Git: Automatically moving a tag using a custom command

 |  300 words — 1 minute  |  git bash script

Ever find yourself moving a git tag to a new commit? You’ll probably know this procedure consists out of three steps;

  • Removing the existing tag from your origin
  • Manually moving the tag (using -f to allow moving)
  • Pushing the tag back your origin

Since this procedure is more cumbersome that it could be, behold, a quick and easy life hack to automate this process into a single custom command.

Puppet: Calculating average catalog compilation times

 |  400 words — 2 minutes  |  puppet bash linux oneliner

Just a quick post with the oneliner of the day.

When you are debugging catalog compilation issues or other puppet performance issues in general, it is good to know exactly which catalogs are slow to compile. Knowing which catalogs are substantially slower than others allows you to focus on those catalogs and the modules they contain.

Git: The difference between lightweight and annotated tags

 |  1500 words — 7 minutes  |  git

I was reviewing some pull requests at work today. One of the PR’s had an updated composer.lock file. We usually check if the reference matches the version for this update, to see if that commit is actually released on the module’s master branch:

"name": "company/module_name",
- "version": "0.11.0",
+ "version": "0.12.0",
"source": {
	"type": "git",
	"url": "ssh://",
-	"reference": "19ecfcb286052457697caad3359d7817e2dfa2f5"
+	"reference": "2c539864d72baede7f169f15eec8c3317e26c1bc"
- "time": "2014-10-08 11:12:23"
+ "time": "2014-11-18 16:47:02"

Usually, this reference matches the hash of the commit we’ve tagged as this version. In this particular case however, the hash mentioned in reference was nowhere to be found in the commit log. So what’s going on here?

Bacula: Cancelling all jobs that are currently writing

 |  200 words — 1 minute  |  backup bacula linux oneliner

Just a quick post with the oneliner of the day.

Scenario: after a bacula director restart a couple of jobs were stuck on the FD with message:

Running Jobs:
Writing: Incremental Backup job JobId=8702 Volume=""
    pool="" device="DefaultFileStorage" (/mnt/bacula/default)
    spooling=0 despooling=0 despool_wait=0
    Files=0 Bytes=0 AveBytes/sec=0 LastBytes/sec=0
FDSocket closed

There were a couple of these jobs that were stuck, preventing all other jobs from running, because those were waiting for a free slot on the FD.

Bacula: Purging and deleting old volumes

 |  600 words — 3 minutes  |  bacula backup linux

I’ve been using bacula for a couple of months now in conjunction with puppet to make automated backups of all servers that are managed by puppet. My bacula setup labels a volume for every job it runs with a unique name:

Label Format = "${Job}.${Year}${Month:p/2/0/r}${Day:p/2/0/r}.${Hour:p/2/0/r}${Minute:p/2/0/r}"

These volumes are automatically purged once the retention of all files contained on the volume expires (which is configured per-pool). Due to the unique names however, the volumes cannot be recycled. The result of this is that the volumes that have been marked as purged in the catalog remain as-is on the disk. After some time this ultimately resulted in a full disk, thus halting all backups performed on that pool. Not good. Not good at all.