"That which is overdesigned, too highly specific, anticipates outcome; the anticipation of outcome guarantees, if not failure, the absence of grace."
-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties
mirrorshades.net migration

Spent yesterday working on moving the services living on hastur.mirrorshades.net to ligur.mirrorshades.net. Considering some of the deals that ServerBeach offers, it was a pretty simple decision to make for Dan and I.

I had some initial issues with the machine... like the kernel I compiled didn't take, then grub's fallback mechanism didn't kick in. Apparently the NIC driver I used (eepro100, which is the module the current, vendor-supplied kernel is using) wasn't happy and thus networking didn't come back up. I had planned on writing a little at job to run when the machine comes up to check if it can get 'net, and reboot into a known-good kernel if it can't, but hit a wall with regards to available time.

Yesterday was crazy at work, so the migration only got a few minutes here and there of my time. Overall it was a simple process, and took maybe an hour an a half of my actual attention. Go UNIX. Try doing this shit with Windows, eh.

I kept a relatively information-less log of what I did for the migration (this being what, the fourth time? for this machine) if anyone cares that much.

As always, the easiest portion of the migration involved Postfix. So much love for that piece of software.

Anyway, I should probably shower and get ready for another twelve hour day at work...

June 10, 2004 11:33 PM

Hastur and Ligur were the Barons of Hell in Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's "Good Omens".

Little FYI. :)

Posted by: bda at June 11, 2004 10:02 AM

Continuing in the Good Omens vein, the machine known as hastur was originally named "adam", after the adolescent antichrist character (and, this being the first of many prospective mnet machines, sharing the name with the first human, biblically-speaking.)

Unfortunately, Bryan regularly associates with at least twelve other Adams, so attempting to delineate between a 1U server and a human being proved too challenging for the boy.

Posted by: Dan at June 13, 2004 4:04 AM
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