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Benjamin Cane is a systems architect in the financial services industry. He writes about Linux systems administration on his blog and has recently published his first book, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Troubleshooting Guide.

Easy Container Cleanup in Cron + Docker Environments

By nature, Docker containers are temporary. Yet as anyone who runs containers via Cron can tell you, it’s not always so great at cleaning up after itself. In today’s article, we are going to explore two flags that make it easier to run Dockerized Cron jobs. Before we get too far into this article, let’s explore how we would traditionally ...

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Adjusting Linux Kernel Parameters with Docker Compose

Docker Compose is a great utility for anyone developing Dockerized applications. It’s a tool that I personally use daily. Recently I came across yet another powerful feature of Docker Compose: the ability to change Linux Kernel Parameters. In today’s article, we will explore how to use this often overlooked but “useful when you need it” feature of Docker Compose. To ...

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Improving Linux System Performance with I/O Scheduler Tuning

In a previous article, I wrote about using pgbench to tune PostgreSQL. While I covered a very common tunable shared_buffers, there are many other tuning options that can be used to gain performance from PostgreSQL. Today’s article is going to cover one of those additional options. However, this tunable does not belong to PostgreSQL. Rather this tunable belongs to the ...

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Performance Tuning HAProxy

In a recent article, I covered how to tune the NGINX webserver for a simple static HTML page. In this article, we are going to once again explore those performance-tuning concepts and walk through some basic tuning options for HAProxy. What is HAProxy HAProxy is a software load balancer commonly used to distribute TCP-based traffic to multiple backend systems. It ...

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