Working with PyCharm

Project management

Create a new project in PyCharm

  1. In the File menu select New Project…,
  2. On the left side select the Python framework you want to use,
  3. Enter the name for your project to the end of the Location path,
  4. If you have selected a framework that asks for more information
    1. Click the More Settings link and enter the additional values,
    2. Click the Create button,
    3. PyCharm generates folders for your project and application,
    4. When PyCharm asks you about compatibility inspection, enable it, to make sure your code is compatible with future versions of Python.
    5. PyCharm will enable Code compatibility inspection. Click OK to save the setting.
    6. PyCharm will still set your project interpreter to 2.6, so set it to 2.7. In the PyCharm menu select Preferences…,
    7. On the left side select Project:…, Project Interpreter,
    8. In the Project Interpreter drop-down select 2.7 and click the OK button.

Delete a project in PyCharm

The PyCharm project explorer does not have a delete option. To delete a PyCharm project

  1. Open the project location in Finder,
  2. Move the project folder to the Trash,
  3. The PyCharm project explorer window will reflect the change.

Shortcuts, tips, and tricks

 Auto generate

Auto generate functions, classes, attributes

  1. Enter the name of the undefined element where you want to use it,
  2. Click the light bulb, or press ⌥⏎ (Alt-Enter) to pop up the Intention Action alert,
  3. Select the action to generate the definition.

Auto generate fields for classes

  1. Enter the __init__ function of the class with the field names,
  2. Place the cursor on the field you want to generate the definition for,
  3. Click the light bulb, or press ⌥⏎ (Alt-Enter) to pop up the Intention Action alert,
  4. Select Add field ‘…’ to class …,
  5. Press Enter to select the option,
  6. Press Enter at the end of the new line to move the cursor to the next line, otherwise, the Intention Action alert does not pop up when you press ⌥⏎ (Alt-Enter)


Code completion

  • Press Ctrl-Space to complete the name of the element.
  • Press Ctrl-Space twice to complete the name of any class, even if it is not yet imported. The import statement will be automatically added.

Quick documentation

To get a short documentation on an element under the cursor, press F1. (By default on a Macintosh you need to press fn-F1, because the F1 button is programmed to adjust the brightness.)

For more information

Auto completing code, see

Keyboard shortcuts

Create a Terraform Enterprise environment

If you just start to work with Terraform Enterprise, you need to create a Terraform environment.


GitHub account

To access GitHub from Terraform Enterprise, create a GitHub team and account with admin access to the GitHub repository that will store the Terraform scripts.

  1. Create a GitHub team who will have admin access to the Terraform script repository,
  2. Create a GitHub user what Terraform Enterprise will use to access the Terraform script repository,
  3. Add the new GitHub user to your GitHub organization,
  4. Log into GitHub with the new user account credentials and wait for the email verification email from GitHub,
  5. Open the verification email from GitHub and click the button in the email to verify your email address,
  6. Stay logged into GitHub with the new user account and wait for the invitation email from GitHub to join the organization,
  7. Open the invitation email from GitHub and click the button to accept the invitation,
  8. In GitHub add the new GitHub user to the new team,
  9. Create a GitHub repository to store the Terraform scripts,
  10. Add the new team to the Terraform script repository with admin rights.

If the Terraform modules are in a separate GitHub repository, add the new team to that repository with Read rights.

AWS account

Create a new user account that Terraform Enterprise will use to access AWS

  1. Create a new AWS user,
  2. Add user rights
    1. AmazonEC2FullAccess
    2. AmazonS3FullAccess

Connect your Atlas account to GitHub

We will authorize Terraform Enterprise to access the Terraform script GitHub repository. We set this connection up in our personal profile in Terraform enterprise, but when we create new Terraform environments Terraform Enterprise will use this connection to access the GitHub repository the environment will be connected to. Do not use your personal GitHub account to make the connection, because if your personal account loses access to the GitHub repository, the Terraform environment will not be able to connect to it. For this connection, we have already created a new user in GitHub above.

  1. In a web browser log into GitHub with the user account you want Terraform Enterprise use to access the GitHub repository,
  2. In the same web browser open a new tab and navigate to and log into Atlas with your Hashicorp account,
  3. Click Connect GitHub to Atlas
  4. On the GitHub authorization page click the Authorize hashicorp button,
  5. Later if you want to unlink Atlas from your GitHub account, in the Personal section select Connections, and click the Unlink button.

Create the GitHub repository

Create a repository in GitHub to store the Terraform config files. You can specify subdirectories for each Terraform environment to watch, so one repository can serve the security group creation, and EC2 instance creation for the same developer group.

  1. Create the GitHub repository,
  2. Create a folder that the Terraform Enterprise environment will monitor for changes.

