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Terminal Initialization Failure Using OSX Terminal Window

Earlier while trying to SSH to a device from a Terminal windows on my Macbook Pro running OSX version 10.8, also known as Mountain Lion, I received an error when attempting to connect to a 64 Bit Windows 7 Professional server. The error in the Mac Terminal window stated that the terminal failed to initialize. After troubleshooting I realized that the Windows 7 Pro server, which is running WinSSHD as an SSH server, didn’t like the default terminal emulation that the Terminal window, which is xterm-color256, in OSX Mountain Lion uses. Below we describe the error message in more detail and how to resolve this issue within the Terminal window itself or by installing iTerm2.

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PostgreSQL Not Starting: FATAL: could not write lock file “”: No space left on device

I have a couple development servers I have been using for testing PostgreSQL configured with walmgr for log shipping. The secondary server stopped working the other day and I finally got a chance to look into it this morning and attempted to restart Postgres via a terminal but it failed. Below I describe how the error was noticed, what was done to troubleshoot PSQL not starting, and what was done to resolve the problem so PostgreSQL would start without issue.

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CentOS Gnome Dekstop Environment: Keyboard Shortcut To Open A Terminal Window

I rarely use CentOS as a desktop but purehate and myself set up a development box the other day to test some things. We needed the computer to not only function as a Linux server but also as a Desktop for some of the items we wanted to test. In doing so I have been playing around with various items and I find myself needing to open terminal windows on a regular basis so I wanted to know what the keyboard shortcut was to open a terminal window. The quick answer is that there is not a keyboard shortcut to open a terminal window by default on CentOS running the Gnome desktop environment. Below are some quick steps to add a keyboard shortcut to open a terminal window on a computer running the Gnome Desktop environment.