Completely Disable UAC in Windows 8

Windows 8, just like Windows 7, has Control Panel interface to disable UAC. There’s difference though: disabling UAC via Control Panel in Windows 8 doesn’t fully disable UAC. You can check it by launching Command Prompt: in Windows 7, you’ll get administrator command prompt (the signs are “Administrator: Command Prompt” window title and default directory at %WINDIR%System32) while in Windows 8, you’ll get normal command prompt.

Also reported here (complete with “fix”).

Fix by editing registry:

  • Key/Path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem
  • Name: EnableLUA
  • Value: 0
Note that there isn’t really much reason anymore to completely disable UAC. Well, in my case, this ancient (but useful) tool isn’t quite compatible with UAC.

Rails: read_multi and dalli

Be careful when using read_multi with dalli: it may return nil-valued key instead of the correct key.

The issue is tracked here and thanks to this I dropped the read_multi usage in moebooru and used the much simpler (and most likely slower) single fetch (per entry) instead. There’s alternative way to use it – do a read_multi and refetch whatever missing/nil-keyed but apparently I’m too lazy to do it.

Configuring SHA rounds for password in RHEL5/6

Due to NIH syndrome and Drepper being Drepper, the only remotely secure password hashing algorithm in RHEL5/6 is multi-rounds SHA512. The default is just salted SHA512 which sucks.

Also applies to CentOS, ScientificLinux, and other RHEL clones.

Anyway, to update the default setting, these files need updating:

  • /etc/login.defs: add new line SHA_CRYPT_MIN_ROUNDS 5000
  • /etc/pam.d/system-auth-ac: find line with `password    sufficient sha512` and append rounds=5000.

Note that the change to last file may or may not be persistent. I have no idea how to properly set it up.

Finally, run this command: authconfig --updateall.

If you’re using RHEL5, run authconfig --passalgo=sha512 --update first.

Rails 3.2 in Subdirectory

Steps to be into Rails in subdirectory:

Update to understand the subdirectory mapping:

run Moebooru::Application

change to

map (ENV['RAILS_RELATIVE_URL_ROOT'] || '/') do
  run Moebooru::Application

And then start Rails with correct environment variable (example if you use Unicorn):

RAILS_RELATIVE_URL_ROOT='/img' bin/unicorn

And that’s it. No need to mess with routes.rb as I previously thought after searching and experimenting for few hours. Links etc are properly generated with correct prefix. Or at least based on my quick testing.

May or may not work with earlier version(s) as I haven’t bothered to test it anywhere else.

Basic Dovecot/Postfix in Ubuntu

Configuring mail system is annoying. There are quite a bit different components which must be configured to work together.

My main choice for mail system is dovecot/postfix. As I don’t really understand how all this thing goes, I may have missed or misunderstood some parts. Or most of them. Feel free to correct this post.

For starter, most of basic configurations for Postfix and Dovecot has already been done by Ubuntu (or Debian) default configuration which includes enabling IMAP and TLS.


LDA (or MDA) delivers received mails to correct user and location. I let dovecot handle this thing because it’s easier this way. In /etc/postfix/

mailbox_command = /usr/lib/dovecot/dovecot-lda -f "$SENDER" -a "$RECIPIENT"

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And that’s about it.


The Mailbox format. The alternatives are mbox (ancient, shouldn’t be used anymore, I believe), or dbox (Dovecot only), or some other formats (which I don’t really care about). So basically I go with Maildir.


mail_location = maildir:~/Maildir

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The last one, Postfix authentication. I use Dovecot SASL because it’s easier.


smtpd_sasl_type = dovecot
smtpd_sasl_path = private/auth
smtpd_sasl_auth_enable = yes
smtpd_recipient_restrictions = permit_mynetworks, permit_sasl_authenticated, reject_unauth_destination


unix_listener /var/spool/postfix/private/auth {
  mode = 0666

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For Dovecot config, it’s usually already in there, one just uncomment it to enable.

Restart Dovecot and Postfix, and that’s it. As I mentioned before, Ubuntu has preconfigured many things which leaves me only few additional tasks to be done to enable simple mail system (with TLS, IMAP, and whatnot).

Protip: use Google Apps or Live Domain instead of managing your own mail server.

Disabling Upstart Service in Ubuntu (11.04+)

Took me few weeks to find out that this one-liner does wonder:

echo manual >> /etc/init/mysql.override

(the line above is to disable mysql, obviously. And must be done as root)

The answer is on first hit (as of this post’s writing) of googling “ubuntu disable service” but you need to scroll down a bit and ignore shitload of crappy, outdated explanations to find that small gem.

Unfortunately doesn’t apply to previous LTS. Or does it?

zpool hourly status check

I’m setting up cron job for a storage server using ZFS. There’s zpool status -x but it returns “all pools are healthy” (or “no pools available”) on no error and prints errors to stdout (instead of stderr), rendering it annoying for cron job.


set -e
set -u

zstatus="`zpool status -x 2>&1`"
case "${zstatus}" in
  "all pools are healthy"|"no pools available")
    return 0
    printf "%sn" "${zstatus}" >&2
    return 1

Put it in a file (e.g. /root/bin/zpool-status-cron), make it executable, and add it to crontab.