How to fix “disk contains BIOS metadata error”

A couple of days ago I had to perform an OS install on a customer’s Dell RX 200 server. It was a spare machine that was previously used for backups. Everything went fine until at some point during installation I received the following message: “Disk contains BIOS metadata, but is not part of any recognized …

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How to create or remove files that start with a hyphen, dash or minus

Today I received an interesting question: “How to remove files that start with a hyphen, dash or a minus?“ Although I knew how to create one, I assumed that these files can be removed by escaping the dash. Well, I was wrong, just use the same method that you use to create them! Or use …

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How to fix error utf8_mime2text()

Today I encountered the following error while recompiling php with imap support on a customer’s server (CentOS 6.4 – 64 bit): configure: error: utf8_mime2text() has new signature, but U8T_CANONICAL is missing. This should not happen. Check config.log for additional information. Unfortunately the config.log did not say much either, so I began searching on Google what …

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