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14. July 2015

Ubuntu Gnome: Find file starting with the letter you type in Nautilus

Filed under: Linux — Tags: , , , — Christopher Kramer @ 14:49

New nautilus versions start searching for what you start typing inside a folder. If you instead prefer to jump to the files starting with what you type, just like Windows Explorer behaves, type this in a terminal:

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.preferences enable-interactive-search true

Works on Ubuntu Gnome 15.04


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23. June 2015

Bind9 on Debian Wheezy: journal rollforward failed: journal out of sync with zone

Filed under: Linux,Server Administration — Tags: , , , , , , — Christopher Kramer @ 20:29

Getting this error when restarting bind9?

journal rollforward failed: journal out of sync with zone

You probably changed the zonefile while bind was running without freezing it.

To fix this, first stop bind:

service bind9 stop

Then remove the journal file for the zone. On Debian Wheezy, it is in the same folder as the zone:

rm /etc/bind/zones/

Then start bind again:

service bind9 start

To avoid the problem next time, before changing a zonefile, freeze the zone:

rndc freeze

Then edit your zonefile and finally thaw it:

rndc thaw

5. June 2015

Ubuntu gnome: minimize buttons missing after upgrade to vivid

Filed under: Linux — Tags: , , , , , , , — Christopher Kramer @ 15:22

After upgrading an Ubuntu Gnome installation from 14.10 utopic to 15.04 vivid, the minimize and maximize buttons at the windows were missing.

This is how I got them back:



Then go to

org → gnome → desktop → wm → preferences

And change the value for “button-layout” from




And close the window. That’s it 🙂

Zimbra: Redirect http to https

Filed under: Linux,Security,Server Administration — Tags: , , , , — Christopher Kramer @ 11:15

Zimbra without Proxy (pre 8.5)

That’s the easy way how you can enforce https encrpytion by redirecting http to https:

su – zimbra
zmtlsctl redirect
zmcontrol stop
zmcontrol start

Works at least on Zimbra 8.0 and I think should also work on 7

Zimbra with Proxy (required from 8.5+)

With Zimbra 8.5+, a Proxy is required. This makes the configuration a little different. To configure the proxy to redirect http to https, run:

su zimbra
~/libexec/zmproxyconfig -e -w -o -a 8080:80:8443:443 -x both  -H `zmhostname`
# if your proxy is local:
zmprov ms `zmhostname` zimbraReverseProxyMailMode redirect
# if your proxy is
zmprov ms zimbraReverseProxyMailMode redirect
zmcontrol restart

With the latest Zimbra versions, the restart is not even necessary, it automatically detects the change within 2 minutes.

Hope this helps somebody!

2. June 2015

Zimbra: Using zmpostfixpolicyd to stop backscatter

Filed under: Linux,Server Administration — Tags: , , , — Christopher Kramer @ 19:20

A Zimbra 8.0 Server (on Ubuntu) was backscattering. Unfortunately Zimbra servers cannot use the postfix setting


when an alias domain is setup. Everybody says it is easy, just install the policyd as a recipient_restriction and that’s it. All you need to do is:

su - zimbra
zmlocalconfig -e postfix_enable_smtpd_policyd=yes
zmprov mcf +zimbraMtaRestriction "check_policy_service unix:private/policy"
zmmtactl stop
zmmtactl start

Unfortunately, this did not work for me with Zimbra 8.0. The server was still backscattering.

First, I enabled verbose output for the policyd. To do so, open /opt/zimbra/postfix/conf/ (the .in is important) in a texteditor and search for this part:

%%uncomment LOCAL:postfix_enable_smtpd_policyd%%policy    unix  -       n       n       -       -       spawn
%%uncomment LOCAL:postfix_enable_smtpd_policyd%%        user=zimbra argv=/usr/bin/perl /opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd

Add a -v ad the end of the command:

%%uncomment LOCAL:postfix_enable_smtpd_policyd%%policy    unix  -       n       n       -       -       spawn
%%uncomment LOCAL:postfix_enable_smtpd_policyd%%        user=zimbra argv=/usr/bin/perl /opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd -v

Then (as zimbra user), recreate the and restart postfix with these commands:

zmmtactl stop
zmmtactl start

Now when a mail is received (from an external sender), you will see output like this in your mail log (on Debian/Ubuntu: /var/log/mail.log):

/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: ccert_fingerprint=
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: sasl_method=
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: sasl_sender=
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: size=3428
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: helo_name=[...]
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: reverse_client_name=[...]
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: queue_id=
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: encryption_cipher=AECDH-AES256-SHA
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: encryption_protocol=TLSv1.2
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: etrn_domain=
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: ccert_subject=
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: request=smtpd_access_policy
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: protocol_state=RCPT
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: stress=
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute:
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: sasl_username=
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: ccert_pubkey_fingerprint=
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: instance=7289.556db23f.b6b7d.0
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: protocol_name=ESMTP
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: encryption_keysize=256
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: recipient_count=0
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: ccert_issuer=
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: sender=[...]
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: client_name=[...]
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: client_address=[...]
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Recipient Domain:
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Recipient userid: does-not-exist
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Action: dunno

If you see these logs, then zmpostfixpolicyd is set up correctly in postfix. If you don’t, check the postfix configuration.

