much to my surprise....
kline at thought.org
Fri Sep 23 01:31:20 UTC 2011
On Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 04:28:50PM -0500, Ryan Coleman wrote:
> Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2011 16:28:50 -0500
> From: Ryan Coleman <editor at d3photography.com>
> Subject: Re: much to my surprise....
> To: Robert Bonomi <bonomi at mail.r-bonomi.com>
> Cc: freebsd-questions at freebsd.org, kline at thought.org
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> On Sep 22, 2011, at 3:14 PM, Robert Bonomi wrote:
> >> From owner-freebsd-questions at freebsd.org Thu Sep 22 14:30:49 2011
> >> Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2011 12:30:54 -0700
> >> From: Gary Kline <kline at thought.org>
> >> To: FreeBSD Mailing List <freebsd-questions at freebsd.org>
> >> Cc:
> >> Subject: much to my surprise....
> >> guys,
> >> well, after a forced, unexpected, and emergency 5 days away, i got
> >> back to my desk and could not ping. while mail seemed to be working,
> >> and my *local* ping worked---I could ping around from my freebsd server
> >> to my other computers--i spent 3+ hours trying to ping various
> >> sites. Zero. i tried everything i could think of. NOTHING worked.
> >> i tried the -d -f -f to named and on and on and on. nothing.
> >> *Finally*, i saw that my telco router was displaying "INT" in red
> >> LED's. i didn't know they displayed in any other color but the
> >> default green, but after power-cycling, voila! back to green.
> >> and now, yes, i can ping freebsd.org. and i'm pretty sure other
> >> network things will work too.
> >> from any/all sysadmin types or others::
> >> i would like tricks, tips, insights--whatever--about named and
> >> whatever else. i thought i had collected many. nope. i've got
> >> bind 9.8 installed and it was working fine until my recent
> >> 'vacation.' Other than checking one's routers (hub/switch), and other
> >> hardware (including server, computers, cables, etc) does anybody have a
> >> checklist of what to do to diagnose this? are there any other
> >> utilities i can try besides ping and named -d 3 -f -g? other
> >> network utilities with a debug flag? i'm running 7.3 on a dell 530.
> >> tia for any insights,
> > You should _really_ consider hiring a professional to maintain your
> > systems.
> > Diagnosing _this_ problem should have taken no more than about 30
> > *seconds*.
> > If you can't get somewhere 'by name', you try to get there 'by address'.
> > If 'by address' works and 'by name' doesn't, *that* is the indication of
> > a DNS problem.
> > If you can't get there 'by address', it is *NOT* a DNS problem, and you
> > start looking for a 'connectivity' problem.
points all well taken, robert, thanks. i was ready to fire
off a few shots of my colt bisley 454, then took two deep
breaths and soldiered on. [note that at least one other
fellow has suggested that i just hire somebody to maintain
my connectivity.] but i've been doing this for a while, and
until i was away for five days, everything had been going
fine for over a month. oh:: one power-out. the UPS saved
the server, but everything else needed to be reinitialized.
> > The *BASIC* tools for that start with 'traceroute'. Which would have
> > *immediately* (well, within abut ten seconds :) indicated exactly _where_
> > the problem was.
would traceroute have told me to check the "modem"/router?
> > Those who don't understand these kind dof things are "too dangerous"
> > to be trusted with the superuser password.
> > Bluntly, not only do you not know the things you need to know to manage
> > a (even 'personal') network, you "DON'T KNOW _what_ you don't know", and
> > until you *do* learn the basics, you'll save youself a *LOT* of hair-
> > tearing if you hire someone to solve the problems for you.
> I whole-heartedly agree with Robert's points.
> I host in my apartment... but I have more than a decade's experience maintaining networks and systems and, while the occasional issue stumps me, I'm pretty good at getting to the root of issues in minutes vs hours.
would you believe: i'm slow at typing, ?
> Yes, I was once a... for lack of a better term... moron on these things and I relied heavily on the tech who pushed me (gently) towards ?BSD from RHL and I am gracious every day for that nudge.
i've used REAL UNIX [[$1100] for SVR4; and before than VAT,
a 286 version of SVR2; then chose FreeBSD with 2.0.5.
things started out as a dialup BBS and evolved since july '86
system administration is something i do reluctantly.
adding system calls to the tera kernel plus other kernel
work on the the hardware version of a 128-stream CPU seemed
infinitely easier than this....
> Experience is the best way to pick up the "quick list" of things to check on if there's a problem on your connectivity... but there's one thing I *must* stress: NEVER EVER EVER run your own DNS service. It's too much of a PITA. When I quit doing my own DNS my issues revolving around that ended.
i dont want to sound like a goodie two-shoes, but i've been
running a web site for a builder friend hereabouts. gratis.
tiny business; guy and two others, and since builders are
hurting, why not. everything runs off my own ./master and
named.conf are the only file i had to bother with. that took
several days to get right since i've only been on-the-net since '01.
some guy in Dallas saved my ancient system from collapse in
jan '08 by some voodoo. how his DNS was set up was around
2/3rds different than the nutshell setup i learned from the
Cricket Liu's book. it really was a superb read. cricket
thought i was being a smart alec when i said that his book
read like a novel. maybe i'm geekier than i thought.
> I use DynDNS to run my primary domain and all the others run through GoDaddy's free DNS manager. This is because I use the primary domain's hostname as my MX record on all the others. While GD's DNS is functional, it's also cumbersome, too cumbersome to update on a semi-regular basis.
> I highly suggest that you do the same. $20/year for DynDNS' full domain service is worth the price.
ok, here's just the fax, man:: since i finished me m.a. in
ethics, i have a truckload of philosophical-type mumblings
continually ooozing forth. at the same time, i want to
finish my key-click project in C++, and add that to my
speech-computer. (i talked to whoever at the OLCP in '09
and learned that there at 100million disabled children in
the world. 10m or 100million, (?), something implausible
from where i am... . my typing-to-speech with
keyboard click would be a win on the OLPC. but most kids
can learn to press the membrane keyboard hard and most watch
the screen. i keep my eyes on the keyboard.) nutshell,
when that project is done, i can make use of my philosophy
i'm to the point where letting somebody else handle the
dns-and-outward side sounds better by the day. i'v got more
question if you care to answer them. i've been using
gkg.net for a few years--8 or 9 anyway. but if switching to
dyndns saves a lot of my flubs, hey.
> My two bits (and a nibble).
Gary Kline kline at thought.org http://www.thought.org Public Service Unix
Journey Toward the Dawn, E-Book: http://www.thought.org
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