S6E16: "Broken /home"

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In this episode, we recap some of our biggest fails.

Just the Tip

  • Jthan said he was interviewing someone who never heard of cut(1).
    • But instead of using cut, you may want to use awk instead.
    • There is a jq-like for CSV! It’s called miller.


Starts at 28m40s.

I was drinking a Heineken and a Troegs La Grave. Paden was drinking New Amsterdam vodka and Deep Eddy vodka. Jthan was drinking Miller Lite.

  • Our biggest professional fails!
    • Paden refers to a case where he wiped out a floppy’s contents.
      • He learned to always make backups/copies first.
    • Paden also copy-pasted an error log from a server to chat, and then back to a server which removed a script… which is a Big No-No™ in his org.
    • Paden also formatted C:\ the family computer as a youngling when he was trying to format a floppy.
      • He has the worst experiences with floppies.
    • Jthan ran a script.
      • But he ended up wiping out /bin because he changed the script.
      • And he ran it without set -e.
      • He learned to always (where possible) use absolute paths.
    • I ended up deleting a DNS zone (yes, an entire zone).
      • I “learned” to not make assumptions about a GUI’s functionality, and to always have a backup you can revert to before doing maintenance.
    • I also goofed up a cPanel account migration because their Transfer Tool is absolute trash.
      • In my attempts to fix the accounts, things became even more broken.
      • We ended up needing to turn up a fresh server and restore the accounts to that.
      • I learned that the right time to try a new tool/a tool you aren’t familiar with is, uh, not in production.
    • Not a professional oops, but a personal one — I deleted and moved a bunch of system files on my dad’s work laptop when I was a wee child.

15 Clams

In this segment, Jthan shares with you a little slice of life. The title is a reference to this video. (2m16s in)

Starts at 56m50s.

Jthan wants to know why so many people opt for AMI/golden images instead of using config management (masterless Salt, specifically).

I suggest adding cloud-init into the mix.


  • Sorry if my audio is a bit off; I lost my local track so I had to use the Mumble recording.
  • Paden probably remembers seeing this.
    • Y’all wanna co-op it for a game night?
  • Paden refers to this.


Music Credits
Track Title Artist Link Copyright/License
Intro 2 Above Zero AudionautiX click CC-BY 4.0
Outro Larger Than Life Jazz One Beats click CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0
(All music is royalty-free, properly licensed for use, used under fair use, or public domain.)



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