Things I tend to forget


Plenty, No time to blog about it though!
I started this entry at my place yesterday night, right after I was able to connect to the internet using the local isp’s crappy PPPoE installation.
For some reason, they are using the Service Name directive as an added means of user management! I have one word to say about this: pfff! To get this to work, I first tried installing via apt-get on the laptop (running ubuntu feisty). But that didn’t work, or at least I couldn’t connect. Next, I tried getting some other software but there was nothing else. So I grabbed the source tarball, and there you are, two minutes later I was connected [(sudo) tkpppoe being the keyword.]

I am sleeping at my apartment these couple of days before the wedding. I like to get the feeling of the place before moving in: how much it takes to get to work (18mins leaving at 07:42!), how much sunlight I get in the morning in each room, where to get breakfast, the shower, etc…

What else, I started working remotely with some very nice people at RimuHosting. Not only are they really nice, they are truly very professional and very knowledgeable. I’m refining my Linux and hosting knowledge there. Moodeef is being re-worked as well, and I’m creating Flake file-service as a java/tomcat app. Hopefully it would be finished soon.

I’m not watching any movies or TV lately, I found the director’s cut (or studio cut) of David Lynch’s Dune (Frank Herbert‘s) and I have it on my laptop, but I haven’t gotten to watching it yet!

I’d better get back to work now 😉

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Postfix Jam

I got a call earlier today that some scripts are not sending mail to the users on my intranet. After doing some automated tests (yeah, I got that far last time I was writing a web-app!), I realized there was no problems with my code. Next was the mail server. I run postfix, over Mandriva, so I wasn't expecting problems. However, I had a few!

First: mailq showed about 30 messages held.
Second: postqueue -f didn't clear any of the messages.
Third: tail -f /var/log/mail/errors showed plenty of fatal: unknown service: smtp/tcp
Visiting the postfix FAQ was next:

Your Postfix /etc/postfix/ file specifies that the Postfix SMTP client runs inside a chroot environment. However, the files necessary for that mode of operation are not installed below /var/spool/postfix.

True enough, the /var/spool/postfix/etc was gone all together!
This is an internal server, and I'm still looking for the culprit. But for the fix:
/usr/sbin/ disable
it will print out a few lines saying it's disabling chroot. Again:
/usr/sbin/ enable
And the needed files for setting the chroot environment for postfix are in place.

Mandriva is still one of my favorite distros, no matter what you say.

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