If you’ve been using SSH for long you’ve probably seen this at least once:
Address 188.8.131.52 maps to www.foobar.com, but this does not map back to the address - POSSIBLE BREAK-IN ATTEMPT!
Sometimes this is helpful. Sometimes this is really annoying and incorrect. Assuming you are a moderately well informed sysadmin and know that this message can safely be ignored, you might have been stumped trying to silence it. You may have tried every option in
man ssh_options and even some of your own (
STFU on?) I think I may be able to help.
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I just brought a new project into the world of autotest. I’m not using the Leopard FSEvents “fix” because it’s not necessary (note the sleep and add_exception calls below). I am using the fun and helpful sound plugin, but not the playlist version of that plugin. Here’s my .autotest file.
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I’ve seen a few Rake tasks for Rcov that work OK, but which fail in an interesting way (if you care about coverage): they give your coverage metrics an unexpected boost if you have 0% coverage in one or more source files.
Huh? Exactly. If you have 500 source files, and your test suite only
requires one of them, then you get a free ride on those 499 files that have 0% coverage. Theoretically you could get 100% coverage in your report even though 499 source files are not touched at all. D’oh!
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Ruby’s Kernel.require method will re-require the same source file if you pass it differing arguments that point to the same file. It doesn’t use File.expand_path to make sure it hasn’t already loaded the same file before. This can cause problems if you’re using constants or doing one-time initialization in a source file that’s getting loaded multiple times for one reason; you’ll need to add a wrapper that prevents re-entry.
If this annoys you as much as it does me (why should my application code include workarounds for what I regard to be a Ruby bug?), add this snippet to your config/environment.rb (pre Rails 2.0) or config/preinitializer.rb (Rails 2.0 or later).
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The details of the various mount options for the ext3 filesystem are fairly well documented, but as with many things in the Unix world, knowledge is far easier to come by than wisdom. That’s a pithy way of saying that I had to do some digging to find recommendations, as opposed to explanations. So here are my recommendations for ext3 users (which encompasses the majority of the Linux-using world, as far as I can tell).
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