Friday, June 14, 2019

Access Your Android Phone's Storage, using Commands

There are a lot of apps for android, that enable file sharing over wifi. Some of them are free, and some of them are paid. But in this article, I will be sharing a kind of geek way on how to share your android phone's internal storage with your linux machine.

Install an app called termux from the play store. Download the app here: . This app will add terminal emulation to your android

Once installed, allow termux to access to storage. You can do that by going to Settings --> Apps & Notifications --> Termux --> Permissions, and enable Storage

Optional: to make your typing experience better, I recommend this keyboard app:

The http server of our choice is, the python's simple-http server. To use the simple-http, first you need to install python. Run below in your termux console
$ pkg install python -y

Get your phone's ip address. This can be easily done in termux
$ ip a | grep wlan0

Run http.server, to share your phone's internal storage over the wifi. /storage/emulated/0 is the default root directory for android phone's internal storage
$ python -m http.server /storage/emulated/0 

In your PC/laptop/other android, just use a browser to access the phone, via port 8000

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Accessing Android Phone via ssh

Sometimes, for whatever reason, you need to access your phone from your laptop. This can be done by installing openssh inside your phone.

First, you need an app called termux, to enable terminal emulator inside android. The app can be downloaded here, in google play store.

Once installed, fire up termux, and install openssh 
$ pkg install openssh

You need password to login via ssh, so set a password for your current user
$ passwd

You also need to know, what is the current username
$ whoami

Run sshd. By default sshd in termux runs on port 8022
$ sshd

Get the ip address of your android phone
$ ip addr show wlan0

Connect to your phone (replace with the output of the ip addr command), using standard ssh client on linux/mac terminal, or putty on windows
$ ssh u0_a211@ -p 8022 

In order to browse the whole internal storage of your phone, you need to enable storage permission for termux. That can be done by running:
$ termux-setup-storage

and clicking allow

Friday, May 31, 2019

Update time and date using chrony

Chrony is an application for a machine to sync with network time protocol servers.

To install chrony
# yum install chrony -y

Then, make sure to include some legit ntp servers in /etc/chrony.conf. In this case, we are using centos ntp pool servers.
# cat /etc/chrony.conf
server iburst
server iburst
server iburst
server iburst


Start chronyd (chrony daemon)
# systemctl start chronyd

Chrony will gradually update the system clock to follow the ntp servers, once chronyd is started. But if you want to chrony to update the time quickly, just use below command
# chronyc makestep

To start chronyd on boot:
# systemctl enable chronyd

Friday, May 24, 2019

Installing Joomla 3.9.6 on Centos 7 with httpd, php 7.3 and mysql 8.0


Install mysql 8.0 repository
# rpm -Uvh

Install mysql-server 8.0
# yum install -y mysql-community-server

Start mysql server
# systemctl start mysqld

Secure mysql server installation, answer yes to all question in the mysql_secure_installation procedure
# grep password /var/log/mysql.log
# mysql_secure_installation

Change mysql default authentication plugin to mysql_native_password. Refer here for more information
# cat >> /etc/my.cnf <<EOF


Restart mysql
# systemctl restart mysqld

Create database for joomla
# mysql -u root -p
mysql> create database joomla;
mysql> create user joomla@localhost identified by 'MyJoomla123!';
mysql> grant all privileges on joomla.* to joomla@localhost;


Install epel and remi repository
# yum install epel-release -y
# rpm -Uvh

Install php73 and required components
yum --enablerepo=remi-php73 install php php-zlib php-xml php-json php-mcrypt php-mysqlnd -y


Install httpd server
# yum install -y httpd

Start httpd
# systemctl start httpd


Download joomla source code
# yum install -y wget
# wget

Create a directory for joomla in httpd's root directory
# mkdir /var/www/html/joomla

Extract the code into the directory in root directory
# tar -xvf Joomla_3-9-6-Stable-Full_Package.tar.gz -C /var/www/html/joomla

Give proper owner to joomla directory
# chown -R apache.apache /var/www/html/joomla

Restart httpd
# systemctl restart httpd

Browse to http://your.ip.add.ress/joomla, to access the installation wizard. Fill in your site's preferences, and click Next

Fill in database details, as per MYSQL section above, and click Next

Fill in ftp configurations, if applicable, and click Next

Click Install

Joomla is now installed

Copy the code in Notice, and paste it in a new file called /var/www/html/joomla/configuration.php

Remove the installation older
# rm -rf /var/www/html/joomla/installation
Click on Site button to view your joomla main page, and click on Administrator button to view your joomla administrator's site.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Install openshift origin 3.11 cluster on a single virtualbox VM running CentOS 7

The minimum requirements for openshift origin (OKD) 3.11 is at least 16GB memory, but since my machine does not have that much capacity, I just use 8GB memory, and exclude all hardware checks in my inventory file

For openshift installation to run smoothly, you need a proper, separate DNS server. Refer to my previous post, on how to setup a very easy DNS server. The DNS can be installed in another VM with probably 512MB memory.

Prepare a VM, with:
- 8GB memory
- 50GB hardisk
- 1 vcpu
- bridged network

Install centos 7 on the VM

Since we are going to use ansible, passwordless ssh is necessary, even though it is just only one machine
# ssh-keygen
# ssh-copy-id localhost

Update the operating system, and install base packages
# yum update -y; yum install wget git net-tools bind-utils yum-utils iptables-services bridge-utils bash-completion kexec-tools sos psacct -y; reboot

Install epel repository, and disable the repo by default
# yum install -y epel-release; sed -i 's/enabled=1/enabled=0/' /etc/yum/repos.d/epel.repo

Install ansible and pyOpenSSL
# yum install -y --enablerepo=epel ansible pyOpenSSL

Install docker
# yum install -y docker-1.13.1

Clone the openshift-origin repository in github. This repository will provide required playbooks and configuration files
# cd
# git clone
# cd openshift-ansible
# git checkout release-3.11

Generate a hashed password for your first user
# openssl passwd -apr1 typeyourpasswordhere

Prepare your inventory file. You can refer here for the meaning of each options in below inventory file. Make sure that every hostname used in this file is DNS resolvable 
# cat > ~/openshift-ansible/inventory.ini <<EOF

'kind': 'HTPasswdPasswordIdentityProvider'}]
openshift_master_identity_providers=[{'name': 'htpasswd_auth', 'login': 'true', 'challenge': 'true', 'kind': 'HTPasswdPasswordIdentityProvider'}]
openshift_master_htpasswd_users={'admin': '$apr1$qpJB3Cls$PN7/HlUNqBXikBl.jnrHF.'}

[masters] openshift_schedulable=true 


[nodes] openshift_schedulable=true openshift_node_group_name="node-config-all-in-one"

Run the prerequisites.yml playbook. This playbook will install required for openshift installation
# cd ~/openshift-ansible
# ansible-playbook -i inventory.ini playbook/prerequisites.yml

Run the deployment playbook to deploy your openshift cluster
# ansible-playbook -i inventory.ini playbook/deploy_cluster.yml

Once installation is complete, verify your installation by checking on the nodes
# oc get nodes

and logging in to openshift webconsole which in this case is, providing the username and password as per in your inventory.ini file