Install node.js / npm / less on Ubuntu with Plesk

Note: If you need LESS just for Drupal, see Install the LESS CSS Preprocessor for Drupal.

Some posts, like Ubuntu installation directions for fresh web-server recommend something like

Update on installing qpsmtpd

This is an update to my original instructions for installing qpsmtpd on a Linux system running under Plesk.

Just in case you don't have cc yet:

apt-get install build-essential

qpsmtpd is now on GitHub

qpsmtpd's README mentions installing the following "required Perl modules"

perl -MCPAN -e 'install Net::DNS'
perl -MCPAN -e 'install MIME::Base64'

Remove Unused mailman from Plesk


aptitude purge mailman psa-mailman-configurator

Open a MySQL Prompt under Plesk


mysql -uadmin -p`cat /etc/psa/.psa.shadow ` database_name

Start mysql as Administrator in Plesk

Here's what (presumably Parallels, India) did:

cat /etc/issue
/usr/local/psa/bin/admin --show-password
mysql -uadmin -p`cat /etc/psa/.psa.shadow ` psa

use psa;
select id,name from domains where cl_id = vendor_id;
select id,login from clients where parent_id is null;
update domains set vendor_id=1 where cl_id=vendor_id;

Plesk Migration

I've tried moving a Plesk 8.6 installation on SuSE 10.0 to a Plesk 8.6 installation on SuSE 10.3, but this doesn't work (see (requires login)).

Downgrading to openssh-4.1p1-10 allows Plesk Migration Manager to work, and to avoid opening up vulnerabilities I've used...

Miscellaneous Items to Do on a New Plesk Server

In this blog entry I'll collect a few minor items where I feel, that Plesk is not quite up where it should be.

Setting up the Drupal cron Job under SuSE 10 / Plesk 8

Drupal requires being called regularly. You can set this up in Plesk within each site. Plesk will create a corresponding entry in /var/spool/cron/tabs/site_user. The downside of this is that each cron run will produce an entry in the /var/log/messages system log. If you have a couple of sites and each one runs the cron job every hour, then you'll easily end up with hundreds of useless system log entries every day!

Add CAcert SSL Certificates to Support Multiple Domains on a SuSE 10.0 / Plesk 8.0 Server

I would like to host multiple domains and subdomains on my server and be able to use SSL encryption with some of them. Typically, you need to have one certificate for each domain, and you can only have one certificate per IP address, because the SSL protocol is negotiated based on the IP address before the browser sends the host name.

Getting a SuSE 10.0 / Plesk 8.0.1 VPS on HostEurope up and running

There are a number of issues that need to be fixed/acknowledged before the VPS will run well.

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