SpamAssassin fails to start on CentOS 5.10

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If you’re still running a CentOS 5.10 machine, you may notice that after recent updates SpamAssassin no longer works on your system. Trying to start it manually will get you a puzzling error:

Starting spamd: child process [12345] exited or timed out without signaling production of a PID file: exit 255 at /usr/bin/spamd line 2588.

Manually running sa-update also triggers an error (albeit more detailed)… Continue reading

Split multi-contact .vcf address book into individual .vcf’s

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Moving contacts from one phone to another is a tricky business. And when the manufacturers of the said two phones are different, this process quickly turns into a pain in the b**t.

It’s a known fact that Android (and, weirdly, older Sony-Ericsson) phones export their contacts as a single multi-contact vcf file. And it’s also a know (and hated) fact that Nokia’s (otherwise great) Suite program can only import single-contact vCards. Continue reading

Migrating existing RAID1 volumes to bigger drives

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Every once in a while hardware needs to be replaced. Sometimes boards, sometimes CPUs and sometimes drives. Drives are the ones most difficult to replace as they hold all that precious data one does not want to lose.

I personally hate reinstalling stuff; so I try as much as possible to “migrate” my data around. In this tutorial I’ll be replacing two drives under a RAID1 array with two newer bigger drives (and resize the array accordingly). Continue reading