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This is the web page of Andy Beverley, where I have put a variety of information that is either difficult to find on the web, or that I want as a handy reference for the future. There are also a couple of other pages at the end that do not fall into these categories! Feel free to email me

About me

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Build MariaDB with readline support

I've been frustrated with the use of editline (libedit) instead of readline that MariaDB is now built with in Debian 11. I have found editline to be buggy: its implementation of Ctrl-R and editing of wrapped lines do not work well, plus Ctrl-W not being mapping to delete a word by default is infuriating!

As I understand it, Debian is no longer able to distribute MariaDB built against readline as the former is GPL2 and the latter GPL3, and apparently the 2 are incompatible for distribution. So I have written instructions for how to rebuild MariaDB against readline in Debian.

Building packages from later versions of Debian for earlier releases

I had a problem recently whereby a bug was fixed in a testing version of Debian (Bookworm) but had not been released to the current stable version (Bullseye). I decided to build the Bookworm version of the package for Bullseye:

apt-get install dpkg-dev devscripts
vim /etc/apt/sources.list # Enable source packages
apt-get update
apt source chkrootkit
apt build-dep chkrootkit
cd chkrootkit-0.55
dch --bpo # Update package version so as not to conflict
debuild -uc -us

Example: building openarc package from experimental

Add experimental sources to /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb-src experimental main contrib
apt-get build-dep openarc
apt-get source openarc
cd openarc-1.0.0~beta3+dfsg/
cd debian/patches
dch --bpo # Add letter to suggested version
debuild -uc -us


JSON Web Tokens with Perl

Some examples of how to use JWTs with Perl

Bulk resizing images

# Maximum width 400px and max height 700px
mogrify -resize '400x700>' *.png

# Maximum width 400px
mogrify -resize '400>' *.png

Using Overlay (OpenStreetMap)

Using iptables and PHP to create a captive portal

There are various captive portal software packages available (both free and open source). None of the packages I tried did what I wanted and were not particularly customisable. Therefore I created my own using a few iptables rules and PHP (along with a handful of other standard packages). The page below details the steps taken. Using iptables and PHP to create a captive portal

Set up Guacamole on Ubuntu in order to share the desktop remotely over the web using HTML5

These are a few notes that I made to do the above. It needs testing and writing up properly.

Create a PDF photo slideshow using Latex

This page describes how to use Latex to create a PDF photo slideshow. This is a good halfway house between simply displaying photos using a picture viewer, and creating a Powerpoint-type slideshow with text and so on. The advantage of Latex, of course, is that the whole presentation can be created automatically from a template - no fidgety Powerpoint formatting to worry about.

Fair traffic shaping an ADSL line for a local network using Linux

Traffic shaping a standard ADSL link in order to share it with a couple of hundred users is a common problem. There are dozens of bits of software and firewall scripts out there already to do this. This particular page details a method that I have used successfully for several years. It aims to be as simple as possible, is easily customised, and uses connlimit to identify P2P users. Although the latter is not 100% reliable, it seems to work pretty well and does not fall foul of any new/changed P2P software that happens to some of the other scripts. The page is written as more of a tutorial; if you would like to use this in practice, then I recommend you check out the scripts in the “captive portal from scratch” page below. Fair traffic shaping an ADSL line for a local network using Linux

Setting up a captive portal from scratch using Debian

The link below gives the full details from start to finish of installing the Debian operating system, setting up a captive portal and shaping traffic fairly for dozens of users. Setting up a captive portal from scratch using Debian

PortalShaper - details of the scripts used in the installation above

PortalShaper is a set of scripts to:

  • Create a captive portal using iptables and PHP
  • Install a set of PHP scripts to manage the captive portal
  • Traffic shape the internet connection to optimise its speed
  • Create a “splash page” to display adverts to users
  • Load share between multiple connections

Installation of the scripts is described in the page above. This page describes how they work

Nwipe Secure Disk Erase

DBAN is a popular and easy to use disk wiping program. I have extracted the dwipe program that it uses and created a new project called nwipe. This is essentially the same as dwipe, but can be compiled and used in most modern Linux distributions. If you are having trouble running or booting DBAN, then nwipe is for you.

MET4PERL Instromet Weather Station Logger

met4perl is a re-spin of the MET4NET software published by Instromet, but implemented in a very simple Perl interface. Currently it is only written for Linux, but it would be easy to add other platforms.

Using backup2l with Debian

Backup2l is an excellent and efficient backup tool. The documentation is sparse though. The following page provides some quick and dirty instructions for getting it working. Setting up backup2l with Debian

Customise live Ubuntu for internet cafe environment

A page with instructions on how to customise a copy of Ubuntu and make it network bootable in order to use within an internet cafe environment. In my opinion this is vastly superior to most arrangements in internet cafes that I use! Customise live Ubuntu for internet cafe environment

Setup SMTP authentication with Postfix running on Debian

The original idea of this page was a quick and dirty howto on how to setup SMTP authentication on Postfix. However, it turned out that there was no quick way to achieve what I wanted (encrypted passwords over an unencrypted link, using Courier IMAP as the password database). It also turned out that I was running a non-standard Postfix (it wasn't chrooted). Therefore, as SMTP AUTH and SASL have always been something of a black art to me, I have written a few things down that I have discovered, as well as a quick and dirty howto on setting up a basic SASL database. SMTP authentication and Postfix

Setup clamav with Postfix on Debian Lenny in a chroot

Some quick steps showing something that's quite easy but not immediately obvious. Setup clamav with Postfix on Debian Lenny in a chroot

Tomatina tomato festival

A page with advice about the Tomatina festival that I attended in 2006. La Tomatina Tomato Festival - photos and advice

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