Recent blog entries for jlittle

19 Jan 2001 (updated 19 Jan 2001 at 21:02 UTC) »


No entries made here for a while. Luke Howard and I did a presentation at SVLUG at the beginning of the month. I posted said talk on

Been busy, need to get more code done. I'm currently wrestling with webldap and its php code. It was designed without session support, embedded with configuration information, and expects non schema LDAP servers like openldap 1.x. Where does one begin?

16 Oct 2000 (updated 17 Oct 2000 at 07:16 UTC) »

Ack... Been setting up parts of open-it's /access part of the site (our developer centric component) and have been running into fun stuff that Luke Leighton and I must work out :P

I have posted an article there, but it doesn't exactly work as expected. The article bottoms out, and moving it to the news section has it no show up unless you specifically go to the news sub-component (not in the main page). Arg :)

Good news for the day (its actually the next day...) is that I have finally tackled various schema issues with OpenLDAP 2.0.x and provided sufficient patches to MigrationTools to make seeding a virgin OpenLDAP 2.0.x server a bit less of a chore. Now my diffs are in MigrationTools-26 on (whippie!) and I've added a new schema def for the OpenLDAP package (rpm 2.0.6-4 will be the one!). Maybe the OpenLDAP group will accept the changes. Time will tell.

Check out my home page to grab this RPM...

As I mentioned, I now have RPMs for OpenLDAP 2.0.x, OpenSSL, Cyrus-SASL, and also NSS_LDAP/PAM_LDAP (all in the NSS package). I'm now only maintaining Redhat 6.2 packages and TurboLinux 6 packages. That makes two LSDP-standard builds to make sure I'm not off my rocker. Redhat 7.0 has been dropped for now because of compiler/library issues (now well publicized). Check out the web site for a bit more details.

The group has grown just a tad, and some ideas are solidifying, if not just necessarily the names. I'll be trying to put together the web site with Luke Leighton using his modified mod_virgule. Once that is in place, information on various components of the project will hopefully be described in detail.

The main pieces that we are currently <focused> on is our backend daemon dubbed Kodama and a directory seeding framework/app called Shiido. For the permanant record, I can explain these two.

In Shinto (Japanese indigenous religion), there are various Yokai (demons), good and bad or indifferent. Kodama are specific Yokai which claim trees as their habitat. Since the backend is a hierarchy or tree service daemon, Kodama (tree demon) is the name :). Similarly, Shiido is Japanese for seed. Its the beginning of the tree, and thus my DS management and seeding app should be so aptly named.

Well, I'm boring everyone now...

The Open-IT effort is gaining steam. We've had a lot of interest from various members in the community who are now working as core-developers. Well, mostly talking. We all have ideas of how to solve these large IT problems.. we just need to get some solidification on what to do first, how to sync up components, etc. The joys of the 'new project' :)

The site has a few new entries. The most interesting additions are RPMs for openldap 2.0.4 for redhat 7.0, and probably by the end of the day RPMs for openldap 2.0.6 on rh6.2 and 7.0, along with rh6.2 RPMs for cyrus-sasl and openssl (the same revs as with redhat 7.0). Of course, rpm 4.0 specs don't seem to handle well with rpm 3.x -- wonder what really changed.

Another new thing is my preliminary roadmap for our work. Again, a lot more is now being bitten off in the core-dev group, but we are hungry :). Please do keep me honest though and tell me what you think! The roadmap is there for anyone to see on the site.

Open-IT has moved to its new home. The site is beginning its buildout with the help of other project members. I welcome Ryan Krebs to our group!

Its been a slow start, but I expect some real work to be completed soon. My wife is heading back to Japan for close to 2 months, so the lack of distractions should benefit the project. Time as usual will tell how far I get.

Another day.. I'm finally at Stanford and starting to work on projects here as well as my personal project. Speaking of which, I have posted SULinux and Open-IT as projects on this site. I'm unsure of how that helps to track it, but at least its visibility should grow.

I'm heading to Japan tomorrow for a wedding (wife's sister). A grueling fly there, be there 1 day, fly back sort of trip. I hope to start writing up some white paper type notes for general consumption. Maybe that will finally get my head clear on everything and provide the necessary focus to tackle the myriad of problems this project will address.

To whom it may concern :) ....

I gave my notice to TurboLinux. I'll leave all the ugly bits out. By September 1st, I'll be devoting the majority of my time to my system management project. Yes, it is OpenSource... still needs to get the backend up, and it will have to wait for my arrival at my new work place in September. Where? Stanford University.

I worked there for 5 years in EE/CS, and while at TurboLinux kept some involvement. I hope that along with the directory services project I will regain some stake in Stanford's own Linux distro, SULinux. I helped put it together with one other staff member there, and with my credentials at TurboLinux, I don't see why I shouldn't be somewhat involved :) Founders/ authors rights, right?

Now that I will be "free" corporate wise, my diary entries from hence forth should be meatier, and more frequent. Running your own OS project tends to give you complete freedom of expression, not just in code, but in true ability to speak your mind. I'm tired of having too much in my head but alas not being able to speak to a soul.

(Joe does a little dance to demonstrate)

Ever get that sour feeling in your stomach...

Urgh, I hate when shit happens. In any case, Open-IT will receive a glorious make over as soon as the back end servers are up and running. Still waiting for some connectivity. The current server for Open-IT is a static place holder. Give it another month...

Sad to see that I couldn't spark enough interest in my article. Oh well. That's what happens when you leave it too vague. I just didn't want to pollute it too much with my ideas.

Hello to Adam Shostack and Elise Shapiro. Its a conspiracy I tell ya (grin)

I've also started up project site. Nothing there yet, but its a modest beginning. Check Open-IT out!

Just posted my article here...

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That's all for now

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