About Nanook

55 male married with 4 adult children, founder, owner, operator of Eskimo North. If you need web design, building, maintenance, computer cleaning, updating, optimizing, Linux tuning, securing, applications, just about anything computer related, e-mail me.

New Shell Server – Centos 7

Those of you who have been contemplating Centos 7, we’ve just turned up a new shell server with Centos 7 and it is available for your use although there aren’t a lot of applications installed yet.

Presently the only way to access it graphically is with x2go, and then you must use either Mate or KDE desktop.  The Gnome is Gnome 3 and presently doesn’t work without accelerated graphics which remote desktop applications can not provide.  However, Mate is a continuation of Gnome 2 and works much as Gnome 2 worked under Centos 6 as used on shellx.

The server name is centos7.eskimo.com.  Your same login, password, files, etc, will be present.

Maintenance Status

All machines are returned to service except debian.eskimo.com and it should be back in about fifteen minutes.  All customer facing and non-replicated servers maintenance will be completed this morning so there will not be additional outages Sunday morning.


Maintenance is still in progress.

Shellx took much longer than normal because I lost connectivity with the server near the end of the imaging process and had to start over.  It will be back up momentarily.

Scientific is also down being imaged.  Debian.eskimo.com is still up and available as is the old ‘eskimo.com’ sever.

Shellx is backup now and is finished for the evening.

The mail server will be next and then ftp / www.  After scientific completes Debian will be next.

ftp and www reboot 11:15AM 8/8/2014

I rebooted the web server at 11:15AM because PHP applications were responding slowly and I was unable to find any heavy load to justify the cause.  Since the machine needed to be rebooted to load a new kernel anyway I booted it.  After the boot it responded normally.  Downtime was approximately two minutes.

Ubuntu Shutdown Issue

I’m trying to setup a new shell server running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, but I’m having a problem with the GUI aspect.  Any window manager I try, there is an option to Leave that not only has switch user and log out as an option but also shutdown and restart the computer.

I’ve tested this and shutdown / restart from a GUI work for an ordinary non-priviledged user.

I tried to create an polkit-1 policy to stop this, this worked on Debian but Ubuntu seems to blissfully ignore it.  If anybody has solved this problem please let me know.  I’ve done many web searches and so far none of the solutions I’ve found work.

Accidental Reboot

I accidentally rebooted the machine that is the host for scientific and debian today.  I apologize, I’m trying to turn up a new machine that will be running Ubuntu and having some difficulty with it, and accidentally rebooted the wrong machine.