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Tuesday, 14 August 2018 Dereel Images for 14 August 2018
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Spring on its way
Topic: general, gardening Link here

It's getting milder, and today we took the dogs to the „Große Linde“, really some kind of conifer. On the way we had flowering Acacia and—not so pleasantly—Oxalis, a rather pretty weed:


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We also saw the first few Pterostylis of the season, not really worth a photo.


More kangaroos
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We have had a lot of kangaroos on the property lately. Light is almost always against me: we live at the east end of the property, so the afternoon sun comes from behind. Still, I got a few good shots today:


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Wednesday, 15 August 2018 Dereel Images for 15 August 2018
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Coming to grips with Object Storage, day 1
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

OK, it's becoming clear that I will have to overcome my distaste with the implementation of object storage and learn to live with it.

It really seems that there are almost no tools worth using, presumably the result of choosing to throw away the file system paradigm and start again. But s3cmd, which the FreeBSD Ports Collection obfuscatingly calls py-s3cmd, seems to offer much of what I need. Tried to install it, once again tripping over the age of my installation on eureka, but finally got it installed on www and teevee. That's enough for today; tomorrow I'll look at the pain of actually setting one up.


apachectl graceless
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While installing s3cmd on www, discovered that the load average was over 50, and there were dozens of active httpd processes. Why? Has Apache got itself confused? Tried a graceful restart:

=== root@www (/dev/pts/2) /home/grog 1 -> apachectl graceful
Performing sanity check on apache24 configuration:
Syntax OK
Performing a graceful restart

And how about that, the httpd processes gradually diminished... until there were none left. Was the thing still running? Checked from home. No, connection refused. What went wrong there?

=== root@www (/dev/pts/2) /home/grog 3 -> apachectl start
Performing sanity check on apache24 configuration:
Syntax OK
Starting apache24.

After that, everything ran again. Why did the “graceful” restart stop Apache? Nothing in the log files. More head-scratching.


More pterostylis
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Walking the dogs up towards Progress Road, came across many more Pterostylis in flower:


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That's surprising, because I have never seen any there before. Time to take another look in the house forest. I have a suspicion that they might only flower every few years.