Starting a VirtualBox VM at command line and get its IP

Today I’m working from home. I have an ssh connection to my linux desktop at work, but this windows VM I sometimes need is down. I need to start it up at the command line.

  • first, list all VMs
 VBoxManage list 
  • second, start my vm
 VBoxManage list 
  • third, get my vm’s IP
  •  VBoxManage guestproperty enumerate my_vm_name | grep -i net 

    That’s it.

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    Jenkins GitLab Oauth via https

    I had previously configured our Jenkins to use our GitLab server, at, for authenticating users, using About GitLab Authentication Plugin.

    My company has recently moved the GitLab server connection to https.
    I had to edit the config.xml file and change the value of gitlabWebUri and gitlabApiUri to https.
    Agter which, jenkins would always print a stacktrace at startup, and I would remain locked-out: PKIX path building failed: unable to find valid certification path to requested target
    Caused by: PKIX path building failed: unable to find valid certification path to requested target
    Caused by: unable to find valid certification path to requested target

    It looks like java was not able to validate the certificate presented by our gitlab server. I found the solution in this blog post.

    What I did was the following:

      • stop jenkins
      • save the cerificate used by our gitlab in a file

    keytool -printcert -rfc -sslserver > mycert.pem

      • import the certificate

    keytool -importcert -file ./mycert.pem -keystore /usr/java/jdk1.7.0_67/jre/lib/security/cacerts

      • start jenkins

    That’s it, it did the trick.

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    Jenkins: Opening Robot Framework log failed

    After switching Jenkins from 1.6 to 2.something, I could no longer open the Robot Framework logs files.   The error I had was:

    • Verify that you have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    • Make sure you are using a modern enough browser. Firefox 3.5, IE 8, or equivalent is required, newer browsers are recommended.

    • Check are there messages in your browser’s JavaScript error log. Please report the problem if you suspect you have encountered a bug.

    This looks like a bug in Jenkins.  After checking this and this I managed to come up with this solution:

    Edit the file /etc/sysconfig/jenkins

    Update the property JENKINS_JAVA_OPTIONS:

    JENKINS_JAVA_OPTIONS="-Dhudson.model.DirectoryBrowserSupport.CSP= "

    restart Jenkins:

    service jenkins restart
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    ssh as Jenkins

    It is simple, just ssh the machine where jenkins runs, then do:

    sudo su -s /bin/bash jenkins

    EDIT: Also works with

    sudo -u jenkins -i



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    Create a RAID volume for docker

    I had 2 hard drives and wanted to create a RAID volume and format it it with btrfs and use it for docker.

    • Use lsblk comand to identify the disks to use
    sda 8:0 0 931.5G 0 disk
    ├─sda1 8:1 0 39.2M 0 part
    ├─sda2 8:2 0 10.2G 0 part
    └─sda3 8:3 0 921.3G 0 part
    sdb 8:16 0 465.8G 0 disk
    sdd 8:48 0 465.8G 0 disk

    sdb and sdd are the disks I want to use for raid.

    • Use fdisk to create “Linux Raid Autodetect” partitions on the disks
    fdisk /dev/sdb
    #Command: n  - new partition
    #Command t - Change fs type to  fd
    #Command w - write the partition to disk

    Then do the same for /dev/sdd

    • Now, you can see the partitions with  lsblk
    sdb 8:16 0 465.8G 0 disk
    └─sdb1 8:17 0 465.8G 0 part
    sdd 8:48 0 465.8G 0 disk
    └─sdd1 8:49 0 465.8G 0 part
    • create theRAID volume
    mdadm --create /dev/md128 --level=0 --raid-disk=2 /dev/sdb1 /dev/sdd1
    • Now you can see the RAID volume with  lsblk
    sdb 8:16 0 465.8G 0 disk
    └─sdb1 8:17 0 465.8G 0 part
    └─md128 9:128 0 931.3G 0 raid0
    sdd 8:48 0 465.8G 0 disk
    └─sdd1 8:49 0 465.8G 0 part
    └─md128 9:128 0 931.3G 0 raid0
    • Create a file system on the new RAID volume
    mkfs.btrfs -f /dev/md128
    • Add a mount point in  /etc/fstab
    vi /etc/fstab
    #add this line
    /dev/md128     /var/lib/docker      btrfs       defaults 1 2
    •  mount the docker folder
    mount /var/lib/docker
    • Now you can see the mount point on the RAID volume with lsblk
    sdb 8:16 0 465.8G 0 disk
    └─sdb1 8:17 0 465.8G 0 part
    └─md128 9:128 0 931.3G 0 raid0 /var/lib/docker
    sdd 8:48 0 465.8G 0 disk
    └─sdd1 8:49 0 465.8G 0 part
    └─md128 9:128 0 931.3G 0 raid0 /var/lib/docker

    We’re done, enjoying the big docker RAID volume.






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    Recover a docker container which ran out of space with device mapper

    When installing docker on a centos/redhat distribution the default copy-on-write file driver is device mapper and the default size for each container is 10Gb. As soon as the container exceeds this, it will crash, and , when trying to start it, you’ll get something like:

    Cannot start container myContainer.
    System error: can't create pivot_root dir ,
    error mkdir /var/lib/docker/devicemapper/<wbr />mnt/<wbr />4039724368a939e508fefaf7f1242e<wbr />94a6000d30c0b75b45c0e5bdf81925<wbr />296a/rootfs/.pivot_<wbr />root575410080: no space left on device

    With recent linux versions (centos 7), I was able to recover the container, by following these steps:

    • Save the container as an image, using docker commit
    • Save the new image as a tar file on disk, using docker save
    • Reconfigure the default space per container, as explained in this post
    • In the previous step will loose all local images and containers, but you have saved your image as a tar file on disk.
    • load the image you previousley saved, using docker load
    • run a new container from the just loaded image, using docker run


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    Install oracle client on Redhat 7

    When trying to run one of our application on a Redhat 7 amazon  instance, I had this error:
 cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
    DBMS API Library loading fails
    This library is a part of DBMS client installation, not SQLAPI++
    Make sure DBMS client is installed and
    this required library is available for dynamic loading
    1) The directories in the user's LD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variable
    2) The list of libraries cached in /etc/
    3) /usr/lib, followed by /lib

    The application needed the oracle client library to connect to our Oracle DB.

    To install it, we did:

    • download from oracle the file oracle-instantclient12.1-basic-
    • install it:
      • yum install oracle-instantclient12.1-basic-
    • Create a symbolic link
    cd /usr/lib/oracle/12.1/client64/lib/
    ln -s




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