcard):


I got all the way to section 4.5, where I hook it up to ssh. I'll need to do a bit more work on a few other systems first.

Why do YOU think sysadmins hate systemd? This is just the tip of the giant poo.

sysadmin rage fueled by systemd's fucking bullshit again, btw

Any questions on sites like serverfault which don't get any answers after a week should be deleted.

It would come third in line for making the internet better behind externinating Facebook and Twotter

They always say "Don't play with fire," but that's impossible when I have tools like this arc lighter to start fires.

@Mycroft I am very annoyed when I go to update BIOS and the BIOS lacks Internet Flash. (Spoiled by Asrock. Too bad their B350 mainboard failed to POST and I had to get a Gigabyte instead.)

At least Gigabyte has Qflash, so I can still update from BIOS; I just need to download to a USB key.

Restoring 332GB of PS4 data. Only 4 hours left...

Sony didn't hire author of Windows File Copy dialog, either; it tends to be an accurate statement.

I really wish solid-state storage would come down in price enough to justify a 2TB SSD on my PS4, but I had to make do with 2TB hard drive because I need the space and don't want it to cost more than the PS4 cost

@lee4hmz "Those People" is the excuse used to justify shitty public transit in other areas.

@lee4hmz at first, I thought you were talking about Windows 8