The night that lingered...

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So, it's 2:00 PM and I'm just getting up a bit ago. Sounds like a good start to a weekend, right? Well, it would have been if I was gettiing up at 2 after going to bed at, say, 2 AM? But being at work until 6, in bed by 6:30 doesn't make for a great start. Still, I feel pretty OK.

The night was a test in patience. The way I had envisioned it was this:

5:00 bring server down/start copy.
6:00 shut down old server/start new RAID stripe
6:30 hook up RAID to new server, boot/copy files back.
7:30 after all files are copied back, set up groups
8:00 go to machine and make sure they see server.

Ok, so that's optimistic, I understand, but hey, who am I to look askance at fate? *SLAP*


5:00 bring server down, plug in firewire drive, start backup of 250,000 little files.
6:00 notice that it's STILL saying "about 7 hours" and get a bit nervous.
7:00 notice that it's now changed to "about 6 hours" and start to realize that I will be here LATE
9:00 go to kmart and buy movie. watch "the green mile" in big corner office on 33rd floor of manhattan skyscraper. eat corned beef sandwich. lament wasting time.
12:00 shut server and start "10-15 minute" restripe of RAID.
12:30 realize THAT is bullshit too and go back to movie.
1:45 finish RAID stripe/hook up to new server/start file copy.
2:00 realize that OS X naming/privledge issues are going to create havoc with copying files
2:15 try to do a mv in UNIX when I should have done a cp. end up deleting an entire folder of stuff from teh backup drive when it didn't all get copied over. panic.
2:30 decide to move backup and recover files while copying other files over.
4:00 file copy finishes and I see that somehow I didnt lose all those files, they were just..hiding?
4:30 learn UNIX chmod/chown after getting sick of OS X's inability to change large numbers of files. (thank you man pages!)
5:00 go to all machines testing connectivity. Am happy.
6:00 shut lights, go home in car service. Attempt to escape into audio book (new stephen king) but find that my cabbie wants to chat about his wife all the way home in broken english. Sigh and listen.
6:30 pass out.

To those of you who didn't want the gory details, it's too late. you've got them.


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