[Novalug] the bad thing about a headless box... (grim news on my SheevaPlug)
James Ewing Cottrell 3rd
JECottrell3 at Comcast.NET
Thu Dec 23 15:20:36 EST 2010
I have always said this. Gimme a KVM interface. Even Serial is a pain,
but will do in a pinch.
On 12/23/2010 2:33 PM, Doug Toppin wrote:
> So the bad thing about a headless box (like my SheevaPlug) is that it
> can be difficult to communicate with when something goes wrong. I've
> been using my SheevaPlug for a little over a year without any trouble
> at all. It is running Ubuntu and keeps a MySQL db for me (accessible
> from anywhere via a hole through my router) along with a couple of
> other things. I noticed a week ago that I could no longer
> update/query/ssh/ping it from my desktop at work and I got around to
> looking at it last night. I can't reach it from my home LAN either
> and when I attach the USB/serial cable I can't get any response from
> it. The few lights on it all appear normal and cycling it makes no
> difference. It worked so well out of the box that I can't completely
> remember what I had to do to get the usb/serial interface working from
> my desktop (indicating a certain lack of discipline in keeping some
> notes on what I did). Everything I have been checking on says that
> /dev/ttyUSB0 will be available for minicom/cu but I am not seeing
> that. This may mean that it has been bricked enough that my desktop
> usb does not see the cable connect any longer.
> The result of this is beginning to convince me that it is time to move
> my database to "the cloud" (meaning some place other than eqt that I
> need to keep up 24x7).
> It also makes me wish that I had backed up that db a little more
> recently than when I last did. I had intended on changing it's
> logging to send to my main desktop syslogd but had not gotten around
> to it ('lack of discipline'++).
> Anyone else have any SheevaPlug issues/comments/suggestions?
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