Category: Technology

Systemd conditional restart / reload

A company I contract for recently upgraded their servers to Centos 7, which means we’re now in the world of Systemd instead of SysVinit.

It turns out that Systemd doesn’t have facilities to handle conditional restarts of a service. Reloads can be made to work with multiple ExecReload commands.

I did a decent amount of digging and in all the threads I found one maintainer, in particular, was staunchly against adding the capability to Systemd. I can only posit he doesn’t do work in the real world where this is a necessity and not just a nice to have. … [continue reading]

– Jamie @ 10:29 AM on Jan 24, 2018
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Apache + SVN Access Restrictions

We had a situation where we needed to provide authenticated access to our SVN repo from most places, but needed anonymous read access from a select few IPs. Turns out this was harder to figure out than I expected. I thought this would have been a solved problem, but after a lot of Googling I couldn’t find any solutions. I’m documenting this here in case someone else runs up against this and needs a solution.

I initially tried using an Apache ‘If’ in the config to specify different SVN access files, but for some reason this didn’t work. … [continue reading]

– Jamie @ 6:44 PM on Mar 24, 2017
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Smart(phone) Controls

I use my phone a lot in the car to listen to music and podcasts. With subsonic I have full access to my entire music catalog which makes it a no brainer to use instead of fooling with CDs.  However I found myself really missing having physical buttons to control pause, play, and track skipping.  Aside from the convenience, it was also a little dangerous for me to be messing with my phone while driving.  Inevitably, I would end up hitting the wrong button, and that would be an even bigger distraction. … [continue reading]

– Jamie @ 12:50 PM on Jun 7, 2012
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Before Cloud Music Was Cool

Before cloud music was even a blip on the radar.  I was frustrated with the state of the art: syncing music to my devices.  I have a pretty big music catalog and it has never been possible to sync it all to a single device.  When I was traveling I’d have to decide just what it was I thought I’d want to listen to. Inevitable, I’d want to hear something I didn’t bring along.  That sent me in search of a solution, and that’s when I stumbled across subsonic.  It’s a donationware application that allows for streaming music from your home network to the Internet.   … [continue reading]

– Jamie @ 9:36 AM on Jun 5, 2012
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Man In The Middle

I got pulled into a problem at work yesterday. The issue is that some people (randomly) begin experiencing one-way audio on a phone call that moments before had been working fine. Packet captures revealed that when the problem occurs the audio stream makes it all the way to the IP phone, but fails to be played on the user’s handset. A colleague had analyzed the data and found an anomaly around the time the audio stopped working; the RTP timestamp in the packet jumped significantly. The working theory was that maybe the phone was confused by the time jump which caused it to quit playing the audio. … [continue reading]

– Jamie @ 10:37 AM on Jul 31, 2009