Articles tagged server

  1. Debugging sporadic connectivity issues of Docker containers

    At work we have started to set up new continuous integration servers. We have decided to build the whole setup based on into individual Jenkins instance managed via Docker. Moreover, most build slaves on the instances are dynamically-created Docker containers themselves. To spawn up these slaves, the Jenkins masters need write access to the Docker socket. Of course, this would be a security implication if they had access to the socket of the main Docker daemon on the host that operates all services, including the Jenkins instances themselves. Thus, we added a second daemon to the host just for the purpose of executing the volatile build slaves. However, we soon noticed that containers executed on this additional daemon frequently showed DNS resolution errors. The remainder of this post will explain the details of how we tried to track down this problem with all the ugly details being involved there.

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  2. autosuspend 2.0: Additions for Waking Up a System

    Since a few years I am maintaining autosuspend, a small daemon that automatically suspends a Linux system in case no activity is detected. With version 2.0 I have added support for scheduled wake ups based on configurable checks for pending activities.

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  3. Linux-based Home Entertainment System

    Since two or three years I am experimenting with different solutions for my personal home entertainment system. Now that the solution has become quite stable I am going to describe my current setup and its evolution in this blog post hoping that someone might find it useful.

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  4. autosuspend: Automatically Suspending a Server on Inactivity

    A few months ago I sold my existing basic Synology NAS and built my own one based on a power-efficient Intel CPU inside a mini ITX system with a usual Linux as the operating system. This provided me with a lot more flexibility and e.g. possibilities to encrypt my data properly. One thing I needed for this custom solution was a daemon to suspend the system in case of inactivity to further reduce the power consumption. I found a few existing scripts online, started using one of them, but soon had to modify it deeply until it was general enough to suit my needs. Today, I finally took the time to clean up the last issues in the code base and the autosuspend project is now available on Github.

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  5. My own cloud: Seafile

    Continuing with my journey to replace publicly hosted cloud services with self-hosted solutions. One of the nice developments of the recent years are services like Dropbox or Google Drive, which really simplify some use cases. For example, in my own workflow I mainly use these services to a) synchronize unix configuration files, b) synchronize some...

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