Ubuntu: configure general proxy usage

In order to let an Ubuntu system access the net via a proxy, edit two files and you're done.




Acquire {
  HTTP::proxy "http://:";
  HTTPS::proxy "http://:";

Update ’19: Get snmpd to log more silently

This is an update to the article from 2009 regarding quieting down snmpd - this time in recent Ubuntu LTS 18.04. The issue at hand is the intense chattyness of snmpd to syslog.

Due to the complete shift to systemd, files in /etc/default are becoming disregarded. Therefore customisations have to be made to /etc/systemd/system. Two steps are neccessary:

Create a symlink for snmpd in /etc/systemd:

ln -s /lib/systemd/system/snmpd.service /etc/systemd/system

Edit that file and change:

ExecStart=/usr/sbin/snmpd -Lsd -Lf /dev/null -u Debian-snmp -g Debian-snmp -I -smux,mteTrigger,mteTriggerConf -f


ExecStart=/usr/sbin/snmpd -LS4d -Lf /dev/null -u Debian-snmp -g Debian-snmp -I -smux,mteTrigger,mteTriggerConf -f

Then run

systemctl daemon-reload && service snmpd restart

Now snmpd should be calmed down.

Ubuntu: enable MIBs in snmp tools

Lately I ran into some issues using snmp tools, e.g.:

snmpwalk -v2c -c public ${host} test

I received errors like:

Unknown Object Identifier (Sub-id not found: (top) -> test)

This is because MIBs are not installed in Ubuntu by default. To install them use the follwing line:

apt-get install snmp-mibs-downloader

Also comment line 4 of /etc/snmp/snmp.conf so it shows:

# mibs:

Hope that helps someone.

OS X: disable Mission Control on top edge

In El Capitan Apple introduced a feature which opens Mission Cotrol as soon as you drag a window to the top edge of the screen. That is annoying at least to me. Therefore here is a possible fix:


defaults write com.apple.dock mcx-expose-disabled -bool TRUE && killall Dock


defaults delete com.apple.dock mcx-expose-disabled && killall Dock

Resize KVM guest’s raw volumes

After running virtual machines in KVM for some time, it might come in handy to be able to resize a KVM guest's raw volumes. In order to do so you first have to shutdown your VM for a while:

virsh destroy <guestname>

In order to add an additional 2 gig to your respective machine, you do the following:</guestname>

qemu-img resize <diskname>.img +2G

Now restart the machine:</diskname>

virsh start <guestname>

Then use fdisk inside the guest to make use of the new space:

fdisk /dev/vda

There, you delete the respective partition and immediately recreate it - with more space. After a final resize you're able to make use of the sweet new space:

resize2fs /dev/vda1


Cleanup Docker Containers

In order to cleanup docker containers from time to time just fire the following:

docker system prune -a 

Adding bootstrap to Synology DSM

In package center > settings:

  • add https://www.cphub.net/ to package sources
  • Allow installation of packages published by Synology Inc. and trusted publishers

Install in this order:

  1. Perl in Developer Tools
  2. Easy Bootstrap Installer in Community (choose entware as optware doesn’t have any recent updates)
  3. iPKGui in Community

Packages will be installed to /opt.

Command-line tool is opkg.

opkg list-installed
opkg list *gcc*

Source /opt/etc/profile at the end of the ~/.profile file for each user that needs
to use packages installed by ipkg.

Change Letsencrypt certificates

In case you find yourself that you added one to many host/domainnames to your letsencrypt certificate, it is possible to change that after the initial generation. The tool certbot is your friend in this case.

Imagine your initial cert was named test.domain.com and it contained the additonal domain test2.domain.com. Now you want to add test3.domain.com. You do that as follows:

certbot certonly --cert-name test.domain.com -d test.domain.com,test2.domain.com,test3.domain.com

Enable SMTP for PHP on Ubuntu

Many php-based web application are using php's smtp function. Unfortunately, Ubuntu's php default setup disregards the installation of packages necessary for using smtp. The following command line takes care of their installation:

aptitude install php-net-smtp

Squid 3.x config with NCSA Authentication in Ubuntu 16.04

Here comes an update to the old article on how to configure Squid. The new Squid 3.x which is available in Ubuntu 16.04 requires some different configuration.

Installation is easy. Just fire the following line:

apt install squid

The configuation file to edit is still located at /etc/squid/squid.conf. Make a backup of the original file and have to new one contain the following lines:

http_port 31280

auth_param basic program /usr/lib/squid/basic_ncsa_auth /etc/squid/passwd
auth_param basic children 1
auth_param basic credentialsttl 1 minute
auth_param basic casesensitive off

acl auth proxy_auth REQUIRED
acl localhost src

http_access allow auth
http_access allow localhost
http_access deny all

cache deny all

forwarded_for off

request_header_access Via deny all 

In order to have users show some identification a password file with according hashes has to be set:

htpasswd -c /etc/squid/passwd USERNAME
chmod 400 /etc/squid/passwd && chown proxy /etc/squid/passwd

That should do it. Squid 3 will ask users for ID and password and proxy your requests.