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a collection of random scripts and notes that help R-Users working in Linux. I have NO idea what the hell I'm doing... only gain insight by headbutting problems till they break... so pull-requests, comments, issues are welcome.


For all of these scripts, either clone the folder into your server (probably easiest), or touch a new file, then edit that file and drop the code in.

but no matter what you do Remember to make the file executable by using chmod 777 filename. You can then jump into the folder containing these files and run it like this: ./file.sh

  • Rinstaller.sh - create a file like this in your server and use it to install packages. That way, the packages will be available for all users.
  • chek.sh - a file that you can use to see if an R script is running... if it's running, then do nothing... if it's NOT running, then it assigns the working directory, and restarts the file.
  • forUpdates.sh - Use this file when the server requires updates... it first updates, then upgrades, tehn updates the distro(? - I think), then it autoremoves stuff that's no longer required, then autocleans. I'm debating throwing a reboot in there... prolly shouldn't... but it would be convenient. Anyway, this is how you grab all that stuff in the correct order. I copypasted this from somewhere but can't find it anymore... if anyone knows where I stole it from pls raise an issue and I'll add the source.


Find files anywhere (starting from current location sudo find . -name file.extension

Set up R cron jobs like this: 40 * * * * Rscript "path/file.R" >> /home/YourLinuxUsername/NewLogger.log 2>&1

This way you'll have a log file that outputs the contents of each run.

User stuff

useradd x add a user called x. Might have to sudo

passwd x change the password for x

gpasswd -a x sudo Add user to sudo group

sudo chown -R x:y /FOLDER Transfer ownership a file/folder to user x and/or group y CAREFUL!

sudo groupadd y Add a group

sudo usermod -aG y x add user x to group y

Port stuff

If you have ufw installed, to open or close a port:

sudo ufw allow XXX (or deny)

to list open ports

netstat -tulnp | grep "LISTEN"

Locale stuff:

sudo locale-gen en_US Set a locale. Sometimes for some reason this needs to be manually edited in a few other places... for example:

sudo nano /etc/default/locale and sudo nano /etc/environment, and then finally, you have the big one sudo dpkg-reconfigure locales.

After you're done, you need to sudo reboot. Then you can check your new stuff using locale or env.


sudo systemctl status shiny-server
sudo systemctl stop shiny-server
sudo systemctl start shiny-server
sudo systemctl restart shiny-server
sudo systemctl status shiny-server
sudo rstudio-server status
sudo rstudio-server start
sudo rstudio-server stop
sudo rstudio-server restart

ShinyServer stuff

sudo nano /etc/shiny-server/shiny-server.conf Shortcut to edit shiny's config folder

tail -n 20 /var/log/shiny-server.log see last 20 lines of the shiny-server log. If you want to see the logs for the individual apps, these are in cd /var/log/shiny-server/ and then dig around.

Write access:

sudo chmod -R 750 FileOrFolder

where the numbers mean:4 stands for "read",2 stands for "write",1 stands for "execute", and0 stands for "no permission.". Add them up to come up w/ the number. The three numbers stand for "user", "group", and "other". the -R means Recursive (as in the case of a folder). Read more here:

Database stuff

To see more about installing ODBC sources in a db, check out my blog article.

odbcinst -s -q Checks whether an ODBC Source has been installed or not odbcinst -d -q Shows the actual ODBC sources

isql -v mydsn myusername mypassword Establishes a connection to the db (as a minimum test to see if all the credentials work).

Setting up links

In order to sync all files from one folder to the other, you need to set up a symlink (use case is for example to get data to copy into a folder that the dropbox daemon is watching.


Git stuff

There's so much to say... let's keep it simple:

sudo git stash - Just bulldoze whatever local changes... a bit safer than the following option. Do this when you have a script running on the server that may have modified some tracked output files.... and you don't really want to deal with it.

sudo git reset --hard - Goes back to the last commit, this demolishes all local changes with no record. Careful!

When you have a merge conflict:

git status to see what's conflicting, and then: git checkout --ours FILE.html to accept the new change... or theirs to accept the server version.


Following the instructions here are pretty painless... except if you want to perform a selective sync. In that case, make sure you install the dropbox.py they recommend, and keep in mind these two commands:

~/utils/dropbox.py exclude add * (exclude EVERYTHING from sync)

~/utils/dropbox.py exclude remove DIR (remove DIR from exclusion list)

Web srvr stuff

If you have lighttpd as a web server...

/etc/init.d/lighttpd stop

/etc/init.d/lighttpd start

... or nginx

nginx -V To see general configuarion options, like who installed, where etc. For me:

sudo nano /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/default to edit configuration

/usr/share/nginx thinks it's the site, but it's actually here: /var/www/html/index.nginx-debian.html

/var/log/nginx/access.log log file

To enable nginx basic password protection (not sure if all of this is necessary, but it does appear to be sufficient):

 root /usr/share/nginx/html;
 index index.html index.htm index.nginx-debian.html;
 server_name localhost;
 auth_basic "Restricted Content";
 auth_basic_user_file /etc/nginx/.htpasswd;

sudo service nginx restart restart

System Resources stuff

To see how much memory and swap space you have available you can type top but it's much better if you install and then run htop.

To see how much hard drive room you have you can type:

df -h

Or to have more details,

sudo ncdu /

To for example single out Specific items we can also combine with awk command... so for example, to get size, % used and available of sda2, we can type:

df -hl | awk '/sda2/{print $2,$5,$4}'

The sudo and the / are important otherwise it'll only give you the space allocation of the current folder. I found that some packages really abuse the /tmp file, but it's not necessary to use some hardcore tmp cleaner, it's enough to reboot the server.