Make Skype use desktop theme on 64bit Linux

To make Skype use the same theme as other desktop applications (in my case, the same theme I'm using for Gtk apps), you'll need to install the 32bit version of the gtk theme engine you're using.

On debian jessie, I simply did:

apt-get install gtk2-engines:i386

Also make sure you have ia32-libs installed, but should already be in order to make Skype work..

Deploying an Elasticsearch cluster via SaltStack

Here is a short guide covering the steps I followed in order to deploy an ElasticSearch cluster using SaltStack to manage configuration.


For the purposes of testing, I will be using a bunch of locally-installed virtualmachines. Specifically, we'll have:

  • A machine running salt master
  • Three elasticsearch nodes

Creating the VMs

To create the machines, I just installed a bare-bones wheezy image (under KVM) and cloned it four times:

virt-clone -o TemplateWheezy -n es-cluster-salt-master -f /mnt/virtualmachines/es-cluster-salt-master.img -m '52:54:00:ee:55:f0'
for id in 01 02 03; do
    virt-clone -o TemplateWheezy -n es-cluster-node-"$id ...

Using nvidia driver on debian jessie

I had some troubles getting nvidia proprietary drivers up & running on Debian Jessie (kernel 3.13-1-amd64).

I'm sharing the solution I found here, as it might be useful to somebody else.

Machine configuration

Machine: Thinkpad W530
Graphics card: NVIDIA Corporation GK107GLM [Quadro K2000M] (rev a1)
Operating System: Debian Jessie (testing) - amd64
Kernel: 3.13-1-amd64 (3.13.10-1)

The error message I got:

[   36.508494] NVRM: GPU at 0000:01:00.0 has fallen off the bus.
[   36.508500] NVRM: os_pci_init_handle: invalid context!
[   36.508502] NVRM: os_pci_init_handle: invalid context!
[   36.508507] NVRM: GPU at 0000:01:00.0 has fallen ...

Importing Apache logs in ElasticSearch

I needed some way to visualize and analyze logs from webservers.

So, I decided to use the "elasticsearch stack" for that:

Setting up ElasticSearch

Just download, untar and launch:

tar xzvf elasticsearch-1.1.1.tar.gz
cd elasticsearch-1.1.1

Check if everything is ok:

http localhost:9200

Importing logs to ElasticSearch

I used LogStash to import the logs from file to ElasticSearch. That required a bit of configuration.

First, download & unpack logstash:

wget ...

Using HTTPS with self-signed certificate in nginx

I recently needed to enable https support on a nginx server, using self-signed certificates. This is roughly the procedure I followed to:

  • Create a CA siging certificate
  • Create a delegate CA certificate for the actual signing
  • Generate a certificate signing request
  • Sign the request generating the final certificate

Generating the CA certificate

First of all, generate the master CA certificate:

# Create the CA key
openssl genrsa -des3 -out ca.orig.key 4096

# Remove passphrase from CA key (optional)
openssl rsa -in ca.orig.key -out ca.key

# Create certificate (will create signing request + sign it)
openssl req -new -x509 -days ...

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