I uploaded an updated bb Debian package today, which fixes a few bugs:
/usr/games, where it fits in better in my and other people's opinion.
For those of you who don't know bb: It is a pure text-mode demo (think demoscene) with fancy visual effects and music. Although quite old (ca. 1997) it is still quite impressive and well worth watching.
More than two weeks ago I blogged about my server being down. After multiple emails, phone calls, and even a fax trying to reach the support team, the server is still dead. But at least I know (a little bit) more now.
I managed to get someone from support on the phone and he fixed the system at least so far that I could ssh to it again. I was able to pull a complete backup of the system, including a database dump.
That means that Unmaintained Free Software and all other sites hosted on the server will eventually return, no data will be lost.
After I created the backup, I wanted to reinstall the whole system and then install the backup to restore all services. As it turned out, the (automatic) reboot- and reinstall-script they use is obviously broken, I cannot reach the server anymore after I initated the reinstall. This is probably something more serious, as other people seem to be affected, too.
I have not the slightest idea what the hell happened on the server. There was something really, really strange going on. An example:
# ls -l /usr/bin/traceroute
-rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql 310872 Jun 21 03:21 traceroute
Why the hell is
traceroute not executable and belongs to user/group
mysql? There are several other anomalies there:
/usr/share/doc/apt is not a directory as it is supposed to be, but a Perl script.
/usr/bin/id is a directory. Multiple system tools (awk, sed, ...) are not executable and partly directories with strange stuff in them. What gives?
One possible explanation is that the server was hacked and some rootkit wrecked havoc on the server. After a quick glance at the logs, I couldn't find any hints for a successful breakin, though. Another possibility is that the hard drive simply died and/or the filesystem was (heavily) corrupted. I don't know...
Has anybody ever seen something like this? Please enlighten me what could have happened...
Two very handy scripts for your Debian boxes:
Both tools are very useful and can save your ass. Use them.
On a related note: I uploaded my Wesnoth game replays (210 KB) for everyone to enjoy. I'm currently playing the Heir To The Throne campaign and finished 16 of 26 levels so far.
For those of you who want to save the money they usually spend in the cinema — grab some beer and watch Wesnoth replays with your friends ;-)
I'm currently trying to reduce the backlog regarding my Debian work. Today I packaged the new upstream release of Crimson Fields, a turn-based strategy game in the tradition of Battle Isle (tm).
Expect more updated packages and a few ITPs (Intent To Package) soon.