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-2.6.18.1/include/asm-i386/unaligned.h /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 http://www.islam-australia.org/ (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 | coldwellbanker-me.com | | http://www.gawab.com/images/logo.gif | 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/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-zein Then you specify how to send an alert to […]