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 […]

Finding unpatched “features” in distro packages

I generally expect baseline distro packages to be “old” by some measure. Even for more forward thinking distros, they generally (mis)equate age with stability. I’ve heard the expression “bug for bug compatible” when dealing with newer code on older systems. Something about the devil you know vs the devil you don’t. Ok. In this case, […]

On expectations

This has happened multiple times over the last few months. Just variations on the theme as it were, so I’ll talk about the theme. The day job builds some of the fastest systems for storage and analytics in market. We pride ourselves on being able to make things go very … very fast. If its […]

Raw Unapologetic Firepower: kdb+ from @Kx

While the day job builds (hyperconverged) appliances for big data analytics and storage, our partners build the tools that enable users to work easily with astounding quantities of data, and do so very rapidly, and without a great deal of code. I’ve always been amazed at the raw power in this tool. Think of a […]

Systemd and non-desktop scenarios

So we’ve been using Debian 8 as the basis of our SIOS v2 system. Debian has a number of very strong features that make it a fantastic basis for developing a platform … for one, it doesn’t have significant negative baggage/technical debt associated with poor design decisions early on in the development of the system […]

And this was a good idea … why ?

The Debian/Ubuntu update tool is named “apt” with various utilities built around it. For the most part, it works very well, and software upgrades nicely. Sort of like yum and its ilk, but it pre-dates them. This tool is meant for automated (e.g. lights out) updates. No keyboard interaction should be required. Ever. For any […]