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Filed under: Site News — Allan @ 14:43

Not much is happening here on the main page of – you probably want to look either at Allan’s blog or at Iain’s blog if it’s the Mertners or our projects you are after. The rest of the family doesn’t seem to spend enough time here to add a post per year, but you […]

Ubuntu – Final Words

Filed under: Site News — Morten @ 16:02

Ubuntu, one of the most praised Linux distributions, utterly and completely destroyed itself while doing a distribution upgrade. I had hoped that moving from Gentoo to a more mainstream distro would help avoid exactly this kind of problem, as I am not really keen on spending a ton of time fixing failed package upgrades. As […]

ISP Network Outage

Filed under: Site News — Morten @ 01:55

On top of all the other problems of the last week, my ISP had a network outage caused by a configuration error somewhere in their setup. Specifically, they have a circular fiber ring which somehow contrived to recycle traffic leading to a slow but inevitable meltdown of capacity. As a result the server has been […]

Upgrade Status – Tomcat Online

Filed under: Site News — Morten @ 16:28

Getting Tomcat 5.5 to run on Ubuntu proved to be quite an exercise, as the stable package in Ubuntu Feisty was broken in multiple ways. I had to fix the logging setup (preventing Tomcat from starting properly), configure the proper JDK to use, add various required libraries needed for JIRA and Confluence, migrate applications and […]

Server Upgrade

Filed under: Site News — Morten @ 14:52

I have now completed restoring the most essential stuff on the new server, which is to say that web and mail is fully functional. Getting LDAP up and running proved slightly troublesome as the ldbm database had been deprecated and so Ubuntu had no support for reusing the backup files. Next in line will be […]

Major Breakdown

Filed under: Site News — Morten @ 20:15

The recent instability problems seem to have been caused by the root disk in the server – as it has now failed completely. I have purchased new hardware and am switching distribution (from Gentoo to Ubuntu) in order to avoid having to compile everything, and also because Gentoo has failed to deliver any kind of […]

Server Crash

Filed under: Admin,Site News — Morten @ 17:19

The server has been offline for an extended period due to me being on vacation and a bit of trouble coordinating someone to hit the reset button. Strange how this always happens just as I have left the building… The logs are silent so I can’t tell from here what caused it – we’ll just […]

PostgreSQL Update

Filed under: Site News — Morten @ 17:23

Due to once-upon-a-time having used the pg-hier patch with PostgreSQL I have been unable to back up the database using the newest version. I therefore needed to restore the old version, dump the current database using that, upgrade back to the most recent and restore everything. This process caused roughly half an hour of downtime […]

Server Reboot

Filed under: Site News — Morten @ 19:17

I’ve just rebooted the server to install two new disks and replace some fans, which caused about 20 mins of downtime just now. Also, I had to stop PostgreSQL during a software upgrade, causing it to be unavailable for half an hour prior to rebooting the server. Everything should be back to normal now though.

ISP Network Problems

Filed under: Site News — Morten @ 19:15

My ISP is currently working on resolving some network problems that are the cause of the current unavailability of the server. According to them the problem should be resolved within an hour, which I’m hopeful will be true. They are also suggesting that this might solve the intermittent issues with network unavailability, which have been […]