[RDD] Please fix this bug...

Steve Varholy steve at wxryfm.org
Wed May 17 09:58:49 EDT 2017

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From: rivendell-dev-bounces at lists.rivendellaudio.org <rivendell-dev-bounces at lists.rivendellaudio.org> on behalf of Tom Van Gorkom <tomvangorkom at gmail.com>
Sent: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 9:57:02 AM
To: Cowboy
Cc: Rivendell-Dev
Subject: Re: [RDD] Please fix this bug...

So I'm curious as to whether any of you have a way to log into your airplay machines or other boxes on Riv at night or weekends from home if something isn't right?  I use TeamViewer and it has saved me lots of time when I get a call that something isn't sounding right or shouldn't be playing on the weekend. Without an internet connection, I would have to make trips to the studio. What do you all do?

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On Wed, May 17, 2017 at 8:33 AM, Cowboy <curt at cwf1.com<mailto:curt at cwf1.com>> wrote:
On Wednesday 17 May 2017 08:25:38 am Rob Landry wrote:
> Myself, I prefer
> the second approach, not fixing what isn't broken.

 Which I've been advocating for many, many years.

 Sometimes Rob and I disagree.
 Through his entire post, this is not one of 'em !

 Some of you know that I wrote Spam-O-Matic to be an artificially
 intelligent self-training maintenance free anti-spam machine back
 in 2004.
 The prototype machine has been running since then, with two disk
 replacements and one motherboard replacement since then, total
 down-time about ten minutes on Slackware 9.1.

 Eventually, we are drug kicking and screaming into an update.
 Spam-O was recently "up"graded to a dual-core atom 64 bit processor
 in an ImageStream TS-1000 chassis largely just because.
 As a result I was forced to upgrade to a 2.6.27 kernel, because the
 2.4.x kernel simply can't do SATA drives.
 It's still running the same Slackware 9.1 with only the kernel and modules
 updated to accommodate the hardware.
 Why ?
 If it isn't broken...
 I fully expect this arrangement to last the rest of my lifetime with no
 further updates.
 Spam-O does what it does very, very well. There will be no "features"
 added. No functionality expansion of any kind. There will be no need.

 Rivendell is a little different. Features are added. Functionality is expanded,
 to meet needs. Therefore some updates are necessary.
 Being a rather large beta site, we get them before you do.
 Sometimes, that is NOT a good thing ! ( well, it's a good thing FOR YOU ! )
 And yes, there have been updates to CentOS that have rather badly
 broken some aspects of Rivendell on occasion.
 We strive that what is released to you, is exactly what it purports to be.
 Sometimes we do miss something.
 Known bug squashing is on the list, but that doesn't mean it'll happen today !
 Just because Red Hat has updated the OS doesn't mean we're gonna rush right
 out and apply it today. In fact, we rather deliberately don't.
 Sometimes, things break.
 When it works for me, you'll get it.
 Meantime, if it were my revenue stream, I'd be doing as I do, as Rob is advocating.
 Test it thoroughly on a redundant machine, or leave well enough alone.
 ( preferably, both )



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