Today we where packing back our holiday decorations into boxes. We also had a music box to put away.
Do you see the defect in the picture? ;) No? Okay … some years ago my oldest daughter broke it into some pieces and a friend of us (Hi muempf! ;) did glue all together. When he showed us the nice music box, it was recovered very well, but one detail was changed from original. One horseman wasn’t reassembled as the other onces.
If you you didn’t found the defect, please have a look here.
You had fun with this? Maybe this is another one for you, I took that photo on christmas eve when my youngest daughter had placed her new ‘Lisa Plastic’:
Today short before ending business hours I was noticed that there is a problem with a server system (domU). Login with unprivileged user was possible but using “su” didn’t worked, also login in as root via privkey failed. Fortunately I was able to connect via xen console and login via tty. Looking into the bash history the reason revealed quickly:
Usually I’m monitoring stuff with Icinga (Nagios in the past). But for my small network, I primary needed monitoring of bandwidth.
In our commercial environment we are using a closed source software for accounting traffic. There is also a license for testing purpose with a reduced number of sensors available. But I’m neither running windows in this network nor feeling happy with this.
Cacti is a bit bloated for this small network and zabbix is (caused by what?) removed in wheezy, beside that I’m not getting the concept behind it. So I thought I could give munin a try and on the first view it doesn’t look so bad. Monitoring my half dozens openwrt devices works like a charm by installing muninlite just the package.
One central part of the network is a QNAP TS-459 Pro+, hosting a BackupPC and TimeMachine service, proving SMB/AFS data store and running SqueezeBox Server for another half dozen streaming devices. Unfortunately there is no optware package to provide a munin node. So I just copied the shell script of muninlite and the xinet config over from an openwrt device. At first it looked not bad, but than munin wasn’t able to collect the data. After a while I realized, that munin was failing when collecting the network informations. A look into the muninlite script revealed that it was failing when trying to discover the interface speed of eth1 via ethtool.
In my setup the QNAP is just connected with with one network interface, the second one is unconnected. Unfortunately all network interfaces on QNAP devices are up and therefore listed in /proc/net/dev where muninlite is discovering the network interfaces:
Today I planed to move my FTP server to a new system running Debianwheezy. Usually I’m running vsftpd, so this was also the plan for the new host. As this system is dual stacked, I wanted to offer the service on IPv6 too.
On the old system I started vsftpd via xinetd, as far as I remember was vsftpd in squeeze not able to bind on the IPv4 and the IPv6. Anyways … I didn’t wanted to use any inetd system … So I looked if there is any way to solve that.
You may have noticed that I recently started posting more updates again. The reason is, I switched over from Wordpress to Octopress as blogging engine.
The idea was driven, cause my used theme K2 got stuck and with the upcoming release of Debianwheezy I’m forced to switch to a more recent Wordpress release, which is likely incompatible.
Another reason is, that I got bored by wordpress itself (and it’s software dependencies). With octopress these dependencies are lowered to a webserver which can server static files and rsync on the server side.
Maybe I will post some parts of the story, what I did when migrating the content and what components (plugins, theme …) I’m using, later.
Short before Debian is freezing the upcoming release of a new version of nagios-plugins is scheduled for Wednesday. The good news is, that a recent version is available in unstable and testing. Upstream only fixed some check_ping issues, which are not included in nagios-plugins 1.4.16~pre1-1. There is also a package available through squeeze-backports.
If you are able to, please test the packages as soon as possible. If there are some quirks, these can be fixed in the next two days upstream.
As announced 3 weeks ago, the Debian project was present at Chemnitzer Linuxtage. Several talks and workshops where held by people related to the Debian project. At the booth we had talks and discussions with exhibitors and visitors, unfortunately I didn’t had much time to visit more than small parts of two lectures.
Unfortunately (for the visitors) we didn’t had any merchandising on board, while we received several requests. On Sunday Axel surprised us with some leftovers from fosdem of debian.ch merch.
At the booth we had a demo machine running Babelbox and xpenguins, which attracted visitors very well.
We received also more than one “Just thank you … ” by satisfied users. :)
Many thanks to Jan Dittberner, Andreas Tille, Christian Hoffmann, Florian Baumann, Christoph Egger, Axel Beckert, Adam Schmalhofer, Markus Schnalke, Sebastian Harl and Patrick Matthäi for running the booth, answering a wide range of questions or just chatting with visitors. A special thank to TMT GmbH & Co. KG for providing the complete equipment and sponsoring it’s transportation.
At the end we have to send a big thank to the organizing team of the Chemnitzer Linuxtage. It was fun and a pleasure to find new friends and meet old ones of the Free Software community.
A small sidenote … was anybody aware that OpenSuSE Package search is using screenshots.debian.net?