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Haphazard Cogitation

Everybody seems to have a blog, why does the world need one from me? I have no good answer to that. I'm not predisposed to writing about myself, or expounding on current events, or announcing my position on such and such a topic.

I will likely forget about this site quite often. My main purpose for it is to get thoughts down that seemed important, and might be valuable to other people. If no one else reads it, this stuff is at least here to remind me when I've forgotten about it. Who knows when I might it again.

Borderlands 2 Shift Keys

posted 25 Dec 2012, 08:07 by Peter Burns

For those of you playing Borderlands 2 I found a wiki page that collects the various Shift keys that have been released, you can find it here. For those of you not playing... in the words of Mr. Torgue: "WHY THE F#%K NOT!!?!"

Beef Noodle Soup

posted 16 Dec 2012, 08:59 by Peter Burns

So I have a new toy to play with in the kitchen, a Pressure Cooker. Ok, its not really new. I found it in the basement, my wife bought it several years ago.

Since hauling it out I've made lamb curry, 9 bean soup, and now Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup. It has been a favourite of mine for the past couple years, and it turns out its dead simple to make with the pressure cooker. I came across an excellent recipe for it here, and followed it mostly to the letter (we didn't have any tomatoes, so we omitted them and it still turned out well).

Puppet 0.25.5 for SuSE

posted 11 Jun 2010, 19:06 by Peter Burns   [ updated 11 Jun 2010, 19:39 ]

So I ran into an issue where I had to install Puppet 0.25.5 across a couple hundred servers. Now this wouldn't have been such a big deal if I already had a working Puppet system set up, but my problem was that I didn't. Is that irony? I don't know but it was annoying.

Installing from the tarball wasn't an option with this many servers, it had to be by package. Problem number two, I had a mix of SuSE 10.0, 10.3, 11.1 along with RHEL 4, and CentOS 5. For RHEL 4 and CentOS 5 no big problem there was a package available in the EPEL. For SuSE... especially the 10.x ones... that was a problem.

I ended up building my own rpms for that because I couldn't find any out there. Having gone through that I thought to myself "I should be nice and post this somewhere so that the next poor sod that might need the same thing doesn't have to do this".

And so here is this post, attached you will find rpms for Puppet 0.25.5 and its dependency Facter 1.5.7, aside from it Puppet's only other dependency is Ruby 1.8.1 or higher. I have tested the packages on all the SuSE versions listed above, though only the x86_64 build on 11.1 but it should work on the others.

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