Script to count number of logged in users to OpenVPN

To get that information you need to query your openvpn-status.log file, which usually resides in /var/log/openvpn/openvpn-status.log.

A normal cat will show the following:

Updated,Wed Mar 5 11:57:51 2019
Common Name,Real Address,Bytes Received,Bytes Sent,Connected Since
someuser,someip:55530,100686479,319036434,Tue Mar 5 03:22:04 2019
someuser,someip:58064,23120958,141190549,Tue Mar 5 12:30:05 2019
someuser,someip:7115,18011423,65882394,Tue Mar 5 14:26:00 2019
someuser,someip:4463,79682826,444263153,Tue Mar 5 08:01:52 2019
Virtual Address,Common Name,Real Address,Last Ref,someuser,someip:47080,Tue Mar 5 12:51:44 2019
Max bcast/mcast queue length,46

The command to get number of connected users at any given time is:

echo $((sed '/ROUTING TABLE/Q' /var/log/openvpn/openvpn-status.log | wc -l-3)) "users connected on" date +"%m-%d-%Y %H:%M"
4 users connected on 03-05-2019 13:23 #Just an example, not real value

This basically parses the text till reaching the line with “ROUTING TABLE”, then counts the lines and subtracts 3 from them due to the first unneeded 3 lines

That’s it! Enjoy!


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What to do when ctrl+c not killing your telnet command

To check if ports are open or not, we usually do the following:

telnet IP PORT

For example:

telnet 25

Sometimes after seeing your result, you keep pressing ctrl+c, ctrl+x or ctrl+\ to force quit it, but it just doesn’t! It seems silly I know and I feel a bit stupid for writing this, but it was driving me crazy at some point!

Anyway, just press ctrl+5 or ctrl+] and then type quit, that’s it!! This works the same way on Linux, MAC and Windows.

user@server:~$ telnet 25
Connected to
Escape character is '^]'.
220 *
telnet> quit
Connection closed.


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How to reset displays (monitors) settings for KDE Plasma and GNOME

In case your display arrangement or settings, e.g. when you have 3 screens and you are for some reason unable to reorganize them or change their settings, just reset your display settings:

For KDE Plasma:

rm -rf .local/share/kscreen


rm -rf .config/monitors.xml

Then just log out and back in.

That’s it! Enjoy!


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How to force resync between PBIS and AD on Linux

In case you made a change on your AD, such as modifying groups or changing attributes of a user, it sometimes take a little while to reflect that on the Linux server that authenticates against AD via PBIS.

The best solution in that case is to clear the pbis cache and force pbis to sync immediately via this command:

sudo /opt/pbis/bin/ad-cache --delete-all


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How to change max open files for nginx server on Ubuntu

The following error occurred a lot in /var/log/nginx/error.log:

Too many open files

This means that the nginx master process reached the maximum number of open files which was set to the default of 4096. (To check it, simply cat /proc/pid/limits, where pid is the process id)

To resolve, this, edit /lib/systemd/system/nginx.service and add the following line:

LimitNOFILE=30000 #change it according to your needs

Then reload the systemctl daemon:

sudo systemctl daemon-reload

and finally restart the nginx service:

sudo service nginx restart

That’s it, the error is gone!

Tested on Ubuntu 16.04 with nginx 1.17, should work with any other OS using systemd.



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