Category: Rimuhosting

  • Unsure who is sending spam? Try this

    Anyone who has hosted peoples websites before, has had  either a blog hacked, or some guy thinking he is going to send mass mailouts using PHP or similar happen. Its extremely hard to trackdown and deal with, and yet it can get your server listed at spam service denying legitimate email from getting through. This […]

  • Problems with HDDs, so Rimuhosting.com gets a hardware upgrade

    Procrastination is a horrible thing. A few weeks back Carl here setup a brand new Nehalem server for us to pop the RimuHosting website onto. RimuHosting had been running on one of our lowest speced Core 2 servers for couple of years now. And it had been doing pretty well. But hey, why not upgrade? […]

  • One Java init script to rule them all

    Need an init script for a Java service? Like tomcat, liferay, or jboss? Regular Linux init scripts often don’t work so well. e.g. Java apps typically want to be run by a particular user (e.g. tomcat or liferay). e.g. They may require a ‘special’ shutdown mechanism (e.g. with Tomcat sending a signal to a particular port). So over the years I have had a handy-dandy script that can control most of my most commonly used Java apps (liferay, tomcat, jboss). It does things like start up the app as a particular user. Checks to ensure the app is responding on a URL before saying it is stared. Waits for the app to shutdown gracefully, else forces it to quit. And provides kill and killstart commands when you’re developing and just want the thing restarted! This morning I updated it to use the lsb logging methods. So the output is a bit prettier than the ‘old’ echo’s we used to use. The current version of the file will live at http://proj.ri.mu/javainitscript To use it wget that to the /etc/init.d directory on your server. Then rename (or symlink) it to the service you want to control. Currently the tomcat, liferay and jboss names are supported. Some excerpts from the script follow…

  • Rimuhosting does Software Freedom Day

    Well I’m sure most geeks out there have heard of Software Freedom Day, it was the same day as Talk like a Pirate day!  I’m glad however that most people forgot ‘Talk Like a Pirate’ day however, since a good portion of the NZ Rimuhosting staff were helping out at the local SFD. John, Paul, […]

  • Is your VPS slow to login at all? Applications not running so fast?

    Often we will get customers emailing in saying that things are just running ‘slow’. Often when we login the first thing we notice is after the password has gone through it just hangs for a fair while before login. This is usually a sign that its trying to do a reverse DNS lookup and failing. […]

  • Safe rm prevents accidents! try it!

    I found this the today http://www.safe-rm.org.nz/ , and having had the odd accident im most definitely going to be installing this on my own server! What is safe-rm? Safe-rm is a safety tool intended to prevent the accidental deletion of important files by replacing /bin/rm with a wrapper, which checks the given arguments against a […]

  • New website release coming up

    Heya guys Well this is a special release just for you guys who watch the blog. It seems the dev guys have been hard at work and put together a couple of new websites designs! We are just tweaking it a little but thought we would give you a nice sneak preview of both of […]

  • Got Backups?

    Backup your data.  That’s something that’s repeated over and over and yet too many people don’t really take it to heart.  If you’ve lost data in the past, I be that you’re backing up now like it’s a religion.  If you’re not backing up, maybe you’ve never lost any data or maybe it’s just something […]

  • We’re a Team

    We see lots of different problems every day as Liz noted the other day.  It’s really quite varied work that we do and you can go from resetting a password one minute to setting up load balanced proxy servers the next.  There’s always a fun and challenging problem right around the corner. The most important […]

  • libc6 vs libc6-xen problems with applications segfaulting

    We recieved the following email this morning which may be a problem from time to time with other users, so i thought I would share this. Subject: Seg faults on apache mysql and a couple of other less import programs. Probably need a fresh install. Message: Hi I have a serious problem with my VPS […]