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Usage of Ansible for Continuous Configuration Management

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:29:54 +0000

It all started with a tweet of mine: I received quite some feedback since then and I’d like to iterate on this. I’m a puppet user since ~2008 and since ~2015 also ansible is part of my sysadmin toolbox. Recently certain ansible setups I’m involved in grew faster than I’d like to see, both in […]



Grml 2017.05 – Codename Freedatensuppe

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 20:46:19 +0000

The Debian stretch release is going to happen soon (on 2017-06-17) and since our latest Grml release is based on a very recent version of Debian stretch I’m taking this as opportunity to announce it also here. So by the end of May we released a new stable release of Grml (the Debian based live […]



The #newinstretch game: dbgsym packages in Debian/stretch

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:37:08 +0000

Debug packages include debug symbols and so far were usually named -dbg in Debian. Those packages are essential if you’ve to debug failing (especially: crashing) programs. Since December 2015 Debian has automatic dbgsym packages, being built by default. Those packages are available as -dbgsym, so starting with Debian/stretch you should no longer look for -dbg […]



The #newinstretch game: new forensic packages in Debian/stretch

Thu, 25 May 2017 07:48:50 +0000

Repeating what I did for the last Debian releases with the #newinwheezy and #newinjessie games it’s time for the #newinstretch game: Debian/stretch AKA Debian 9.0 will include a bunch of packages for people interested in digital forensics. The packages maintained within the Debian Forensics team which are new in the Debian/stretch release as compared to […]



Debian stretch: changes in util-linux #newinstretch

Fri, 19 May 2017 08:42:57 +0000

We’re coming closer to the Debian/stretch stable release and similar to what we had with #newinwheezy and #newinjessie it’s time for #newinstretch! Hideki Yamane already started the game by blogging about GitHub’s Icon font, fonts-octicons and Arturo Borrero Gonzalez wrote a nice article about nftables in Debian/stretch. One package that isn’t new but its tools […]



Debugging a mystery: ssh causing strange exit codes?

Thu, 18 May 2017 07:29:36 +0000

Recently we had a WTF moment at a customer of mine which is worth sharing. In an automated deployment procedure we’re installing Debian systems and setting up MySQL HA/Scalability. Installation of the first node works fine, but during installation of the second node something weird is going on. Even though the deployment procedure reported that […]



systemd backport of v230 available for Debian/jessie

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:10:21 +0000

At DebConf 16 I was working on a systemd backport for Debian/jessie. Results are officially available via the Debian archive now. In Debian jessie we have systemd v215 (which originally dates back to 2014-07-03 upstream-wise, plus changes + fixes from pkg-systemd folks of course). Now via Debian backports you have the option to update systemd […]



DebConf16 in Capetown/South Africa: Lessons learnt

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 20:48:57 +0000

DebConf 16 in Capetown/South Africa was fantastic for many reasons. My Capetown/South Africa/Culture/Flight related lessons: Avoid flying on Sundays (especially in/from Austria where plenty of hotlines are closed on Sundays or at least not open when you need them) Actually turn back your seat on the flight when trying to sleep and not forget that […]



My talk at OSDC 2016: Continuous Integration in Data Centers – Further 3 Years Later

Thu, 26 May 2016 07:06:18 +0000

Open Source Data Center Conference (OSDC) was a pleasure and great event, Netways clearly knows how to run a conference. This year at OSDC 2016 I gave a talk titled “Continuous Integration in Data Centers – Further 3 Years Later“. The slides from this talk are available online (PDF, 6.2MB). Thanks to Netways folks also […]



Event: DebConf 16

Mon, 18 Apr 2016 15:18:59 +0000

Yes, I’m going to DebConf 16! This year DebConf – the Debian Developer Conference – will take place in Cape Town, South Africa. Outbound: 2016-06-26 15:40 VIE -> 17:10 LHR BA0703 2016-06-26 21:30 LHR -> 09:55 CPT BA0059 Inbound: 2016-07-09 19:30 CPT –> 06:15 LHR BA0058 2016-07-10 07:55 LHR –> 11:05 VIE BA0696