NOVIRUS Re: [MPlayer-dev-eng] MPHQ server maintainence, upgrade

Arpi arpi at
Wed Dec 17 22:51:28 CET 2003


> On Wed, Dec 17, 2003 at 14:31:40 +0100, Arpi wrote:
> > We're migrating OS from debian to slackware, sendmail+qmail to
> > postfix and so on. Ie a new system (already prepared and tested)

the switch has been delayed, after several hours of configuring i
found that some gid/uid was messed up while moving system files
through network using tar (tar uses names instead of numeric ids,
and debian maps them differently as slack)

> If it's not too much hassle, I would find a brief overview of the
> rationale behind a switch like this quite interesting :)

nothing special.
1. why to reinstall?
- mphq was almost cracked recently (noticed in time, thanks to my hidden
  traps), thanks to debian and kernel bugs
- this os was installed 3 years ago, and upgraded, changed, crashed,
  messed-up etc a lot since that. time to do a clean install.
2. why slackware?
- debian sux (most of core devels agree :))
- i dont like/know/etc debian
- i know slackware, and as being root at mphq it is important to use a
  system i know better (debian was installed originally as LGB was the root
  that time, but he is too busy nowdays to do the job)
- debian sux (did i mention it already?)
- anyway its not quite slackware, just something based on it, heavily
  patched and reconfigured by hand
3. why postfix?
- sendmail is nicde when configuring, but is slow as hell when sending out
  mails to 2000+ targets (think of mplayer maillists, not spam (although it's
  sometimes hard to see the difference))
- qmail is fast at sending mail, but braindead configuration and philosophy
- postfix does both job well, easy to configure (including virus and spam
  filtering through external programs etc)
4. why now?
- i've finished preparing and tetsing my 'slackware for server' "disto"
  on a separate server, planned to be used on mphq too
- i had some time today at work to do this
- it should have been done already a year ago, but we always delayed it
- debian sux now, more than before

A'rpi / Astral & ESP-team

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