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Create new Oracle VirtualBox virtual machine

VirtualBox Hard drive option

There are some useful tricks and details you need to know if you want to install a virtual machine through VirtualBox without too much hassle. This article illustrates the procedure with screenshots so you can easily follow this guide and get it working on the first try.

Published in Linux.

Install Drupal 8 on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Drupal 8 on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with PHP 7.1

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS was released in April 2014, and its end of life date is April of 2019. To all those who are still using it this gives you roughly 8 months during which an upgrade is to be performed.

In case you want to install Drupal 8 before you get around upgrading the OS you'll have to update some packages because Ubuntu 14.04 doesn't satisfy all the requirements.

Published in Drupal, Linux.

How to bulk delete files responsibly

Linux find command to bulk delete files responsibly

One badly constructed command that intends to delete files from a folder can cost you your entire hard disk. It's not a nice place to be in. But there are steps you can take to mitigate the risks.

Finding the right command that deletes the files is only half the trick. These things are so dangerous you need to add some sensible protection so they can't be misused, no matter how focused and aware you are when executing the command.

This article gathers a comprehensive list of strategies and checks that can help prevent disasters when bulk deleting files. The examples rely on the find command, but the principles can be carried over to other commands.

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Recover Drupal MySQL database from raw files

MySQL folder on linux storing data

Accidents happen. Accidents can raid your backup storage, production and other site versions. You can accidentally forget to set up regular backups (ò_ô). Whatever adversity hits you sometimes you have to face the difficult situation of having only raw mysql folder from a hard drive to show for your data, and no healthy database export.

Luckily there is a way to recover the data if you know the steps and you're careful enough. This article documents this process.

Published in Drupal, Linux.