Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 on Dell OptiPlex 990 Initial Impressions

I received a Dell OptiPlex 990 and installed RHEL5 on it. Some preliminary observations:

  • I wanted a RAID 1, so I reached for a trusty 3ware 8006-2LP, which is a 64-bit-capable SATA RAID PCI card that I typically run in a 32-bit PCI slot. But the OptiPlex 990 has placed a heatsink directly behind the PCI slot. The card can't physically fit in the slot because the heatsink is in the way. That led to my next adventure.

Nonparsing Apache Log Messages Solved

I set up a new Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 webserver but the nightly emails from logwatch were complaining about logs not being parsed correctly:

--------------------- httpd Begin ------------------------

This is a listing of log lines that were not parsed correctly.
Perhaps the variable $LogFormat in file conf/services/http.conf
is not correct?

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Uptrendhits review

Not really a review, just a statement that I am unlikely to do business with companies that send unsolicited email to my work address, especially if I appear to be subscribed to their "newsletter." Like Uptrendhits did. I also take off a reputation point for each use of multiple exclamation marks!!!

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Compiling and Installing Pubcookie on 64-bit RHEL6

Before attempting compilation, make sure you have the following prerequisites installed (and Apache of course):

yum install gcc mod_ssl openssl-devel httpd-devel

Then you're ready:

curl -O http://www.pubcookie.org/downloads/pubcookie-3.3.4a.tar.gz
tar xzvf pubcookie-3.3.4a.tar.gz
cd pubcookie-3.3.4a
./configure
make top_builddir=/usr/lib64/httpd top_srcdir=/usr/lib64/httpd

Then with sudo or as root:

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