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nbd-client CLI Easter Egg

In trying to uncover the version of a CLI tool I uncovered this small Easter Egg.

# nbd-client -v
nbd-client: unrecognized option '-v'
E: option eaten by 42 mice

Just a quick note for others to enjoy…

Ghost in the machine ?!

Here is a real error I got after making a system config change recently. Can anyone guess what that change might have been. To give a little hint I got this on a new session opened up in screen on the system that had the change.

[I have no name!@*****]>ssh ******
You don’t exist, go away!

Geek Ghetto – The Pen

Customer had started a fsck and didn’t set it to auto fix issues. Got into the check and , after several minutes, found the need to hold the “Y” key permanently. Since he was ready to eat lunch I hooked him up with some ghetto engineering.

Apache achieves Leet-ness

Was troubleshooting a coding issue for a customer the other day when I noticed the number of requests currently being processed. I am going to write about this in the coming days. Basically there was a code issue (we do not support code for this customer) that caused a large number of “sleep” states in MySQL as well as a huge number of ‘W Sending Reply’ states in Apache.

Current Time: Thursday, 11-Feb-2010 11:47:54 CST
Restart Time: Thursday, 11-Feb-2010 09:17:12 CST
Parent Server Generation: 0
Server uptime: 2 hours 30 minutes 41 seconds
Total accesses: 226733 – Total Traffic: 10.8 GB
CPU Usage: u1812.56 s80.08 cu.04 cs0 – 20.9% CPU load
25.1 requests/sec – 1.2 MB/second – 49.8 kB/request
1337 requests currently being processed, 113 idle workers

Yes I am sure!


From a single “badmail” folder on a Windows Server 2003 box. Amazing how bad script writiers are as almost all of these were related to no “From” being set in the script.

Just doing a extended test.


This Winzip install is on the same fragged Server 2000 box in the last post. This screen shot was taken Jan 7th 2007 but sadly I cannot get a new shot as a overzealous engineer uninstalled winzip last week for some strange reason.

One fragged disk !


What do you think ?

This was a VERY old Server 2000 install that had been forgotten about. Seems time wasnt nice to the filesystem…or maybe the Sysadmin was a sadistic BOFH who is into filesystem S&M ?!