Since some versions of IBM Connections, it is mandatory to delete temp and wstemp of your Connections node after deployment or updates, or you end up with an old layout/design of Connections GUI. On a Windows Server System this can be a pain, because within temp/wstemp WebSphere Application Server creates a folder structure with nodename / application server name and so on. In must cases the delete ends with the message “path too long”. So you can start and rename the folders and try to delete over and over again. A time consuming activity and you need to do several times during an update.

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Many of you know that i like VI/http://vim.org[VIM] and when i say editor it must be VIM. Often i hear at customer sites or from my colleagues, that they can’t work with vi, that shortcuts are hard to remember or even they can’t save their changes. When you remember some short commands, you can work very fast and you can edit files through all connections (ssh, x-forward) to a server. I created a mindmap as preparation for a speedgeeking session, the session wasn’t accepted, but the file is already done. So you can download a cheat-mindmap with a collection of shortcuts.

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Missing command history on Linux is a little problem when using command line utilities like wsadmin, db2, sqlplus and so on. I found a solution for this today. You can use rlwrap to get command history for all applications on the console and it is possible to recall and edit the commands. Rlwrap uses readline. Installation on CentOS: yum install readline-static gcc make tar -xvzf rlwrap-0.41.tar.gz cd rlwrap-0.41 ./configure make make install Call rlwrap with wsadmin: rlwrap -r /opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer/profiles/Dmgr01/bin/wsadmin.sh -lang jython -username wasadmin -password password rlwrap and db2 rlwrap -r db2 Use rlwrap everytime with alias vim ~/.

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