Run Shell Script From Your Website

Here’s how to run a shell script from your website. You’ll need 2 files.

Here’s the contents of foo.php. Wrap your output with ‘pre’ for better formatting.

$output = shell_exec('/var/www/html/ 2>&1');
echo "$output";

Here’s the content of Output will be displayed on web page.

now="$(date +'%y%m%d')"
echo $now
aws s3 ls

AWS Security Groups IP Cidr

Here’s how to search for AWS Security Groups containing this IP Cidr.

aws ec2 describe-security-groups \
--filter Name=egress.ip-permission.cidr,Values='' \
--query "SecurityGroups[*].{Name:GroupName}" \
--output text \
--profile default \
--region us-east-1

Search with ports.

aws ec2 describe-security-groups \
--filter Name=egress.ip-permission.cidr,Values='' \
         Name=egress.ip-permission.from-port,Values='22' \,Values='22' \
--query "SecurityGroups[*].{Name:GroupName}" \
--output text \
--profile default \
--region us-east-1

Query will only display the Security Group name.

Migrate GCP VM to another network

Here are the steps how to migrate a GCP VM from one network to another. It involves recreating the instance in that network.

  1. Find the VM. Click the ‘Create Similar’ button.
  2. Select the new network. Save Network. Everything else should stay the same.
  3. Don’t click Create, but get the ‘Create Similar’ command line script only. Click Cancel after.
  4. Make sure to edit the hostname. GCP appends a ‘-1’ at the end of hostname.
  5. Edit VM to keep all disks. Delete VM. Make sure to preserve boot drive.
  6. Run the ‘Create Similar’ command line script you capture to create new VM in the new network.
  7. The new VM will be based on golden image.
  8. Stop VM. Swap new disks with old disks.
  9. Start VM.
  10. Done.

Recover MySQL Root Password

How to recover a MySQL root password without a password.

  1. Stop MySQL.
  2. Start MySQL Safe Mode.
  3. Login to MySQL as root without password.
  4. Change root password.

# Stop MySQL.
service mysql stop
# MySQL Safe Mode.
mysqld_safe --skip-grant-tables &
# Login to MySQL without password. Set new password.
mysql -u root -p
use mysql;
# For MySQL 5.6 or lower
UPDATE mysql.user SET Password=PASSWORD('newpassword') WHERE User='root';
# For MySQL 5.7 or higher
SET PASSWORD FOR 'root'@'localhost' = PASSWORD("newpassword");
# Kill mysqld
killall mysqld
# Restart MySQL
service mysql start

I ran into issues running MySQL Safe mode. I got a “UNIX socket file don’t exists” error. Here’s the fix.

mkdir -p /var/run/mysqld
chown mysql:mysql /var/run/mysqld

AWS RDS Start and Stop Policy

Here’s a IAM policy that you can add to an IAM user or an IAM role so they are able to start and stop a specific RDS instance.

    "Version": "2012-10-17",
    "Statement": [
            "Condition": {
                "StringEqualsIgnoreCase": {
                    "rds:db-tag/Application": "application-name"
            "Action": [
            "Resource": "arn:aws:rds:us-east-1:xxxxxxxxxxxx:db:db-instance-name",
            "Effect": "Allow"