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Old 09-13-2013, 11:10 AM   #1
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[Ask] How far can slackware be use as a server ?


Hello.
How far you push slackware for your server ?

My home server, which holds dns, dhcp, proxy, mysql, postgresql, apache, nginx, git, mercurial, zabbix, network bandwidth monitoring, is working great.
Although, i don't know the stability since the load not quite high.
Running on C2D E4400, 4Gb of RAM, headless without X.

How's your experience ?
 
Old 09-13-2013, 01:31 PM   #2
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All hosted on Slackware64 14.0. No hiccups. Planning to move much more stuff to these two machines.

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Old 09-13-2013, 02:04 PM   #3
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You can push it pretty far. Take, for example, slackware.com:

Code:
volkerdi@connie:~$ w
 11:56:11 up 245 days,  5:11, 13 users,  load average: 1.12, 1.07, 0.97
 [...]

volkerdi@connie:~$ free -m    
             total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
Mem:           248        244          4          0          3         59
-/+ buffers/cache:        182         66
Swap:         3082        104       2978

volkerdi@connie:~$ cat /proc/cpuinfo 
processor	: 0
vendor_id	: GenuineIntel
cpu family	: 6
model		: 8
model name	: Pentium III (Coppermine)
stepping	: 1
cpu MHz		: 598.289
cache size	: 256 KB
fdiv_bug	: no
hlt_bug		: no
f00f_bug	: no
coma_bug	: no
fpu		: yes
fpu_exception	: yes
cpuid level	: 2
wp		: yes
flags		: fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 mmx fxsr sse up
bogomips	: 1196.57
clflush size	: 32
power management:
Rack mounted Dell box that was donated after the old machine broke. It's been rock solid.
 
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Old 09-13-2013, 02:56 PM   #4
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Slackware can be used to host simple file/home servers all the way up to running corporate level DataCenters.

There are tons of SlackBuilds on SlackBuilds.org to help with this if you're interested.
 
Old 09-13-2013, 09:26 PM   #5
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i maintained several servers running slackware, some of them are virtual machines under proxmox and everything is working great.

I have servers running slackware 14.0 and the rest are running current without no problem
 
Old 09-14-2013, 03:18 AM   #6
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My current longest 'uptime' for a server is 558 days, and it's still running. last night my companies backup server hit a load average of over 20 for a sustained 2 hours solid (but it is a 24 core server :-).
 
Old 09-14-2013, 10:24 AM   #7
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I had one data base server running for 1-1/2 year (before the power went off for too long and the UPS shut it down). Just sits in a closest mumbling to itself and its next door neighbor, another data base server. I'm putting together two new data base servers (Dell, quad-core, 16G RAM, 2 500G drives each) that will be Slackware 14.0 (stable). I expect them to run 24/7 for a long, long time; they're going to be running DSpace, managing large collections. They aren't mine, but I'm going to be administering them and ain't nothing going to ever touch those machines but Slackware.

Had a few Slackware servers in a (primarily) Sun shop -- never a lick of problems with them, just sat there doing their thing and never bothering anybody (as far as I know, they're still running after 10 years, with updates, of course).

The better question might be, what can't you do with Slackware.

Hope this helps some.
 
Old 09-14-2013, 11:32 AM   #8
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The better question might be, what can't you do with Slackware.
Centralized authentication using LDAP. Can be done, but only by jumping through burning loops. Gave up and used NIS.
 
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Old 09-14-2013, 11:55 AM   #9
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Centralized authentication using LDAP. Can be done, but only by jumping through burning loops. Gave up and used NIS.
Well, yeah, and that's, I think, why Pat doesn't include LDAP in the distribution. From at least one source, http://www.centos.org/docs/2/rhl-rg-...ap-procon.html:
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On the negative side, if you want to use LDAP, you will need LDAP-enabled applications or the ability to use LDAP gateways. While LDAP usage should only increase, currently there are not very many LDAP-enabled applications available for Linux. Also, while LDAP does support some access control, it does not possess as many security features as X.500.
Might be a little out-of-date, but whenever I've had to use it it turned in the Royal PITA.

