26 Jan 2003 Stevey   » (Master)

GNUMP3d

 Things have been progressing nicely with the project, it's been recoded entirely in perl now, which has resulted in some speedups, and some slowdowns.

 Given than the server is usually Network/IO bound it's not had a massive effect, so I feel the decision to change was justified. (It runs under windows too now!)

 I discovered via a random email that the program/project had recieved a namecheck in the German Linux User magazine. Unfortunately I cannot find any mention of this upon the website, and I don't know anybody in Germany who could provide a synopsis of it's mention.

 It's almost time for a new release.. :)

Debian

 I love the 'apt-listchanges' package, and spent a while trying to see if there was a simple way to code something similar 'apt-warn-setuid'.

 The idea is that after a package is installed it would warn you if any setgid/setuid binaries had been installed.

 To be honest I'm not sure of the value, but it did strike me as an interesting thing to have for a day or two. I was too busy at work to do anything with the idea though..

Work

 I setup Netsaint at work - to monitor all of our servers. (Yes I realise it's called Nagious now; but the Debian package is still named Netsaint).

 It's a lovely piece of software, but it can be a little bit intimidating to setup for the first time.

 One thing I'm having problems with is false warnings - especially with the ping test.

 Quite often I've received emails of the form:

Machine FOO is WARNING: Ping package loss 0.0% Time 17.0ms

 So .. no packet loss, and an acceptible ping time - why's that a warning? I'm confused by this at the moment; I'll have to read more of the, comprehensive, documentation I guess.

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