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I'm in my server, upgradin my blogz


Well, it looks like  s9y and PHP 5.3.0 are not the best of friends -- lots of deprecated crap that was scrolling many Deprecated: messages at the bottom of my blog.  (Stupid software. Stupid deprecation. Stupid...STUPID!) 

Upgraded to s9y 1.5 prerelease, replaced a few wayward split() calls (now deprecated) with explode() (still permissible and technically "better" since it's split()-ing on a plain string and not a regex), and now I don't have to look at that shit anymore.

All of this because I'm preparing to launch another N-part series on Bacula, & remote VTLs.  Stay tuned.

Broken... and now, UnBroken


So yeah, I decided to upgrade the server to FreeBSD 7.2 in preparation for the 7->8 transition.

SOMEHOW (IT speak for "I'm sure it's my fault, but I don't know what the fuck I did to cause it") flexo wound up with the GENERIC kernel instead of his nice customized one.  Customized with all sorts of essentials, like GEOM_MIRROR which provides my RAID.

So obviously the system wasn't going to boot.

I did this on 9/10

CoLo closed(ish) on 9/11

Server fixed 9:30 on 9/14

Spam flow resumed 9:31 on 9/14

Kernel rebuilt. Much other tuning done.

Postgres and Apache upgrades next week.    Hard to really fuck those up.

(Oh, and maybe I'll implement off-site backups now and stop being a douche)