Sunday Nov 26, 2006

No cycling this Sunday

No cycling today as I'm looking after the kids and after rugby training was abandoned due to the hail for once I was happy not to be out in the middle of no where.

Apologies to the subscribers to planet cycling which was currently suffering from the double failure of my internet connection being “upgraded” which for some reason results in “up to 10 days where the service is unstable” and during this time my ISP is even less interested in investigating faults than usual. Since the router seem incapable of reconnecting when I loose service I have to restart it. Thanks to smnp, expect and ssh I now have a script that should do exactly that so the extended failures should be a thing of the past. However since running the script the service has stayed up so I can't be 100% sure it works.

The second failure was user error. I failed to notice that the latest operating system upgrade moving to build 53 of Nevada had overwritten one of the web server configuration files. I've fixed that and reverted the web server back into it's own zone. Build 53 would appear to be one of those releases that you should run to install if you use the desktop lots of nice new features not least firefox 2.0.

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Wednesday Nov 08, 2006

planetcycling.org upgrade

One of the goals of upgrading from the Qube to a Solaris system was to ease the upgrade of http://planetcycling.org which had a requirement for a modern version of python that along with all the other requirements was more effort given the short life expectancy of the systems I decided not to do.

Last night I finally upgraded to the latest nightly of the planet software with python via blastwave. It was really good to be able to snapshot /opt/csw prior to letting pkg-get upgrade all the packages so if it did all go wrong I could just rollback the binaries.

Now at last http://planetcycling.org is correctly formatting all the entries it contains, though I fear it has republished a lot of the content via the RSS feeds. My apologies for that.

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Saturday Sep 23, 2006

Web Server moved to new server

The new server now serves http://planetcycling.org. Using the bundled apache2 httpd running in a zone. Nice and easy to get working as there is already an smf manifest.

The reasons for the zone are:

  1. Paranoia. If there is security bug in the web server, the zone should buy some time.

  2. It allows my to bring a replacement service up on another zone and verify that all is well before making it live. The planet software needs to be upgraded but this will take some time so to get the Qube shutdown.

  3. Because I can.

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