Get all column names from a mysql table

Get all column names from a mysql table

A quick one: have you ever wanted to get the column names of a mysql table in one column?

You can the retrieve column names of a table by running an SQL query:


Of course, remember the replace ‘tablename‘ with the name of your table.

This query will return all your column names in a single column, which is easy to cut and paste. If you want them in a row, open MS Excel and use Paste Special -> transpose your values after you have copied them.

Update: There is a nice summary of how to get column names, including in CSV format, here:

Nagios check all services script

Nagios check all services script

If you’re running a Nagios server, sometimes you may want to check all services across all of your hosts. As of the time of writing, Nagios doesn’t have a built in feature to do this.

However, there is one way to force a recheck of all services across all hosts using bash.

The script makes use of two special nagios files:


The status.dat file holds the current state of the Nagios system, including all host and service states.

The nagios.cmd file is a pipe file in which you can send commands to.

Please check those paths are valid on your filesystem and, in necessary, update the script with the new paths.

The following is a bash script, which, when run without any arguments, will re-check all services across all hosts that you are monitoring:

#!/usr/bin/env bash

### This program will run a check on all services on all hosts immediately.


for temp_host in `cat /var/log/nagios/status.dat | egrep 'host_name'`; do
        fixed_host=$(echo $temp_host | sed -e 's/host_name=//g' | sed -e 's/^[ \t]*//');

### This removes all duplicates
array_of_unique_hosts=($(for v in "${array_of_hosts_with_dups[@]}"; do echo "$v";done| sort| uniq| xargs))

### Print out list of unique hosts
### Do a scheduled forced recheck of all hosts in array_of_unique_hosts
for uniquehost in "${array_of_unique_hosts[@]}"
        echo $uniquehost
        /bin/printf "[%lu] SCHEDULE_FORCED_HOST_SVC_CHECKS;$uniquehost;1110741500\n" $now > /var/spool/nagios/cmd/nagios.cmd

SSH Key Permissions

SSH Key Permissions

One of the problems users have getting ssh public key authentication to work is that the permissions on the files or directories are incorrect (often too permissive). Below is a short list of commands to run in the user’s home directory in order to set the correct permissions.

All of these files/folders should be owned by the user, not root.

chmod 700 ~/.ssh
chmod 644 ~/.ssh/authorized_keys
chmod 644 ~/.ssh/known_hosts
chmod 644 ~/.ssh/config
chmod 600 ~/.ssh/id_rsa
chmod 644 ~/.ssh/