Category Archive: Linux

Jul 06 2011

Xen, LVM, and Grub

I ran into an interesting problem with my new server the other day. Due to a hardware problem with an external USB hard drive, I had to reboot the XEN host. I had to do the reboot remotely … so I couldn’t intervene if something went wrong.  Yes, you guessed it, something did go wrong. …

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Apr 09 2011

CentOS Upgrade

Well, I’m pretty pleased with CentOS so far. I just completed a minor version upgrade (5.5 to 5.6) via yum and it went very smoothly.  This involved 3 virtual guest and one host (the guests run inside the host). I had one small glitch with the RPM database on middle-earth.  Some dependencies were screwed up, …

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Apr 05 2009

Upgrades Complete – I'm Worried

I just completed the 2nd of two upgrades of my Linux systems to Fedora 10. I’m very worried. What’s got me worried?   Both upgrades when relatively smoothly.

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Nov 27 2008

Temporary LIBXML2 solution

Ginny has been bugging me about the problem she’s been having posting to her blog from the iPhone and other third party tools that she uses. The problem has been narrowed down to a bug in LIBXML2 that causes leading angle brackets “<” to be stripped off of posts when processed through the XMLRPC support …

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Dec 15 2007

SpamAssassin problem on Fedora 6

Running SpamAssassin after a Fedora Core 6 update results in “Use of uninitialized value in concatenation (.) or string at /usr/lib/perl5/5.8.8/i386-linux-thread-multi/Scalar/Util.pm line 30.” error.

Apr 23 2007

Upgrade Complete

Well, I finally got my Linux systems upgraded … both Rivendell & Gondor got upgraded to Fedora Core 6 this weekend. There were a few minor glitches … but nothing that couldn’t be handled. One thing that was kind of annoying is the fact that the Apache config (httpd.conf) was replaced on both servers (the …

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Jan 03 2007

A Series of Unfortunate Events

(with apologies to Lemony Snicket) Last week was not all that great for me computer wise. I had three events that pretty much threw me for a loop. If it hadn’t been for Ginny, I would have probably been a drooling, babbling, idiot. Where should I start? Hmmm, the beginning, maybe? (cue fade to memory …

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Nov 21 2006

Convenience Checks

I had the oddest thing happen just now … I called a credit card company and asked to be removed from their promotional mailing of “Convenience Checks” … and was. Convenience Checks are the checks they mail you that let’s you get cash from your credit card … and have a service fee attached in …

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Nov 20 2006

Noisy

The new tape drive arrived today … I was a bit worried that it would ever show up, as the vendor I purchased from seemed to be pretty disorganized. It seems to be ok. It’s even new. I was half expecting the unit to be refurbished, which I would be OK with, because the price …

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Nov 04 2006

Hard Drives Hell

Oh boy … talk about a bad day for hard drives. Thursday evening I noticed my laptop was getting REALLY sluggish … I ran uptime (part of the MKS Toolkit, which I can’t do without) and found out my system had been up for 15 days straight without a reboot. Almost a record for a …

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