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I'm a Perl coder living in Bethlehem, PA and working Philadelphia. I'm a philosopher and theologan by training, but I was shocked to learn upon my graduation that these skills don't have many associated careers. Now I write code.

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Monday May 14, 2007
10:12 PM

cheshirecat finally rebuilt

[ #33278 ]

I've long been meaning to install a new operating system and services on my home server, cheshirecat. Mostly it only exists to host my big old RAID that stores ~rjbs, my MP3's, and a few other personal things. It used to host my website, the primary MX for manxome.org, and some other important things, so replacing it was going to be a pain. Still, it was running Slackware 7, dating from 1999, and it had only been patchily upgraded here and there.

Yesterday, I finally decided that I'd give rebuilding it a go.

It was fantastically painless. I downloaded a Debian 4 net install ISO, added a little partition, and did a little floundering around until I got everything working. "Everything" here means, roughly: Samba, Apache 2 with SSL and SVN DAV, software RAID, LVM, and mounting my existing volumes.

I'm sure I'll hit a couple little snags over the next few weeks, but all the important stuff is already taken care of. (Well, I haven't set up djbdns yet.) It's nice to know I can more easily remain up to date now, and worry about more interesting things.

As a side note: I've been using BitTorrent, the original Python console client, version 4. Debian only has version 3, so I decided to take someone's advice and try rTorrent. Wow! It's fantastic. It's just about everything I always wished "launchmany_curses" would be.

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