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Re: Server Blog

#166

Post by asavage » 8 months ago

Cron database backups are working, sorta.

ftp data is in the right place and the appropriate links to the web server are configured and seem to be working — see this post for an example of a whole lotta pictures that are stored in the ftp tree, that need to be accessible by the web server. Since the pics in that post now display, I’m assuming the mapping is correct.

To-do: config users and anonymous in the ftpd, finish SSL setup, config backups and test.

However, I’m over my cold so I have to start going to work again, in 11 hours, so when will that happen? Who knows?
Regards,
Al S.

1982 Maxima diesel wagon, 2nd & 4th owner, 165k miles, rusty & burgundy/grey. Purchased 1996, SOLD 16Feb10
1983 Maxima diesel wagon, 199k miles, rusty, light yellow/light brown. SOLD 14Jul07
1981 720 SD22 (scrapped 04Sep07)
1983 Sentra CD17, 255k, bought 06Jul08, gave it away 22Jun10.

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Re: Server Blog

#167

Post by asavage » 8 months ago

Fixed cookie settings. You'll probably want to <Ctrl+F5> to force a reload of any page, and your cookies will be reset. If you want, you can delete any cookie that begins with "test".
Regards,
Al S.

1982 Maxima diesel wagon, 2nd & 4th owner, 165k miles, rusty & burgundy/grey. Purchased 1996, SOLD 16Feb10
1983 Maxima diesel wagon, 199k miles, rusty, light yellow/light brown. SOLD 14Jul07
1981 720 SD22 (scrapped 04Sep07)
1983 Sentra CD17, 255k, bought 06Jul08, gave it away 22Jun10.

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SSL/TLS

#168

Post by asavage » 8 months ago

We now have working SSL/TLS. The site can be accessed by https://nissandiesel.dyndns.org/ and you will mostly see the green padlock to the left of the address bar. Some pages have images served by http (non-SSL), so you'll occasionally see a yellow padlock.
Regards,
Al S.

1982 Maxima diesel wagon, 2nd & 4th owner, 165k miles, rusty & burgundy/grey. Purchased 1996, SOLD 16Feb10
1983 Maxima diesel wagon, 199k miles, rusty, light yellow/light brown. SOLD 14Jul07
1981 720 SD22 (scrapped 04Sep07)
1983 Sentra CD17, 255k, bought 06Jul08, gave it away 22Jun10.

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Re: Server Blog

#169

Post by asavage » 8 months ago

Two of us found an odd looping redirect problem. Wayne discovered it first, but I was able to reproduce it.

At the forums main page, selecting a forum got you sent right back to the main page. It didn't happen for me for all the forums, only the first four.

After a LOT of work, I found that deleting the cookies for nissandiesel.dyndns.org in FireFox, fixed the issue for me.

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Smilies icons in the Post page (new post or reply to a post) are not working (broken image links). I'll look into that tonight. :twisted:
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Al S.

1982 Maxima diesel wagon, 2nd & 4th owner, 165k miles, rusty & burgundy/grey. Purchased 1996, SOLD 16Feb10
1983 Maxima diesel wagon, 199k miles, rusty, light yellow/light brown. SOLD 14Jul07
1981 720 SD22 (scrapped 04Sep07)
1983 Sentra CD17, 255k, bought 06Jul08, gave it away 22Jun10.

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Smilies

#170

Post by asavage » 8 months ago

Smilies are fixed. An over-ambitious rule in my anti-probing ruleset was blocking the images directory. I'm kinda surprised that attachment images and avatars were working.
Regards,
Al S.

1982 Maxima diesel wagon, 2nd & 4th owner, 165k miles, rusty & burgundy/grey. Purchased 1996, SOLD 16Feb10
1983 Maxima diesel wagon, 199k miles, rusty, light yellow/light brown. SOLD 14Jul07
1981 720 SD22 (scrapped 04Sep07)
1983 Sentra CD17, 255k, bought 06Jul08, gave it away 22Jun10.

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dnydns client FUBAR

#171

Post by asavage » 1 month ago

Background:
I run one server and several virtual hosts (websites) from my home: residential internet service. To keep overhead low, I don't pay for a static IP address: my ISP can and does change the IP of my home whenever they feel like it. It might be hourly, but usually it stays the same for quite a while. I never know when their system will change my IP address (it had been the same since Feb2019 this time), and it changed three days ago.

dyndns is a service I give money to every year, that handles Domain Name Services (DNS) mapping to my home's IP address. You type in "nissandiesel.dyndns.org" in your browser, your browser asks your ISP to go fetch info, your ISP goes to dyndns, and dyndns sends the request to my IP, where it hits my server. My server then sends the info back through that chain. It's actually a lot less expensive to pay dyndns to do this, than to purchase a static IP. Or, it was when I last looked into this sort of thing, perhaps the situation has changed.

On the old, OS/2-based server, I ran a java app that sent dyndns the IP updates. A hardware router replacement a few years back came with a feature that is supposed to tell dyndns when the IP doled out by my ISP, changes -- so I turned off the software and let the router do the job. It had been been doing that for a few years without issue.

Failure:
This morning, I found that Automatic Updating of my IP address from the router to dyndns.org was no longer working. I suppose that I had changed my password at dyndns, but I guess that I failed to update the (hardware) router configuration, so it couldn't log in to dyndns to tell them that my IP had changed.

I updated the dyndns.org password in the router, but when I checked dyndns, it had only updated ONE of my hosted sites (nissandiesel was not one of them).

These days, dyndns now recommends using software to handle updates, as it finds many of the routines loaded into hardware routers do not do a reliable job of performing the updates. I can't use the old OS/2 java software on the new Ubuntu server, so I downloaded a dyndns-recommended program to run on the server that updates ALL the sites' IPs, loaded and configured it, and now the IPs of ALL my hosted sites, which all use my residential IP address, which is dynamic and randomly allocated by my ISP . . . they now all get updated by the dyn program.

Conclusion:
Problem solved . . . until next time.
Regards,
Al S.

1982 Maxima diesel wagon, 2nd & 4th owner, 165k miles, rusty & burgundy/grey. Purchased 1996, SOLD 16Feb10
1983 Maxima diesel wagon, 199k miles, rusty, light yellow/light brown. SOLD 14Jul07
1981 720 SD22 (scrapped 04Sep07)
1983 Sentra CD17, 255k, bought 06Jul08, gave it away 22Jun10.

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