But the policy daemon always returned “dunno”, even if the recipient did not exist. Therefore, I looked into the perl code of the policy daemon (/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd):

The original code includes this part:

    if (lc(($ldap->get_values("zimbraDomainType"))[0]) eq "alias") {
      my $robject = ($ldap->get_values("zimbraMailCatchAllForwardingAddress"))[0];
      syslog $syslog_priority, "Real Domain: %s", $robject if $verbose;
      $mesg = $ldap->search_s(
      $ent = $ldap->first_entry();
      if ($ent != 0) {
        return "dunno";
      } else {
        return "reject 5.1.1 Mailbox unavailable";
    } else {
      return "dunno";

So basically, this code only rejects mail to recipients for alias-domains, but accepts all mail to domains that are not alias-domains. I adjusted the code as follows:

    if (lc(($ldap->get_values("zimbraDomainType"))[0]) eq "alias") {
      my $robject = ($ldap->get_values("zimbraMailCatchAllForwardingAddress"))[0];
      syslog $syslog_priority, "Real Domain: %s", $robject if $verbose;
      $mesg = $ldap->search_s(
      $ent = $ldap->first_entry();
      if ($ent != 0) {
        syslog $syslog_priority, "Existing Alias-Recipient";
        return "dunno";
      } else {
        syslog $syslog_priority, "Non-Existing Alias-Recipient";
        return "reject 5.1.1 Mailbox unavailable";
    } else {

      $mesg = $ldap->search_s(
      $ent = $ldap->first_entry();
      if ($ent != 0) {
        syslog $syslog_priority, "Existing Recipient";
        return "dunno";
      } else {
        syslog $syslog_priority, "Non-Existing Recipient";
        return "reject 5.1.1 Mailbox unavailable";


Then I restarted postfix as a zimbra user with:

zmmtactl stop
zmmtactl start

And finally, the policy daemon rejected mails to unexisting recipients 🙂

/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[5799]: Recipient Domain:
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[5799]: Recipient userid: does-not-exist
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[5799]: Non-Existing Recipient
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[5799]: Action: reject 5.1.1 Mailbox unavailable
postfix/smtpd[5791]: NOQUEUE: reject: RCPT from [...]: 554 5.1.1 <>: Recipient address rejected: Mailbox unavailable; [...]

Please use the described solution with care. It is my workaround, it is working on the system in question. It might not work with another setup. If you use it, test thoroughly if only the correct mails get rejected.

A Zimbra update will overwrite the zmpostfixpolicyd code and thus revert the change, so you might need to readjust the code after an update.

This drove me nuts and I hope this information is of help for somebody. Please comment if you have a better solution or find the described solution useful.

20. March 2015

Remove duplicate mails from a maildir

Filed under: Linux,Server Administration — Tags: , , , , — Christopher Kramer @ 19:30

In case somehow, you got duplicate mails in a maildir, like me, maybe this is helpful to you:

find /var/mail/user -type d -name cur -print0 | xargs -0 /usr/bin/fdupes -n | less

Of course you need fdupes installed. On debian:

apt-get install fdupes

The above command is the dry run, showing you the duplicates.

Then to delete the duplicates, leaving only the first found file:

find /var/mail/user -type d -name cur -print0 | xargs -0 /usr/bin/fdupes -ndN | less

Use the same thing again with “new” instead of “cur” if you have duplicate unread mails. This only looks at duplicates within the same folder, so you can also safely run it on /var/mail for all users.

Note that this assumes the duplicates have exactly the same content. If you want to clean duplicates which are a bit different, consider this tool.

14. March 2015

Bind nameserver: view cache entries

Filed under: Linux,Server Administration — Tags: , , , , — Christopher Kramer @ 15:35

If you want to view the cache entries of your bind nameserver, this is how it works on bind9 on Debian:

rndc dumpdb
less /var/cache/bind/named_dump.db

Tested on Debian Wheezy. Hope this helps somebody.

6. March 2015

Owncloud: Upgrading to owncloud 8 fails (Integrity constraint violation in oc_filecache)

Filed under: Linux,PHP,Server Administration — Tags: , — Christopher Kramer @ 21:33

First, the upgrade to owncloud 8 in the web GUI failed. Then, I performed the upgrade in the console like this:

sudo -u www-data php /var/www/owncloud/occ upgrade

This gave an error like this (I don’t remember exactly):

An exception occurred while executing 'INSERT INTO "oc_filecache" ... Integrity constraint violation: key s_storage_path_hash is not unique
Upgrade failed

This owncloud is using a MySQL DB.

