Saving username and password OpenVPN config

I use the openvpn command line to connect to a certain VPN site, and I get annoyed at having to find the password everytime

So, in the .ovpn file, there is a setting:


So, I create a file (lets call it new-file.txt) in the same folder as the config, and it only contains 2 lines, first line username, second password

Change the auth-user-pass line to be

auth-user-pass new-file.txt

And now it connects without prompting me for password. Super.

Obviously this is a slight security issue, but this is on a pretty secure VM on a secure machine. So its quite safe. Just think about it if you are implementing the same workaround.

Git, trying to ignore a database config

If you are trying to ignore a file and git is mucking you about, it may be because the file you are trying to ignore is already in the repository, and therefore it sees it as a change, and will probably delete the file.

Instead, run this command line function:

git update-index --assume-unchanged


git update-index --assume-unchanged application/config/database.php

Run this for all the files you need to ignore after the initial checkout.

Where is my.cnf on Mac OSX?

On Mountain Lion, I found that the my.cnf file is missing. This is because Mac uses the default MySQL settings and therefore doesn’t require a config file.

If you want to change the default settings, you’ll need to create a my.cnf in /etc/:

You’ll need to sudo into Terminal, and copy one of the default configs from the MySQL folder to the /etc/ folder:

sudo cp /usr/local/mysql/support.files/my-huge.cnf /etc/my.cnf

Then just use Nano or whatever to update the file, then restart MySQL and you should be good to go with your new settings.