Installing Lighttpd from source on Linux

lighttpd logo Apache is the world's most popular web server and is a very good piece of software. It isn't however, the only choice of free software and open source web server solutions and it's easy to overlook lightweight alternatives to Apache.

One such alternative is lighttpd. Here's what its official site says about the project:

Security, speed, compliance, and flexibility -- all of these describe lighttpd (pron. lighty ...

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Quick tip - recover a failed download using Wget

GNU wget is a brilliant tool for downloading. Whether it's from the web, FTP or elsewhere, wget is a very powerful and useful tool.

Unfortunately, internet connections are often far from completely stable and if you're downloading something and that download subsequently fails, it can be quite frustrating (especially if it's a big file).

In the vast majority of cases though, there's no need to go ...

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View process hierarcy from the command line - pstree

The commands ps and top are very useful for seeing what's running on your system. Operating systems like Linux though actually have a hierarchical system of processes, and by default neither of those two show you that hierarchy.

That's where pstree comes in. As the name suggests, it shows you a tree-style list of processes in this hierarchy. As you can see, depending on the exact flavour of ...

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