Port forwarding using ssh


How to use port forwarding when you are behind a firewall.

to access a service running locally on the remote server.

To setup a proxy

ssh -L 3128:localhost:80 <username>@YOURREMOTESERVER

REMOTE Port forwarding

Below example could be used to access RDP behind a firewall, but accessible from YOURREMOTESERVER


3389 – RDP port

N – will not start a terminal session.



Use localhost as the hostname/IP to establish connection from your desktop

compressing a pdf to a lower size

Use Ghost Script from commandline

gs -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -dNOPAUSE -dQUIET -dBATCH -dPDFSETTINGS=/screen -dCompatibilityLevel=1.6 -sOutputFile=pdfoutsmallfile.pdf pdfinputlargefile.pdf

-dNOPAUSE – disable the interactive prompting
pdfwrite – create pdf files
-dCompatibilityLevel=1.6 – compatibility with each versions of adobe. Use 1.3,1.4,1.6,1.7
-sOutputFile – name of the output file.

Port check script

NC=’\033[0m’ # No Color

function checkport {
if nc -zv -w30 $1 $2 <<< ” &> /dev/null
echo “${GREEN}[O]${NC} $1:$2”
echo “${RED}[C]${NC} $1:$2”

printf “server list:”;
read server
printf “ports list[enter for default]:”
read ports_to_check

if [[ $ports_to_check = “” ]]; then
echo “using default port list”;
ports_to_check=”22 389 3306 8080″; #enter your default list of ports here
echo “$ports_to_check”;

for i in $server;do
echo “==========================================”
for j in $ports_to_check ; do
checkport $i $j
}; done

Create a md5 hash password

Here are the steps to create an MD5 hash password

To use in linux shadow file or when you want to update the password somewhere

You will need “mkpasswd”

If your server seem to be missing the mkpasswd command, install it using yum.

yum install expect

Create the password and update for the user in /etc/shadow file.

mkpasswd -l 8 -d 3 -C 1 -s 1 maugustine

l – minimum length of password

d – minimum number of digits in password

C – number of uppercase characters

s – special characters.


The user you specify in mkpasswd should exist on the system

Grep command for windows

Here is how you do grep in windows using powershell.

PS G:\> Get-ChildItem -Path G:\messages\processed | Select-String -Pattern “string pattern” | Measure-Object -Line

Find your tomcat version

Sometimes you might need to figure out your tomcat version from within the folder where you run tomcat from. The below command will help you get the details.

java -cp lib/catalina.jar org.apache.catalina.util.ServerInfo

/usr/share/tomcat7$ java -cp lib/catalina.jar org.apache.catalina.util.ServerInfo
Server version: Apache Tomcat/7.0.81
Server built: Aug 11 2017 10:21:27 UTC
Server number:
OS Name: Linux
OS Version: 3.13.0-95-generic
Architecture: amd64
JVM Version: 1.7.0_75-b13
JVM Vendor: Oracle Corporation

how to wget from a site with authentication

when you got to download from a site that ask for authentication details use the below flags to specify the user and password details


wget  –user=’yourusernamehere’ –password=’yourpasswordhere’ –auth-no-challenge  https://yoururlhere.com

ERROR 1217 (23000) at line 287: Cannot delete or update a parent row: a foreign key constraint fails

ERROR 1217 (23000) at line 287: Cannot delete or update a parent row: a foreign key constraint fails

If you got this error, it means that you are trying to restore a database sql file which got dependancy on other tables.

To override and restore anyway, add this to the top of the .sql dump file


This will make sure that the foreign key checks are disabled for the session while restoring.