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wiki.e-shell.org almost finished
The counterpart of this blog will be my wiki site. There you will find all the stuff I had on the old handmade website, plus all the new contents I'll publish from time to time.
Almost all contents are now in the new wiki. The old Quick tips section is called now hacks (following the idea behind some books from O'reilly like BSD Hacks or Linux server hacks) and I just fixed some of them (uff, there were a lot of grammar errors :D).
The sources page will contain all the scripts made by myself (like the old SSH Blocker, the EFLBuilder for Slackware, etc) and the services page will hold information about the public services I plan to offer for free in e-shell.org.
So, feel free to poke around and ask me whenever you need some help on the topics covered in the wiki, you are welcome.
Comments are back!
finally I found some time yesterday...
Yes, comments are not moderated anymore. I took the decission of moderate comments because COREBlog was much prone to comment spammers than my old handmade code.
Now, thanks to betabug and his HoneyPotBL product, I've set up some protection mechanism that should stop most spammers.
You are welcome to comment openly again.
New server connection
and now it's blazing faster!
Just some minutes ago the migration of my housed server have finished. Now the server where this blog runs on (among some other things) is on a faster Internet connection, just check the ping reply, before:
[Fenris] ~> ping master.e-shell.org
PING master.e-shell.org (22.214.171.124): 56 data bytes
64 bytes from 126.96.36.199: icmp_seq=0 ttl=55 time=75.823 ms
64 bytes from 188.8.131.52: icmp_seq=1 ttl=55 time=61.340 ms
64 bytes from 184.108.40.206: icmp_seq=2 ttl=55 time=67.712 ms
64 bytes from 220.127.116.11: icmp_seq=3 ttl=55 time=61.252 ms
64 bytes from 18.104.22.168: icmp_seq=4 ttl=55 time=60.128 ms
64 bytes from 22.214.171.124: icmp_seq=5 ttl=55 time=62.003 ms
64 bytes from 126.96.36.199: icmp_seq=6 ttl=55 time=60.385 ms
64 bytes from 188.8.131.52: icmp_seq=7 ttl=55 time=81.014 ms
and after the migration:
[Fenris] ~> ping master.e-shell.org
PING master.e-shell.org (184.108.40.206): 56 data bytes
64 bytes from 220.127.116.11: icmp_seq=0 ttl=245 time=37.631 ms
64 bytes from 18.104.22.168: icmp_seq=1 ttl=245 time=35.720 ms
64 bytes from 22.214.171.124: icmp_seq=2 ttl=245 time=36.685 ms
Damm good! (thnx to the people behind Asturhosting again)
YES! my friends, tonight is halloween:
"Halloween (or Hallowe’en) is an international holiday celebrated on the evening of October 31; today it is often celebrated in the morning and afternoon as well. Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, ghost tours, bonfires, costume parties, visiting haunted attractions, carving jack-o'-lanterns, reading scary stories, and watching horror movies. Irish and Scottish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America in the nineteenth century. Other western countries embraced the holiday in the late twentieth century. Halloween is celebrated in several countries of the Western world, most commonly in the United States, Canada, Ireland, Puerto Rico, Japan, Australia, United Kingdom, and at times in parts of New Zealand"
You know, here in Spain we call it "El día de todos los santos" (more info here) and it is not a party at all, but a family meeting when you go visit the cemetery if there are some old members of your family there.
Anyway, halloween (the party) is getting more and more famous in Spain these days, and everybody goes out on the night of october the 31st, just to have some party.
So, here is my contribution to this year halloween, I've switched my blog theme to this halloween skin (Even my little south park character got a costume!).
Happy/Creepy/Spooky Halloween night!
UPDATE (01/11/2008): So, how was your halloween night? was it full of terrifying stories, pumpkins, children asking for sweets...? Now my usual blog-skin is back, but i would like to leave here a screenshot of this blog with its halloween skin on it:
Install party: upgrading my home boxes
...yes, finally I found some time to do this!
I would like to do this before, but the lack of time and, you know, sometimes desire...
But tonight is the night!, Right now I'm sitting in my home desk, Audioslave's Shadow On The Sound is the current song in the playlist, I've a beer with me, and FreeBSD 8.0-RC1 is being installed in my dual-xeon home box...
How many times like this I've had in my life... ;D and I really appreciate them.
I'll keep a log of this lonely bunker. First step, finishing the base install (minimal of course).
23:32: Finished the installation. I used the usual layout for partitions and package selection, now to the post-configuration.
23:36: Finished the post-configuration (network, NFS server, SSH access, added the wu user and root password, nothing more!
23:38: Booted up the system, Fenris is back again, everything seems in place, now time to install some packages and put everything back in wu's home.
23:42: Adding my USB-connected harddrives to the list of mounted partitions (following Adding Disks of course) and following some really funny discussions in #FreeBSD on Freenode.
23:51 There are the hard drives:
Fenris# mount /home
Fenris# mount /mnt/seagate
Fenris# mount /mnt/lacie
Fenris# mount /mnt/iomega
23:57: I've forgotten the experience of being in IRC at night, there is so much people from overseas talking everywhere... IRC channels that are usually dead by day are so alive at night...
