Mail Back to Normal

Today after some three hundred updates, the original SPF checker I was using, the phython3 version, still was not working, so I installed the perl versions of policyd.  I don’t really like perl as I don’t find it very readable relative to python, but presently it is working.

I also found the clamav virus check was dead, re-installed that.  Now all the mail milters, the clamav- virus check, spf, dkim, and dmarc are once again functional so this should reduce the flood of “we’re going to make your life miserable if you don’t send 50,000 bit coins to X” messages.

Also, the perl SPF policyd is actually somewhat better in that it checks both the ehlo host and the mail-from: host to make sure both are allowed from the sites SPF record, while the old checker only checked the mail-from, so this will be somewhat more thorough requiring consistency that the others did not.

I sent myself mail from gmail to make sure incoming was working and also watched the logs a while.

Eskimo Site Status

Ubuntu is back.  Sorry it took so long but many snags along the way.

Our old web server is running without a Network Manager because Ubuntu clods broke it.  I have to set the network interface manually after a boot.

Inuvik is also broken because Ubuntu 24.04 engineers mistakenly put new libs in the main repository instead of the proposed repository before they had recompiled everything compiled against them breaking many things, like the Network Manager on the old www/ftp machine and the mail milters on the mail servers.  They are feverishly working on correcting this but in the meantime some of our machines are hanging on by a thread, and I will be re-loading Inuvik with 22.04 to get it back online.

Ice has a hard drive with one flaky sector.  Normally this would just get re-mapped onto an alternate sector but firmware on this drive is defective.  I could update the firmware but the drive is 11 years old and only has a 64KB cache and has 512 byte physical blocks all of which make it slow by todays standards so I have ordered a replacement drive which has 256MB cache, 4k physical blocks and 7200 RPM rotational speed, all of which will provide better performance.  The failing drive is part of a RAID1 array so no data will be lost as it is duplicated on a mate.