Install Google Chrome on Linux 7.9 using terminal

There are several ways to do that, I found the simplest (I hope so) and want to share it with you:

0. Create repo file:

# vi /etc/yum.repos.d/google-chrome.repo

[google-chrome]
name=google-chrome
baseurl=https://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/rpm/stable/x86_64
enabled=1
gpgcheck=1
gpgkey=https://dl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub

1. Enable repo ol7_optional_latest for vulkan dependency:

# yum-config-manager --enable ol7_optional_latest

2. Install google-chrome-stable package:

# yum install google-chrome-stable -y

3. Run:

$ google-chrome

Or in the background:

$ google-chrome &

The window will come up in VNC or X Window whichever you’ve configured before.

Change default kernel using grubby Tool

There are several ways to fulfill the same task, I am providing one of them.

  1. Check the information about currently loaded kernel:
# uname -r
5.4.17-2036.101.2.el7uek.x86_64

2. Find all available kernels in your system and locate their index number:

# grubby --info=ALL
index=0
kernel=/boot/vmlinuz-5.4.17-2036.101.2.el7uek.x86_64
args="ro console=tty1 console=ttyS0,115200n8 earlyprintk=ttyS0,115200 rootdelay=300 numa=off transparent_hugepage=never net.ifnames=0"
root=/dev/mapper/rootvg-rootlv
initrd=/boot/initramfs-5.4.17-2036.101.2.el7uek.x86_64.img
title=Oracle Linux Server 7.9, with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel 5.4.17-2036.101.2.el7uek.x86_64

index=1
kernel=/boot/vmlinuz-3.10.0-1160.42.2.el7.x86_64
args="ro console=tty1 console=ttyS0,115200n8 earlyprintk=ttyS0,115200 rootdelay=300 numa=off transparent_hugepage=never net.ifnames=0"
root=/dev/mapper/rootvg-rootlv
initrd=/boot/initramfs-3.10.0-1160.42.2.el7.x86_64.img
title=Oracle Linux Server 7.9, with Linux 3.10.0-1160.42.2.el7.x86_64

index=2
kernel=/boot/vmlinuz-0-rescue-d3dd3af16fd242cebb997c6041d68ad3
args="ro console=tty1 console=ttyS0,115200n8 earlyprintk=ttyS0,115200 rootdelay=300 numa=off transparent_hugepage=never net.ifnames=0"
root=/dev/mapper/rootvg-rootlv
initrd=/boot/initramfs-0-rescue-d3dd3af16fd242cebb997c6041d68ad3.img

3. Check currently loaded kernel index using grubby tool (actually, we could find the same from 1st and 2nd steps, but let’s do one more time):

# grubby --default-index
0

4. Change the default kernel, in my case I want to set it to vmlinuz-3.10.0-1160.42.2.el7.x86_64 and it’s index number is 1:

# grubby --set-default 1

5. Reboot the system and check the kernel again:

# reboot
# uname -r
3.10.0-1160.42.2.el7.x86_64

Useful tools for analyzing OS diagnostic data

Can fs.aio-max-nr be changed on a live system?

Short answer:

Yes, it can be changed without impacting the business operations.
Oracle source: Doc ID 2269728.1
RHEL source: https://access.redhat.com/solutions/437043

========================Additional information========================

Additional explanation, why you may need to change that value.

Problem:

Alert log shows:

ORA-27090: Unable to reserve kernel resources for asynchronous disk I/O
Linux-x86_64 Error: 2: No such file or directory
Additional information: 3
Additional information: 128
Additional information: 139817340277512

Reason:

The problem is caused by a lower than recommended value for aio-max-nr. The current value is 1048576, but recommended is 3145728.

Solution:

Set fs.aio-max-nr to 3145728 in /etc/sysctl.conf.

# grep fs.aio-max-nr /etc/sysctl.conf
fs.aio-max-nr = 3145728

Make a new value effective:

# sysctl -p  /etc/sysctl.conf

Verify the new value:

# sysctl -a|grep fs.aio-max-nr
fs.aio-max-nr = 3145728

rpm -qa gets thread died in Berkeley DB library

Problem:

After checking if flashgrid-clan package was installed, got this error:

error: rpmdb: BDB0113 Thread/process 2884/140438918064192 failed: BDB1507 Thread died in Berkeley DB library
error: db5 error(-30973) from dbenv->failchk: BDB0087 DB_RUNRECOVERY: Fatal error, run database recovery
error: cannot open Packages index using db5 - (-30973)
error: cannot open Packages database in /var/lib/rpm
error: rpmdb: BDB0113 Thread/process 2884/140438918064192 failed: BDB1507 Thread died in Berkeley DB library
error: db5 error(-30973) from dbenv->failchk: BDB0087 DB_RUNRECOVERY: Fatal error, run database recovery
error: cannot open Packages database in /var/lib/rpm
package flashgrid-clan is not installed

Reason:

If you see rpmdb errors during package management (rpm, yum), it means that the RPM database is corrupted.

