Linux : Configuring X Windows 11 December 2003 at 00:00
  1. Add /usr/X11R6/bin to your PATH environment variable in .bash_profile if it is not already there. The statement should look something like PATH=$PATH:/usr/X11R6/bin and be placed before the export PATH statement.
  2. Run source ~/.bash_profile
  3. Create the XF86Config file with
    cd ~
    XFree86 -configure
    The screen will go black and you may hear some clicking of the monitor. This command will create a file, in your home directory.
  4. Edit to suit your system. The details of the file are located in the man page man XF86Config. Some things you may want to do are:
    • Section "Files". Change the order of the font paths searched. You may want to put 100dpi fonts ahead of 75dpi fonts if your system normally comes up closer to 100 dots per inch. You may want to remove some font directories completely.
    • Section "Screen". Add a DefaultDepth statement such as: DefaultDepth 16. In the SubSection for your default depth, add a modes line such as: Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768". The first mode listed will normally be the starting resolution.
  5. Test the system with XFree86 -xf86config ~/ You will only get a gray background with an X-shaped mouse cursor, but it confirms the system is working. Exit with Control-Alt-Backspace. If the system does not work, take a look at /var/log/XFree86.0.log to see what went wrong.
  6. Move the configuration file to its final location: mv ~/ /etc/X11/XF86Config-4
  7. Start X with startx.
Installing Apache, MySQL and PHP on Slackware 24 December 2003 at 00:00

This assumes that none of the above are installed. If they are remove them from your system if you are not sure they are working correctly.


  1. Download MySQL from
  2. Untar the downloaded file tar xzvf mysql_xx.tar.gz.
  3. Go into the mysql_xxx folder created by the unzip process.
  4. Run ./configure to configure the compilation.
  5. Run make to compile MySQL.
  6. Run make install to install MySQL.
  7. Run mysql_install_db to initialise the database server.
  8. Run safe_mysqld & to start the database server. The ampersand is required so that the command returns the console back to you. Since MySql 3.23 this often comes back with the following:
    Starting mysqld daemon with databases from /usr/local/var
    030508 16:00:00 mysqld ended
    If you see this, there is a permissions problem which you need to sort out as indicated in the following step. If you do not get the "ended" message, you can skip the next step.
  9. You will need to change ownership of the folder displayed in the first line of the above message. For the above message, the command would be chown -R mysql.mysql /usr/local/var/.
  10. Try and start the database server again with safe_mysqld &.
  11. Change the root password with mysqladmin -uroot -h'yourmachine' password 'yourpassword'. The -h option is for the host. It is optional but if you get a message along the lines of "connect to server at 'localhost' failed" you will need to put it in with the name of your machine.
  12. You should be able to connect to the MySQL service now with mysql -uroot -p'yourpassword'. You will now be able to enter SQL commands terminated by a ';'. To exit the console, type 'q'.
  13. To automatically start MySQL on system startup is dependant on your version of Linux:
    • cp support-files/mysql.server /etc/rc.d
    • chmod +x /etc/rc.d/mysql.server
    • Edit your /etc/rc.d/rc.local file and add the following line to the end: /etc/rc.d/mysql.server start

    • cp support-files/mysql.server /etc/rc.d/init.d
    • chmod +x /etc/rc.d/init.d/mysql.server
    • ln -s /etc/rc.d/init.d/mysql.server /etc/rc.d/rc3.d/S98mysql (if you boot into the console)
    • ln -s /etc/rc.d/init.d/mysql.server /etc/rc.d/rc5.d/S98mysql (if you boot into X Windows)
    • Edit your /etc/rc.d/rc.local file and add the following line to the end: /etc/rc.d/mysql.server start

Apache 1.3.2x and PHP

Apache and PHP get compiled and installed together so that PHP can run as a module of Apache.

  1. Extract apache in your source directory: tar zxvf apache_1.3.27.tar.gz
  2. Extract php in your source directory: tar zxvf php-4.0.6.tar.gz
  3. Go into the apache folder and run ./configure.
  4. Go back and into the PHP folder and run
  5. Compile PHP with make
  6. Copy the binaries to the correct locations with make install
  7. Move into the apache module and compile PHP into Apache as a module with ./configure --activate-module=src/modules/php4/libphp4.a
  8. Compile Apache with make
  9. Copy the Apache binaries to the correct places with make install.
  10. Complete the process by configuring your httpd.conf file:
    • Add the line AddType application/x-httpd-php .php
    • Add the line AddType application/x-httpd-php .php3
    • Add index.php to the DirectoryIndex value e.g. DirectoryIndex index.php index.html
    • Restart the web server with the command apachectl restart
  11. Create the file /usr/local/apache/htdocs/test.php and put in it. When connecting to the file (usually via http://localhost/test.php) you should see reams of PHP information.

Apache 2.0.x and PHP

Download the archives and place them in /usr/src

  1. tar xzvf httpd-2_0_NN.tar.gz
  2. tar xzvf php-NN.tar.gz
  3. cd httpd-2_0_NN
  4. ./configure --enable-so
  5. make
  6. make install
Apache 2.0 will now be available under /usr/local/apache2, configured with loadable module support and the standard MPM prefork.
  1. cd ../php-NN
  2. ./configure --with-apxs2=/usr/local/apache2/bin/apxs 			--with-mysql 
  3. make
  4. make install
If you decide to change your configuration options after installation, you only need to repeat the last three steps. You only need to restart apache for the new module to take effect. A recompile of Apache is not needed.

Setup your php.ini with cp php.ini-dist /usr/local/lib/php.ini.

Edit your httpd.conf to load the PHP module. For PHP 4:

  LoadModule php4_module modules/

For PHP 5:

  LoadModule php5_module modules/

Finally, ensure Apache parses PHP by maaking sure the following line is present (if not - add it). The .phps line is optional and is used to display PHP source.

  AddType application/x-httpd-php .php .phtml
  AddType application/x-httpd-php-source .phps

Start Apache with /usr/local/apache2/bin/apachectl start.

Java sockets - file transfers 14 December 2003 at 00:00

Assuming you have an open socket for doing the transfer (and without the correct try..catch error handling you require):


  DataOutputStream dos = new DataOutputStream(socket.getOutputStream());
  File f = new File("C:\temp\myimage.jpg");
  FileInputStream fis = new FileInputStream(f);
  byte[] buffer = new byte[4096];
  int len;
  while ((len = > 0) {
    dos.write(buffer, 0, len);  


  DataInputStream dis = new DataInputStream(socket.getInputStream());
  File fout = new File("c:\temp\newimage.jpg");
  FileOutputStream fos = new FileOutputStream(fout);
  byte[] buffer = new byte[4096];
  int len;
  while ((len = > 0) {
    fos.write(buffer, 0, len);
SQL Server : Executing executables 19 December 2003 at 00:00
You can use the xp_cmdshell extended stored procedure to execute command line commands or to run an executable.
EXEC master..xp_cmdshell 'dir "C:Program FilesMyProg" *.*'