Entries posted in October 2006

What I find is pleasing and I'm feeling fine

Wednesday, 1 November 2006

I spent a good few hours reviewing all the logrotate files included in Debian’s Sarge release the other day.

Using the Debian package search it was easy to find all the packages which install a file into /etc/logrotate.d/.

Once I had the list of packages I simply ran “apt-get source `cat packages.txt`” and started looking over the contents.

That is another area which has been audited. So far I think the systematic checking like that is quite a good way to find things. So far I can remember:

  • Looking at files installed into /etc/cron.d/
  • Looking at logrotate files
  • Looking at all init scripts.
  • Looking at all php scripts.

On the one hand spending hours looking at source code to try and detect flaws is frustrating when nothing is found, but on the other hand it is good that we have software in such good shape.

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I'm sick of the excuses that you want me to believe

Thursday, 26 October 2006

I’m amused that the spellchecker supplied with Firefox 2.0 recognises “Firefox”, but not “firefox”.

Must be a trademark issue .. ;)

In other news I’ve lost weight and need to buy some new clothes. Or spend the same money on lots of pies. I can’t decide which makes the most sense.

Lots of new article submissions on the Debian Administration website which is gratifying to see. That should give me a chance to actually read the books I’m supposed to be reviewing at the moment.

Right now I’m working my way through a box-set of thirteen twelve Inspector Morse books which is a lot of fun.

In more technical news I’ve made a new release of xen-tools and am still fighting POST handing with Apache2.x.

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Happy Happy Joy Joy

Wednesday, 18 October 2006

Hello, boys and girls. This is your old pal, Stinky Weaselteats. This is a song about a whale. No! This is a song about being happy! That’s right! It’s the Happy Happy Joy Joy song!

[chorus] Happy Happy Joy Joy Happy Happy Joy Joy Happy Happy Joy Joy Happy Happy Joy Joy Happy Happy Joy Joy Happy Happy Joy Joy Happy Happy Joy Joy Joy!

I don’t think you’re happy enough! That’s right! I’ll teach you to be happy! I’ll teach your grandmother to suck eggs! Now, boys and girls, let’s try it again!


If’n you aint the grandaddy of all liars! The little critters of nature… They don’t know that they’re ugly! That’s very funny, a fly marrying a bumblebee! I told you I’d shoot! But you didn’t believe me! Why didn’t you believe me?!

[chorus without last line] Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy Joy Joy Joy!

There. Thats me done my part to make Planet Debian a happier, chrunchier, smilier place.

From posting lyrcis as blog titles, to posting them as entries. Maybe I’m an emo-guy after all ;)

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He is a kind of trouser freak

Saturday, 14 October 2006

Back to work on Debian now. Released an updated security advisory, which seemed to work out OK despite the archive changes.

Some of my packages have new maintainers. The rest I will go through and upload with the maintainer set to QA tomorrow.

Some coding issues to resolve in the next day or two:


This apache module is utterly broken with regard to POST data. How I managed to use it in production for so long and not notice is beyond me.

Short version: The module intercepts incoming HTTP requests and filters them according to a set of user-defined rules. It allows you to block incoming requests with particular CGI parameters (get vs. post). However once the module has read the POST data it is destroyed – and unavailable for use by the CGI itself.

Apparently I must use the Apache API to use buckets/brigades to read only a copy of the submitted data, so that when the module is finished processing the data is still available.

I can find no understandable code for doing this. But I’m trying.


I need to rework some of the error detection so that roll-back will work when installation fails.

I need to find time to write more articles for the debian-administration site, but I think that will be difficult for the next week or two. I feel like I need a holiday…. despite just having had one. I guess that is because of the aftermath, but still .. ugh.

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What I've felt. What I've known.

Thursday, 5 October 2006

That’ll be me single then.

Remind me not to mention partners in the future..?!

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You've got to be insane

Tuesday, 3 October 2006

I believe I have now filed O:rphaning bugs on all my current packages.

I’m just back from a weekend trip away with my girlfriend, which involved a trip to York Minister, a boat cruise during which we saw a Kingfisher, and managing to eat a pizza at the top of Clifford’s Tower after several beverages. (I’m impressed we didn’t fall down the grass bank and die. And pleased too of course!)

The train journeys were pleasant enough, and the weekend made me feel very touristy and alive.

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