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Posts Tagged ‘linux’

How to Set Up an Apache Virtual Host on Linux Mint

Running Apache on my local machine helps me speed up my web development work. It means that I can use root-relative urls, server-side programming languages (such as PHP) and interface with a database — all without having to upload anything via FTP.

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Resurrecting a Rails 2.x app

This morning I had to give a client an estimate for some work they wanted doing on a Rails 2.1.2 app.

The work itself wasn’t overly complicated, but getting a system up and running using Ruby 1.8 and Rails 2.1 proved to be somewhat of a challenge.

Here’s how I did it.

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Making rsync behave like SyncToy

Microsoft have produced a very handy backup tool for Windows in the form of SyncToy.

It is intuitive and easy to use, so when I made the switch from Windows to Linux as my main operating system, this was something I sorely missed.

I quickly stumbled upon rsync as the de-facto backup program for Linux, but must admit I was somewhat overwhelmed with the plethora of configuration options it ships with, as well as the tremendously verbose output it produces.

Here’s how to tame it somewhat.

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