Ubuntu Logs Journalctl and Dmesg

Submitted by Greg Nowak on 2021-09-23

You can see a lot of good information for debugging and fixing errors on your Ubuntu server with journalctl and dmesg

journalctl --since "1 days ago"

journalctl --since "10 hours ago"

journalctl --since "12 hours ago" -p 3 -x --utc --no-pager

dmesg | less

dmesg -H --time-format iso| less


Nagios Check HTTP notes

Submitted by Greg Nowak on 2021-09-06

Example bash on argument 1. It checks if HTTPS is up and if the domain-name is on the site. Most sites have the domain name on the front page somewhere: /usr/local/nagios/libexec/check_http -H $1 --ssl --onredirect=follow --string "$1"

If log file you can run grep on the following keywords: grep -i -e "critical" -e "invalid" -e "warning"  [LOGFILE.log]

Keywords: check_http

Mysqldump encoding

Submitted by Greg Nowak on 2021-08-06

If you experience false characters in your mysqldump, you might want to try to set the encoding specifically. Example with latin1:

mysqldump -u [USER] -p --opt --skip-set-charset --default-character-set=latin1 [DATABASE_NAME] > [OUTPUT_FILE_NAME].sql

Check different encoding settings in mysql when using a specific database: show variables like 'char%';

More info and tips:


Ubuntu Select Touch Device

Submitted by Greg Nowak on 2021-07-17

Quick note: xinput map-to-output 11 eDP

I have a thinkpad laptop with a touchscreen. When I connect my external screen, then the touch sensor on my laptop screen moves the cursor on the external screen, which is not what I want. I want to keep my touch on my laptop screen.

I followed the instructions here:…

First run: