The sysadmin's life
A one-line addition to
httpd.conf: 30 seconds.
Restarting Apache: 30 seconds.
Making sure that the addition was the right thing to do to an old version of Apache and wouldn't kill the server: much longer.
(And of course the much longer doesn't look too much like work, and doesn't entirely feel like work.)
And more of the sysadmin's life:
kill -USR2 instead of
kill -USR1 to gracefully
restart the Apache server: priceless. Whoops.
Trying to find exactly where Apache gets started on boot, to restart it with the right arguments, and being unable to do so: nerve-wracking.
Discovering that the machine is actually running Solaris 8 instead of Solaris 9: twitch-inducing. (So much for installing the Solaris 9 recommended patch set during this unexpected downtime.)
Discovering that the web server does not in fact get automatically restarted on reboot, nor do a number of other things: bad.
Discovering that the hostname changed on reboot, to 'test': AUGH.
(It turns out that in Solaris 8,
/etc/nodename is what sets the host's
/etc/hostname.<interface> is not.)
I think I have well and truly stubbed my toes
today. On the flipside, I know somewhat more about magic Apache
things now, including useful bits like '
apachectl startssl' as
the magic way of saying 'start Apache with SSL'.
(The management apologizes for this entry being somewhat less coherent than usual. Chris had a little bit of a shock today.)