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September 13, 2008

their names are…

Filed under: Blogging,Ubuntu — kees @ 8:05 am

Continuing the meme:

  • lucien – not strictly owned by me, but the first Linux machine I had influence over. Named by my college roommate after Lucien from the Sandman comics, the librarian of The Dreaming. Seemed right for a computer.
  • locutus – this name served multiple machines in late college. It was my desktop at home, at work at Motorola, and at my HP post at UIUC. For a while, all three were simultaneously online. They all had different domain names, so it seemed sensible and little comical. The name itself comes from my infatuation with the Borg of Star Trek fame. Locutus was the first to have an individual designation.
  • clam – given to multiple machines, but both laptops (an ancient Toshiba, and a more recent Mac). Like clamshell mobile phones, laptops look the same.
  • boofis – served as the name for a public XTerm for guests, and later as a desktop machine. This was based on a friend’s alternate word for “thingy” or “dohicky”.
  • naboo – currently the home firewall, but was my desktop when it was new. From the Star Wars planet Naboo.
  • cube – always the home multimedia server hooked to the TV, but has had three incarnations. Originally, it was a Shuttle box, which was, frankly, cube shaped. It was also influenced again by the Borg, and it was around here that I started to notice a strange and unintentional trend in my computer names: they nearly all had an “oou” sound. Since then I’ve usually managed to avoid it, but have tried to include at least 1 if not 2 “o” letters in future computer names.
  • stompy – currently the home disk server, but was my desktop when it was new. Named based on a game my wife and I play with our dogs called Stompy Stompy Bad Thing, in which we slowly approach our dog like a Sumo wrestler, and the dog goes crazy barking and running in circles.
  • ox – current laptop. Compared to the Toshiba from 1999, it’s like an ox, even if now it’s 3 years old itself.
  • gorgon – current desktop. Loosely based on the concept that the most famous gorgon has multiple heads. As this is a 4-way machine, it seemed fitting.
  • nushooz – currently my wife’s desktop, but was mine prior to gorgon, but named differently. Current name is based on the freaky “*pft* New shoes!” line from Twin Peaks.

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September 4, 2008

all PIE distro

Filed under: Blogging,Security,Ubuntu,Ubuntu-Server — kees @ 2:00 pm

Major props to NCommander for taking on the painful experiment of getting the entire Ubuntu Intrepid archive rebuilt with PIE on amd64. After getting all the other hardening defaults enabled for Intrepid, PIE is the last on the original list for enabling “by default”. Due to the overhead of PIE on i386, it’s really only an option on architectures with lots of general registers.

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September 3, 2008

kvm disk image filesystem growth notes

Filed under: Blogging,Debian,Ubuntu,Ubuntu-Server — kees @ 12:14 pm

Here are my notes on growing a KVM disk image’s root filesystem. I had a few 4G partitions that really needed to be bigger. This shows how to get a report on the sizes of the disk images, convert them to raw, work on the partition tables, grow the root filesystem, and rebuild the swap partition with the original UUID. With some work, it could probably become fully scripted, but since the partition layout may not always be the same from VM to VM, the “fdisk” step needs human interaction to delete and rebuild the partition table. Note that the method below also maintains the sparseness of the images.

# Look for files to change
for i in /vmware/*/*{vmdk,qcow2}; do qemu-img info $i; done

# Pick one...
cd dir...

ORIG_TYPE=$(echo $ORIG | awk -F. '{print $NF}')
TARGET_BASE=$(basename "$ORIG" ."$ORIG_TYPE")

qemu-img convert -f "$ORIG_TYPE" "$ORIG" -O raw "$TARGET_RAW"

trunc "$TARGET_RAW" "$SIZE"

sudo kpartx -a "$TARGET_RAW"
SWAP_PART=$(for i in /dev/mapper/loop0p*; do sudo vol_id $i | \
    grep -q ^ID_FS_TYPE=swap && echo $i; done | head -n 1)
UUID=$(sudo vol_id "$SWAP_PART" | grep ^ID_FS_UUID= | cut -d= -f2)
sudo kpartx -d "$TARGET_RAW"

# use losetup otherwise fdisk doesn't know cylinder count
sudo losetup /dev/loop0 "$TARGET_RAW"
# FIXME: Need to automate fdisk (detect swap partition size, etc)
# I'm deleting the swap and growing the root partition, then re-adding swap
sudo fdisk /dev/loop0
sudo losetup -d /dev/loop0

sudo kpartx -a "$TARGET_RAW"
sudo e2fsck -f /dev/mapper/loop0p1
sudo resize2fs /dev/mapper/loop0p1
sudo mkswap -U "$UUID" "$SWAP_PART"
sudo kpartx -d "$TARGET_RAW"

qemu-img convert -f raw "$TARGET_RAW" -O "$TARGET_TYPE" "$TARGET"
# FIXME: change disk image path
sudo vi /etc/libvirt/qemu/THING
# FIXME: have the daemon notice the file change
sudo /etc/init.d/libvirt-bin restart
if [ "$ORIG" != "$TARGET" ]; then rm "$ORIG"; fi

The “trunc” command above is based on my network backups post, but is now a general script I use:

# Copyright (C) 2006-2008 Kees Cook <>, License: GPLv3
use strict;
use warnings;

my $filename = $ARGV[0];
die "Need valid size also\n" unless ($ARGV[1] =~ /^(\d+)([KMG])$/);
my $size       = $1 + 0;
my $multiplier = $2;

$size *= 1024 if $multiplier =~ /^[KMG]$/;
$size *= 1024 if $multiplier =~ /^[MG]$/;
$size *= 1024 if $multiplier =~ /^[G]$/;

#die "Not trunc'ing existing file\n" if (-e $filename);
die "$filename: $!\n" if (!open(FILE,">>$filename"));
die "seek: $!\n" if (!(seek(FILE,$size,0)));
die "truncate: $!\n" if (!(truncate(FILE,$size)));
die "close: $!\n" if (!(close(FILE)));

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September 1, 2008

bash trivia

Filed under: Blogging,Debian,Ubuntu — kees @ 8:42 am

I have been playing too many puzzle games lately. This trivia question just popped into my head:

What command will never appear in a .bash_history file?

Unfortunately, I seem to have disproven the answer I originally had. I wonder if there are others? My original answer was going to be “unset HISTFILE”, but I can make it show up in my .bash_history file:

export HISTFILE=/home/kees/.bash_history

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