Archive for the 'Debian' Category

systemd on Debian, reading the persistent system logs as a user

Monday, July 20th, 2015

All the documentation and guides I found say that to enable a persistent journal on Debian you just need to create /var/log/journal. It is true that once you create that directory you will get a persistent journal. All the documentation and guides I found say that as long as you are in group adm (or […]

Paranoid, Init

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Having marvelled at the er… unique nature of MikeeUSA’s Systemd Blues: Took our thing (Wooo) blues homage to the perils of using systemd, I decided what the world actually needs is something from the metal genre. So, here’s the lyrics to Paranoid, Init. Default soon on Debian This doesn’t help me with my mind People […]

rsync: “Inflate (token) returned -5″

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Today one of my rsync backups began failing with: inflate (token) returned -5 rsync error: error in rsync protocol data stream (code 12) at token.c(604) [receiver=3.0.3] rsync: writefd_unbuffered failed to write 373 bytes [generator]: Broken pipe (32) rsync error: error in rsync protocol data stream (code 12) at io.c(1544) [generator=3.0.3] It was repeatable when trying […]

Linux, IPv6, router advertisements and forwarding

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

By default, a Linux host on an IPv6 network will listen for and solicit router advertisements in order to choose an IPv6 address for itself and to set up its default route. This is referred to as stateless address autoconfiguration (SLAAC). If you don’t want a host to automatically configure an address and route then […]

Happy first Sunday of the month

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

On this day we reflect that one or more hard disk sectors may have died for your sins; the Debian mdadm checkarray script was created so that your array may have constant life. Debian loves you. Amen.

Recently updated gnutls then found you can’t connect to LDAP?

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

If you recently installed this update: gnutls26 (2.4.2-6+lenny2) stable-security; urgency=high * Non-maintainer upload by the Security Team. * Fixed CVE-2009-2730: a vulnerability related to NUL bytes in X.509 certificate name fields. (Closes: #541439) GNUTLS-SA-2009-4 — Giuseppe Iuculano <> Sun, 01 Nov 2009 21:29:06 +0100 and then found that your applications began failing to connect to […]

New fileserver for home

Sunday, June 11th, 2006

Recently my fileserver, becks, was not only getting filled to capacity but was also undergoing some severe performance problems. It’s by no means a poorly-specced machine (not for home use anyway) but my use of rsnapshot has grown so much in the last 6 months that it was no longer up to the job. Read […]

Private voting in Debian?

Friday, March 17th, 2006

Martin, why would you want voting private? In most societies and voting systems people are entitled to their opinions, to state them, and campaign on behalf of others if they like. Note that I’m not expressing any opinion on the content of these posts (I haven’t been following it and I’m not a DD anyway, […]

Linux Gazette — Configuring Apache for Maximum Performance

Thursday, February 16th, 2006

Linux Gazette has an interesting article on Configuring Apache for Maximum Performance. It’s a good read and I can’t find fault with anything said, although it would have been nice if it touched on some of the alternative lightweight web servers out there, especially for the static content, e.g. Lighttpd (now in Sarge backports!). But […]

“The following signatures couldn’t be verified”

Thursday, January 5th, 2006

The last two days I’ve been getting the following breakage email from the daily updates script on one of my etch Xen domains: /etc/cron.daily/local-apt: W: GPG error: etch Release: The following signatures couldn’t be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 010908312D230C5F W: You may want to run apt-get update to correct […]