Tag: Debian

Backing up every few minutes with simplesnap

February 13th, 2014, 12 Comments

I’ve written a lot lately about ZFS, and one of its very nice features is the ability to make snapshots that are lightweight, space-efficient, and don’t hurt performance (unlike, say, LVM snapshots). ZFS also has “zfs send” and “zfs receive” commands that can send the content of the snapshot, or a delta between two snapshots, […]

Why and how to run ZFS on Linux

January 23rd, 2014, 15 Comments

I’m writing a bit about ZFS these days, and I thought I’d write a bit about why I am using it, why it might or might not be interesting for you, and what you might do about it. ZFS Features and Background ZFS is not just a filesystem in the traditional sense, though you can […]

Debian-Live Rescue image with ZFS On Linux; Ditched btrfs

January 22nd, 2014, 10 Comments

I’m a geek. I enjoy playing with different filesystems, version control systems, and, well, for that matter, radios. I have lately started to worry about the risks of silent data corruption, and as such, looked to switch my personal systems to either ZFS or btrfs, both of which offer built-in checksumming of all data and […]

Administering Dozens of Debian Servers

December 16th, 2008, 19 Comments

At work, we have quite a few Debian servers. We have a few physical machines, then a number of virtual machines running under Xen. These servers are split up mainly along task-oriented lines: DNS server, LDAP server, file server, print server, mail server, several web app servers, ERP system, and the like. In the past, […]

New version of datapacker

September 25th, 2008, 1 Comment

I wrote before about datapacker, but I didn’t really describe what it is or how it’s different from other similar programs. So, here’s the basic problem the other day. I have a bunch of photos spanning nearly 20 years stored on my disk. I wanted to burn almost all of them to DVDs. I can […]

Thoughtfulness on the OpenSSL bug

May 14th, 2008, 5 Comments

By now, I’m sure you all have read about the OpenSSL bug discovered in Debian. There’s a lot being written about it. There’s a lot of misinformation floating about, too. First thing to do is read this post, which should clear up some of that. Now then, I’d like to think a little about a […]

Debian Developers 7 Years Ago

May 23rd, 2007, 1 Comment

Today while looking for something else, I stumbled across a DVD with the “last archive” of my old personal website. On it were a number of photos from the 2000 Annual Linux Conference in Atlanta, and the Debian developers that were there. These were posted in public for several years. I’ve now posted all of […]

HP Officially Supports Debian

August 14th, 2006, 1 Comment

Yes, it’s true. I have two words for this: Woohoo! Finally.

How to solve “The following packages cannot be authenticated”

June 15th, 2006, 35 Comments

Users of Debian’s testing or unstable distributions may be noticing messages from apt saying things like: WARNING: The following packages cannot be authenticated! foo bar baz Install these packages without verification [y/N]? I noticed today that google doesn’t turn up good hits for the fix. The fix is really simple: apt-get install debian-archive-keyring apt-get update […]

Dupes really fixed now

March 31st, 2006, 4 Comments

Thanks to some assistance from Garvin (lead Serendipity developer), it looks like the bug that Planet dislikes so intensely is indeed the tag. I don’t believe this is a bug in Serendipity bug rather in Planet. (There is still, IMHO, a pubDate bug in Serendipity, but it appears to be unrelated) So, the dupes you […]


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