Puakma: Under the hood

I'm Brendon Upson, jack-of-all-trades, master of one or two. I'm talking about life running a small ISV tackling business issues and leaping technology hurdles in a single bound.

webWise Network Consultants is based in Sydney, Australia and develops the groundbreaking Tornado Server technology.

Huge week

Filed under: by Brendon Upson on 2005-10-21

This week has been huge. Busy. Really busy. Not much time for sleeping and I'm starting to feel it, luckily the weekend is here ;-)

One of the big tasks for the week was to improve the http logging in web booster and tornado server. From the outset we had supported one log format (IIS 5.0, ok shoot me) but a few customers have asked about supporting different log formats. Investigation proved the best way forward was to go with the Apache mod_log system. This approach affords an almost limitless number of logging combinations with each variable to log specified as a %x, for example: "%h %l %u %t "%r" %>s %b".

Our internet server was upgraded on Tuesday where everything that could possibly go worng did. Floppy containing the bios gane bad, kernel panic when booting from the Fedora install CD, fried boot sector which killed grub. The job took 6 hours instead of 2, but I guess that's the norm for computer upgrades.

Fingers crossed next week will be a little quieter. Only a little or it wouldn't be fun ;-)