Slow email sending from cPanel SMTP

I received a few complaints from different people, that sending of email messages is really slow. This didn’t make any sense, because no modifications were made on the server.

After an hour, I found that this was caused by Exim setting “Delay SMTP Transaction”. Quoting cPanel: The SMTP receiver will wait a few additional seconds for a connection when it detects spam messages in order to reduce inbound spam. 

So it’s another weapon to fight spam mail, but it makes sending slower.

You can disable this feature in Exim Configuration Manager -> ACL Options -> Introduce a delay into the SMTP transaction for unknown hosts and messages detected as spam.

When disabled, your emails should be fast again.

Cpanel – migrate all email accounts to new cPanel server with existing passwords. No password change

For migration of user accounts between cPanel servers, there is a superb “Transfer tool” which is provided and is part of Cpanel. With it, you can simply migrate all data from one server to another. But what about when you have the same accounts on both servers and you don’t want to overwrite data on a new server? I had one account for which the only email was necessary to transfer. This is not something transfer tool can do because I didn’t want to overwrite account.

If you have many email accounts and you don’t know passwords for them, it is realy pain in  the ass to change all passwords and make transfer via imapsync. But luckily, you can simly copy all email accounts from one Cpanel server to another by copy user’s “passwd” and “shadow” file.

Here is how you can migrate all email accounts from one server to another without changing username/password. All passwords will be transferred.

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Directadmin restore error: “your_user” is not a valid username

I had this weird error when I tried to restore some directadmin accounts on new server. Majority of accounts were restored successfully, but some returned this error:

user1 is not a valid username
user2 is not a valid username

I tried many things and than found out that there is default setting for username length in directadmin configuration max_username_length. Default value is 10, so if your username of account that you are trying to restore is larger than 10 characters, error will be returned. You have to edit directadmin configuration and set this variable.

[root@mx ~]# vi /usr/local/directadmin/conf/directadmin.conf

then edit max_username_length to larger value. I my example 20.

max_username_length=20

Directadmin – instal imagick (ImageMagick PHP module) with pecl – multi php

It’s amazingly simple. If you have multi PHP instances installed, go to bin directory of the one for which you want to install imagick module. In this example, I’ll install it on php version 7.3. This is CentOS 7 with Directadmin. You don’t need custombuild in this procedure.

Go to PHP bin directory:
[root@wutang4eva ~]# cd /usr/local/php73/bin/

Then just install imagick module likeå this:
[root@wutang4eva bin]# ./pecl install imagick

If php_ini is not set, then add extension to your php.ini manualy:
Add extension=imagick.so to /usr/local/php73/lib/php.ini

Restart php-fpm for php version - if you are using fpm of coruse:
systemctl restart php-fpm73.service

Check if imagick is installed:
[root@wutang4eva bin]# ./php73 -m | grep imag
imagick

If you want on other PHP versions, just do the same for each version you need imagick on.

I hope this helps.

Find common/identical lines within two files without DIFF

Here is really simple trick how to search for strings that are the same within two different files.

For presenting purposes I created two files with some text in it. Some text is the same, some not.

File 1:

> $ cat file1.txt 
test1
test2
test3
test4
test5

File2:

> $ cat file2.txt 
lala1
lala2
test3
test4
lala4
lala6

Here is how to find strings that are the same within both files:

> $ cat file1.txt file2.txt | sort | uniq -c | grep "2 " 
2 test3
2 test4

So, strings test3 and test4 occurring in both files.

Multidomain webroot for Letsencrypt with NGINX

If you have web server on which there is a lot of virtual hosts, you may want to have one webroot directory for Letsencrypt SSL certificates only. So when Letsencrypt will make the requests for SSL registration or renewal, it will look in this directory. In this case I did this on CentOS 7 with NGINX web server.

First, let’s create directory what will be used for letsencrypt purposes. It must be writable by your web server user. You can define different path.

[root@machine ~]# mkdir -p /var/www/le-certs
[root@machine ~]# chown -R wwwuser:wwwgroup /var/www/le-certs

Letsencrypt will need access in “.well-known/acme-challenge”. For NGINX add something like this in your server block for desired virtual host.

location ~ /.well-known/acme-challenge/ {
             root /var/www/le-certs/;
             break;
}

You can also create new file named, for example le-config.conf and add block above in to it. Then you can simply include this line in your virtual hosts. 

server {
             listen :443 ssl http2;
             server_name mywebsite.com www.mywebsite.com;
             root /var/www/mywebsite/;

             include le-config.conf;
              ...
}

 

 

MySQL/MariaDB – [ERROR] Plugin InnoDB registration as a STORAGE ENGINE failed error

I was migrating server and rsync all databases to new mariadb server. When tried to start mariadb on new server, I was getting this error:

Apr 24 18:30:26 my.server.com mysqld[9703]: 2018-04-24 18:30:26 140298644924544 [ERROR] Plugin 'InnoDB' init function returned error.
Apr 24 18:30:26 my.server.com mysqld[9703]: 2018-04-24 18:30:26 140298644924544 [ERROR] Plugin 'InnoDB' registration as a STORAGE ENGINE failed.
Apr 24 18:30:26 my.server.com mysqld[9703]: 2018-04-24 18:30:26 140298644924544 [Note] Plugin 'FEEDBACK' is disabled.
Apr 24 18:30:26 my.server.com mysqld[9703]: 2018-04-24 18:30:26 140298644924544 [ERROR] Unknown/unsupported storage engine: InnoDB
Apr 24 18:30:26 my.server.com mysqld[9703]: 2018-04-24 18:30:26 140298644924544 [ERROR] Aborting

Solution is to generate new ib_logfile0 and ib_logfile1 files. Just try steps bellow.

[root@lol ~]# cd /var/lib/mysql
[root@lol mysql]# mv ib_logfile0 ib_logfile0-backup 
[root@lol mysql]# mv ib_logfile1 ib_logfile1-backup
[root@lol mysql]# systemctl start mysql
[root@lol mysql]# mysql
Welcome to the MariaDB monitor.

It should work.

[kofi]

Pure-FTPd: install valid SSL certificate / solve untrusted localhost certificate problem on CentOS 7

If you installed Pure-FTPD on your CentOS 7 machine and trying to install SSL certificate on it, chances are that you added your pem file to “/etc/ssl/private/”. I installed valid certificate in this directory and still getting untrusted warning for localhost certificate. Later, I found out that this path is wrong and self signed certificate was being used. Right path on CentOS 7 is “/etc/pki/pure-ftpd/”.

Here is how to do it right on Centos.

  • Create pem certificate that contains your key, crt and intermediate all in one file – pure-ftpd.pem
  • Move this certificate to /etc/pki/pure-ftpd/ as this is the right directory on CentOS.
  • In your pure-ftpd.conf, set TLS to 2.
  • Enable PassivePortRange from 30000 – 65000.
  • Restart pure-ftpd.

It should work.

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