Solution:

# mkdir /var/lib/rpm/backup
# cp -a /var/lib/rpm/__db* /var/lib/rpm/backup/
# rm -f /var/lib/rpm/__db.[0-9][0-9]*
# rpm --quiet -qa
# rpm --rebuilddb
# yum clean all

Find 5 biggest files in Linux

I have used this command many times, but the interval between each usage is so big that I almost always forget the syntax.

So here it is:

# du -a / | sort -n -r | head -n 5

51190272	/
37705424	/root
33040524	/root/apache-tomcat-7.0.53
32802516	/root/apache-tomcat-7.0.53/logs
32802440	/root/apache-tomcat-7.0.53/logs/catalina.out

Create shortcuts for frequently accessed servers

Life is too short, that’s why it’s mandatory to use shortcuts… Instead of typing frequently used ssh client options such as port, user, hostname, identity-file and so on, you can save that information in sshd config file and then access it with defined alias.

  • System wide config file location is /etc/ssh/ssh_config
  • User specific config file location is ~/.ssh/config same as $HOME/.ssh/config

Instead of connecting to the server everytime using the following command:

# ssh root@95.80.12.10 -i ~/.ssh/my_id_rsa

Save the following entries in ~/.ssh/config file:

# vim ~/.ssh/config
Host my_db
HostName 95.80.12.10
IdentityFile ~/.ssh/my_id_rsa
User root

And connect to the server using this simple way:

# ssh my_db

For other options check https://linuxize.com/post/using-the-ssh-config-file/

How to identify OS is Oracle Linux or RHEL?

There are several ways to identify that, I will suggest one of them using rpm -qf, that finds out what package a file belongs to:

Oracle Linux:

#  rpm -qf /etc/redhat-release
oraclelinux-release-7.8-1.0.7.el7.x86_64

RHEL:

# rpm -qf /etc/redhat-release
redhat-release-server-7.8-2.el7.x86_64

sshd: /etc/ssh/sshd_config: Permission denied

Problem:

sshd and chronyd services on the database server were in a failed state and not able to start because of the permission problem on their configuration files. Permissions on these files were correct and services should have been able to start, so there was something else… let’s dig into the details.

# systemctl status sshd
 â sshd.service - OpenSSH server daemon
    Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/sshd.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
    Active: activating (auto-restart) (Result: exit-code) since Tue 2019-07-09 12:21:49 UTC; 32s ago
      Docs: man:sshd(8)
            man:sshd_config(5)
   Process: 124026 ExecStart=/usr/sbin/sshd -D $OPTIONS (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)
Main PID: 124026 (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)
Jul 09 12:21:49 node03 systemd[1]: Failed to start OpenSSH server daemon.
Jul 09 12:21:49 node03 systemd[1]: Unit sshd.service entered failed state.
Jul 09 12:21:49 node03 systemd[1]: sshd.service failed

`journalctl -xe` shows:

-- Unit sshd.service has begun starting up.
Jul 09 12:26:03 node03 sshd[129121]: /etc/ssh/sshd_config: Permission denied
Jul 09 12:26:03 node03 systemd[1]: sshd.service: main process exited, code=exited, status=1/FAILURE
Jul 09 12:26:03 node03 systemd[1]: Failed to start OpenSSH server daemon.
-- Subject: Unit sshd.service has failed

The same problem was happening with chronyd service. It was claiming about /etc/chrony.conf file. Incorrect time on database servers can cause node evictions.

Reason:

If permissions on these files are correct, we can think about SELinux, let’s check:

# getenforce 
Enforcing

Solution:

Disable SELinux and reboot the server:

# vim /etc/selinux/config
SELINUX=disabled

# reboot

Summary:

I consider SELinux as a non-desirable service on the database servers. But I appreciate opinion of my colleages/friends and I want to share it with you.

SELinux can be enabled with the correct config in RHEL 4,5,6 – “Starting with Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2), the Security Enhanced Linux (SELinux) feature is supported for Oracle Linux 4, Oracle Linux 5, Oracle Linux 6, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.
https://docs.oracle.com/cd/E11882_01/install.112/e47689/pre_install.htm#LADBI1092

SELinux is a good security tool and usually I only disable it as a last resort or if the software doesn’t support it.

“kernel: serial8250: too much work for irq4” potential problem caused by Azure OMS Agent

Problem:

There are a lot of warnings “kernel: serial8250: too much work for irq4 ” in /var/log/messages and are likely your system experiences stability problems. And can lead to Oracle cluster node evictions.

Cause:

The problem was related to Azure OAM Agent pushing very large messages to serial console. The problem was introduced by the latest update of the Azure OMS agent.

Temporary Solution:

Temporarily remove OMS Linux Agent Extension until Microsoft resolves this bug:

1. On Azure portal click the link of the affected VM.
2. Click the “Extensions” section.
3. Click the OMS Linux Agent in the list.
4. Click the “Uninstall” button at the top

When you make sure that OMS agent bug is fixed (should be verified with Microsoft support), then you can reinstall the pluggin.