Wednesday 26 January 2011

Tape Devices for Amanda

I've found a few times now that my tape server can be a bit of a pain about tape devices. Generally, I have Amanda configured to use /dev/nst0 but the tape drive isn't always this device if I attach other devices (at least other drives). So rather than configuring the "nst0" and then changing it to "nst1" after a few days of realizing the backups aren't working for some reason, I've started using the "tape/by-id" device instead. So my amanda.conf now shows:

changerdev 	"/dev/tape/by-id/scsi-1IBM_3573-TL_00X2U78M1255_LL0"	# tape device controlled by mtx
tapedev "/dev/tape/by-id/scsi-35000e11138aa0001-nst" # the non-rewind

Is clear?

Saturday 22 January 2011

No more mail

One more service down - no more mail. All "real" email has been offloaded or canceled except for which has basically just been sacked. I've closed the ports for SMTP, POP, and IMAP. So now this is it, I'm down to just web applications that I'm hosting from home.

What I'd like to do is find a dirt-cheap web-host for this stuff. None of it is high volume - the old URO forums which is still used by some of my gamer buddies (I think - haven't checked in a while) and some personal blogs including this one, and I have a couple personal site type things up. is still offering hosting for $1.67 / mo so I'd like to give them a shot. We shall see, I'll try a couple different services over the next couple months.

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