Workaround for ‘/usr/lib/rpm/debugedit: canonicalization unexpectedly shrank by one character’

There’s a bug in rpm package:

It causes the following error while building rpm packages:

/usr/lib/rpm/debugedit: canonicalization unexpectedly shrank by one

As a workaround you can use this command:

rpmbuild -bb rpmbuild/SPECS/package.spec -D 'debug_package %{nil}'

It will disable building of debug package and that’s it.

fail2ban setup on Centos

fail2ban is a simple daemon (written in Python, BTW) which monitors your Linux server logs and is able to prevent bruteforce attacks by adding bad IP addresses to iptables. This is a simple self reminder on how to setup it.

yum install fail2ban
vim /etc/fail2ban/jail.conf

If you want fail2ban to only notify you  (and not add them to iptables) modify the configuratio files this way:

action = sendmail-whois[name=SSH,,]

It would be wise to add your IP addresses to be ignored:

ignoreip =


service fail2ban start

Enable auto start:

chkconfig fail2ban on

Now if somebody tries to brueforce your SSH you’ll get a mail.