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Decorating

life

Decorating and me do not go hand in hand. Accidents ...... happen ...... paint is split .... :jawdrop:So Abbey has been busy repainting our bedroom this nice fawn suede colour whilst I've been stripping paint from the bannister. I've helped out in the bedroom by doing some skimming :)Bedroom was finished last night so we grandly moved all our stuff back in and it was ...... almost perfect. The yellow curtains just HAVE to go and we may change the carpet. But that's all money - curtains we can get cheaply we thing as they need replacement anyway as they simply don't fit. We'll put up with the carpet until after we're married though as it's not that bad ...... years of life left in it :P

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DHCP stuff

tech

Well, it appears that every DHCP client allowed RFC violating space separated domain names being applied to the search parameter in /etc/resolv.conf :OSilly me for not allowing this violation in baselayout! Well, fear no more as you can will be able to do it in baselayout-1.12.0_pre17 which dhclient and udhcpc. dhcpcd-2.0.2 will be able to do it too when that comes out next week and I don't have any plans to fix pump. So if you want that in pump, write me a patch! ;)dhclient also got a new patch today - we can now send an extra config file via stdin which overlays any user defined one in /etc/dhcp/dhclient.confThis is important so we can automatically send our hostname and force which script to run so the user cannot in-advertently break things. We got around this in the past by editing dhclient.conf directly, but some users don't like this so we provided a flag. All in all a very nasty hack which has now been replaced by an elegant solution :)

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New Server

tech

So I've not been blogging for a while, and if you've sent me email I've not replied right away. Well, the reason for all that is my server was dying - any write to the hard disk seems like it killed the server. Nasty :jawdrop:Now I have a new server :) It's AMD64 Sempron 2800+ with 2x 120gig SATA disks in RAID 1, DVD writer and 512 meg memory. Installing Gentoo on it was a snap, however for hardened to work I have to use openssl-0.9.7i which should be stable soon (other versions didn't install for some reason). It's a lot lot faster than my old server, that's for sure 8)All my data has been moved over and appears to be working 100% - let's hope this new server won't have to be rebooted every day! And with RAID and a DVD writer my data will be backed up easily and I'm secure in the knowledge that if a disk fails, the other should still work :D

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