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Jeff Blaine

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Using test-kitchen and kitchen-vagrant behind an HTTP proxy

Wed, 28 Oct 2015 14:58:35 +0000

Here's what got us working with test-kitchen and kitchen-vagrant behind an HTTP proxy. Comments inline. Continue reading

64 bits is Too Many Bits

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:31:19 +0000

A seemingly simple move of NFS-exported home directories resulted in Apache suEXEC freaking out when referencing the new space. Here are the details and solution, because sometimes a debugging story is fun. Friday Setting: R&D environment of ~800 physical and … Continue reading

When bare ‘tee | command’ won’t suffice

Fri, 25 Apr 2014 19:23:19 +0000

In my 20 years of touching UNIX/Linux, I’d never had a need for this until today. If you search around for common search terms like ‘stdout to screen and file’, you are likely only to get basic information on how … Continue reading

Syslog Output for Chef Runs

Thu, 27 Jun 2013 16:15:37 +0000

A new blog post category was added to my blog for this post: Yak Shave. It was a small yak shave, but a table-flip inducing yak shave nonetheless. UPDATE 6/3/2015: Per Lamont Granquist of Chef, As of Chef 12.4, the … Continue reading

Jenkins running Test-Kitchen via Vagrant. On Windows.

Tue, 11 Jun 2013 15:51:19 +0000

If you’re like me and for various reasons (we’ll not discuss) the physical hardware you have access to right now must run Windows, you might think you’re out of luck as far as getting Jenkins running Test-Kitchen jobs as Joshua … Continue reading

Real DevOps Defined: Wonder Twins

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 19:56:35 +0000

I had a “how to define DevOps” revelation last night: It’s the Wonder Twins! Surely everyone remembers the Wonder Twins. You weren’t born before the 1980s? Oh. Well. Anyway… citing the Wikipedia article on Wonder Twins: If the two are … Continue reading

A Missed Thank You

Mon, 20 May 2013 19:38:22 +0000

While brushing up on TCP today, ancient synapses fired leading me to recall my first forays into network programming in 1992. While on permanent hiatus from CS education at FSU, I took a very long cross-country train trip from Jacksonville, … Continue reading

Memory-backed Filesystem for Temporary Storage of Whisper Data

Tue, 14 May 2013 02:12:31 +0000

Instead of buying and installing SSDs, storing Graphite’s whisper files in a memory-backed filesystem can be a good way to go if you have the RAM to spare. Depending on your environment, you may or may not care about losing … Continue reading

Documenting bash scripts

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 15:52:09 +0000

For those of us still in the bash trenches now and then, I learned you can avoid the hassle of hash/octothorpe (#) commenting blocks of documentation in your scripts by using a standard “here” doc prefixed by the no-op expression … Continue reading

Bootstrapping new Chef nodes without knife bootstrap

Wed, 13 Mar 2013 19:44:22 +0000

There may be a time when you don’t want to (or cannot) make use of knife bootstrap to set up a new Chef node or a whole fleet of hundreds of nodes. If that’s the case, and you already have … Continue reading