[CentOS] OT: SysAdmin Stories
linux at alteeve.com
Sun Jun 6 17:53:21 UTC 2010
On 10-06-06 06:19 AM, Geoff Galitz wrote:
> I'm compiling a collection of stories from the systems administrator
> trenches. They can be short or long, funny or about a particularly
> challenging problem or period, or even something that appeared very
> technically challenging and ended up being something very simple. Stories
> which are more political would be ok so long as they do not have an agenda
> or can be interpreted as a public attack.
> I can't promise money but I can promise 15 minutes of fame. The stories
> will be accumulated over the next few months and go into a book about real
> world experiences of Systems Administrators and Systems Engineers. Some of
> the material may be used in our training classes, as well. All stories will
> be duly credited and I'll even buy a beer (or other non-alcoholic beverage)
> for anyone I ever meet in person.
> Stories may be edited for grammar or clarity.
> This book is still in the proposal stage so there is no firm target date,
> yet. If for some reason the book is not published (just like tech projects,
> books are sometimes cancelled at the last minute) they will go up on our
Under the category of "learn from the mistake of others..."
About eight years ago, I was working on a program with tight deadlines.
I'd worked through the night, only catching an hour or two of sleep in
The next morning, one of the servers remounted it's file systems
read-only. Being a small shop, I decided to just take the server down to
run a quick fsck.ext2. In my sleepiness though, I typed 'mkfs.ext2'.
When people say that "root" is god, well, no one asks god "Are you sure?".
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