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svnserve with slikSVN

subversion_logoToday i was installing subversion on a 64Bit Windows 7 machine.
I chose the SlikSVN package to install Subversion, because i dont want to have
an Apache running on this computer, and it was the only 64 bit Subversion option.
Installed, out of the box and with installing svnserve as service with

sc create svnserve binpath= "c:\subversion\svnserve.exe --service
    --root c:\repos" displayname= "Subversion" depend= tcpip
    start= auto


it worked out of the box without any troubles.
The only thing that was not working was TortoiseSVN. So... it worked by command line but did not work with TortoiseSVN? Yes.
After trying for hours i uninstalled SlikSVN and tried the CollabNet package. With this package it worked without any troubles.

I really don't know what could be the reason for this. I also found some threads where people had the same problems.
Does anybody out there have hint, why it does not work with SlikSVN?

limit user rights - Jail Shell RBASH (Debian)

Another good way to limit the rights of a remote user in linux is to use rbash (restricted bash). Although there are ways to bypass the restrictions it is in my opinion a nice way to protect a user from himself (and my system from this user....).


useradd example -m -d /home/example -s /bin/rbash
usermod -s /bin/rbash example
passwd example

limit user rights - Jail Shell RSSH (Debian)

Another nice way to create users on linux that have just rights for scp/ftp/cvs/rdist/rsync is RSSH (restricted ssh).

Example (for debian)


apt-get install rssh

configure the rights by editing the config file (uncomment the things he should be able to do)

vi /etc/rssh.conf

add user or modify a already existing user

useradd -m -d /home/heinzi -s /usr/bin/rssh heinzi
usermod -s /usr/bin/rssh heinzi

Now the user can just access by the application you choose for him in rssh.conf.

limit user rights - Jail Shell SFTP (Debian)

By default a user in user has a lot of rights, nothing really critical, but why allow him to peak in any config files if he doesn't really need to? So i was looking for a way to limit the rights of a remote user, without the need to chmod a lot of files. The first way i found was to create a jail shell. This is a pretty cool way to limit a user to a handful of commands and prevent him of leaving his home-directory. It works either with SFTP (easy) and SSH (bit more of configuration) and can either be applied to a user or a group. The user is named "heinzi" in this example:



  Match User heinzi
  ChrootDirectory /home/heinzi
  AllowTCPForwarding no
  X11Forwarding no
  ForceCommand /usr/lib/openssh/sftp-server


  Match Group users  
  ChrootDirectory /home
  AllowTCPForwarding no
  X11Forwarding no
  ForceCommand /usr/lib/openssh/sftp-server

restart ssh

/etc/init.d/ssh restart 

The user should now be limited to his homedirectory.

limit user rights - Jail Shell SSH (Debian)

Here the example for ssh:jail_small


apt-get install sudo debianutils coreutils
get the script that does a lot of configuration for us
cd /usr/local/sbin
wget http://www.fuschlberger.net/programs/ssh-scp-sftp-chroot-jail/make_chroot_jail.sh
chmod 700 /usr/local/sbin/make_chroot_jail.sh

take a look if the script contains all APPS you need

vi /usr/local/sbin/make_chroot_jail.sh

create symlink back to home

cd /home
ln -s . home

create jailshell

make_chroot_jail.sh heinzi /bin/bash /home

config /etc/ssh/sshd_config

vi /etc/ssh/sshd_config

add at end of file

Match User heinzi
ChrootDirectory /home
AllowTCPForwarding no
X11Forwarding no

Match Group users

  ChrootDirectory /home
AllowTCPForwarding no
X11Forwarding no

restart ssh

/etc/init.d/ssh restart 

Bacula "Network error with FD during Backup"

bacu_logo-redWhen bacula jobs get the status "E" but the FileDaemon tells you that everything was ok, then you probably have to set the heartbeat interval in your bacula-configuration-files. It worked for me to set "Heartbeat Interval = 1 minutes" in the FileDaemon and StorageDaemon configuration files.

port 9240 already in use



"java.lang.InstantiationException: jms.xml: port 9240 already in use"

This error can occur if you try to start the oc4j (startinst.bat on windows) and the oc4j was not shutdown with the shutdown script that is delivered by oracle. Just execute the shutdown script (stopinst.bat on Windows). That should solve your problem.


