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Server Configuration Issues

Brought the burningman picture site back up. Also upgraded the software that it runs on to the latest version. The main reason I upgraded was because people were having trouble uploading photos. The newer versions of gallery can use a java application for drag n' drop style photo uploads (only for windows right now.) Another new feature is the ability to do slideshows in the galleries. Kind of cool.

I had been having trouble updating my site because access from my lan to the server was really slow. Took me a while to realise that the problem was related to the web server doing reverse dns lookups everytime someone accesses it. This is a cool feature that allows me to see what domains people are accessing the site from (usually access is logged with just the i.p. address of the machine accessing the site.) It created a problem though because when I access the site from my lan the ip address is for internal consumption only --in other words my isp's DNS server has no idea what to respond with to a reverse dns lookup request for the ip address 192.168.0.*

This address space doesn't exist on the net. It's reserved for internal networks. My web server was waiting for the DNS server to timeout on the request before serving me my own pages. No wonder it took so freaking long. Fixed pretty fast by adding an entry to the server hosts file. Like so:

192.168.0.* localmachine|*|While I was doing all this I found out that email notification of comments was working all along. I went through some gyrations about this when I switched Linux server distributions. Trustix Linux uses Postfix rather than Sendmail for mail agent because it's much more secure. Anyway, it was working all along --it was my "fixes" that had it screwed it up. Repeat after me:

"the same key opens both locks...".

sunil|128.125.229.191|||3|3|6|2002|8|23|24|AM|From my understanding what you are saying is this command will return the server name (e.g., xxx-192.usc.edu). That's a nice feature. But isn't 192.168.0.* localmachine kind of a static mechanism to identify the server.

What if someone new comes in? Do you have a shell program running that recognizes that the server can't do a dnslookup and then applies this additional command (.localmachine) to the end of the address? John|192.168.0.2||http://kacked.com|3|3|6|2002|11|59|12|AM|That line 192.168.0. localmachine is like an entry in a dictionary. The server goes to the host table saying: someone coming from 192.168.0.* and then gets the entry that says localmachine. The result is that only "localmachine" appears in the logfile. Used to be the 192.168.0.* i.p. address would appear there --after the dns server timed out.

All i.p. addresses are resolved to names. If there is a name. For many i.p. addresses there isn't one. For those just the i.p. address appears in the log. I wonder if they are experiencing the timeout problem too?


Email Notification?

I'm thinking about adding a new feature to my site. It's possible to set it up so that email notification is sent out each time I post to the site. I'm not sure anybody gives a rat's booty.

I could have set this up before now but I'm concerned about the potential flood of requests that I might get. I'm kidding of course, but the thing is that adding and removing email addresses would require the editing of one of the cgi files on the site. Not a big deal mind you but it's something that I wouldn't want to have to do everyday, or even every other day...

sunil|65.208.137.206|||3|3|6|2002|11|36|21|AM|Linux in all it's glory:)

http://www.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=8099


The Key

Looking out the window while working in Hollywood I saw my ex-girlfriend's picture covering the side of a building. It wasn't her of course --it was Marilyn Monroe. It had not occurred to me until then how much Linda looked and even acted like Marilyn.

Early in our relationship Linda gave me a key to her place "this key is for the deadbolt" she said, "whatever you do, don't lock the bottom lock. I lost the key for that lock."

Some months later as we were leaving I shut the door and locked it. As we were getting in the car Linda remembered something and went to get it. She returned saying "John, you locked the bottom lock." I apologized and we resolved that she would spend the night at my apartment and deal with the situation by asking the landlord for another key when she returned.

The next day she called me at work and said: "John, the same key opens both locks..."


Shark Skin Man And Peach Hip Girl

SharkSkin (7k image)More good japanese cinema. A stew combining some of the best elements from "Twin Peaks" (seriously tweaked characters), "Pulp Fiction" (dialog) with the frenetic pacing and camera work of "Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels". The story goes nowhere --it's just about this guy running from gangsters who are all so weird it's like watching a superhero comic strip brought to life. Very funny.

KFC Cinema: Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl

sunil|65.208.137.206|||2|3|5|2002|11|54|23|AM|looks cool...do they have this at the local 20/20 or do I have to visit some specific video store? John|192.168.0.2||http://kacked.com|2|3|5|2002|12|25|29|PM|Available on VCD:

http://pokerindustries.com/

$11 John|192.168.0.2||http://kacked.com|3|3|6|2002|1|36|56|AM|testing comments feature...



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