Archive for the tag 'sysadmin'

Nov 15 2009

I Went In a Boy, I Came Out a Man

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Not really, it just seemed like the sort of over-the-top thing a rabid Mac fan might say. But I did replace my main Windows PC with a MacBook Pro. I’ve used Apple products occasionally over the decades, going all the way back to the Apple II, IIe, IIgs, and orignal 1984 Macintosh. I’m not “switching”, but rather adding; our […]

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Oct 08 2009

Missing your .svn\tmp directories? One line fix.

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You may find with “svn cleanup” (or its TortoiseSVN equivalent) fails with an error message about “system cannot find the path specified”. If you research this error, you may find that the SVN dev team knows that svn-cleanup does not clean up this particular problem, and as of SVN version 1.6.5, considers that OK. There […]

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Sep 01 2009

Finally, massive storage done right

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Last year, I wrote about my efforts to find a storage server with lots of storage at a low cost-per-byte. What was obvious to me at the time, but apparently not obvious to many vendors, is that the key to cost effective storage is to buy mostly hard drives and as little else as possible. […]

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Apr 30 2009

gitosis on Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty

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As of April 2009, the gitosis package in Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty is broken; it fails with an error like so: pkg_resources.DistributionNotFound: gitosis==0.2 There are quite a few pages and mailing list messages that mention this. I only found one with a good hint toward a solution, which was that it is also a known issue […]

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Mar 29 2009

Sometimes You Need to Compile It Yourself

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I posted an earlier version of this on the Puppet mailing list recently; it seemed worth expanding here. An Ideal World In an ideal world, for each piece of Linux software I use, a very recent version would be “in the box” in the distribution package repositories, for every distro and distro release I use. […]

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Jan 30 2009

DRBD on Ubuntu 8.04

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A while back I wrote about setting up DRBD on Ubuntu. It is considerably simpler now: you don’t need to build the module anymore, a reasonably recent version is already in the box. You should still read the full directions at the DRBD web site, but to get it going, you only need to configure […]

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