Hope this helps some.
 
Old 09-14-2013, 09:07 PM   #10
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Stability under fire is one of the most important characteristics in a system, to me, and of all the server operating systems I've used in production, Slackware has proven the most stable.

My personal server (a Slackware 13.1 system) has been horribly abused and neglected by myself and its other users, and had about 780 days of uptime when the hosting company powered it down to move it to Fremont last weekend. It showed no signs of sickening, as some other distributions are prone to do.

There have been "bad" Slackware releases, from a stability perspective, but on the most part they've been really good. 13.1 and 14.0 both seem well-suited to any server use. I cannot attest to 13.37 because I have not used it.

Push it as hard as you need. If it breaks, no other operating system would have done any better (and most would have broken sooner).
 
Old 09-15-2013, 01:58 AM   #11
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You can push it pretty far. Take, for example, slackware.com:

[CODE]volkerdi@connie:~$ w
11:56:11 up 245 days, 5:11, 13 users, load average: 1.12, 1.07, 0.97
[...]

volkerdi@connie:~$ free -m
total used free shared buffers cached
Mem: 248 244 4 0 3 59
-/+ buffers/cache: 182 66
Swap: 3082 104 2978
WOW, so small ram! Will it freeze in case of heavy load?
 
Old 09-15-2013, 02:12 AM   #12
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There have been "bad" Slackware releases, from a stability perspective
BLASPHEMER!!!

Ye shalt be committed as follows...

The accused shall be, henceforth: tarred, feathered, hanged by the feet, fed lima beans, made to stand on his head in the rain, tied to the hood of Patrick's car, and finally made to drink a full bottle of castor oil and syrup of ipecac, and spend one day in the pillory as pies are thrown at thine face.
 
Old 09-15-2013, 04:36 AM   #13
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Quote:
Originally Posted by volkerdi View Post
You can push it pretty far. Take, for example, slackware.com:

Code:
volkerdi@connie:~$ w
 11:56:11 up 245 days,  5:11, 13 users,  load average: 1.12, 1.07, 0.97
 [...]

volkerdi@connie:~$ free -m    
             total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
Mem:           248        244          4          0          3         59
-/+ buffers/cache:        182         66
Swap:         3082        104       2978

volkerdi@connie:~$ cat /proc/cpuinfo 
processor	: 0
vendor_id	: GenuineIntel
cpu family	: 6
model		: 8
model name	: Pentium III (Coppermine)
stepping	: 1
cpu MHz		: 598.289
cache size	: 256 KB
fdiv_bug	: no
hlt_bug		: no
f00f_bug	: no
coma_bug	: no
fpu		: yes
fpu_exception	: yes
cpuid level	: 2
wp		: yes
flags		: fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 mmx fxsr sse up
bogomips	: 1196.57
clflush size	: 32
power management:
Rack mounted Dell box that was donated after the old machine broke. It's been rock solid.
This is awesome. Pentium 3 with 256mb of ram is serving slackware.com ? O_o
What slackware version are the box running ?

Quote:
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Stability under fire is one of the most important characteristics in a system, to me, and of all the server operating systems I've used in production, Slackware has proven the most stable.
...
What others server OS that you ever tried ?

For ReaperX7.
I see that you're running LFS-SVN, and FreeBSD 9.1 too. How's those two compare with slackware ?

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Old 09-15-2013, 07:57 AM   #14
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This is awesome. Pentium 3 with 256mb of ram is serving slackware.com ?
Tell Caitlyn. She'll probably implode.
 
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Old 09-15-2013, 08:02 AM   #15
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IIRC, wasn't the Walnut Creek server a P3 with 512M?

Personally I do a lot less server wise these days: it's generally just Samba for file & print sharing.

10 years ago I was running qmail on multiple machines, along with INN, Postgres and probably lots of other stuff I can no longer remember.
 
  


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