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Wine bug #8826 is about not having visible fire and smoke in the game Silent Hunter 3 until zoomed out really far. Not seeing the smoke and fires can be a bit strange, especially if you can hear the fire blazing, but nothing is visible. This post will attempt to explain how to apply a patch to wine so that fires and smoke are visible. Caution: this means you will have to patch the wine source code and compile it, then install it into an alternative location in order to preserve the wine version that shipped with your distribution. (more…)

In this post, we’ll take a look at how to migrate spamassassin from the default db files to a MySQL database. The assumption is that you have a working mail server that already does spam scanning and where spamassassin stores its information in the default db files. In order to improve speed, especially for auto-expiry but certainly also for spam filtering itself, it is advisable to store the data in a faster database. (more…)

Welcome to the second instalment of the ssh files. In this instalment, we’ll be taking a look at logging in without a password, using public key authentication. The major benefit of logging in through public key authentication, is that you will only have to remember the pass phrase of your key and no longer a dozen or more passwords on different servers. Also, setting your ssh daemon to only allow public key authentication will foil any attempts by script kiddies to brute force your password…because there isn’t one. (more…)

If you have ever had to administer Linux (or Unix) servers, you are probably familiar with ssh, the secure shell client. For those of you not familiar with ssh, think “telnet on steroids”. For those of you not familiar with telnet or ssh…what are you doing administering servers? Ssh is like the Swiss army knife of remote connectivity. It can do so much that I think that no one has ever used all of the features it offers. This article is an exploration of the basics of ssh, future articles will explore its functionality in more depth. (more…)