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Limit requests per IP on Nginx using HttpLimitZoneModule and HttpLimitReqModule except whitelist

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Nginx offers two modules, HttpLimitReqModule and HttpLimitZoneModule, to limit simultaneous connections for the assigned session and the number of requests for a given session from one IP address. Basically these modules are built to protect the web server from possible DDos attacks; For example, this configuration limits remote clients to no more than 20 concurrently “open” connections per remote ip address:

    limit_conn_zone  $binary_remote_addr zone=concurrent:10m;
    limit_conn_log_level warn;
    limit_conn  concurrent  20;

Disqus problem with wordpress “unable to connect to the disqus api servers”

I recently installed Disqus plugin for WordPress; however, I have been receiving this message “unable to connect to the disqus api servers.” By looking into the source code, it looks like curl is the problem! more specifically the _dsq_curl_urlopen() function, but I did not investigate this error further. As fortunately, we can easily switch to the alternative function _dsq_fsockopen_urlopen().

Install Sphinx 2.0.4 on CentOS 6.2

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– Get fresh RPM from

– Install Sphinx

rpm -Uhv

– Create sample MySQL database

Watch log files on Linux server with Swatch 3.2.3

– Make sure to check CentOS, PHP-FPM, memcached and MYSQL posts.

– get a fresh package from Swatch project

wget ""
tar xfz swatch-3.2.3.tar.gz 
cd swatch-3.2.3
cpan -i Date::Format File::Tail
cpan -i Date::Manip Date::Calc
cpan -i Test::Inter Test::Pod Test::Pod::Coverage Module::Build
cp /root/.cpan/sources/authors/id/S/SB/SBECK/Date-Manip-* .
tar xfz Date-Manip-*.tar.gz
cd Date-Manip-*
perl Build.PL 
./Build install
cd ..
perl Makefile.PL
make install

– configure swatch

Install Nginx 1.0.12 for PHP-FPM on CentOS 6.2

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– get the latest package from

mkdir nginx
cd nginx
tar xfz nginx-1.0.12.tar.gz 
cd nginx-1.0.12

#Change server string
vi src/http/ngx_http_header_filter_module.c
static char ngx_http_server_string[] = "Server:" CRLF;
static char ngx_http_server_full_string[] = "Server:" CRLF;

vi src/http/ngx_http_special_response.c
# replace '"<hr /><center>nginx</center>" CRLF' and '"<hr /><center>" NGINX_VER "</center>" CRLF'
"<hr /><center></center>" CRLF

#create tmp dirs
mkdir /server/tmp /server/tmp/nginx /server/tmp/nginx/client /server/tmp/nginx/fcgi /server/tmp/nginx/proxy
chmod -R 777 /server/tmp

-install Nginx