I have been using the cut command a lot recently to shed extra data from large text files. I typically use cut with a specific delimiter by activating the -d switch and I thought that the -d switch was required. It turns out that -d is not required and by default -d actually defaults to the delimiter being a tab. When you need to have a tab as the delimiter for cut you simply don’t specify the -d switch. Below I show a couple examples of a file trimmed down using cut with and without the -d switch as well as another way to convert tabs in a file to spaces which then will allow you to use the Linux cut command with the -d” ” switch.
I find myself on a regular basis looking for various debconf variables to set before installing packages on Ubuntu. This is typically to not have to type in the answers on the various configuration screens or because I want to script an install of some package. If the package has never been installed before on that specific server then the debconf variables will not display. You can always login to another server where the package is installed to see the variables but I am going to start posting information for common packages here so others can easily find them when searching.
Earlier while analyzing a Linux server it was pointed out to me that the Apache logs were filling up with constant connections requesting domains that were not configured on the server. To me it looked as if a load balancer somewhere was misconfigured and sending traffic to our IP address by mistake but I needed to open a ticket with the colocation provider to have them look into the issue further since the network in this case is not something I have any control over. Below is a quick Linux command that will output a list of IP addresses making port 80 connections to your server.