When using an mdbox or maildir mailbox, you need to use the dovecot-lda to deliver the message and not allow procmail to do this directly. I had a few issues getting this to work properly, here are the details of getting it going.

I have a view of profile data that I want to sort by lastname. The name field currently has "firstname [middlename] lastname" in it. I looked around and found this example of using views php filter to sort based on a query.

Our aliases are spammed like any other account, but filtering on them would require making a real account. I wanted to be able to filter aliases without creating accounts for everything. My first solution was to create an account and filter on that one, then using $original_local_part I could forward to a filtered alias. This works but if someone discovers the filtered alias, they can bypass the filtering.

The leap second has had been a problem for Java apps (389-console for me) and apparently some ruby apps (seems like puppet ((can't prove it)) ). I found the common fix is to just set the date based on the current date as shown here.

Doing this on all the machines, a single line with func.

We are using gnarwl for vacation notification and I would like gnarwl to only reply if the current time is in the vacationStart vacationEnd window.

Here is the queryfilter to do that using the following information:

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$recepient           - receiver of the message<br />
$time                - current time in seconds since the epoch

I often use dd to copy large files or make images from hard drives. It's annoying to watch something without any progress indicator, so I use the little known kill switch on dd.

From the man page:

Sending a USR1 signal to a running ‘dd’ process makes it print I/O statistics to standard error and then resume copying.

$ dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/null& pid=$!

I wanted to monitor the ambient temperature in my computer room and decided to try using the built in sensors on my servers. ipmitool showed an ambient temperature, so I did some sed to get just the temperature.

[thomas@hotstuff: ~] $ sudo ipmitool sdr type "Temperature" |grep Ambient
Ambient Temp | 08h | ok | 7.1 | 22 degrees C

A talk I gave at PICC 12 on mock

Slides available here

Update: I noticed that the syntax for vacationStart and vacationEnd do not permit integer comparisons. So I changed them from to This change allows you to make a gnarwl search string that uses the current time to check if a vacation is active.