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Fscking Modem

Just as I was getting a load of traffic looking for E17 transparency, my router decides to reset to factory defaults, and I have a half hour of downtime reconfigging everything — the longest downtime since the server got wiped & reinstalled -_-

And then it does it again while I’m sleeping, 3 hours this time >:(

Posted July 29th, 2005 by Shish, in problem, tech

Mmmm.. script kiddied…

Some russian dude brute forced a non-admin account on my server, then didn’t manage to do any damage as it’s fully patched and firewalled off in both directions~ Everything’s been reinstalled for paranoia anyway, which took about an hour to get re-set-up, using Debian’s latest stable (finally released \o/)

Trying SELinux, I gave up after 10 hours — the packages, where existant, seem both unfinished and several years out of date, and after installing manually it didn’t seem to do anything…

Posted June 8th, 2005 by Shish, in problem, rage, tech

More powercuts

Another two months uptime, another powercut :|

But this time, 5. 10 seconds of power for every 20 minutes of darkness… But it finally prompted me to discover the useful combination of screen and cron’s @reboot timer, to allow various user-level services to start automatically (eg IRC logging)

Posted May 31st, 2005 by Shish, in problem, tech


Firstly, my desktop had it’s first non-hardware-related reboot in years, due to SVGAlib messing with the display. They put “Warning: this will almost certainly mess up your display and require a reboot” in the docs, but not on the front of every app that uses it

Then I found that in the process of upgrading to breezy, X had gone — the two core parts of it had been marked mutually exclusive. Also, the font paths mysteriously needed changing. For the first time in memory, linux’s “warning: do not use this software, it is not ready, and is guaranteed to break something” has been less stable than windows’ “finished, bug-free, ready for business use” :O

Posted May 25th, 2005 by Shish, in pimp, problem, software, tech

Powercuts, Gnomes, and Comments

1) Gah >:/

2) GNOME 2.10 ROXXORZ TEH BIG 1!!!!111, etc etc. It’s giving windows a kicking in the general niceness department, heading towards the Mac’s standards ^_^ Sure it’s giving up some of the power-user-friendliness to get there, but that’s what the console is for~

3) The blog thing now has comments, although you have to be a registered user to use it — registration is just picking a username & password, no other details are taken; the same login is used for commenting, siggy, and rav projects.

Posted March 25th, 2005 by Shish, in problem, tech, web

… Something … bad happened …

Not sure what it was, but it caused the modem to be getting a signal without anybody to talk to on the other end :/

And as I type, it dies again >:(

Posted February 22nd, 2005 by Shish, in problem, tech

A rather odd log format

It would seem that when “combined” is an undefined log format, rather than throw an “undefined log format” error, apache simply writes out the word “combined” every time a website is hit >:(

Posted February 17th, 2005 by Shish, in problem, tech

Moving to debian

The gentoo server became mysteriously full, which prompted me to finally move to debian… Some notes:

Gentoo’s init scripts are way better, in more ways than I previously thought; eg, they exist at all (debian has no MRTG init script >:( ), they’re configurable (debian has an equivalent of /etc/conf.d, but doesn’t use it much) — After lots of unsuccessful attempts at hacking “-D PHP4” into the apache init script, I ended up just rewriting my apache config. Also, whereas gentoo’s init scripts say “doing something… ” then “ok” or “failed”, debian only has the first bit, often failing silently >:( And they still use numbered rather than named runlevels >:(

This is my setting up debian face, in a constant state of “nguuu.. UUHHH!!!! Ughhhhh…..”… It’s a visual representation of “WTF? I have to do this myself? Goddamnit I switched to apt to make things easier. Gah well, might as well get writing my own boot scripts, seeing as the package maintainer won’t >:|”

(I really have had that expression on my face for the last 24 hours. Maybe also something to do with repeated banging of head on wall :/)

To compare:

Gentoo install / configure: 48+ hours / 2 hours

Debian install / configure: 30 mins / 6 hours (OF PAIN*) and counting…

And now php4-gd wants X installed >:(

And dhclient just overrode my hardcoded net config; I assume because it didn’t let me set it up properly in the first place >:(

* the pain is terrible

Posted February 16th, 2005 by Shish, in problem, rage, tech

Another power cut?

omgwtf. Where do I go to complain? And how much are UPSes nowadays?

Posted February 9th, 2005 by Shish, in problem, tech

MRTG… died?

No, no more downtime… but MRTG stopped working? I’ve gone from rateup to rrdtool, but surely that should *lower* complexity as it no longer has to render anything?

Posted February 8th, 2005 by Shish, in problem, tech