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Wednesday, May 28, 2003

May 28, 2003

DICT Progress Is Made...

I took some time last night while doing other things (offline -- away from the computer) to download all sorts of stuff (indicies and data) for DICTd -- the server end of the DICTionary protocol. As you may know from previous news postings, I've been having difficulty in using DICT for some time, at least when it comes to querying the servers at

But, unlike is mentioned at the website, the problem I'm having is a 'no route to host' type. Which hasn't gone away. I can't even get to the aformentioned website (unless I ssh to another machine outside my home network (and outside of my ISP's domain) and use a text-based browser such as lynx)...let alone make queries. Upon further investigation, I am able to make queries to their temporary server setup...which has temporarily allowed me to do dictionary lookups. But, that's just not good enough for me. smile

So, last night I downloaded several MB of data from a trusted mirror. At the same time, I also subscribed to the various administrative lists for updates on software, databases, etc. Like I said, I did this in off-time last night...and with my work schedule this morning/afternoon, I haven't yet had a chance to check it out. Perhaps later this evening...we shall see.

Server Update

I don't recall if I mentioned it in an earlier post, but I set up NFS between the server boxen...mostly for ease of use with backups of data and transferring the last of the configuration stuff. I will probably leave an NFS setup active once I've redone the old router box...mostly for ease of backup (I can set one machine to do backups for data on both machines).

Samba services, Netatalk, and iptables are the last things remaining... I'll probably use a cheap hack of ipchains -> iptables script to make my existing ipchains rules work with iptables...and go from there once I get the box back online, making them more robust.

Three Down, Four To Go...

Day three of seven at work is over. And there was much rejoicing!

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