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Monday, September 10, 2018

Duply backup on MacOS

Download duplicity from


cd duplicity-0.7.18

mkvirtualenv duply_backup

brew install librsync
brew install gpg
pip install fasteners

python setup install

Download duply from


cd duply_2.1

workon duply_backup

./duply -V
  duply version 2.1

  Using installed duplicity version 0.7.18, python 2.7.14 (/Users/vkanwade/.virtualenvs/duply_backup/bin/python2), gpg 2.2.10 (Home: /Users/vkanwade/.gnupg), awk 'awk version 20070501', grep 'grep (BSD grep) 2.5.1-FreeBSD', bash '3.2.57(1)-release (x86_64-apple-darwin17)'.

export DUPL_PYTHON_BIN=~/.virtualenvs/duply_backup/bin/python
export PATH="$PATH:/opt/duply_2.1/"

duply myprofile create
vim ~/.duply/myprofile/conf

GPG_PW='<some random pwd generated with pwgen. store it safe, required for restore>'

TARGET='s3://< s3_prefix>< s3_region >< s3_bucket >/duply/myprofile'
# s3_prefix: eu-central-1 's3.', else 's3-'

export AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID='< aws_s3_backup_id >'
export AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY='< aws_s3_backup_secret >'
DUPL_PARAMS="$DUPL_PARAMS --allow-source-mismatch --s3-use-new-style --s3-european-buckets "





NOTE: just wanted to dump the info. formatting will come.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

MacOS - Operation not permitted - Can't upgrade package 'six'

For most of the packages, python-dateutil is the one which causes all the issue. So just upgrade it an all other installations should be fine.

sudo -H pip install --upgrade python-dateutil --ignore-installed six

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Bash - Get output after matching line

$ cat file.txt
line 1
line 2
this is the line
line 4
line 5

If you want lines starting from "this is the line"

$ cat file.txt | awk '/this is the line/{ f=1; } f'
this is the line
line 4
line 5

When the line is found, set f to 1.
The last 'f' is shortcut to 'f == 1 { print }'

If you want output after the matching line

$ cat file.txt | awk '/this is the line/{ f=1; next; } f'
line 4
line 5

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Get celery init.d scripts

Downloads init.d scripts (celeryd and celerybeat) for your installed version.
Also accepts APP_NAME as an argument. Saves the files as celeryd-<app_name> and celerybeat-<app_name>

Install Redis inside virtualenv

Just run this script.
Puts the redis.conf in ${VIRTUAL_ENV}/etc/redis.conf.
Adds a wrapper redis-server-ve to use this conf by default.

Defaults to stable release. Else pass the version as an argument.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Packer vmware-iso on Ubuntu 14.04 with VMware Player 6

VMware build can be done with packer on Ubuntu using VMware Player 6.

Download VMware Player 6 from:|PLAYER-603|product_downloads

Also, click on Driver & Tools and download the correct version of VIX.

$ wget
$ chmod +x VMware-Player-6.0.3-1895310.x86_64.bundle
$ sudo ./VMware-Player-6.0.3-1895310.x86_64.bundle

$ wget
$ chmod +x VMware-VIX-1.13.3-1895310.x86_64.bundle
$ sudo ./VMware-VIX-1.13.3-1895310.x86_64.bundle

$ sudo apt-get install qemu-utils

$ packer build vmware.json

If you see errors like vmware or vmrun not in $PATH, VIX was not installed properly.

If you see errors like "specified version not found", incorrect version of VIX was installed.

If you see qemu related errors, qemu-utils was not installed.

vmware-iso only outputs the vmware instance as .vmx along with other files.

To export to ovf/ova format
$ ovftool appliance.vmx appliance.ovf
$ ovftool appliance.vmx appliance.ova

Thursday, July 18, 2013

VMware Fusion - Permissions on Shared Folders on Ubuntu

VMware Fusion provides a nice functionality of sharing folder from host (Mac OSX) to guest (Ubuntu). But then, it seems they are more focused on windows guests, because they screwup on file permissions of shared folders.

"ls -al /mnt/hgfs" will show 501 dialout as user and group, which is sure to cause permission issues on linux guest.

Update: Found a more persistent alternative
1. sudo vim /etc/vmware-tools/
2. Search for 'vmhgfs_mnt="/mnt/hgfs"'. After this line add: 'vmuser=${VMWARE_MNT_USER:-root}'
3. Then search for 'vmware_exec_selinux "mount -t vmhgfs .host:/ $vmhgfs_mnt"' and replace it with following section:
   uid=`id --user $vmuser`
   gid=`id --group $vmuser`
   vmware_exec_selinux "mount -t vmhgfs .host:/ $vmhgfs_mnt -o uid=$uid,gid=$gid"
4. sudo vim /etc/init/vmware-tools.conf
Before the "pre-start" and "post-stop" lines add:
env VMWARE_MNT_USER=[The guest user you want]
5. sudo reboot

NOTE: This will have to be redone when you update/ reinstall vmware-tools

To fix this:
ssh to your ubuntu.
run command "id". Make note of uid and gid.
"sudo vim /etc/mtab"
look for line ".host:/ /mnt/hgfs vmhgfs rw,ttl=1 0 0"
Duplicate the line and change it to ".host:/ /mnt/hgfs vmhgfs rw,ttl=1,uid=1000,gid=1000 0 0"
"sudo umount /mnt/hgfs"
"sudo mount /mnt/hgfs"

Now do a "ls -al /mnt/hgfs" to verify if correct username and group are shown.

Ideally, vmware fusion should be making this as transparent as possible. But then again, they don't care because they still don't have a real competition. Once, we do some real competitors, maybe then might start worrying about such minor but key items.

Currently, I spend more time trying to get it working than actually working on a VM. I am desperately looking for a better alternative.

This seems like a pretty neat fix. On the sharing screen, VMWare could add a simple textbox for user name and next time vmware tools are installed, use this value while generating the vmware-tools.conf file.

Not sure when VMWare will take note of such minor issues.