That was fun: mysql update nuked remote access

Update your packages, they said. It will be more secure, they said. I guess it was. No network access to the databases. Even after turning the database server instance to listen again on the right port, I had to go in and redo the passwords and privileges. So yeah, this broke my MySQL instance for […]

Another itch scratched

So there you are, with many software RAIDs. You’ve been building and rebuilding them. And somewhere along the line, you lost track of which devices were which. So somehow you didn’t clean up the last build right, and you thought you had a hot spare … until you looked at /proc/mdstat … and said … […]

strace -p is your friend

So there I was, trying to use a serial port on a node which was connected to a serial port on a switch. Which I needed to properly configure the switch. So I light up minicom and get garbage. Great, a baud rate mismatch, easily fixed. Fix it. Connect again. I get the first 10-12 […]

That was fun … no wait … the other thing … not fun

Long overdue update of the server this blog runs on. It is no longer running a Ubuntu flavor, but instead running SIOSv2 which is the same appliance operating system that powers our products. This isn’t specifically a case of eating our own dog-food, but more a case that Ubuntu, even the LTS versions, have a […]

new SIOS feature: compressed ram image for OS

Most people use squashfs which creates a read-only (immutable) boot environment. Nothing wrong with this, but this forces you to have an overlay file system if you want to write. Which complicates things … not to mention when you overwrite too much, and run out of available inodes on the overlayfs. Then your file system […]

A wonderful read on metrics, profiling, benchmarking

Brendan Gregg’s writings are always interesting and informative. I just saw a link on hacker news to a presentation he gave on “Broken Performance Tools“. It is wonderful, and succinctly explains many thing I’ve talked about here and elsewhere, but it goes far beyond what I’ve grumbled over. One of my favorite points in there […]

Updated net-tools bits

So far, 3 components, and working to fix a few things in formatting. On github, grab it here. First, to report about bond details root@unison-mgr-1:~/net-tools# ./ bond0: mac 0c:c4:7a:48:69:cb state up mode fault-tolerance (active-backup) xmit_hash layer2 0 active slave eth1 polling 100 ms up_delay 200 ms down_delay 200 ms slave nics: eth1: mac 0c:c4:7a:48:69:cb, […]

SIOS v2.0 running pxe booted

Our SIOS (Linux based OS, usually based upon Debian) has just been updated for jessie (Debian 8). This was necessary to support rkt, docker, etc. in addition to our other bits. Its been cooking in the background for a while, for, as you might have noticed from my posting frequency, I’ve been busy. But we […]