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Hi. I'm a Unix Administrator, mathematics enthusiast, and amateur philosopher. This is where I rant about that which upsets me, laugh about that which amuses me, and jabber about that which holds my interest most: Unix.
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el oh el

Posted 05-03-2010 at 12:13 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 05-03-2010 at 12:18 PM by rocket357

Today during our usual weekly roundup meeting, my boss announced that we're about to put in place a new VM server "cluster". It's a relatively nice setup: 3 servers, each with 2 quad-core Xeons and 48 GB of RAM. Each is connected to an iSCSI backend with TB's of storage...

So my boss asks us to estimate the CPU/RAM/disk space usage for our most critical servers that should be migrated over to the VM's. My most critical one is my OpenBSD server that I use to monitor all...
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Aaarrrggghhh!!!!

Posted 03-26-2010 at 10:33 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 03-30-2010 at 10:39 AM by rocket357

Yup, it's that time again. Time to renew our hatred of closed-source, "idiot-proof" software. Time to break out the pitchforks.

Well, it's that time for me, at least...you see, late yesterday afternoon I got a call from one of our customers. This customer was a bit of a tricky one that I hadn't dealt with much in the past, but going by the decisions they made in configuration and setup of their website (our code, their machines), I started putting two and two together...some...
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Bus error (core dumped)

Posted 03-23-2010 at 02:42 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

Don't you hate it when ideas flow so rapidly that you can't get them written down fast enough? I find myself in this situation sometimes, and it really is quite annoying. On the plus side, if I ever start up my business that I've been meaning to start, I'll have hundreds of plans to fall back on if something goes wrong...even if 5 out of every 6 ideas didn't make it to paper in time =)
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This database has been brought to you by the number -17

Posted 02-12-2010 at 12:01 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 02-12-2010 at 12:55 PM by rocket357

In this blogpost, I shared two scripts: one was to dynamically configure PostgreSQL to the specs of the machine it's running on (based on three different "usage patterns": web-based backend, online transaction processing, and data warehousing/business intelligence), and the other script was a very basic startup/init script for PostgreSQL. In the init script I put a few new lines (new to me, at least), so I figured I'd explain those.

First off, the lines in question:...
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PostgreSQL reconfigure script

Posted 02-10-2010 at 10:54 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 03-04-2011 at 10:42 AM by rocket357 (Added Version changelog to script)

UPDATE: Script has been revised and is available here

The following script is something I've written up to ease my duties as the PostgreSQL DBA for a large hosting company. It configures PostgreSQL according to whack-a-mole, and it auto-detects various resources such as system RAM, shared memory settings, etc...

The script currently supports Linux and OpenBSD (FreeBSD coming soon!).

Code:
#!/bin/sh

# configPG.sh:
#
# This script
...
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