PostgreSQL Query to Find Tables With Name LIKE

Sometimes you are working with a PostgreSQL database with A LOT of tables and looking for tables that contain a sub-string in their name. Following is a query that you can run that will return all of the tables that have the string in their name:

      table_name LIKE '%<string%'
  AND table_schema not in ('information_schema', 'pg_catalog')
  AND table_type = 'BASE TABLE'
  table_name, table_schema
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helm Cheat Sheet

Development Tips and Tricks

Test Template Rendering

Run the following. Instead of it installing the chart it will render the template and display the output

helm install --debug --dry-run <release-name> <path-to-chart-dir>

To test with an overriding value

helm install <release-name> <path-to-chart-dir> --dry-run --debug --set k=v


  • List releases: helm list
  • Get the manifest for a release: helm get manifest <release-name[flags]
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Spaghetti Squash, Spinach and Turkey Sausage Lasagna


  • 2 small or 1 large spaghetti squash
  • 4 TB olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup onions, diced
  • 1 cup red peppers, diced
  • 8 oz fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 lb. ground mild Italian turkey sausage, or vegetarian sausage
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • Red pepper flakes, use amount based on desired spice/heat level
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 425° and line a large baking sheet with
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Pepperoni Pizza Twist


  • 1 package (3.5 ounces) pepperoni slices, diced
  • 1 can (3.24 ounces) pitted, ripe olives, drained and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed
  • 2 packages (11 ounces each) refrigerated French bread dough
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning mix
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pizza sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 3750 F
  2. Dice pepperoni and chop olives and prep the parsley
  3. Combine
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Running GUI apps locally as root in a non-root session

There are instances when you need to run an X Window application. For me this is often running a terminator instance as root so that I can create tabs and split the window as still be root in each of those terminals.

In order for the root user to be able to connect to the X server you need to provide it with “credentials”. In this case it is on the same box and not over the network so the → Continue reading “Running GUI apps locally as root in a non-root session”

Setting Per File Type Tab Configurations in VSCode

If you would like to have different tab configurations (tabs or spaces) along with the number of tab chars for different file types you can update your user settings.

The first thing you need to do is figure out what the file type code thinks the file that you want to change is. Open the file in vscode and then look at the bottom right of your window. In my case, I’m looking at an avro schema (.avsc) file:

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[SOLVED] Upgrading Apache Kafka 2.7 to Java 11 Changes authenticationID sent to ZooKeeper Enabling Only 1 Kafka Broker to r/w znodes

The title of this post is a bit of mouthful and requires a bit more explanation.

I am running a pure open-source version of Kafka (currently running 2.7) and am using SASL/GSSAPI connections between all of the brokers and ZooKeeper. Currently, the whole system, including ZooKeeper, is running Java 8 and it is long-overdue to be upgraded to Java 11.

Upgrading Kafka to Java 11 causes the server to send an incorrect authenticationID String to ZooKeeper which results in the → Continue reading “[SOLVED] Upgrading Apache Kafka 2.7 to Java 11 Changes authenticationID sent to ZooKeeper Enabling Only 1 Kafka Broker to r/w znodes”

Creating a Counter or Progress Bar for a Python Program

I’ve written a number of Python apps where I would like it to print some sort of counter or progress bar to STDOUT to let me know that it is still running instead of locked up or died somehow without me being able to see it.

I had tried using a couple of different existing progress bar related modules but none of them really worked except in a very specific use case.

So, after a bit of futzing around I → Continue reading “Creating a Counter or Progress Bar for a Python Program”

How To Spy and Verify a Static Void Method in Java

The Mockito and PowerMockito libraries for JUnit4 are not always the most intuitive.

Following is an example of how to spy and verify a static void method.

    public void testAdd() {

        // Prepare the Utils class to be spied.

        // Run the test and get the actual value from the OUT
        int actualValue = App.add("Test1", 1, 1);

         * To verify the number of times that we called Utils.doSomething we
         * first need to tell the PowerMockito library 
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Using sed with regex capture groups

There are many times when you have a file from which you want to extract specific strings based on a regex and using a capture group is a very efficient way to parse multiple strings from the same line.

I have found that sed is the easiest way to do so on the Linux command line.

Given the following input file:

This is a line of text with a year=2020 month=12 in it
This line of text does not have 
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