The Advisory Boar

By Abhijit Menon-Sen <>

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Sometimes a slow network can make the struggle to install lots of module dependencies too much to bear.

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Ubuntu 11.04 on an Asus P7H55

I finally left behind the 32-bit address space with a new Asus motherboard and 8GB of RAM.

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Virtual servers at E2E Networks

For a recent project, I needed to find reliable server hosting with good connectivity inside India. After doing some research, I decided to use E2E Networks, which offers reasonably-configured virtual servers at good prices, and has well-connected hosting facilities in Delhi and Mumbai.

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Mixing HTTP and HTTPS access to an application

Here's how I set up a web application behind a reverse proxy to serve unauthenticated pages over HTTP, and everything else over HTTPS-only.

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Stomping on resolv.conf

Using resolvconf is supposed to make it easier to coordinate updates to /etc/resolv.conf, but I've never really learned to get along with it. At best, we have an uneasy truce.

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Moving the web site

I just moved the OBI web site to my new hosted server at Hetzner and—because I couldn't retain my old /29 netblock—to a new IP address as well. Here are a few notes about the migration, including the stupid (but harmless) mistake I made.

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Resetting the Lexmark E323N network configuration

Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is exactly how I finally managed to reset the contradictory network configuration on this printer.

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IPv6 support for authbind

A small patch to add IPv6 support to authbind.

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Incomprehensible upstart error messages

I ran "service ssh restart", and got the following error message:

restart: Rejected send message, 1 matched rules;
type="method_call", sender=":1.75" (uid=1000 pid=3409
comm="restart) interface="com.ubuntu.Upstart0_6.Job"
member="Restart" error name="(unset)" requested_reply=0
(uid=0 pid=1 comm="/sbin/init"))

It turns out this is how Upstart (Ubuntu's init(8) replacement) says "you're not root".

A new server at Hetzner.DE

I migrated from one dedicated server at Hetzner to another, and everyone must know all of the fascinating details thereof!

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