How Does a Jr SysAdmin Solve a Broken Web App?

Some discussion with some colleagues made me consider how someone who was lazy / inexperienced / crushed for time might be tempted to solve a web app problem. If you’ve performed the following operation…. just sit in the corner and think about what you’ve done.



  1. xdroop

    January 6, 2012 at 11:09 am

    That picture is f—ing hilarious. It slays me.


  2. andy

    January 8, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    I’ll admit to having done this. However, i’ve done it on VMware hosted servers, on my laptop, while testing things out.
    Not for real, live, production things, but mainly cause i’m being lazy and just want to test things out (I beleive it was SugarCRM..)


    • Wesley David

      January 8, 2012 at 10:37 pm

      Yes, but did you figure out the ultimate problem? =)


  3. […] Yep, simple as that. This is of course assuming that 1) All user folders are standardized, and 2) your history files all share a common name. If the previous two things are true, this is a great, quick way to see things like… oh… say… “Who just went all chmod -R 777 on the httpdocs folder?!“ […]


  4. jay destro

    April 30, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    i love this forever because i hate people who do it.


  5. Anon

    December 11, 2013 at 3:40 am

    `chown -R user:user /` “why doesn’t sudo work”

    People need more respect for permissions!


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