Thursday, 18 April 2013

The mirror cracked

One of my big servers has been crashing. I changed the memory, no luck. I changed the motherboard, still crashing. And then I realised that it was also having trouble starting up, so maybe the hard drive has a problem?

So I took out the hard drive, and put in an 8gb CF card as the system drive, and I installed Linux Fedora 17 on it (it had 11 before). And mirror stopped working. Mirror is a perl program that I've been using for donkeys years (15 or more?) and it works wherever you have perl, which is everywhere. So why doesn't it work now, on this computer? Is it Fedora 17 that's the problem? I don't know, and I'm not going to find out. A few weeks ago, I found rsync (available on all linux systems) which is somewhat better than mirror for copying a file system to another computer. So I'm using that instead, and I think I'll gradually move over to using that everywhere that I used to use mirror.

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