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This is a followup on my previous post concerning how to correctly snapshot databases on ZFS. Snapshotting MySQL any other way will just lead to corrupt database states, essentially making your backups useless. Here is my script that I use to snapshot our MySQL database. It uses my zBackup.rb script for the automated backup rotation. […]

I recently had a WD Raptor drive die in a server that hosted our PostgreSQL database. I had a ZFS snapshot strategy setup that sent over ZFS snapshots of the live database to a ZFS mirror for backup purposes. Looked good in theory right? Except, I forgot to do one critical thing, test my backups. […]

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I just pushed up a new version of Satan to GitHub. For the uniformed uninformed Satan is my process reaper for run away unix processes. Satan was designed to work with Solaris’ SMF self-healing properties. Basically, Satan kills while SMF revives. The new version that was pushed up contains HTTP health checks, so Satan now […]

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Ted Dziuba beautifully articulated why deadlines go to crap and seemingly straight forward tasks go out the window. You sir have done a public service for us all, thank you. What I hate is fording endless rivers of horseshit that are in the way of seemingly simple tasks. And I hate it even more when […]