Tag Archives: Server

Ubuntu server upgrade

# Get list of available upgrades
sudo apt-get update

# Upgrade packages
sudo apt-get upgrade

# Upgrade distro
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Remove old kernels

# Reboot into newest first, of course
sudo shutdown -r now

# Remove all old kernels
sudo apt-get remove --purge $(dpkg -l 'linux-image-*' | sed '/^ii/!d;/'"$(uname -r | sed "s/\(.*\)-\([^0-9]\+\)/\1/")"'/d;s/^[^ ]* [^ ]* \([^ ]*\).*/\1/;/[0-9]/!d')

Notes on Minecraft hosting

Just notes to self that I keep having to find in various documents and random Minecraft forums of varying quality of which there are a lot…

Screen stuff

I have an unused laptop which I installed Ubuntu Server on, and this is what I use to run the Minecraft server so it’s easy to manage and won’t die when I disconnect.

# Run detached in screen using dir name as screen name
screen -dmS ${PWD##*/} java -Xmx3G -XX:MaxPermSize=256M -jar server.jar nogui

# List screens
screen -ls

# Reattach to specific
screen -r name

# Reattatch to whatever (handy if just one running)
screen -raAd

# Detach (important, since Ctrl+c would shut down the server)
Ctrl+a, Ctrl+d

Minecraft server stuff

A bit cheaty, especially the last one, but sometimes you just want to play without worrying about losing what you spent way too many hours working on. I prefer a gravestone mod over the last one though, cause then dying is still an annoyance, but at least you have a chance of getting back that crazy expensive armor and the fifteen stacks of diamonds you just spent forever digging up.

# Prevent creepers and such from destroying stuff
gamerule mobGriefing false

# Don't lose stuff when dying
gamerule keepInventory true

Java: Simple check to see if a server is listening on a port

Here is a simple method to check if a server is listening on a certain port. I used it to ignore certain non-critical SFTP related integration tests in a project when I hadn’t bothered starting the SFTP server.

public static boolean serverListening(String host, int port)
    Socket s = null;
        s = new Socket(host, port);
        return true;
    catch (Exception e)
        return false;
        if(s != null)
            try {s.close();}
            catch(Exception e){}

To ignore a test (assuming JUnit) you can then do the following:

public void some_test()
    assumeTrue(serverListening("localhost", 22));

    // Rest of test...

Ultra simple SFTP server for Windows

Core FTP mini-sftp-server interface
Was going to test some code the other day which needed to talk to an SFTP server. Stumbled over a small gem which was super simple to use. It’s called Core FTP mini-sftp-server. No installation, no tricky stuff. Just download and run. Great stuff 🙂

Note: They also have a not-mini-sftp-server, which is the first dowload, so make sure to get the right download link.