Systems Administration

Bootstrapping development VMs with Ansible

Published · 5min

I often need VMs set up locally for development purposes. Setting these up manually can be time-consuming and error-prone, so I use Ansible to almost entirely automate the process.

[Aside: This post assumes you know how to use Ansible, and also doesn’t go into a tonne of detail on …

Systems Administration

A method for doing package management using a union filesystem

Published · 4min

It’s long struck me as peculiar that package management isn’t more commonly built on top of union filesystems. I’m sure there’s probably somebody who’s had roughly similar ideas to the ones I’m about to put forward, but I’ve never came across them being …

Systems Administration

Merging .iso files on Debian, Ubuntu, and most likely Linux in general

Published · 1min

I hardly ever have to do this, so I can never remember precisely how to do it. Hopefully by noting it here, I won’t forget again.

Specifically, I want to do this so that I can create a single DVD image from the FreeBSD 6.3 CD images I …

Systems Administration

Building an RPM package: a guide for the unwilling

Published · 7min

Some day, if you’re a software developer and develop software than runs on Linux, you will end up, whether you like it or not, having to build an RPM file.

I’ve just spent an absolutely inordinate amount of time working out how to do this. It wasn’t …