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Friday, 9 June 2006

websickness (or something)

It's been a strange, warm, busy kind of week - unfortunately I had to take my first day and a bit off work this year, having a sore-throat and general malaise yesterday; I'm not feeling quite so bad today, since I've managed at least to catch up with my sleep (ten o'clock bedtimes are good for that!)

The World Cup starts today... I'm not really fussed if England don't win (I've pulled out Tunisia and Brazil in the two sweepstakes I've entered) - it's the quality of the football that I'm looking forward to.

webserver update
Finally, chunter has been decommissioned - pip is now running all the software that's needed. The last in the list was a fairly straightforward installation of the squid proxy and the excellent Dansguardian parental filter. This is made all the more essential now Christopher's becoming very web-wise, and likes to type all manner of things into Google!

Making the Mac's email server work is still frustrating me. I was on a loser trying to install Cyrus-imapd (using the version in Darwinports, which would have been the simplest solution, since it's the same as chunter used. Instead, I've installed the imap-uw thing - it's in, but I can't get it started.

The usual "inet" services aren't used by OSX these days; it's been replaced by launchd. There's a useful application called Lingon available to help, and I think I've created a reasonable-looking imap.plist file but it gives a nsaty error when I try and get it working. This is because 'TCP wrappers' support (which obviously IMAP needs to communicate with the server in general) works through something called launchproxy, via the following command:

/usr/libexec/launchproxy /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/imap4.plist

This doesn't work, though - when I type it in myself, it says:

launchproxy[11757]: No FDs found to answer requests on!

Even Google doesn't know much about this. Is it a firewall thing? Why's it broken? I think we should be told. For now, though, I'll keep using the Mac's fairly basic Mail client...

Finally, to the website. You'll doubtless have spotted that it's looking kinda basic at the moment. I'd frankly had enough of constant hacking by various Turkish ne'er-do-wells, so I'm evaluating other content management systems (an open-source application called Joomla has been recommended by Trev). It'll be back soon - honest!

Posted by james at June 9, 2006 3:54 PM

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