phpmyadmin access problem and change server from URL

I was having issues with one of the phpmyadmin setups. The first server defined in the config file was not accessible and the theme that I was using was not allowing me to change the server from the first page. This resulted in a state where I was not able to access phpmyadmin in any way. I could not connect to any of the servers. And thus had to hack my way in to phpmyadmin to find out how to connect to other servers from URL. And here is my finding:

http://server/phpmyadmin/index.php?server=1

In the above, replace server with your server address/IP. and also the number in the end with the server index in you phpmyadmin config file.

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Shortcut to run current command with sudo in bash

For me, I mostly forget to add “sudo” to the command until the time I am actually supposed to run it. Also sometimes, on some systems, bash completion does not work as expected with “sudo”. With these in mind, I wanted something such that when I have completed the command, I could insert sudo in the begining of the command without much ado. So, finally this is what I came up with in my “~/.inputrc” file. Note: If you don’t have this file, then simply create this file.

"C-k":"C-a sudo n"
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Ubuntu – Really force remove a package.

I was trying to remove a package on one of the Ubuntu installations the other day and was not able to do so. I tried google and tried all the options mentioned in various forums like “-f”, purge, reinstall and few others but nothing helped. I kept getting some errors about some files being already deleted. I also tried “set -e” in the prompt but the only result I got was terminal also getting killed.

Finally I found the only thing that could work for me was to go to directory “/var/lib/dkpg/info”and then delete all files that started with the name of the package. Hope this helps someone.

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