i share a box with my friend andy where we host our own cvs, mail, database, web, dns, etc... just nice to have your own box for those things sometimes.
emphasis on sometimes.
after getting back from grabbing some xmas loot, i arrived back home to discover no mail. no web. in fact, no server. andy calls me a few minutes later and delivers the bad news: the box is dead, he's bringing it and a new machine over and we're going to set up a new system.
the hardware in the old box was 7 years old and had done its duties well. but finally something on the mobo just went *plonk* and that was that. fortunately, as we were to find out, the disks were fine. whew!
we installed the latest kubuntu on it and set to work migrating things over. i removed the disk pack from the old machine and plugged it into the new kubuntu box. on boot it recognized and set up all the software raid volumes and all we had to do was mount it and start copying data over to the new larger, faster storage. it's nice when things "just work" like that.
unfortunately it wasn't quite as easy as "copy 'n go" because the old box was fedora core 2. yes.. 2. we don't upgrade very often; primarily when hardware fails. i love linux =) so i migrated a number of old-style configs over (e.g. the monolithic httpd.conf to the new slice 'n diced style); chroot'd to the old disks, started postgres, dumped the db's and loaded them into the newer pgsql 8; had to set up more than i should've had to to get postfix+sasl running; etc, etc... 2 pizzas and half a dozen hours later everything is back up and running.
what a way to spend an afternoon.
it was also my first chance to really use adept. it is pretty cool, btw ... there are things that could be nicer (e.g. the sources editor is a bit lo-tek), but for a first stable release it's quite nice and very fast. great job, mornfall! can't wait to see v2.