Monday, Debtember 08, 2003
Well, I did not go to Miami today because of server problems last night (or technically, early this morning). The purpose of the trip to Miami was to retrieve two (of the four) servers I admin in order to install Gentoo and get rid of this silliness called RedHat.
The other admin ended up going down to Miami anyway and delivered the servers to my door step. Later on in the evening, Mark came over to help me with my first Gentoo installation. Gentoo is pretty neat. A “stage 1” installation (which we did) took several hours to perform, as it installs a base configuration, then downloads and recompiles everything (given the compiler options specific for the particular architecture for best performance). You can also specify what you want and more importantly, don't want.
Another interesting feature is that the base system allows you to log in
ssh so Mark and I spent most of the time outside in the
courtyard watching the installation via the wireless network here, and
discussing various issues.
One of which was the constantly crashing server. Mark mentioned that he
had encountered a similar problem on a friend's webserver, due to the web
log files never being rotated. Well, the server from hell has that problem in spades—over
1,000 sites and none of the logs have ever been trimmed. And we're
talking both the
access_log and the
Now, I had discussed the
error_log situation with the
client—namely does each site really require its own
error_log? The client agreed with me that no, each site did
not need said file. So after Mark left, I proceeded to nuke all
error_log files (since really, it's only used to debug CGI
scripts and even then, that's not a common thing). That alone cleared up
some 12 gigs of disk space. I then rotated all the
files so now hopefully that server won't crash.