"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
Once more into the breech.

Stayed at work late last night with the intention of rebuilding the LAN firewall, and replacing the router with an OpenBSD box.

Unfortunately I had to move the mx to get at the firewall... and the mx has a really twitchy root drive, which finally decided to kill itself. Manged to pull the passwd file and some of the postfix configs off.

The upshot of this is that I spent about five hours building machines and migrating users and data.

  • Wrote a really lame Linux (Sixth Edition) password file to BSD master.passwd converter. I had been up since 0630 could barely see by this point, which was kind of fun. The awk line was ripped off from this.
  • Documented my default actions during an OpenBSD install.

Got everything up and running (and users shouldn't notice any changes, except being asked to save a new cert if they're using pop3s) around 0330.

Walked to the train station and saw more creepy people in Camden last night than I think I have in four years of late nights. Got home around 0445 and slept for six hours before my next door neighbor decided it was a good time to start shooting aliens and woke me up.

(Good news is today is Sophy and Adam's potluck.)

Let me know what you think about the obsd install doc (though it's more script than doc). I'm not sure about the harden_obsd.pl script any more, but.

December 18, 2004 1:59 PM