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New Job

Today is my last day in my almost-year-long stint as a System Administrator at TechTarget. Monday, I start a new contract-to-perm position as a Linux Engineer with Cox Media Group Digital & Strategy. I can’t say a whole lot about the new job, other than it will hopefully be a ...

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Dumping all Macros from an RPM Spec File

I’ve been doing a lot of RPM packaging lately, and on different (and very old) distros and versions. Sometimes I lose track of all of the macros used in specfiles (_bindir _sbindir dist _localstatedir, etc). There’s no terribly easy way to dump a list of all of the ...

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Project - Storing and Analyzing Apache httpd Logs from Many Hosts

I’ve recently started casual work on a side-project to collect, store, and analyze apache logs from a bunch of servers - for the initial implementation, I’m looking to handle about 15M access_log lines per day (that works out to 173 lines/second assuming an even distribution, which there certainly ...

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Some PowerDNS Links and Interesting Features

At $WORK we lost a disk in the RAID1 of one of our external nameservers, and it rekindled an occasional discussion of migration from ISC BIND to PowerDNS. PowerDNS has separate authoritative and recursive servers, and doesn’t seem to natively support views or split-horizon the way BIND does, but ...

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