I’m supposed to be recovering from my operation last Thursday week, but am feeling no bad effects at the moment. With this in mind I decided to have a go at hacking the MiNDS storage stuff to integrate it with our new look website. It was supposed to be a 10 minute job before I relaxed for the rest of the day….(cue threatening music)
Needless to say, it wasn’t. The development environement on MiNDS> was ravaged by the recent decision by sleeperservice (one of the machines) to assassinate it’s NIC. So polarbear (the other machine) is hosting all MiNDS> services, including login. Polarbear runs PHP5 on Apache 2 which was (I think) the root of my problems. The code was working on my laptop (PHP4) and on sleeperservice (also PHP4) but forgot to work in the PHP5 environment. Luckily, Vish had formatted the sleeperservice harddrive (for some unknown reason) and I had “upgraded” my laptop to PHP5. This meant that I could happily spend the rest of the day banging my head against a retarded bug whilst being further confounded by SSH connections dropping like flies and emacs sessions experiencing severe latency.
I’m going to restart work on my PhD tomorrow because (a) I’m well enough to, and (b) coz I don’t have to use a MiNDS> server. Needless to say we’ll all put in the next week getting the box up to scratch for new members.