So what in the end solved the problem: First put Owncloud in maintainance mode:

sudo -u www-data php /var/www/owncloud/occ maintenance:mode --on

Then make sure no occ processes of old upgrade attempts are running. If there are, kill them. Then clear the oc_filecache using this MySQL command:

TRUNCATE oc_filecache;

Don’t worry, it will populate itself again during the upgrade. Then restart the upgrade:

sudo -u www-data php /var/www/owncloud/occ upgrade

This might take a lot of time! Better run this on a screen (see screen tutorial if you don’t know how) so it does not stop when your SSH connection breaks.

Spamassasin: MISSING_SUBJECT in every mail even though mail has a subject

Filed under: Linux,Server Administration — Tags: , , , — Christopher Kramer @ 09:48

I noticed the MISSING_SUBJECT rule matched for every mail recently even though the mails contained a subject header. Finally I found this in the spamd.log:

warn: Possible unintended interpolation of @yahoo in string at /etc/spamassassin/, rule MY_SPAMMY_YAHOO, line 1.
warn: rules: failed to compile Mail::SpamAssassin::Plugin::Check::_head_tests_0_4, skipping:
warn:  (Global symbol "@yahoo" requires explicit package name at /etc/spamassassin/, rule MY_SPAMMY_YAHOO, line 1.)

The reason was a rule like this:

header          MY_SPAMMY_YAHOO        To =~ /
score           MY_SPAMMY_YAHOO        3
describe        MY_SPAMMY_YAHOO        Mail to is mostly spam

Escaping the @ in the rule fixed the Problem:

header          MY_SPAMMY_YAHOO        To =~ /myspammyaddress\

Hope this helps someone to spot the error faster.

The problem is that spamassasin does not autolearn ham if the ham messages match the MISSING_SUBJECT rule. So an error like this basically not only breaks lots of tests but also autolearning of ham. So lesson learned: better always look at the spamd.log after creating a new rule, even if you think you know what you are doing 😉

9. December 2014

Icinga: Group all services in a servicegroup instead of using a wildcard

Filed under: Linux,Server Administration — Tags: , , , , , , — Christopher Kramer @ 16:15

At some places you can use the * wildcard as a service description (which requires use_regexp_matching=0), but sometimes it does not seem to work:

Error: Could not expand services specified

Therefore, I simply wanted to group all services in one servicegroup. That’s quite easy if you use a generic service template as a basis for all services. First, create a servicegroup “allservices”:

define servicegroup {
        servicegroup_name               allservices
        alias                           All Services

Then edit your generic service template (see servicegroups line):

# generic service template definition
define service{
        name                            generic-service ; The 'name' of this service template
        active_checks_enabled           1       ; Active service checks are enabled
        passive_checks_enabled          1       ; Passive service checks are enabled/accepted
        parallelize_check               1       ; Active service checks should be parallelized (disabling this can lead to major performance probl$
        obsess_over_service             1       ; We should obsess over this service (if necessary)
        check_freshness                 0       ; Default is to NOT check service 'freshness'
        notifications_enabled           1       ; Service notifications are enabled
        event_handler_enabled           1       ; Service event handler is enabled
        flap_detection_enabled          1       ; Flap detection is enabled
        failure_prediction_enabled      1       ; Failure prediction is enabled
        process_perf_data               1       ; Process performance data
        retain_status_information       1       ; Retain status information across program restarts
        retain_nonstatus_information    1       ; Retain non-status information across program restarts
        notification_interval           0               ; Only send notifications on status change by default.
        is_volatile                     0
        check_period                    24x7
        normal_check_interval           5
        retry_check_interval            1
        max_check_attempts              4
        notification_period             24x7
        notification_options            w,u,c,r
        contact_groups                  admins
        servicegroups                   allservices ; ADD THIS TO ADD ALL SERVICES INTO THE allservices GROUP
        register                        0       ; DONT REGISTER THIS DEFINITION - ITS NOT A REAL SERVICE, JUST A TEMPLATE!

This assumes all your services use this template like this (see use line):

define service {
        hostgroup_name                  ssh-servers
        service_description             SSH
        check_command                   check_ssh
        use                             generic-service  ; USE THE TEMPLATE ABOVE
        notification_interval           0 ; set > 0 if you want to be renotified


Now you can easily use this servicegroup for example in serviceescalations (see servicegroup_name line):

 define serviceescalation{
        hostgroup_name          intranet-servers
        servicegroup_name       allservices
        first_notification      1
        last_notification       0
        notification_interval   1440
        contact_groups          intranet-admins

Hope this helps somebody. I guess it works the same way in Nagios.

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