Archive for the 'Linux' Category

Hard disks in the freezer. Not a myth?

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

Last week one of hard disks in our cluster failed. all of a sudden it was not detectable by the BIOS and it emits loud clicking noises. It had 3 Xen guests running on it and as they were work in progress I stupidly did not back them up! One of the guests was the […]

Sun rays warm my heart

Saturday, June 16th, 2007

The first time I saw a sunray was when I was doing my undergrad (2001). It was love at first sight. And even though the AAST wasn’t using them (there were about 4 thrown in a box), there was no chance of me getting my hands on one 🙁 Fast forward to 2007! I am […]

Andrew Tridgell talks about network protocol analysis at the ANU

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

Yesterday I was lucky enough to attend a lecture by Andrew Tridgell at the ANU. He talked about some of the techniques used to analyze undocumented network protocols. It was a very interesting talk and talk was well presented. I first found it a bit odd that he would just show up at the ANU […]

Systemimager 3.8.1 and ubuntu feisty fawn

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

To compile systemimager on Ubuntu I had to: ln -sf bash /bin/sh replace coreutils 5.9x with 6.3 touch /usr/include/linux/compiler.h ln -s /usr/src/systemimager-3.8.1/src/linux- /usr/include/asm/ ln -sf /usr/bin/python2.4 /usr/bin/python I was just making the install_client_all target so I bet there are more work arounds if you try to make all Also I did not try and install […]

If you are thinking of comming to Australia

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

Here is a link that saved my life 🙂 Hall Foods in Canberra Finding Halal food is one of the biggest concerns for Muslims and I was really lost before I stumbled on the ANU Muslim Association (ANUMA) website. another good link is (The Canberra Islamic Center).

vmware and Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn)

Friday, December 29th, 2006

In the process of installing vmware server on feisty I had to apply the following patches: if running a 2.6.19 kernel you will need to follow this link (it’s in French) if running a 2.6.20 kernel you will need this patch in addition to the above patch After I applying the 2 patches I was […]

mysql sever messed up?

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

I had a really strange thing happen to me today! mysql> SELECT id , sitelang, themeid,name,loginurl,logourl,logow,logoh,logohref,contacturl,adverturl,termsurl,privacyurl,servicelevel FROM gdomains where na +——-+——+——+———————–+——+————————————–+—–+—–+———————-+—–+——+——+—–+— | #B | | ! | @ | | | | | | | | | | ! +——-+——+——+———————–+——+————————————–+—–+—–+———————-+—–+——+——+—–+— | 22403 | | 0 | | | | 110 | 70 | […]

The new server that kept me up all night to install

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

We got a fancy new server at gawab yesterday! specs as follows: Intel S5000VSA board 2x Dual core Xeon 5130 processor with VT support! 8 GB RAM 3ware 9650SE-8LPML SATA II controller 8x 400GB SATA HDDs 2x onboard GigaBit Ethernet We used to use a debian iso from 3ware to install our servers. But this […]

My internal SD/MMC card reader works under Linux!

Monday, December 25th, 2006

Before I bought my laptop i read several reviews. They all confirmed that the SD/MMC card was not working under Linux! Today I decided to explore and you can imagine my pleasant surprise when I found that all I needed to do to make it work was: echo tifm_sd >> /etc/modulesecho tifm_sd >> /etc/modules

Munin contacts needs some work

Monday, December 4th, 2006

I am using Munin to monitor and graph system parameters for our online machines at Gawab! Munin has a very flexible alerting system. lets look at how to setup alerting in the munin.conf file: You 1st create a contact list like so: contacts zein ramy sms-zeincontacts zein ramy sms-zein Then you specify how to send […]