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Upgrading my webserver this weekend - Journal of Omnifarious

Aug. 5th, 2007

11:28 pm - Upgrading my webserver this weekend

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I spent this weekend upgrading from Fedora Core 6 to Fedora 7. After the huge pain of the past few upgrades, I decided to start versioning the /etc directory with Mercurial. The strategy worked out really well. Upgrading was much simpler this time. And this computer has the most software that needs to be configured in /etc, so it was the acid test.

I'm still missing a bunch of stuff from /var that I need to get my webserver, Trac, and MoinMoin installations running. But that should be easy to track down. :-)

I was caught by a few things from /var that I should've remembered. First was /var/lib/mailman so none of the data about any of the mailing lists I run was copied over when I started mailman. Oops. The second was /var/spool/postfix/postgrey which caused postgrey to start re-building the database of trusted senders, which was causing mail to be delayed. The last was the Postfix mail queue. But I looked and I don't care if any of those messages are dropped.

So, /var tripped me up and I'm going to have to remember that in the future. Otherwise it went well.

Current Mood: [mood icon] okay

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From:foxfirefey
Date:August 6th, 2007 06:30 am (UTC)
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Oooo, I want to get a Trac install running!
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From:omnifarious
Date:August 6th, 2007 12:56 pm (UTC)
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It is a pretty neat piece of software. :-) What is it that you want to track with it?

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From:foxfirefey
Date:August 6th, 2007 12:57 pm (UTC)
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Code stuffies. I have a couple projects I developed for IBEST that could probably use better management.
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From:omnifarious
Date:August 6th, 2007 01:02 pm (UTC)
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I'm all curious now. :-) What do the projects do? What's IBEST?

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From:foxfirefey
Date:August 6th, 2007 01:04 pm (UTC)
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Ooooh! http://www.ibest.uidaho.edu/ibest/index.html
http://www.ibest.uidaho.edu/tools/statgen/index.php
http://www.ibest.uidaho.edu/tools/hitsa/index.php
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From:omnifarious
Date:August 6th, 2007 01:14 pm (UTC)
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Those look pretty neat! :-) Something called SciTools showed up at CodeCon in 2005.

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From:xerhino
Date:August 6th, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC)
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I've been bitten by the /var backup before. You'd think there would be no config files kept there, but nooo. I remembered it last time, but then forgot a perl module that was in some software (my weather station software) that I completely forgot I was using. I need to start keeping a list of dependancies.

Trac does sound pretty cool.
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