How to insert a tab character into Putty for Linux

If you’re like me, you’ve noticed that if you’re trying to grep for a tab character, the following won’t work:

grep "\t" file.txt

The solution is to use a literal tab character, but it’s not quite so simple. You can’t insert a tab character just by hitting the tab button or by pasting one in. You need to hit Ctrl+V first:

So to type a tab in the putty console:

How to have htop save configuration on exit

htop is awesome. I use it all the time to monitor all the servers I use. It was only until recently that I noticed it has some great configuration options, namely the "Tree View." This allows you to see a hierarchy of processes, which can be really helpful in finding out why certain processes are running.

I quickly realized it would be a pain to have to constantly hit F5 every time I opened the program, until I realized there was a way to make htop remember your last configuration.

What you want to do is make sure you close out of htop with F10 instead of Ctrl+C, which I normally use. You only need to use F10 when you want to save the settings, and can subsequently close out how you normally do!


How to Hide Digsby Ads

I use Digsby as my instant messenger client. A couple minutes ago, I received an update which set ads to display in the conversation windows by default. I immediately decided I'd try to figure out how to remove the ads, or switch back to Pidgin, the free open source client. Turns out it was simple to turn off the ads. When you're done, you'll need to reopen your conversation windows to see the changes.

From the Buddy List window:

  1. Tools -> Preferences
  2. Conversations
  3. Uncheck "Support Digsby development by showing an ad in the IM window"


How to Fix Linux SSH: Permission denied (publickey).

I just got done setting up a user in my new developer environment on multiple boxes. I made sure to copy over the authorized_keys file exactly, including the correct 0600 permissions, but kept getting the "Permission denied (publickey)" error when trying to ssh into one box, even though all the others worked.

What finally solved it for me was to make sure the user's password is set:

# passwd <user>

If that doesn't work, make sure the user's .ssh directory is chmod 0700 and the user's authorized_keys file is chmod 0600.