Archive for August, 2005

Speakeasy Goodness

I submitted my DSL order to Speakeast last week, and have been receiving daily status e-mails similar to the following: BROADBAND ORDER IN PROCESS Broadband Installation Status: Stage 1: Order Received Your order has been received by Speakeasy. Stage 1: COMPLETED. Stage 2: Order Placed We have placed your order with the vendor. Stage 2: […]

Fixing fetchmail NLS breakage

To address the recent vulnerabilities with fetchmail, I wanted to upgrade to the latest secure version. Having performed this operation numerous times in the past, I used the following process to download and compile the source code: $ wget http://download.berlios.de/fetchmail/fetchmail-6.2.5.2.tar.gz $ configure –with-ssl=/usr/local/ssl $ make [ ...... ] cd intl; make make: Fatal error in […]

Measuring packet loss

In continuing on with my commitment to describe my favorite network utilities, I bring to you mtr: $ mtr -r -c 10 mail.prefetch.net HOST: me Loss% Snt Last Avg Best Wrst StDev 1. 10.238.4.1 0.0% 10 9.2 8.2 5.4 12.6 2.1 2. 68.86.108.13 0.0% 10 9.2 9.4 6.3 14.9 2.8 3. 68.86.106.45 0.0% 10 15.1 […]

Fixing brk()

While reading through my daily mailing lists, I came across the following post. At first I was a bit nervous about the widespread chaos this would cause to OpenBSD users. After further analysis, it dawned on me that this will actually FIX more than it will break. Since software is getting worse by the day, […]

Viewing NIC throughput with nicstat

While analzying some throughput issues this weekend, it came to my attention that I have never written about my favorite network analysis tools. I have 10 – 12 utilities that I cannot live without, and plan to cover each utility over the next few weeks (stay tuned!). Tonight, you are in luck! I present to […]

Starting, Stopping and Aborting Veritas Tasks

When mirrors and RAID5 devices are created with Veritas Volume Manager, the volume contents need to be synchronized to an initial consistent state (e.g., parity and mirrors need to be synchronized). Veritas assigns a unique task id to each operation, and allows tasks to be monitored and displayed with the vxtask(1m) utility: $ vxtask list […]

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