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IPSec-Tools and Slackware64

by on Feb.16, 2012, under Software

Today I wanted ipsec-tools on my Slackware64 (v13.37) domU.
Sounds simple: figure out where they host the stuff, download, configure ; make ; package, install. Right?
*BZZZZZ* WRONG! (continue reading…)

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World of Warcraft’s new 64 client under Wine64

by on Feb.03, 2012, under Software

With the release of patch 4.3.2 the still biggest MMORPG they finally decided to go the 64 bit route.
Through the forums a 64 bit client can be downloaded and placed next to the normal one, with a bunch of warnings and stuff that doesn’t yet work obviously. Yay. (continue reading…)

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Xen, DRBD and live migration

by on Mar.10, 2011, under Software

Once again I have some new hardware that’s been labeled “Xen Server”.
This time I want to set it up in a way that brings some redudancy so we can actually have 1 server fail and still have our hosts up and running.
(or at least back up in a few minutes instead of several hours).
To achieve this goal I will install the latest version of Xen (which seems to be 4.01) and use DRBD with LVM for storage. (continue reading…)

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Linux Software Raid-1 issue

by on Jan.29, 2011, under Software

It just took me about an hour to figure this one out, so here’s the story for the next time I run into it.
Steps taken:
* New machine
* 2 harddisks (Western Digital Greens, so used wdidle3 on them!)
* Boot Slackware64 installer from PXE/NFS
* cfdisk, create 2 identical partitions, make bootable, set type to FD, write, quit
* mdadm –create /dev/md0 –raid-level=1 –raid-devices=2 /dev/sda1 /dev/sdb2
* install slackware64, grub2 and some other junk
* reboot

Sounds good right?
Well, for some reason the array kept booting up with only 1 of 2 disks active.
No errors or warnings, just kept fucking up. /proc/mdstat looked like

# cat /proc/mdstat
Personalities : [linear] [raid0] [raid1] [raid10] [raid6] [raid5] [raid4]
md0 : active raid1 sdb1[1]
39061952 blocks [1/2] [_U]

Adding /dev/sda1 back (mdadm /dev/md0 –add /dev/sda1) worked fine too, the array resync-ed without problems.

After about an hour of trying to recreate superblocks and that sort of stuff I found it:
The partition type of /dev/sda1 was set to 0x83 instead of 0xFD.
Thanks cfdisk, last time I used that piece of garbage. (I’m 100% certain I set them to 0xFD, but somehow it’s bugging for me lately in cfdisk).

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Why I hate lilo

by on Jan.11, 2011, under Software

Every time I install a machine with the latest Slackware, I’m amazed again at the installed boot manager – lilo.
Sure, lilo works. Most of the times. Even when you have a raid-1 boot device.
Unless you don’t have the latest version of lilo of course.

Today I tried to continue a Slackware64 (current) install of a machine that I installed a week ago.
It worked fine, was just about to install Xen when one of the disks started acting up.
Obviously SMART didn’t help for a bit
* Report – No errors!
* Short Self test – Your disk is fine!
* You want a long test that takes 4 hours? Your machine locks up before it completes, haha!
But when the disk kept failing every time when the md1 resync hit 36%, I yanked out the disk and sent it RMA.
Dmesg showed error like this:

[ 3362.784129] ata1.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x0 action 0x6 frozen
[ 3362.784132] ata1.00: failed command: READ DMA EXT
[ 3362.784135] ata1.00: cmd 25/00:00:3f:60:f4/00:04:57:00:00/e0 tag 0 dma 524288 in
[ 3362.784135] res 40/00:00:02:4f:c2/00:00:00:00:00/00 Emask 0x4 (timeout)
[ 3362.784136] ata1.00: status: { DRDY }
[ 3362.784139] ata1: hard resetting link
[ 3364.002049] ata1: SATA link up 1.5 Gbps (SStatus 113 SControl 310)
[ 3364.009142] ata1.00: configured for UDMA/33
[ 3364.009148] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Result: hostbyte=0x00 driverbyte=0x08
[ 3364.009150] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Sense Key : 0xb [current] [descriptor]
[ 3364.009152] Descriptor sense data with sense descriptors (in hex):
[ 3364.009153] 72 0b 00 00 00 00 00 0c 00 0a 80 00 00 00 00 00
[ 3364.009156] 00 00 00 01
[ 3364.009158] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] ASC=0x0 ASCQ=0x0
[ 3364.009159] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] CDB: cdb[0]=0x28: 28 00 57 f4 60 3f 00 04 00 00
[ 3364.009162] end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 1475633215
[ 3364.009174] ata1: EH complete

So today I figured I could continue installing with only half a raid-1 array.
But it didn’t boot (“Loading operating system…. *halt*).
I figured lilo must have been installed to the MBR of the disk that I yanked, so I booted from LAN and ran lilo.
Obviously lilo complained, because /dev/sda was only half the raid-1 array and disks were missing!
Fine. I changed my boot device to /dev/md0, hoping that lilo would get the hint.

# lilo
Warning: LBA32 addressing assumed
Fatal: Not all RAID-1 disks are active; use '-H' to install to active disks only
# lilo -H
Warning: LBA32 addressing assumed
Warning: Partial RAID-1 install on active disks only: booting is not failsafe

Warning: Faulty disk in RAID-1 array; boot with caution!!
Fatal: Unusual RAID bios device code: 0xFF

This is why I hate lilo. If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work.
And it never tells you why. Or maybe it does, just like windows always tells you what’s wrong when you get a blue screen.

It’s probably this bug, but I don’t care. Always something.
Time to find the sources to grub.

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Blast! It’s Boost! (Slackware64 and Deluge / libtorrent-rasterbar)

by on Aug.29, 2010, under Software

Obviously I didn’t mention this issue enough yet since google didn’t return my blog for this issue as well as I’d like.

Today’s task with a problem: upgrading to Deluge 1.3.0-rc2 from rc1. Just for reference, I ran into this problem before. Since we’re upgrading Deluge, I’m upgrading the torrent library first. The latest version seems to be libtorrent-rasterbar version 0.15.2.
The problem:

benv@machine:~/libtorrent-rasterbar-0.15.2$ ./configure --prefix=/usr # And some more options, but nothing with boost
# Some configure junk and then:

Checking for boost libraries:
checking for boostlib >= 1.36... yes
checking whether the Boost::System library is available... yes
configure: error: Boost.System library not found. Try using --with-boost-system=lib

… don’t you just hate it when your computer hints you to try something trivial? (continue reading…)

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New server, slackware64 and Xen 3.4

by on Aug.29, 2009, under Hardware, Software

You read it right, time for fun!

First we build ourselves a nice cute little server in a 2U rack case made by Chenbro (sounds like Xenbro to me ;)).
Inside we stash a quad core Phenom X2 810, 2 western digital 1TB disks from the “green” series and of course 8GB of DDR1333.
Could be faster, but this should do for not too much coin. (about 600 euros).
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