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Posted on 2008.01.28 at 09:43
Current Location: 75070
Current Music: Beltrami - 3:10 to Yuma/Poledouris - Quigley Down Under

Added a 160GB disk from my old DirecTV DVR to my linux box. Labeled and formatted it. Downloaded the point upgrade to Gallery, created a new folder, and destroyed the old link pointing to the new folder so I could have the upgrader web-accessible. Deleted Drupal and unzipped Moveable Type. Linked Moveable Type to a folder named mt in my web-accessible area, and added some required perl modules. Upgraded MySQL, upgraded Gallery. Added functionality to Gallery via apt-get some new packages and sym-linking existing ones. Logged into MySql, dropped the Drupal database and created a Moveable Type database.

Performed a dist-upgrade from 7.04 to 7.10.

Now, I've heard of people having, um...difficulty in their upgrades, which is why I made a database backup and a tar file of my Gallery data onto the new 160GB drive. I never understood why people didn't upgrade more often - I mean, so you run into a few difficulties, right? We're sysadmins, its what we do.

Well, I know the answer now, and its not what I expected.

The dist-upgrade unmounted my new 160GB drive, removed the mount point, removed the entry of it in the vfstab, restored my dropped database, and deleted my new one. It removed my sym-links, and deleted Moveable Type. It reverted all the changes in my Gallery, and bumped down my rev. It backed out all my new perl modules and removed the original tar files from my home directory.

Holy Shit.

Its like a nightmare-version of OSX's "Time Machine."

Digitize me, Fred!


Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2008-01-28 16:04 (UTC) (Link)
User error is the number one cause of all computer problems.

I think the error occured somewhere between the keyboard and the chair.
ehowton at 2008-01-28 16:04 (UTC) (Link)
We've asked you not to do that on here.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2008-01-28 16:06 (UTC) (Link)
Not to do what, exactly?
ehowton at 2008-01-28 16:08 (UTC) (Link)
photogoot at 2008-01-28 17:38 (UTC) (Link)
The number one cause of all computer problems is poor design. I give you being half right in that the error is with the human interface. You are just looking at the wrong end of the human interface chain. Poor or inadequate human engineering of the system results in a bad experience at the user end. Remember the user is the point, or dare I say the customer. The customer is always right because thats why everything that comes before it exists. So when the person at the end has a bad experience it is most commonly attributable to poor design at the beginning of the cycle. The problem is not dumb users, the problem is poor engineering solutions which should benefit the customer rather than sap productivity from them..

I am quite sure that your impression of yourself as the center of the Universe will impair you from grasping what I am saying here. I look forward to an exhaustive rant from you how most users of a computer system are stupid and not worthy to wield the power their system may posses.
ehowton at 2008-01-28 17:53 (UTC) (Link)
Well said sir. The perspective your job title entails is not seen on here near enough, and is always welcome. And while I agree whole-heartedly with your assessment, my early days of blogging were filled with uneducated users failing at menial tasks.

The door swings both ways.

Unfortunately in this particular instance, my antagonist's procedural ignorance is attempting to improperly employ a witticism. While the consequences of a distribution upgrade are far-reaching insomuch as it also replaces a running kernel, it would be nigh-impossible for a seasoned system administrator to be the cause of the error, as his role is limited to the following single command:

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2008-01-28 18:08 (UTC) (Link)
If only they boys in Redmond could listen to what you have to say.
Joshua Gizelt
swashbuckler332 at 2008-01-28 17:41 (UTC) (Link)
...but the creature is inside out.

...and it exploded.
ehowton at 2008-01-28 17:46 (UTC) (Link)
You know, you're starting to act a lot like you did in Episode 17.
Joshua Gizelt
swashbuckler332 at 2008-01-29 12:39 (UTC) (Link)
See, that's your problem, Jason. You were never serious about the craft.
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2008-01-28 18:14 (UTC) (Link)
Scene-stealing hack.
Joshua Gizelt
swashbuckler332 at 2008-01-29 12:38 (UTC) (Link)
Raving Egomaniac?
snapper521 at 2008-01-31 17:21 (UTC) (Link)

Corporate Policy:

Holy shit is right...

As always I really don't know what your talking about but I understand enough to realize that I don't think I would be doing very many upgrades...

Why in the flip did it do that anyway??
ehowton at 2008-01-31 17:42 (UTC) (Link)


One can only assume because it's flipped up. I didn't flip it up, though to hear Tomas moan on about it, it was my fault. Keep in mind he's never flipping done it, so how the flip can he even make that flipping suggestion? I don't know. Flip me. Anyway, I got the flipping thing back up and running and its been stable. Had it not, I'd have been flipped!
snapper521 at 2008-01-31 19:30 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Flip

*busts out laughing*

Eric... you are a goof. :-D I didn't feel like swearing so I put flip in instead of fuck. So then you make fun of me. blah. If I didn't know better I'd say you were a teenager or early twenties weirdo...
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