A stop job is running for …

When you are getting message such as:

“A stop job is running for Session”

“A stop job is running for User manager for UID”

I found that a quick workaround would be to logout the user first and then shutting down or in terminal enter:

sudo shutdown now

Install Debian 9 with PHP 5.6 and MySQL 8

Due to the fact that php5.6-curl only works with libcurl3 and Debian 10 is shipped with libcurl4 with no option to downgrade lib curl, it appears you can only use Debian 9 when wanting to use the old PHP 5.6 and curl extensions.

sudo: command not found

After installation of Debian 9.11 and you try to install a package you might get the message: bash: sudo: command not found

To install sudo, run the following:


apt-get install sudo

Give the user the right to run sudo

usermod -aG sudo username

Log out the user to refresh the group permissions of the user

Reference: https://chewett.co.uk/blog/477/sudo-command-not-found-debian-fixed/

Install the firewall ufw on Debian

Run the package installer:

sudo apt-get install ufw

Enable the firewall

sudo ufw enable

Reference: https://www.tecmint.com/how-to-install-and-configure-ufw-firewall/

Install the Apache Web Server

Update the local package index to reflect the latest upstream changes:

sudo apt update

Install the apache2 package

sudo apt install apache2

Configure the firewall for port 80

sudo ufw allow in 'WWW Full'

On your local computer you can check ‘localhost’ in the browser to see if Apache is running.

To test the install from another computer find the IP address of the server with:

ip addr show

Reference: https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-install-the-apache-web-server-on-debian-9

Install MYSQL 8.0

MySQL 8.0 packages are available on the official MySQL Dev apt repository

sudo apt -y install wget
wget https://repo.mysql.com//mysql-apt-config_0.8.13-1_all.deb
sudo dpkg -i mysql-apt-config_0.8.13-1_all.deb

sudo apt update
sudo apt -y install mysql-server

Reference: https://computingforgeeks.com/how-to-install-mysql-8-0-on-debian/

Install PHP5.6

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

sudo apt install ca-certificates apt-transport-https
wget -q https://packages.sury.org/php/apt.gpg -O- | sudo apt-key add -
echo "deb https://packages.sury.org/php/ stretch main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/php.list

sudo apt update
sudo apt install php5.6

sudo apt install php5.6-cli php5.6-common php5.6-curl php5.6-mbstring php5.6-mysqlnd php5.6-xml

Create a PHP Info page to see if it is all working.

sudo nano /var/www/html/info.php

Type in:

<?php phpinfo(); ?>

Enter ctrl+x, y and enter

In your browser go to your https://webserver/info.php

Reference: https://tecadmin.net/install-php-debian-9-stretch/

Install phpMyAdmin

sudo nano /etc/mysql/my.cnf

Add the following lines:


Restart mysql server

sudo service mysql restart

Install phpmyadmin with

sudo apt install phpmyadmin php-mbstring php-gettext

Select apache2 by pressing SPACE, TAB and then enter

Configure database for phpmyadmin with dbconfig-common?

Choose no, as the installer will fail

Login to phpmyadmin with root


Create a new database called phpmyadmin, click on the Operations tab

Click ‘Create the phpMyAdmin configuration storage

Create an user called phpmyadmin

Choose ‘Native MySQL authentication’

For some reason after adding the user an error was generated, click on the phpmyadmin user, reenter the password and flush privileges.

Give user phpmyadmin full privileges to the database phpmyadmin


sudo apt update
sudo apt install vsftpd

sudo nano /etc/vsftpd.conf

Set the following in the vsftpd.conf file:

local umask=022

Add ufw exceptions

sudo ufw allow 20:21/tcp
sudo ufw allow 30000:31000/tcp
sudo systemctl restart vsftpd

Add the users that are allowed to access vsftpd to the vsftpd.userlist (one per line)

sudo nano /etc/vsftpd.user_list

The following is ONLY for dev environment

Add current user to group that owns /var/www/html folder

sudo usermod -a -G GROUPNAME USERNAME

Reboot system

Change group permissions to rwx

sudo chmod -R g+rwx /var/www/html

Quickbooks message: this action requires windows administrator permissions

On your Quickbooks server, go to Computer Management > Services

Scroll down till you find the listing for “QuickBooksDBXX” service.
Double click the service and then select the “Log On” tab.

Where it says “Log on as:” make sure the “Local System Account” button is selected instead of the \QBDataServiceUserXX account.

Disk space is affected by local snapshots for Time Machine on MacOS

Your Time Machine backup disk might not always be available, so Time Machine also stores some of its backups on your built-in startup drive and other local drives. These backups are called local snapshots. One snapshot is saved every hour. If you’re using macOS High Sierra, another snapshot is saved before installing any macOS update.

Snapshots older than 24 hours are automatically deleted according to Apple, but I’ve seen snapshots many days old. And to make sure that you have storage space when you need it, snapshots are stored only on disks that have plenty of free space. When storage space gets low, additional snapshots are deleted, starting with the oldest. That’s why Finder and Get Info windows don’t include local snapshots in their calculations of the storage space available on a disk.

I think the concept is ok, however I don’t want / need it. There is currently no option to turn this ‘feature’ off. Also, I think it makes people think they don’t have enough disk space when looking at the disk utility app while they actually do have enough space available – another reason to upgrade to a new Mac.

The solution that worked for me is to run the following command in terminal:
tmutil listlocalsnapshotdates / |grep 20|while read f; do tmutil deletelocalsnapshots $f; done
The above command removes all the local snapshots. Warning, this will mess with the Timemachine Backups clearly – do it at your own risk.

More information about local snapshots here: https://support.apple.com/en-ca/HT204015

Encountering Error code -43 while copying from a Network drive on MacOS

When I was copying files from a network drive to my local drive on a Mac I was receiving the error message:

The operation can’t be completed because one or more required items can’t be found.
(Error code -43)

It appears that there were some illegal characters used in the file names that cause the Finder copy to error out like that and stop the entire copy process completely.

The workaround is opening a Terminal window and entering:
cp -r sourcefolder destinationfolder/

You can simply drag and drop the source and destination folders into the terminal window to get the full path in there.

Using -r behind the cp (copy command) is necessary to ensure you go through the complete folder structure recursively.

The trailing slash at the end of the destinationfolder is necessary to ensure the folder destinationfolder gets created if it does not exist.

The copy process will now copy everything and give you a result of the files that could not be copied so you can change the filename and manually copy these over again.