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J. David Blackstone has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering and nine years of experience at a wireless telecommunications company, where he learned Perl and never looked back. J. David has an advantage in that he works really hard, he has a passion for writing good software, and he knows many of the world's best Perl programmers.

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Wednesday August 28, 2002
10:11 AM


[ #7365 ]

Finally setting up my Sun Blade at work. I very much wish I was running Linux. Some day I expect I will be.

In Solaris ... you have to reboot all the time. It's actually in the instructions for all these configuration tasks I keep doing. Everytime I change something it says the solution is reboot. No /etc/init.d/intuitive-program-name restart. Just reboot. It's like running Windows. This is supposed to be better than Linux?

Trying to convince my system to put its hostname into dynamic DNS through DHCP. Finally got that working, and other machines can see it, but hostname still says "unknown."

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  • I'm not sure what tasks you're doing that don't have /etc/init.d/whatever, but I've certainly never had to reboot any of the Solaris boxen I use at work.


    • The manpage for setting up DHCP to request a hostname by dynamic DNS says after changing the files you should pkill dhcpagent ; rm /etc/dhcp/.dhc ; reboot

      I haven't yet tapped, though, so I may be learning some alternatives here in a minute. Meanwhile this machine has gone up and down at least ten times this morning while I try to get everything right.

      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
      • Yes. Forget the manual. You can usually figure out what's going on, and restart the necessary daemon instead. Don't forget that this is Unix. You only reboot to install a new kernel.


        • The problem is those scripts have so many goofy dependencies compared to the way they've been laid out in every Linux distro I've ever used that it's not easy to determine which ones to stop and restart. At one point I was trying to restart the whole networking system and it was just giving me error messages.

          J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers