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I'm getting married, I'm not joining a convent!

21 July 2009 21:50

(This post was accidentally made live before it was completed; it is now complet.)

I'll keep this brief and to the point.

syslog indexing and searching

Jason Hedden suggested using swish-e to index and then search syslog files which are stored on disk - rather than inserting the log entries into mysql.

I have 120+ machines writing to a central server, and running a search of 'sshd.*refused' takes less than a second to complete now.

(To be fair using php-syslog-ng was fast, it was just ugly, hard to manage, and the mysql database got overloaded)

Cloud Storage .. but on my machines

I've become increasingly interested in both centralised hosting, and reliable backups.

Cloud storage, where I contrl all the nodes, allows good backups.

So far I've experimented with both mogilefs and peerfuse. Neither setup is entirely appropriate for me, but I love the idea of seamless replication.


Many ice-creams bought in supermarkets come in packs of three. Annoying:

  • One for madam x.
  • one for me.
  • Who gets the spare? (Me, when she's gone ;)

It happens too often to be a coincidence: my cynicism wonders if it is designed to ensure people buy two boxes..?

new software releases

skxlist, the simple mailing list manager, got a couple of new options after user-submitted suggestions.

asql got a bugfix.

My todolist code is now running on at least one other site!

Nothing else much to say mostly because I'm suffering from poor sleep at the moment. In part because I've got a new clock on my bedroom windowsill and the ticking is distracting me (not to mention the on-the-hour chime!)

Still I'm sure it will pass. I grew up in York in a house that had the back yard abutting the local convent. Every hour, on the hour, they'd have bell ring! We moved house when I was about 11, but for months after the move I'd still wake up at midnight confused that the bells hadn't rung...

ObFilm: Mamma Mia!



Comments on this entry

icon John Hughes at 10:44 on 22 July 2009

The ice cream problem is solved by your first child.

But becomes much worse when you have your second.

icon Jose Canelas at 18:37 on 22 July 2009

I'm also looking into distributed storage. Never seen those. Did you consider Tahoe (http://allmydata.org/trac/tahoe)?

icon Fintan Gaughan at 20:37 on 22 July 2009

Ice cream problem we have is that we would have to buy 5 boxes as there is 5 of us!

But I always solve this problem is having the rest when they are all in bed :-)

icon Steve Kemp at 14:33 on 27 July 2009

I like your solution best Fintan!

José, I have so far failed to make Tahoe work several times. I will give it another attempt because it does look interesting - I like the simplicity of fuse-based systems, but I'm willing to run almost anything if it would allow me to have a floating copy of data spread across machines easily.

icon Suno Ano at 07:21 on 30 July 2009

Maybe http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GlusterFS is right for you no?