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My mail server was have DNS issues. It was resolving a bunch of domains incorrectly - for instance, to There were several domains resolving to I suspect there were some domains resolving to other incorrect addresses -, for one - and there's an indication that it's been happening for some time, slowly getting worse.

I think I've got it fixed now. I changed the resolve.conf - explicitly added my ISP's primary DNS server, and rebooted the box :-(, and rebooted the DSL device.

Unfortunately, I don't actually know what broke! This was something of a shot-gun fix - keep trying different things, some simultaneously.
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So, I had to rebuild my mailing lists. And today it sent out monthly
password reminders. There are 166 addresses that bounced. I'm
hoping this is just because there was a loss of data - most/all of
these were probably already marked as dead in the old install. I do
know that my house-keeping on these was ... less than diligent.

However, if anyone cares to take a look and see if there are any
addresses they know are good, I'll be happy to re-enable them!

And the e-mail addresses are: )
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1 - Working on getting printing fixed on the server. After that comes web-mail, then comes mailing list archives

2 - The car just got a new catalytic converter. Do you know what happens when your catalytic converter gets plugged? It's not nice - the symptoms are very similar to being low on transmission fluid, or having a dying transmission.

3 - Gevalia sells very nice coffee, thank you. (For some reason I'm doing coffee for my daily beverage today.)

(insert 45 minute pause)

4 - I just had a phone interview with a head-hunter. Hmm, this could get interesting. The position would probably require a pay-cut, but it would be with a ~400 employee company, largest in its industry and growing. And the position would be much more of a generalist position.

5 - I've got one to two hundred day-lily seeds I'm going to try to plant next year.

6 - I was just reminded that I'm about to get Minn-StF new laser-printer delivered today. Oops! Hmm - need to go do some work on that.
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As near as I can tell, e-mail is working, and mailing lists are working for mail. Web access to sign up for lists, or see the list archives, still isn't working.

I still need to get webmail working. I'm dithering - part of me wants to install Squirrelmail, but it requires IMAP, and I don't want to switch over to maildirs - I like my mboxes!
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I have a functioning Apache2. Now all I need to do is get my data into it.

exim is running - but I don't think mail is getting in to me yet. (ETA: Duh. It helps to restart the service after updating the config files.) E-mail is working.

sshd is working - I can ssh from my WinXP box to the server

I can't tell if mailman is working - ask me again after I know exim is working. I do know that I'm going to have to reconfigure some stuff, and recreate all my lists. :-( Liad and Liaden Universe News are first on the list.

Oh - I haven't installed a webmail client yet.

On the good new front - 500GB of /home, 120GB of /, and I'm going to moving spool to a dedicated 19GB partition at some point in the future. I hope to just move mail and print spooling.
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Two environments - Windows XP, and Debian console. What would you recommend, and why?
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I've just given up. I'm off to MicroCenter for a new big hard-drive - the current plan is get that installed, copy a bunch of data to it, and re-build from scratch. I hope to have a running system with Exim, Mailman, mutt and a web-mail client working before I go to bed tonight.

I think what happened is that my dist-upgrade decided to install X - which I don't use, and there was no room for. :-(
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That was unpleasant.

In mid-upgrade, the disk space in use was slowly going down, and then it leapt up to 100%. And the upgrade died. And now the system is unbootable. I think there's file system corruption problem.

I'm currently downloading a Debian Live Rescue CD ISO. It's got an hour plus to go - since it's 8:25 my time, and I'm already feeling tired, I'm afraid I'm not going to be working on it any more tonight. I'll burn the ISO when I get up tomorrow, and deal with it then.
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I'm going to be upgrading my server from Debian Etch (4.0) to Debian Lenny (5.0) over the next two days.

This involves at least one (but probably only one) system reboot - I got a new kernel as part of this.

If you see any problems, first try e-mailing me directly at If that bounces, try - I don't check the G-Mail account with any regularity, but I'll try to do so between now and Sunday evening.
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I have 208 HTML files. I need to find the first occurrence of text between H1 Tags - like so:

sample text

and then drop the text between the TITLE tags in the HEAD region. Yes, the sample text I need to grab is always on the line after the first H1 tag, and is always the only text on that line. The H1 tag is always early in the BODY region. I would love to automate this - I've got Perl, Python, and the standard Unix command-line text processing tools.

Anyone have any suggestions, magic invocations, or whatever? I know this can be done in Perl, probably fairly easily - but I don't do enough Perl to write it myself, and I can't conceptualize how to make the processing go backwards using the standard Unix tools.


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