[CentOS] CentOS 6.2-x86-64

Thu Jun 21 09:55:29 UTC 2012
Nate Duehr <denverpilot at me.com>

On Jun 20, 2012, at 3:27 PM, Gene Heskett wrote:

> As for partiality, no way, synaptic, adapted for rpms is by far the best 
> package manager I've used in the last 5 years since I bailed on fedora at 
> about 6 or so.

Understand that sentiment, Gene.  I like aptitude myself for Debian-based systems, but everyone has a favorite.

It sounds like you have much of your repo problem for RPM sources for the tools you want understood now.  I would caution that some repos out there are set up by individuals who are interested in fixing something, they make a few packages, and then they disappear when they lose interest.  

I suggested EPEL because it's a large project, based off of an even larger one (Fedora) and there's probably not going to be any major disruptions in it as far as interested-parties goes, so security and version updates of most packages in it should keep flowing unless upstream sources abandon them.

> I just pulled the clamav stuff, not terribly complete unless the utils are 
> part of the main package, but have not attempted an rpm -ivh on that kit 
> yet.  I got the huge majority of the stuff with FF, at 
> <http://choonrpms.mirror.choon.net/centos/6.2/choonrpms/x86_64/>
> which I found via a google search.

Highly recommend adding reputable repos to your local system and then using yum search [packagename] or similar... I haven't seen the name choonrpms before, but I'd kinda want to know who they are before installing their packages.  Just a thought.  Take or leave.  (Someone who knows who they are, may be chuckling at that... I don't know... I haven't researched it.)

> I'm getting close to that in N. Central WV, phone and internet are on the 
> local cable, getting about 385k/sec dl speeds on average.  But I have kept 
> my own email corpus here since 1998, over 7Gb of it now, and old, probably 
> bad habits are hard to break.  Old being relative of course since I'm only 
> slightly younger than dirt at 77.  Retired (almost, I take a small plane 
> ride tomorrow to go look at a transmitter that is off the air) from the 
> local CBS affiliate as the CE from 1984.9 to 2002.6.

I will add my vote that even though running ones own mail server is a fun challenge, at some point in the past I decided to leave it to younger pros who get paid to wrangle with spammers and what-not, and now only run mail servers I'm paid to deal with.  (GRIN!)  

I migrated old mail that I thought I couldn't live without to the IMAP account and said goodbye to the time-suck that a modern mail server has become.  (I still operate mail servers for my employer, but at home... it's nice to just forget about it and read my mail. GRIN...)

Neat to run into another RF "geek".  Never made my living at it, but I maintain some Amateur Radio FM repeaters and some Public Safety FM and P-25 systems.  Nothing high power, broadcast or TV, but as things are generally co-located on mountains... have seen many broadcast systems up close, and had the "5 cent tour" from the Station Engineers in the area.  

Be careful with that high-power stuff... but you know that already.  No tower climbing at 77... let one of us young whippersnappers do that silly stuff.  I'm about half your age, and I still don't really like it.  Just a necessary evil in volunteer organizations... strap on the safety gear, and get going.  

You mentioned a small plane... I do small planes for fun these days, and I'd much rather be doing that, than climbing a tower. (GRIN!)

> Thanks, I'll see if I can google that when I get back from the trip & get 
> over my aches & pains from crawling around in that elderly Harris 50kw 
> transmitter.

CBS does love their Harris stuff, eh?  I got to see the new solid state beast out here in Denver in person... 1KW modules, pop one out, pop one in... touch screen to gracefully fail one if you want to pull it... pretty amazing stuff.  Paul (the Engineer here) really enjoys his broadcast radio and other radio toys.  That was one of the "five cent tours", seeing his new setup in a shared building with various other DTV systems co-located.  Newest site I've ever been in.  Nice setup.  Always interesting to see waveguide bigger than most sewer pipes and the associated filters.  Looks like an old steamworks for a steamship, but all "filled" with RF instead of water vapor... 

Enjoy your "retirement"... and 73 if you're a Ham... WY0X here.


p.s. Apologies to the list for the personal notes and digressing a bit... I don't think I know Gene well enough to send him private messages.  All the best.