This was four days after the server crashed, two of which was spent waiting for the remote console to actually be hooked up and then determined not to work in my server rack due to a local issue necessitating the temporary relocation of my server.
At this time, I had arrived at the tranquil conclusion that losing the last few months of e-mail and a few scripts would not be the end of the world. Alea iacta est and whatnot, I still had a reasonable fresh full backup of all the web data complemented by Google’s cache so things were reasonably dandy.
In the end, it took an incredible eight days to go come to the point where I could actually do a 30 minute fresh install of the system and have the server moved back to its regular slot.
With this much downtime already behind me and no paying clients on the server, I took the time to upgrade all software, to rewrite the jailing scripts where needed and, more than anything else, to hack on a comeback to be reckoned with for my virtual powerlifting project (soon to be relaunched, tighten your socks! basically doing things that would have been needed to be done soon anyway.
I may be a bit early, but Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone!!
The tsampa listing has been enriched with Ann Lachman’s Purple Mountain Tsampa.
In the end, fed up with facing yet another several hour wait to have a hard drive removed, I bravely installed the new operating system while having the original drive plugged in as secondary master with the feared result that I whacked up the partition table for the last original drive in the process.
I anticipate a lot of challenging work ahead but also many opportunities to further my skills in an exceptional working environment.
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While at it, I figured I would go ahead and upgrade to Debian Etch, since it is just around the corner to become the new stable release.
But the server configuration, while flexible and hard drive failure resistant, proved to be a nightmare in this scenario where data had to be rescued off an unbootable system; the server was configured to mirror the data on two identical hard drives (RAID level 1) with most of the data residing on LVM volumes formatted with the Reiser FS filesystem.
Armed with a new sense of how to reconfigure the server to better take this kind of disaster scenario into account, I had the techs remove the hardware RAID card for good and set out to install Debian Etch with software RAID.