Removing messages from POP3S servers

While checking my e-mail recently, I noticed that my inbox contained several new messages that were roughly 3MB in size. The quantity of messages was choking my poor text-based e-mail client, so I needed to figure out what has happening. After spending a few minutes reviewing my maillog, I noticed that my mail retrieval program was erroring out while popping the 3MB message (it transferred the message, but wasn’t issuing a dele when it finished). Since my mail retrieval program was having issues retrieivng the 3MB file, I decided to fire up openssl and delete the message myself:

$ openssl s_client -quiet -connect

depth=0 /C=US/ (c)04/OU=Domain Control Validated - StarterSSL(TM)/
verify error:num=20:unable to get local issuer certificate
verify return:1
depth=0 /C=US/ (c)04/OU=Domain Control Validated - StarterSSL(TM)/
verify error:num=27:certificate not trusted
verify return:1
depth=0 /C=US/ (c)04/OU=Domain Control Validated - StarterSSL(TM)/
verify error:num=21:unable to verify the first certificate
verify return:1

+OK Cyrus POP3 v2.2.12 server ready <>

user myaccount
+OK Name is a valid mailbox

+OK Mailbox locked and ready

+OK scan listing follows
1 1893014
2 599397
3 4219

dele 1
+OK message deleted


I really dig openssl, and find myself using it daily. Giddie up!

Locating NTP stratum sources

While setting up some machines to use one of Penn State’s NTP sources, I was curious where their master time source was located. After reading a bunch of NTP documentation, I came across the ntptrace utility:

$ ntptrace -dv

DoTransmit to
server, port 123
stratum 16, precision -16, leap 00
refid delay 0.05704, dispersion 0.00000 offset 233.148443
rootdelay 0.00020, rootdispersion 0.44749, synch dist 0.44759
reference time:      c7acb55e.088e4755  Sun, Feb 26 2006 18:16:46.033
originate timestamp: c7acb95f.f156e264  Sun, Feb 26 2006 18:33:51.942
transmit timestamp:  c7acb876.c4037000  Sun, Feb 26 2006 18:29:58.765

DoTransmit to
server, port 123
stratum 1, precision -29, leap 00
refid 'WWV' delay 0.03889, dispersion 0.00000 offset 233.022950
rootdelay 0.00000, rootdispersion 0.22423, synch dist 0.22423
reference time:      c7acb95d.72909aed  Sun, Feb 26 2006 18:33:49.447
originate timestamp: c7acb95f.de6d04e6  Sun, Feb 26 2006 18:33:51.868
transmit timestamp:  c7acb876.d3904000  Sun, Feb 26 2006 18:29:58.826

This nifty little utility will print the stratum for each source between the client and the master, and will also decode and print the contents of each NTP message (the NTP RFC describes how each timestamp is used to compute the offset ) it receives. This is some sweeeeet livin’!

Apache: restart != graceful

While chatting with a friend last week, he mentioned that he uses the apachectl restart option to get Apache to reread configuration files. This works, but it forcefully terminates all children (even ones processing requests), and can lead to user sessions getting blotched. As of Apache 1.3, you can now use the apachectl graceful option to gracefully restart a web server:

$ apachectl graceful

This utilizes the generation values in the Apache scoreboard, and allows each child to die once they complete the request processing loop. If you are interested in seeing how this is done, check out prefork.c in the Apache source code.

Perl module library madness!

While reading up on website performance monitoring applications last week, I came across the cricket HTTP-performance module. HTTP-performance allows you to graph the time it takes to connect to a website and to render a page. This sounded interesting, so I decided to download and install cricket. After reading through the beginners guide, I installed all of the required Perl modules, and proceeded to run the cricket compile script:

$ ./compile

Can't load '/usr/perl5/5.8.4/lib/i86pc-solaris-64int/auto/DB_File/' for module DB_File: /usr/perl5/5.8.4/bin/perl: fatal: open failed: No such file or
directory at /usr/perl5/5.8.4/lib/i86pc-solaris-64int/ line 68.
 at /usr/perl5/5.8.4/lib/i86pc-solaris-64int/ line 251
Compilation failed in require at /home/rmatteso/cricket-1.0.5/lib/ConfigTree/ line 25.
BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at /home/rmatteso/cricket-1.0.5/lib/ConfigTree/ line 25.
Compilation failed in require at ./compile line 39.
BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at ./compile line 39.I 

Ack!!!! — it looks like can’t find the BerkelyDB shared library:

$ ldd /usr/perl5/5.8.4/lib/i86pc-solaris-64int/auto/DB_File/ =>  (file not found) =>     /lib/ =>     /lib/

Since I hate using LD_LIBRARY_PATH, I decided to adjust the link line to include a hard coded runtime path. To determine which variable to edit, I searched the Makefile until I came to the following line:

$ less Makefile


After locating this line, I added “-R/usr/sfw/lib:/usr/local/BerkeleyDB/lib” to the LDDLFLAGS variable and rebuilt the Perl module:

$ make

cc -c  -I/usr/local/BerkeleyDB/include  -D_LARGEFILE_SOURCE -D_FILE_OFFSET_BITS=64 -D_TS_ERR
NO     -DVERSION="1.814"  -DXS_VERSION="1.814"  "-I/usr/perl5/5.8.4/lib/i86pc-solaris-64
int/CORE"  -D_NOT_CORE  -DmDB_Prefix_t=size_t -DmDB_Hash_t=u_int32_t version.c
cc -c  -I/usr/local/BerkeleyDB/include  -D_LARGEFILE_SOURCE -D_FILE_OFFSET_BITS=64 -D_TS_ERR
NO     -DVERSION="1.814"  -DXS_VERSION="1.814"  "-I/usr/perl5/5.8.4/lib/i86pc-solaris-64
int/CORE"  -D_NOT_CORE  -DmDB_Prefix_t=size_t -DmDB_Hash_t=u_int32_t DB_File.c
Running Mkbootstrap for DB_File ()
chmod 644
rm -f blib/arch/auto/DB_File/
cc  -G -R/usr/sfw/lib:/usr/local/BerkeleyDB/lib version.o DB_File.o  -o blib/arch/auto/DB_File/   -L/usr/local/BerkeleyDB/lib -ldb
chmod 755 blib/arch/auto/DB_File/
cp blib/arch/auto/DB_File/
chmod 644 blib/arch/auto/DB_File/
Manifying blib/man3/DB_File.3

$ make install

Installing /usr/perl5/5.8.4/lib/i86pc-solaris-64int/auto/DB_File/
Files found in blib/arch: installing files in blib/lib into architecture dependent library tree
Installing /usr/perl5/5.8.4/man/man3/DB_File.3
Writing /usr/perl5/5.8.4/lib/i86pc-solaris-64int/auto/DB_File/.packlist
Appending installation info to /usr/perl5/5.8.4/lib/i86pc-solaris-64int/perllocal.pod

Everything seemed to work, but did the runpath get set correctly? A quick check revealed that it did:

$ dump -Lv /usr/perl5/5.8.4/lib/i86pc-solaris-64int/auto/DB_File/


[INDEX] Tag         Value
[1]     NEEDED
[2]     NEEDED
[3]     INIT            0xe030
[4]     FINI            0xe050
[5]     RUNPATH         /usr/sfw/lib:/usr/local/BerkeleyDB/lib
[6]     RPATH           /usr/sfw/lib:/usr/local/BerkeleyDB/lib

This was a fun experience, since it finally forced me to sit down and read through the ELF standard (great read if you are into that kind of stuff).