Monthly Archives: May 2006

Open Discussion Day

Well it’s really sneaked up on me but its time for Open Discussion Day. As of tomorrow I will be dropping the use of MSN & AIM Instant Messengers. It will be Jabber & IRC only from here on out. We invite everyone else to simply switch for the day. See how it works and perhaps raise some awareness about open-sourced IM protocols.

The cool (surprising?) thing is that it has been easier than I thought. I’ve been slowly preparing to make the switch and as of today I only have two active contacts that use one of those proprietary formats. It will be easier than I expected.

If anybody needs me I’ll be on Jabber :)

GSpace firefox plugin

I’ve started playing with a new firefox plugin today called GSpace.  It allows you to use any gmail account as a remote storage box.  It does limit file sizes to 10M (the normal gmail attachment limit), but otherwise allows you to utilize the 2+G available.

As I’m sure is commong with most gmail users I have a couple accounts using variations of my name.  I’m using my secondary account for GSpace, to avoid the clutter in my primary.

I don’t know how people function using prehistoric IE.  The built-in features and available extensions to Firefox make it head and shoulders above any other browser I’ve tried.  I can think of 4 extensions that I use on a daily basis that otherwise would make my life that much more difficult.

Still having issues with clamd

I’ve done a little continued testing with amavis + clamav and it looks like I’m having a slightly different error now.

It seems that after a reboot the /var/run/clamav/clamd.ctl file is gone.  For whatever reason it is unable to recreate itself and it times out with “no such file”.  If I ‘touch clamd.ctl’ manually it works ok.  Weird?

Also, after sending two consecutive emails it looks like attempt one goes thru clamav, passes and sends the message.  The next one give an error about ‘connection refused’ on clamd.ctl, retries, re-starts and then works.  I don’t remember seeing this on my previous mail server build.  Anyone have any suggestions?

Mail Servers

If anyone is using amavis + clamav on their mail server could you drop me a line?  I’m getting an error that I can not figure out–it doesn’t make any sense.  It’s the only thing holding me back from finishing this mail server.

amavis[6116]: (06116-01) Clam Antivirus-clamd: Can't connect to UNIX socket /var/run/clamav/clamd.ctl: Permission denied, retrying (1)
amavis[6116]: (06116-01) Clam Antivirus-clamd: Can't connect to UNIX socket /var/run/clamav/clamd.ctl: Permission denied, retrying (2)
amavis[6116]: (06116-01) Clam Antivirus-clamd av-scanner FAILED: Too many retries to talk to /var/run/clamav/clamd.ctl (Can't connect to UNIX socket /var/run/clamav/clamd.ctl: Permission denied) at (eval 42) line 180.

I’ve made sure the /var/lib/clamav/clamd.ctl is chown’d clamav:amavis.  I’ve added clamav to the amavis group (and visa versa for extra measure).  I don’t know why it wouldn’t have access to that file.  Any ideas?

Server Rebuild

I hate my webserver.

I have spent this entire week restoring my stupid webserver.  I got it 95% up, got hacked by those Turkish @$$holes, started over and now I’m about done.  I was up until 2:00am last nite putting this crap back together.  I am so tired of working on this junk–it’s definitely more than a one man job.

To top it all off I’ve got a design client that keeps wondering when his precious web page will be done.  Ever wanted to punch a client in the face for being annoying?  …yeah, you know what I mean.

Needed to get a little off my chest is all…