Docker: Remove all images and containers


You use Docker, but working with it created lots of images and containers. You want to remove all of them to save disk space.


Warning: This will destroy all your images and containers. It will not be possible to restore them!

Run those commands in a shell:
# Delete all containers
sudo docker rm $(docker ps -a -q)
# Delete all images
sudo docker rmi $(docker images -q)

This solution has be proposed by GitHub user @crosbymichael in this issue

Create a global git commit hook

Recently found out about these git hooks and they work flawlessly but my only worry was that I had to copy all my hooks over every repo such that I could use them, which was a pain sometimes.

Then started reading about this so called global git hooks, and found a fix.

Usually the default template library is found at /usr/share/git-core/templates and we are going to use that directory for all our hooks.

1. Enable git templates:

git config --global init.templatedir '/usr/share/git-core/templates/'

This tells git to copy everything in /usr/share/git-core/templates/ to your per-project .git/ directory when you run git init

2. Write your hooks in /usr/share/git-core/templates/hooks.

For example, here’s an update hook (located in /usr/share/git-core/templates/hooks/update):

# Prevent pushing changes to master branch
if [ $USER != "mmphego" ];
  if [ "$1" == refs/heads/master ];
    echo "Manual pushing to this repo is restricted"
    exit 1

4. Make sure the hook is executable.

chmod a+x /usr/share/git-core/templates/hooks/update

5. Re-initialize git in each existing repo you’d like to use this in:

git init

NOTE if you already have a hook defined in your local git repo, this will not overwrite it.

Allow users of a certain group to run a command without sudo passwd

Time to time I usually find myself typing sudo to execute commands requiring sudo rights, and this is repetitive which simply means one gets weary of typing sudo password every time, hence this blog post. Reason for this is to remind me how to do it the next time I am faced with such conundrum(s).

Suppose I wanted to add a group of users who are allowed to run mount and umount without passwords. So I first want to add a group called “staff”

sudo groupadd staff

Next we need to edit the /etc/group and add the users


will be present ,hence append users you want to add the users separated by commas.


Now we need to configure sudo to allow members of the “staff” group to actually invoke the mount and umount commands.

You just need to add the following lines to /etc/sudoers or execute sudo visudo

%staff ALL=NOPASSWD: /sbin/mount, /sbin/umount

Now sudo mount won’t ask password but since it is a pain in the butt typing sudo all the time, we can avoid it by doing the following:

I can create the following script called “/usr/bin/mount” (and similar script for umount)

#! /bin/sh
sudo /sbin/mount $*

To make this slightly more secure, We might want to change the ownership of these scripts to the “staff” group.

chgrp staff /usr/bin/mount /usr/bin/umount

and then make them executable only for the group “staff”

chmod g+x /usr/bin/mount  /usr/bin/umount

Note:Depending on the OS you are using please check where mount and umount commands are located. It might be in /bin/ instead of /sbin.
So you might have to make necessary changes



Smart Doorbell using Raspberry Pi

About a year ago, I had to do a project titled Smart Home Automation using a Raspberry Pi and Arduino, part of the project  incorporated a doorbell but not just any doorbell but a Smart doorbell.

Why do I call it a Smart Doorbell?

A classic doorbell can be defined as a signalling device typically placed near an entry door to a building. When a visitor presses a button the bell rings inside the building, alerting the occupant to the presence of the visitor.

The smart doorbell, works in that manner however when a visitor presses the doorbell button it notifies the occupant with an images of the visitor and also sends an email, sms and push notification (to an smart device) to the occupant in case they are not able to hear the bell ringing.

If the button is pressed a pre-recorded voice notification is played for the occupant to check the door as there might be someone, this happens concurrently with an sms notification while a picture of the visitor is captured and sent to both email and push notification. Initially there was a feature to enable 2-way real-time video communication but due to network latency and high resource usage the feature was deprecated.

Click For A Demo

Comment if you need the code

See code snippets(Initial Revision):

Setting up an MQTT server on Debian Jessie

Jolabs Tech Blog


Today we`re going to be setting up our own home automation server in a dedicated linux server. It’s gonna host our platform using the the Node.Js environment. The different devices around the house are going to be speaking MQTT to this server. I’ve chosen MQTT because of it’s robustness and lightweightness allowing for easy deployment on my favourite controllers: ESP8266. The esp-01, still the cheapest to this date,only sports 4mb of flash, has no trouble at all controlling a couple of relay’s for now. In the future the newer/bigger boards can be used to get more IO and function, but for now I’m going to be using the esp-01’s extensively around the house flexibly (it’s wireless…).


The idea is to have the server online 24/7, so consider a computer thats not to power-hungry; like a Raspberry Pi or a small embedded box computer. Alternatively you can boot up…

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Bash terminal prompt trick

This cool trick will transform one’s dull terminal to a fancy terminal with date + time and current Git branch if any.

Copy below code to your ~/.bashrc

export PS1='\[\033[0;32m\]\[\033[0m\033[0;38m\]\u\[\033[0;36m\]@\[\033[0;36m\]\h:\w\[\033[0;32m\]$(__git_ps1)\n\[\033[0;32m\]└─\[\033[0m\033[0;31m\] [\D{%F %T}] \$\[\033[0m\033[0;32m\] >>>\[\033[0m\] '

When done, source the bashrc file and then voila!!!

$ source ~/.bashrc

Dull Terminal


Epic Terminal with date, time and current git branch


How to mount Google Drive on your Linux(Ubuntu) system

I have always been a fan of cloud storage as anything can happen on my mechanical harddrive, but now that I have completely migrated to Ubuntu and having to realise that the is no support whatsoever for Google drive applications, I was on a quest to find a working and reliable on. Then I stumbled upon Google Drive Ocamlfuse which is a FUSE filesystem backend for Google Drive which you can use to mount your Google Drive under Linux.



sudo add-apt-repository ppa:alessandro-strada/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install google-drive-ocamlfuse




Make sure you are connected to the internet as this will open your browser and require access to your Google Drive. Click “Allow” and this will give the application access to your files.


Now we mount GDrive to your system.


mkdir -p ~/Google_Drive
google-drive-ocamlfuse ~/Google_Drive

That’s about it, unless you want to be heroic and modify changes in the configuration file which is  here:



To mount Google Drive upon startup, run:

crontab -e

and insert

@reboot google-drive-ocamlfuse ~/Google_Drive

Or go here: