# Adrian Tritschler's stuffMy website, an agglomerative mess, probably half-eaten by a gru

## Micro Kubernetes — microk8s

Friday, Jun 5, 2020

Stumbled over a pointer to running microk8s on a cluster of raspberry pi systems and it looked interesting – probably about time I got a bit of hands-on experience with kubernetes. No handy rpi system at the moment so I installed it on the ubuntu box and started working my way through very basic “Getting started” info at https://microk8s.io/docs. Can’t seem to get it to work. It installs, but the basic first set of tasks fails at:

## Playing games with zfs on the cheap

Sunday, Apr 23, 2017

OK, I think I broke it. Too much reliance on zfs being the fix for cheap componentry and haphazard procedures. The home PC has an SSD boot drive and a zpool made of three disks – a 2x1TB mirror and 1x3TB, it was supposed to be four disks but the cabling and power supply never let me add the mirror disk to the second vdev. Backup is through the Ubuntu backup program, to an external USB drive.

## Uh oh….

Thursday, Mar 5, 2009

It went clack, clack, clack, clack, CLACK. Then it stopped. Part way through a very ordinary ubuntu package upgrade the hard disk in fafnir made an horrendous sound and the PC froze. It wouldn’t respond to a soft restart, it wouldn’t respond to a hard reset, it wouldn’t even come back up after powering off and on. The hard disk has had it. A single consumer-grade IDE disk running almost continually in a desktop machine since about June 2004, what can I say, it was bound to fail eventually.

## Yahoo Ubuntu.

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009

Yay, finally! After four months of battling “Ubuntu who knows best,” I’ve finally managed to convince it to reinstall a current NVidia driver that works on my PC and gives me back the 1280x1024 resolution that I’d been using for four or five years! For some reason the 8.10 upgrade had removed all traces of the NVidia packages and refused to recognise that I had hardware that could use them.

## Ubuntu upgraded itself into a hole

Friday, Jan 9, 2009

Back in October I upgraded my Ubuntu system from 8.04 to 8.10 and as seems to happen far too often, once again something went wrong. This time it removed the nvidia support that has been running for years and all of a sudden I can only run X at a resolution of 1152x864 instead of 1280x1024.

## Beryl vs Compiz vs a usable screen

Thursday, Aug 30, 2007

I seem to have a semi-workable system after I started using the Feisty Fawn update of Ubuntu before it was released.

## Ouch, that hurt!

Thursday, Jun 21, 2007

About a year ago I learnt a lot about the wonders of LVM and what it could do for me, and as a result I very carefully transferred the /home, /var and swap partitions of my home PC from physical partitions into the LVM. Tempting fate this last year has been the last part of that task — to split the root partition into “/” and “/boot” and to move the root into LVM as well….

## Ubuntu update woes

Wednesday, Jun 20, 2007

## Ubuntu Edgy to Feisty, good and bad

Saturday, Apr 21, 2007

The ubuntu upgrade I started yesterday morning has completed on fafnir, or at least initially completed. Now all I have to do is find all the software that broke and fix it…. Minor problems during the upgrade itself: gettext-el failed to install sawfish failed to install upgrade-manager failed to install The first two seemed to be because they were looking for /usr/lib/X11/locale, and there isn’t one anymore, things are in /usr/share/X11/locale.

Tuesday, Oct 31, 2006

Followed a suggestion in one of the messages I saw and ran the Ubuntu update-manager with the following:

gksu "update-manager -c"


## Reboot, reconfigure

Thursday, Jul 13, 2006

Ubuntu upgrade yesterday, reboot this morning. Still had the -23 and -25 revision kernels hanging around so I removed them.

## Ubuntu reconfiguration

Tuesday, Jun 6, 2006

Warning: the string include-menu-defs did not occur in template file /etc/X11/twm//system.twmrc-menu


Saturday, Jun 3, 2006

Finally managed to find the https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DapperUpgrades page on how to upgrade the ubuntu system from Breezy to Dapper online, I would have thought it would be easier to locate, but every page I saw seemed to be based on downloading a CD and installing or upgrading that way.

Sunday, Apr 30, 2006

Two steps forward, one backwards. Typical computer upgrades.

The Debian to Ubuntu upgrade kind-of sort-of maybe mostly partly worked. I’ve been finding things that it didn’t upgrade, and things that it should have upgraded.

## Recovery from Ubuntu

Wednesday, Jun 1, 2005

Nearly fully recovered from the failed experiment into Ubuntu, Debian has finally finished downloading all the packages that it wants to turn the machine back into a Debian “testing” box, and by choosing their 2.6.8-2-686-smp kernel, I’ve got my network card back.

## Ubuntu progress

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Updates on my progress at getting fafnir converted to ubuntu:

## Ubuntu Trial

Friday, Apr 29, 2005

Here we go, head first without first testing the depth! I’ve decided to try and upgrade from Debian to Ubuntu linux. All the arguments that seem to be raised all seem to apply. Debian unstable is too unstable. Debian stable is too old.

# …The Owner

There’s not much more I can add to who I am.

# …The Site

I experiment. I play. I write and I take pictures. Some of the site is organised around topics, other parts are organized by date, then there’s always the cross-references between them.

Long ago it started as a learning experiment with a few static HTML pages, then I added a bit of server-side includes and some very ugly PHP. A hand-built journal/blog on top of that PHP, then a few experiments in moving to various static publishing systems. I’ve never wanted a database-based blogging engine, so over the years I’ve tried php, nanoblogger, emacs-muse, silkpage and docbook before settling on emacs org-mode for writing and jekyll for publishing. But the itch remained… I never really liked jekyll and the ruby underneath always seemed so much black magic. So now the latest incarnation is org-mode and hugo.