1 Nov 2002 trs80   » (Apprentice)

Week of 28/10/2002-1/11/2002

Got a lot done this week at UCC. Started the week off by playing with IPv6. gbowland was kind enough to allocate UCC a /58 from UWA's /48, and so I madly gave everything that supported it an IPv6 address. The autoconfiguration features of IPv6 are very nice, although I'm tempted to just give machines ::<hex of last octect of IPv4 address> to save bother if a NIC gets changed (and so the MAC, and so the auto-assigned IPv6 address). Our wireless gateway even gives out IPv6 addresses (although it needs a new kernel before these route properly).

Speaking of flying (said wireless gateway), gbowland and I installed Debian on it, replacing the Redhate install that was on it. UCC is a straight Debian shop (as far a Linux goes), but this machine was donated, and mainly just sat there because it was such a pain to do anything with. To prove the point, immediately after the reinstall mtearle connected UCC's new drink can crusher (for crushing empty cans from our net-connected Coke Machine via a serial port, and it now has finger and web statistic interfaces.

Today I liberated a 2900 from UCS (with a little bit of from gbowland) to add to UCC's network (mmm, VLAN goodness). After some messing about, I got reverse LAT working on its console port via a DECserver 200/MC. Side note: the Tru64 llogin is much better than the Linux version, which has real issues with lots of data coming quickly. Now I've worked out how to do this, I can give morwong a remote console, and so recover from when I deconfigure its network interface at 2am (which I've done twice in recent months).

What else have I done this week? Move /services (place for random stuff like the website, ftp, tftp, ircd etc.) onto meito, our (fairly) new fileserver with 80gig of RAID 1, running (for extra wackiness) Solaris x86. I also freshly reinstalled it last week, after I munted the partition table on the root drive beyond recognition (although I managed to save the data already on the RAID array). I then gave the 5gig that had been /services to /home (yay for tasty AdvFS online resizing). I'm sure there's other stuff that I've done but forgotten about.

Exams. Oh yeah, exams, they start in a week. Maybe I should start studying soon. Or I could hang around UCC during the study break. Decisions, decisions.

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