00:29: Installed some stuff, restored some config files from the previous version of the system and now...
Fenris# make buildkernel KERNCONF=FENRIS
Fenris# make installkernel KERNCONF=FENRIS
00:59 (Breaking Benjamin`s Follow now in the playlist) After a reboot with the new kernel (it booted ok):
Fenris# make buildworld
01:00 Reading Securing Network Services with FreeBSD Jails while the world is being compiled (I feel myself like being back 8 years ago in my small appartment in Coruña, hacking Sendmail in a Slackware box til late up night)
01:20: Just discovered that r0sk and MarcosBL are awake, but tweeting instead of being like old-men in IRC... Trying to get them online...
01:56: The Securing Network Services with FreeBSD Jails article was interesting enough, nothing new about jails to me (I've used them some times before) and nothing you can not learn reading the Handbook (http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en/books/handbook/jails.html) but it covers one interesting tool, ezjail a script that simplifies the usual tasks about jails a lot.
I've been talking with r0sk for a while too (finally he joined in IRC) and I've got another beer ;D
02:28: buildworld, installworld and mergemaster finished, restored more config files from the backup (after a reboot) and mostly installed the needed software. Let's go now into installing the needed desktop software.
03:23 Et Voilá, needed packages installed and tested. Of coutse the desktop will need a little bit of customization, you know, but I think it is time to go to bed! FINISHED INSTALL PARTY
Adding a planet.e-shell.org sidebox
more information for you directly in the blog
As some of you would have notice, I've been running for some time now a planet-like site in http://planet.e-shell.org .
There I've added rss feeds for sites I consider interesting, so I've my online news feed and I can check it from anywhere in the world (and it is a perfect excuse to set up a site running MiniPlanet (from my friend betabug).
Now, I've removed the Other Blogs sidebox in this blog (another MiniPlanet instance with only 4-5 blog feeds on it) and I've put a small sidebox with information gathered directly from the http://planet.e-shell.org site.
As both apps are running in the same Zope instance, it was very easy to set it up, I only needed some acquisition magic to get the needed stuff in place.
Hope you will find it useful.
Hidden emails for comments in this COREBlog
it was a bad idea not to put your url in my comments
For all of you who usually comment my posts:
- First: Thnx, I really appreciate your comments ;)
- Second: I've detected that a lot of the people who add comments to this blog didn't add an url in the comment form. I don't know if it is an act of pure lazyness (because I know some of them who has a blog, for example) or simply because they don't want their blogs to be linked here (WHY?). Anyway, these people were adding their email addresses, and those where publicly showed in the blog. I've modified the code that show the comments in this e-shell.org COREBlog theme to show a link to # instead of the email address.
I want to get more people involved in the blog, but I don't want to contribute to SPAM your INBOXes.
Just in case some other COREBloggers out there want to know, I just edited the comment_body DTML method inside my custom skin folder, replacing:
<a href="mailto:<dtml-if "REQUEST.form.has_key('email')"><dtml-var "removeHTML(REQUEST.form['email'])"><dtml-else><dtml-var email missing=""></dtml-if>">
Moved to a new server
Dell Poweredge 1800
Today I've moved this blog, and the rest of the e-shell.org websites (the planet, the paste tool and the wiki) to a new server.
The old one has been suffering hardware problems for the last few weeks. I still don't know what the problem is, but the server has been frozen suddendly and a hard reset is the only way to get it back when that happens.
On wednesday it was even worse, the server went offline 4 times in a row, each time the guys from Asturhosting put it back online, it went offline again in a matter of minutes.
Lucky me, I'm somehow a maniac of doing backups so getting everything up and running again, this time in a new server, was a matter of some hours.
All the e-shell.org websites are Zope-powered, so restoring them was pretty simple. I just installed Zope 2.10 from ports (the new server is FreeBSD too) and then I did restore a backup of my Zope instance. Finally I just started the instance as I used to do in the old server and et voilá, everything was running smoothly.
Of course I had to add some things to the Apache server running in front of Zope and I did have to modify the DNS entries accordingly, but it was an easy job.
Change by popular demand
this was the first change to this blog layout in years!
Just a quick post, because I think it deserves it.
For the first time in years, I've made a change to the layout of this blog. As you can notice, now the SouthPark-style character is located on the left sidebar, instead the top-right corner of the page.
This has been a request I've received multiple times since I moved my old blog to COREBlog+the new layout, because the character was making some texts difficult to read.
This morning, my friend saad told me:
09:59:32 saad | I admit that while I still grab e-shell's RSS feeds
09:59:44 saad | I no longer go read your posts
10:01:55 saad | as I am annoyed by the South Park like character that follow my scrolling
10:01:55 saad | given that I like scrolling down and reading from the beginning
10:01:55 saad | only to find that the SP char is the bg of text and thus make it impossible to read
"WTF!" - I thought - "how could it be that a friend of mine is not reading my blog anymore because of that!"
So I've moved the SP character a bit. I hope all of you will like this little change.