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Automating Debian security updates

Thanks to ‘foom’ on LWN, comes a neat recipe for automatically installing critical updates on a Debian system with minimal risk: http://lwn.net/Articles/374542/. It’s explained in some detail, but in brief it uses (optionally) a separate sources.list into which you can put only critical sources, and makes dpkg/apt choose the default responses to any questions. Fortunately […]

Using physical disks with VMWare server

For some reason (product differentiation? simple oversight?) VMWare Server 21 has no option to create a VM using a physical disk. Fortunately, that doesn’t mean that it can’t use them; you just need to import a predefined VM and tell it to use that. It’s possible to create a VM in the right format using […]

Stop amavisd-new wrapping long lines in syslog

Update: Newer versions of amavisd-new (certainly 2.6.4-3) have a variable called $logline_maxlen which does exactly what it says on the tin. The rest of this post is therefore of only historic interest. I administer a mail server that uses the popular amavisd-new to perform virus scanning, and spam filtering using SpamAssassin. That server uses Logcheck […]