Announcing the Utter Ramblings EL5 Repository

August 28, 2007 by · 4 Comments 

It's been a long time coming (I believe the first time I mentioned creating packages for Enterprise Linux 5 was back in April), but yes, that's right, the packages from my EL4 repository have finally been recompiled for use under RHEL and CentOS 5!

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ModSecurity (mod_security) Packages Now Available

August 24, 2007 by · 34 Comments 

ModSecurity (mod_security) 2.1.2 has been added to my Yum Repository at the request of multiple users. ModSecurity is a Web Application Firewall that can help to minimize the threat from attacks such as SQL injections, protocol violations, and other common attacks. The standard configuration is courtesy of the ModSecurity Core Rules and will do a pretty good job of protecting your site from all of the script-kiddies out there (although that's no excuse for not keeping your system up to date).

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Happy 25th Birthday to Me!

August 21, 2007 by · 3 Comments 

Yes, that's right, today I turn 25 years old. For those curious about the grand old year of 1982, the following are just a few of the notable things that happened:

  • January 8 - AT&T agreed to break up its monopoly over the local phone exchanges (creating the "Baby Bells").
  • January 17 - Temperatures drop to record lows on "Cold Sunday", including a drop to -27 °F in Chicago, Illinois (very near where I was born).
  • May 2 - The Weather Channel airs on cable for the first time (threw this one in for my girlfriend, she was a Meteorology major in college).
  • June 5 - The first Rubik's Cube World Championship is held in Budapest, Hungary.
  • July2 - Lawn Chair Larry makes his maiden voyage at 16,000ft on a lawn chair tied to 45 weather balloons.
  • August 17 - The first commercial Compact Disc (CD) is produced for release in Germany (it was ABBA's "The Visitors", if you're wondering)
  • September 26 - Knight Rider, starring David Hasselhoff, first airs on NBC.
  • October 1 - Sony launches the first consumer CD player (model CDP-101).
  • December 26 - Time Magazine's "Man of the Year" award is given to the Computer.

Source: Wikipedia page on "1982"

MySQL stops providing Enterprise source for free

August 9, 2007 by · 9 Comments 

For the past few months I have been providing "Red Hat"-style RPMs of the newest MySQL versions, including the Enterprise-only releases. Unfortunately it looks like that practice is going to come to an end. The developers of MySQL have decided to change the release policy of the Community version and the availability policy of the Enterprise sources.

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Upgrading to MySQL 5.0.46 on RHEL and CentOS

August 9, 2007 by · 4 Comments 

MySQL 5.0.46 is the newest release available to MySQL Enterprise customers. As with prior versions I've built my customary "Red Hat"-style RPMs. The source code for this release has since been removed from the main MySQL FTP site (don't worry, it wasn't pulled due to bugs, more on this in a later article) but I grabbed it before it disappeared.

As with all of my releases, all you’ll need to do is run a ‘yum update’ if you’re a user of my repository. Those wishing to compile from source can do so with the src.rpm at the bottom of this post but unless you’ve got a good reason, I wouldn’t recommend it because it takes forever and a day for the testing to run to completion and it will fail near the end if you’re one of those people that likes to compile as ‘root’.

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X-Meridian OpAmp Update

July 29, 2007 by · 2 Comments 

A few months back I posted a short review of the Auzentech X-Meridian sound card, as well my thoughts on a few of the popular aftermarket opamp upgrades. My decision at the time was that I preferred the TI/Burr Brown OPA2107 for its lack of the typical Burr Brown sound with a solid mid-to-high range and cleaner bass.

That said, 4 months later all four OPA2107 opamps have failed!

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Upgrading to MySQL 5.0.45 on RHEL and CentOS

July 18, 2007 by · 26 Comments 

As happens every 2 months or so, the community release of MySQL has been updated. The 5.0.45 release contains a substantial number of bug fixes since the last community release (5.0.41) but perhaps more interestingly, there were about 100 bug fixes since the last Enterprise release (5.0.44) just two weeks prior! This is definitely a release that I'd recommend all users of MySQL 5.0 upgrade to.

While MySQL does provide binary RPMs for RHEL & CentOS for their community releases, the binaries provided are not packaged in the same format as those that ship with RHEL, CentOS and Fedora. For those that want to stick with the "Red Hat"-style packages, add my yum repository to your system and run a "yum update".

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Upgrading to MySQL 5.0.44 on RHEL and CentOS

July 3, 2007 by · 9 Comments 

Another month brings another version of MySQL under the 'Monthly Rapid Update' program. This one seems to have been hidden from public view on the main MySQL FTP site but the source showed up on a mirror server (thanks Pair.com!) so I've put together my customary binary RPMs for RedHat Enterprise Linux & CentOS 4.

As with all of my releases, all you'll need to do is run a 'yum update' if you're a user of my repository. Those wishing to compile from source can do so with the src.rpm at the bottom of this post but unless you've got a good reason, I wouldn't recommend it because it takes forever and a day for the testing to run to completion and it will fail near the end if you're one of those people that likes to compile as 'root'.

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XCache packages updated to 1.2.1

July 3, 2007 by · 27 Comments 

Now that the final version of XCache 1.2.1 has been released I've updated the binaries in my repositories to the newest version. This update fixes several bugs including segfaulting when using the var cache functions when the var cache is disabled and improves compatibility with Apache httpd 1.3.x and the Zend Optimizer.

Repository users will need to run a 'yum update' to pull down this package. Please note that the config file has changed somewhat so I've set this package to rename your old 'xcache.ini' file to 'xcache.ini.rpmsave'.

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PHP 5.2.3 Packages Updated

June 19, 2007 by · 38 Comments 

I've updated the PHP 5.2.3 packages to fix a bug I introduced for the 'php-cgi' binary (in that it wasn't actually a CGI/FastCGI file, oops...) by not reading the changelog closely enough.

If you use FastCGI (please tell me no one is still using CGI) then this update is a must for you. If you don't, don't worry about it.

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