Panic! At the Filesystem

Replacing disks in a software RAID is a nerve-wracking, stress-inducing, ITIL-remembering, backups-checking activity. And I’ve done it six times in the past week. First round was to replace the 5 disks in my FreeNAS box to upgrade the storage from 8TB to 16TB. Thankfully, ZFS is a stupendously rock-solid volume manager and filesystem. It has […]

Back Dat NAS Up

Things I have learned this weekend: mysqldump is an important part of your backup workflow, but be sure to flush. CRON WILLS IT, but only if you incant the ancient prayer with “-e“. NFS root_squash is not a vegetable, but it can turn a capable man into one. ZFS listens to xattr and ACL, but […]

Plex Transcode, Vex Commode

What good is a streaming media server if it doesn’t stream media? No good, that’s what. Some time after installing the Plex Media Center plugin on my FreeNAS file server, I tweaked some settings. One of those was “Transcoder temporary directory”, which I set to be some folder I created inside my Plex chroot jail. […]

Goodbye Evolution

I have a confession. I’ve stopped believing in Evolution. I don’t know how it happened, but it slowly evolved (or devolved) into one shitpile of an email/calendar/groupware application. The latest version packaged with Ubuntu is slower and buggier than ever. It will occasionally crash while using it (some of the controls in the configuration panel […]