New Project: Email Updates

I’ve never been known for being the most creative, so this new project I’m kicking about suffers from the same lack of creativity when it comes to the naming: Email Updates.

It’s a Bash script that has evolved over time from a simple

apt-get dist-upgrade -s | mail -s "Updates for `date`" root

into a workable script that remembers what updates it previously told you about (and doesn’t tell you again).

So far I have it working with Ubuntu and Red Hat distros (RHEL5.x, CentOS 5.x and CentOS 6.x), but I’ll add other distros as I find the time or get requests for them. The project page can be found here. Feedback is very welcome.

Thanks.

Finished first Linux Software RAID wiki entry

Thankfully all went well with the recovery of the Software RAID devices and I was able to finish up the first wiki entry that I wrote while I was going through the process. At some point I hope to repair another server and will use that experience to expand on the existing entry or add a separate page.

The only regret I have about the current wiki is that I didn’t set it up sooner. I have far too many paper notes that are sitting in binders on the shelf instead of up somewhere where bots can crawl them and offer them up as search results. Had I used the wiki approach long ago they might have helped someone out.

Oh well, better late than never.

FREESCO Bootable CD

This is a continuation of the previous post

After a bit of cleanup, I’ve got section 1 of 5 of the FREESCO 0.2.7 Bootable CD guide moved to the new wiki here: http://wiki.whyaskwhy.org/GNU_Linux/FREESCO/.

Wow, talk about a walk back in time! I first started working with FREESCO about 10 years ago and I still see traffic in the web server logs from folks looking for the guide. After having it offline for several years where it collected dust with the rest of the website I took offline in late 2006, I decided I’d start resurrecting the content where others could find it.

Hope it helps someone.

404 entries: a subtle reminder to fix your links!

Often they’re just from bots banging on your box trying to find some software that can be exploited, but sometimes they’re also from content getting moved over the years and redirects never worked into the plan. Wikis have the right idea when you move something and they offer to leave a redirect behind so visitors can still find the content they’re looking for.

I used to give more weight to 404 entries, and I figure it’s probably time I did so again. With the recent move to MediaWiki and my finding it easy to work with, there is little reason aside from time that I can’t resurrect old site content and place it there.

I’ll start with an older guide I had to converting a default floppy-disk-based FREESCO 0.2.7 installation to a bootable CD. If I were to have one project that I’ve ever worked on that really brought me joy, it would be that one. The feeling as a newbie of overcoming the, “It can’t be done”, mentality was amazing.

Anyway, the new section for the FREESCO articles I posted years ago can be found here: http://wiki.whyaskwhy.org/GNU_Linux/FREESCO