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Search for a small-scale but automated RPM build system

This post is part of a series of older draft posts from a few months ago that I’m just getting around to publishing. Unfortunately, I have yet to find a build system that meets my requirements (see the last paragraph).

At work, we have a handful - currently a really ...

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Linux Memory Usage and Disk Caching

I recently added some Cacti-based graphing to a number of Linux-based servers prior to rolling out a new service. When I was looking over the performance graphs of the initial testing, I noticed that memory usage on our rsyslog server was near 98%. Looking at top(1), I saw ...

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Using wireshark to capture packets from a remote host

I spend a fair amount of my time debugging network and service problems on a few racks of Linux servers. Of course, they’re located in a data center (yes, just downstairs, but still not quite as comfortable as my office), and they’re all command-line only - no sense in ...

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Client-side subversion commit message hooks

While I know this isn’t best practice, since we use LDAP-based auth for our Linux boxes (including a sudoers file based on LDAP group membership), we usually do work on some boxes as root (sudo su -). This includes our puppetmaster, where configs are kept in subversion and edited ...

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