Man of many talents. Server janitor, Chief Googler, Vice President of Pencil Sharpening, Director of Turning Things Off and On Again. Technology Plumber using Linux for stuff like Satellite STB, home CCTV system, kitchen sound bar, workstations, even car onboard computer. And servers, oh yeah - lots of them. I've been a Linux Mercenary for quite a while now, often using information posted by kind strangers on the Internet to solve problems during this journey. This blog is a humble attempt to give something back to the community.

Jun 162017

Been searching for a tool to streamline ZFS replication between my storage arrays and I think I found it – it’s called syncoid.


# ubuntu
apt install pv lzop mbuffer libconfig-inifiles-perl git -y
# centos
yum install pv lzop mbuffer perl-Config-IniFiles.noarch git -y

cd /usr/src/
git clone
cp sanoid/syncoid /usr/local/sbin/

Now setup SSH keys for passwordless root login and create cronjob to fire up /usr/local/sbin/ once a day/week/whenever suits you.

0 0 * * 1   /usr/local/sbin/|logger

Where /usr/local/sbin/ is

FILESYSTEMS="apps home service vmfs"
for i in $FILESYSTEMS; do 
echo "---------------  `date` - syncing $i -------------" >> $LOG 2>&1 
/usr/local/sbin/syncoid -r [email protected]:tank/$i cistern/$i >> $LOG 2>&1
echo "---------------  `date` - done $i -------------" >> $LOG 2>&1


No matching ciphers

You may get a message:

"no matching cipher found: client [email protected],arcfour server aes256-ctr,aes192-ctr,aes128-ctr,arcfour256,arcfour128" 

most likely when you run Centos 6 on target host. You need to check for available ciphers on target host and modify syncoid script accordingly.

# ssh -Q cipher [email protected]| paste -d , -s
3des-cbc,blowfish-cbc,cast128-cbc,arcfour,arcfour128,arcfour256,aes128-cbc,aes192-cbc,aes256-cbc,[email protected],aes128-ctr,aes192-ctr,aes256-ctr,[email protected],[email protected],[email protected]

and paste output from above on line 39 of /usr/local/sbin/

$sshcipher = '-c 3des-cbc,blowfish-cbc,cast128-cbc,arcfour,arcfour128,arcfour256,aes128-cbc,aes192-cbc,aes256-cbc,[email protected],aes128-ctr,aes192-ctr,aes256-ctr,[email protected],[email protected],[email protected] ';


Now your sync will run OK.



It gets the job done nicely and saves me from writing my own bash-perl-voodoo-black-magic-fuckery.

Thanks Jim.

Jun 132017

This is a funny one. Well, if you find this kind of thing funny.

After completing “yum update” on Centos 7.3 box I started getting this error every time I tried to use yum

yum AttributeError: 'list' object has no attribute 'encode'


I poked around and it turned out that it was incompatible version of Spacewalk agent (or rather its components) so in order to get yum working again I had to run this:


rpm -e rhn-check rhn-setup rhnsd yum-rhn-plugin

Now yum should be working again and I’m on the hunt for the newer version of rhn-* packages.

Yeah. It’s not immediately clear from error message so took me a moment to figure this out.