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Debian bullseye: changes in util-linux #newinbullseye

Monday, July 5th, 2021

Continuing with #newinbullseye. One package that isn’t new but its tools are used by many of us is util-linux, providing many essential system utilities. There is util-linux v2.33.1 in Debian/buster and util-linux v2.36.1 in Debian/bullseye, and as usual there are many new features and options available. I don’t want to replicate the release notes provided […]

efivars is gone with Debian/bullseye #newinbullseye

Wednesday, June 9th, 2021

Continuing with #newinbullseye, it’s worth being aware of, that efivars is gone with the kernel version shipped as of Debian/bullseye. Quoting from wiki.debian.org/UEFI: The Linux kernel gives access to the UEFI configuration variables via a set of files under /sys, using two different interfaces. The older interface was showing files under /sys/firmware/efi/vars, and this is […]

What to expect from Debian/bullseye #newinbullseye

Thursday, May 27th, 2021

Debian v11 with codename bullseye is supposed to be released as new stable release soon-ish (let’s hope for June, 2021! :)). Similar to what we had with #newinbuster and previous releases, now it’s time for #newinbullseye! I was the driving force at several of my customers to be well prepared for bullseye before its freeze, […]

A Ceph war story

Friday, April 9th, 2021

It all started with the big bang! We nearly lost 33 of 36 disks on a Proxmox/Ceph Cluster; this is the story of how we recovered them. At the end of 2020, we eventually had a long outstanding maintenance window for taking care of system upgrades at a customer. During this maintenance window, which involved […]

How to properly use 3rd party Debian repository signing keys with apt

Tuesday, February 16th, 2021

(Blogging this, since this is a recurring anti-pattern I noticed at several customers and often comes up during deployments of 3rd party repositories.) Update on 2021-02-19: clarified, that Signed-By requires apt >= 1.1, thanks Vincent Bernat Many upstream projects provide Debian repository instructions like this: curl -fsSL https://example.com/stable/debian.gpg | sudo apt-key add – Do not […]

Revisiting 2020

Saturday, January 16th, 2021

Mainly to recall what happened last year and to give thoughts and plan for the upcoming year(s) I’m once again revisiting my previous year (previous editions: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 + 2012). Due to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, 2020 was special™ for several reasons, but overall I consider myself and my […]

Grml 2020.06 – Codename Ausgehfuahangl

Friday, July 3rd, 2020

We did it again™, at the end of June we released Grml 2020.06, codename Ausgehfuahangl. This Grml release (a Linux live system for system administrators) is based on Debian/testing (AKA bullseye) and provides current software packages as of June, incorporates up to date hardware support and fixes known issues from previous Grml releases. I am […]

Revisiting 2019

Monday, January 6th, 2020

Mainly to recall what happened last year and to give thoughts and to plan for the upcoming year(s) I’m once again revisiting my previous year (previous editions: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 + 2012). In terms of IT events, I attended Grazer Linuxdays 2019 and gave a talk (Best Practices in der IT-Administration, Version […]

Some useful bits about Linux hardware support and patched Kernel packages

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

Disclaimer: I started writing this blog post in May 2018, when Debian/stretch was the current stable release of Debian, but published this article in August 2019, so please keep the version information (Debian releases + kernels not being up2date) in mind. The kernel version of Debian/stretch (4.9.0) didn’t support the RAID controller as present in […]

Debian buster: changes in coreutils #newinbuster

Friday, July 26th, 2019

Debian buster is there, and similar to what we had with #newinwheezy, #newinjessie and #newinstretch it’s time for #newinbuster! One package that isn’t new but its tools are used by many of us is coreutils, providing many essential system utilities. We have coreutils v8.26-3 in Debian/stretch and coreutils v8.30-3 in Debian/buster. Compared to the changes […]

Debian buster: changes in util-linux #newinbuster

Friday, July 26th, 2019

Debian buster is there, and similar to what we had with #newinwheezy, #newinjessie and #newinstretch it’s time for #newinbuster! Update on 2019-07-26 22:55 UTC: Cyril Brulebois pointed out, that findmnt (find a filesystem) was available in Debian/stretch already as part of the mount package, updated the blog post accordingly One package that isn’t new but […]

Inception: VM inside Docker inside KVM – Testing Debian VM installation builds on Travis CI

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

Back in 2006 I started to write a tool called grml-debootstrap. grml-debootstrap is a wrapper around debootstrap for installing Debian systems. Using grml-debootstrap, it’s possible to install Debian systems from the command line, without having to boot a Debian installer ISO. This is very handy when you’re running a live system (like Grml or Tails) […]

Usage of Ansible for Continuous Configuration Management

Saturday, December 16th, 2017

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

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

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

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Debug packages include debug symbols and so far were usually named <package>-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 <package>-dbgsym, so starting with Debian/stretch you should no longer look for -dbg […]

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

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

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

Friday, May 19th, 2017

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?

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

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

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

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

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

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 […]