XPlanner+ Permissions for security Manager

If you want to run XPlanner+ with the security-manager of tomcat turned on, you need to give following permissions tested with tomcat5:


permission javax.security.auth.AuthPermission "modifyPrincipals";
permission java.net.SocketPermission "","connect, resolve";
permission java.net.SocketPermission "localhost:9090","connect,resolve";
permission java.lang.RuntimePermission "getProtectionDomain";
permission java.lang.RuntimePermission "shutdownHooks";
permission java.lang.RuntimePermission "accessClassInPackage.org.apache.jasper.el";
permission java.lang.RuntimePermission "accessClassInPackage.org.apache.coyote";
permission java.lang.RuntimePermission "accessClassInPackage.javax.el";
permission java.lang.reflect.ReflectPermission "suppressAccessChecks";
permission java.lang.RuntimePermission "accessDeclaredMembers";
permission java.io.FilePermission 
"/var/lib/tomcat5.5/webapps/xplanner-plus/xplanner-plus-activity.log", "read,write";
permission java.io.FilePermission "*","read";
permission java.io.FilePermission "/usr/share/tomcat5.5/common/-","read";
permission java.io.FilePermission "/usr/share/tomcat5.5/bin/bootstrap.jar", "read";
permission java.io.FilePermission "/usr/share/java/commons-daemon.jar", "read";
permission java.io.FilePermission 
permission java.util.PropertyPermission "*","read,write";
permission java.net.SocketPermission "jakarta.apache.org:80","connect,resolve";


I tested this permissions on Debian Lenny. The xplanner-plus-activity.log is in this path because i changed it manually. Reason is that there seems to be a bug in the log4j configuration i already reported.

XPlanner Plus

xppSome years ago a colleague introduced a tool named XPLanner in our project. I was a little bit sceptic, because it's originally designed for agile develoment, not exactly i was used to. But after some days i noticed that it is a really good tool to keep an eye of your own tasks, and also to the tasks of your colleagues, that is for example important if you wait for some feature to finish to complete your own work.
I really liked it! But a while ago development stopped completely. A lot of people were waiting for a new version, there seem to be a lot of installations still out there. I also tried some other tools for XP or agile development, but i could not find anything comparable.
XPLanner is simple and fast. You need about ten  mins to explain somebody else how to use it.

Some weeks ago i came upon XPlanner+ that is a continuation of XPlanner. Maxim Chirkov seems to be the lead developer, and is doing a good job. I currently am trying to make it run on Debian, that is not that easy mainly because of my (the lack of) Tomcat-skills.
This project is really worth to keep an eye on!

Cannot configure CacheManager


And again a tomcat issue! If you ever get over


Cannot configure CacheManager: 
Could not set attribute "path"


in your logfiles, you have a permission problem on your tomcat-application-server. If you are in debian go to the directory /etc/tomcat5.5/policy.d/ choose the right file (system/debian/webapps/catalina/admin policy) and add following permission

permission java.util.PropertyPermission "java.io.tmpdir", "read";


After restarting your tomcat (/etc/init.d/tomcat5.5 restart on debian) this config issue should be gone.


Tomcat on Debian

I am trying to get an webapplication run on Debian. This application needs the sun-jdk not the GNU-jdk. Following is reproducable at will:

apt-get install sun-java6-jdk sun-java6-plugin
apt-get install tomcat5.5 tomcat5.5-admin

apt-get install tomcat5.5 tomcat5.5-admin
apt-get install sun-java6-jdk sun-java6-plugin

A does not install the gcj VM, B does install gcj + sun (that's fine)

i tried to make B choosing the sun-jdk by
update-alternatives --config java
update-alternatives --config javac
update-java-alternatives --set java-6-sun

when starting the tomcat-manager always java 1.5 is displayed
when removing apt-get remove java-gcj-compat
the manager is not able to run anymore

There seems to be an issue, when installing the tomcat without a sun-java-jdk (or jre) is present. I am investigating further.

Oracle Developer Patch

patchToday i was looking for about an hour for the patch to upgrade my newly installed Oracle Developer Suite to It was hard to find, because Oracle renamed the product on the update page to "Oracle Fusion Middleware Family". Yell

If you wanna get it, here is the Patchset Number: 5983622.

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