Create a new environment

    1. In a web browser navigate to,
    2. Log in with your Atlas user account,
    3. In the dropdown list of the New Environment page (click the text of the dropdown, not the arrow) select Link to GitHub.
      Name the environment to include the type of the server you want to launch and the server environment, for example, test_linux_sandbox.
      To save the environment click the Create & Continue button,
    4. On the left side select Variables,
    5. In the Environment section click the Edit button,
  1. If the environment is linked to the Terraform Enterprise Server

    1. The environment has been created. Click the your account settings page to create a personal token. It will allow you to access your account without using your username and password.
    2. Enter a description for the token and click the Generate Token button,
    3. Save the token value at a safe place
    4. To return back to the Runs page select Terraform Enterprise in the upper left corner
    5. Click the name of the environment you want to work with
    6. Configure the environment. On the left side click Settings
      1. Uncheck Plan on artifact uploads
    7. Store your personal access token on your workstation to be able to access Terraform Enterprise. Open a Bash window and execute the export command:

    8. Add the terraform backend configuration to the .tf file on your workstation

      terraform {
        backend "atlas" {
          address = ""
    9. Navigate to the Terraform configuration folder and initialize it with the backend configuration you have entered to the .tf file.
      terraform init
    10. Push the Terraform configuration to the Enterprise server

      terraform push -name="YOUR_ORGANIZATION/YOUR_ENVIRONMENT" -atlas-address=""
    11. On the left side click Configurations to see the list of configs your organization have pushed to the server.
    12. Run a Terraform Plan to see if your code works
      terraform plan
    13. Execute your Terraform config on your workstation
      terraform apply
    14. Push the result of the run to the Terraform Enterprise server
      terraform push -name="YOUR_ORGANIZATION/YOUR_ENVIRONMENT" -atlas-address=""
    15. To view the result of the run, on the left side click Runs.
    16. To view the created infrastructure states on the left side click States

Create the Terraform scripts


More resources

For a tutorial on Multiple Environments in Terraform see

No instances for regex `’, try running `kitchen list’ in Chef Test Kitchen

When I tried to execute the “kitchen list” command in Chef Test Kitchen the following error came up:

No instances for regex `’, try running `kitchen list’

I could not find the reason for the error, but when I opened the .kitchen.yml file in the Atom editor, made an insignificant change and saved the file, the error went away.

GitKraken installation and configuration

GitKraken is a Git user interface to manage Git repositories.


  1. Download the GitKraken installer from


  1. Start the GitKraken application
  2. Login with your GitHub account, or create a new account

  3. Connect to a Git repository
  4. Click the Open a Repository button
  5. Select a repository folder and click the Open button

3D Printer GCODE instructions

GCODE is a standard file type to control 3D printers. The 3D object is usually exported from the CAD program to an STL file, that fully describes the end product. 3D printers build the physical objects layer-by-layer, so we need to slice the object into thin layers.

Turn off the fan after 5 minutes

When the printer completed the job, the fan of the Monoprice Select Mini printer says on, making noise, and wearing out the bearing. To turn the fan off after 5 minutes, add this code to the end of every GCODE file.

G4 P300000 ;wait 5 minutes before turning off the fan
M106 S1    ;turn off fan

To automatically append the instructions to every GCODE file, in Cura add the lines to the end.code section:

  1. In the Cura application select the Start/End-GCode tab,
  2. Select end.gcode,
  3. Enter the lines in the bottom window.


Terraform Enterprise Administration

Create a new organization

  1. In your web browser navigate to,
  2. On the left menu bar under Organizations click Create,
  3. In the middle of the screen click the new organization page link,
  4. Enter the email address and user name for the organization owner and click the Create organization button.

Using Git


Frequently used Git commands

Initialize a new Git repository in the current directory

git init

Display the list of added, deleted and modified files in the repository

git status

Display the changes in files since the last git add

git diff

Display the changes in the stage area after you have executed  git add

git diff --staged

Add the changes to the staging area

git add .

Commit the changes with a message

git commit -m "My message"

Push the changes to the remote repository at GitHub, Bitbucket, and others

git push

Pull the latest changes from the remote repository

git pull

Advanced topics

Push an existing repository from the command line

git remote add origin
git push -u origin master


Forks and Pull Requests


error: package … does not exist in NetBeans

If your Java source code imports packages, you have to add the JAR files containing them to the Library.

When you try to compile your Java application in NetBeans, and you get the error message:

error: package … does not exist

  1. In the NetBeans Project view right-click the Libraries folder
  2. In the drop down menu select Add JAR/Folder
  3. Select all the JAR files you want to add to the library, not just the folder,
  4. Click the Open button.

Splunk configuration

Splunk stores the configuration values in files in the /opt/splunkforwarder directory structure.

Splunk client

Description Location
Splunk Deployment server /opt/splunkforwarder/etc/system/local/deploymentclient.conf
Splunk Forwarder address /opt/splunkforwarder/etc/apps/tcpout-aws/local/outputs.conf
 Linux event log. Splunk tails this file. /var/log/messages
   To log a message in the Linux event log
logger "My message"
   To find a message in the Linux event log
grep "My message" /var/log/messages


Splunk server

Description Location
Default data directory /opt/splunk/var/lib/splunk/defaultdb/

Cannot restart the Atlassian Confluence service on Windows

When the Atlassian Confluence wiki is installed on a Windows server, it frequently becomes unavailable. Sometimes it is possible to restart the Atlassian Confluence Windows service, but most of the time the Stop phase times out with:

Windows could not stop the Atlassian Confluence service on Local Computer.
Error 1053: The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion.

To make Atlassian Confluence work again

  1. Open Task Manager,
  2. End the tomcat…exe process,
  3. Start the Atlassian Confluence Windows service.