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Saturday, October 17


Ponyo, Ponyo, She's A Little Fish

La la la, la la la, and she eats a lot of ham.

Awesome film.  Go see it if you can.  Buy the DVD when it comes out either way.

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Sunday, October 11


Tanarotte Redux

Up and running - and pretty happy - under CentOS 5.3.  Install went smoothly, both for the OS and for OpenVZ.

Only a couple of minor glitches: First, this is an older version of LVM, so I had to set the segment size to 128M to get it to support my 5TB RAID-5 volume.  Which is not actually a problem - I need to allocate space in 128MB chunks, but these days, who cares? 

Second, where Fedora had my drives as sda through sdf, CentOS sees them as hdc, hdd, and sda through sdd.  Interestingly, hdc and hdd are the old sde and sdf - the drives set for BIOS boot.  So this one is just BIOS weirdness, and no fault of Linux.  The SB750 southbridge has 6 SATA ports built in, so I don't know why it presents them in this weird manner, but it works fine, and it delivers 462MB/second, so I'm not complaining!

Third, LVM was complaining that hda (the DVD burner) didn't have any media installed - whenever I did any of the vg or lv operations, I got an error, though the command actually worked.  But the OpenVZ kernel seems to have fixed that, so it's smooth sailing now.

While I would have liked the latest and greatest desktop stuff on this, since it's my fastest computer, 'twas not to be.

Anyway, now to start moving files about so I can rebuild my other three machines...

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Thursday, October 08



Got it to partition my disks the way I want them without crashing.

Go it to install.

I suppose that asking it to boot is too much?

My other two Linux boxes are running Fedora 8, which is getting on a bit, but which actually works.  This is my first time with Fedora 11, and so far I'm not all that impressed.

I'll try a minimal install with a plain boot partition* and see how that goes.  I can always take a backup and rebuild using a rescue CD if need be.

Update: Okay, that worked.  In fact, it worked very well.  Fedora 11 is fast and clean and the video driver problems that plagued 9 and 10 seem to be all gone.  The weird thing is that it wanted to boot from /dev/sde, which is not at all where I put the boot volume originally.  So let me try that again with RAID.

Update: And this is why I tell people to buy a small NAS...

Update: Working now.  Once I moved the boot volume to sde/sdf it worked fine, so that was a BIOS issue and nothing to do with Fedora.  Currently installing 1.5GB of patches, then I'll install OpenVZ and see where that takes me...

Update: OpenVZ is a no-go.  Fedora 11's new video drivers - which actually work - require a 2.6.29 kernel.  Stable OpenVZ is on 2.6.18; the latest release is on 2.6.27.  Since I want this to be a stable file server / dev & test server, and I want OpenVZ so it can be the same as production, that means I need to go back to CentOS.  So off I go.

Update: So Haruhi will be the new 2008 Server server, and Yurie can be my Linux desktop or whatever.  That can wait for Fedora 12.

* Rather than RAID-1.

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Did I mention that I hate the Fedora disk partitioning tool?

'Cause I do.

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Monday, October 05



Are Fedora ever going to fix that piece-of-shit partitioning tool?

Version 11 of Fedora after 9 major releases of RedHat and it still blows dead goats.

They've fixed it so that it no longer requires you to unselect all the drives you don't want it to create a partition on.  (Yeah, that was lots of fun when you had eight or ten drives to set up.)

Now it just immediately forgets what drive a partition is supposed to be on, and won't let you clone layouts from one drive to another because of that.

And the old favourite, go back and try to edit your layout because it's randomly numbered your partitions yet again and it decides there's no room for your new partition and crashes.

I hate this thing.

Yeah, I know that I could grab a copy of the source tree and submit a patch or fifteen.  But they change it in every release, and in every release something different is broken - or the same thing is broken in new and wonderful ways.  As well as the things that have always been broken.

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Thursday, October 01


Getting Close...

Tanarotte powers up and checks its DVD-ROM drive.  Now I just need to go out and buy a DVI cable and some breakfast/lunch/dinner and pick an operating system to throw on there.

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