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Nightmare on Server Street

Wow. That was knarly. My web site is kind of complicated. Anybody that got a look at it this morning (before the Revlon went on) knows what I'm talking about. Come to think of it I still need to reinstall the cron jobs that do the midnight rotation of various elements (like page background.)

Anyway, the whole thing started when I was trying to install mod_perl... I upgraded perl to the latest version --from the source code. This is kind of a story all it's own. The upgrade made it so all my cgi quit working. There might have been a way to fix it all. Probably quite simple in fact but I couldn't figure it out. So I took the solution that one naturally associates with Microsoft products: reinstalled the server OS. Ran though this serveral times as a means of stress testing the power supply until it died. Then it was hardware fix-it time. I ended up replacing the power supply and motherboard, upgrading the ram and hard drive. The server is now almost half the size it was previously but with more ram and hard disk space. I'm thinking about putting it in a pizza box since it doesn't have a case. If I do, of course there will be pictures.

So after all that hassle:

  1. mod_perl installed and working

  2. upgraded the application that runs the burningman picture gallery

  3. changed the configuration of several sites I'm hosting for friends

  4. learned a lot



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