Category Archives: General

Vox Pupuli – Code of the Week 2

This is a new blog series that we would like to introduce. At Vox Pupuli, we receive many Pull Requests. We receive so much awesome code, that isn’t really appreciated. In the past, some of our members sent out tweets if … Continue reading

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Thunderbird: Hide local hostname in mailheaders

By default, thunderbird uses the local hostname within the SMTP-Submission dialog with the mailserver. There might be situations where you have a hostname that exposes private data, like a company name. Sometimes this is very helpful for debugging, but sometimes … Continue reading

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Vox Pupuli – Code of the Week 1

This is a new blog series that we would like to introduce. At Vox Pupuli, we receive many Pull Requests. We receive so much awesome code, that isn’t really appreciated. In the past, some of our members sent out tweets … Continue reading

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I’m alive!

Hi everybody. Yes, this blog is still alive, so am I! In the past two years I was very busy working in an Open Source Community – https://voxpupuli.org. Besides that I had to invest a huge a mount of time … Continue reading

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Short Tip: Dealing with FreeBSD for noobs

I had the pleasure to work with FreeBSD again in the past week. I have not touched it in over a year and would consider myself a Linux-only person. I designed a new backup infrastructure which requires a FreeBSD server. … Continue reading

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Short Tip: Install shellcheck on an outdated CentOS

I’ve to install shellcheck on a CentOS 7 box, this is the latest CentOS version. The tool is a great linter for bash scripts, which I want to integrate into our CI pipeline. shellcheck isn’t packaged so I will build … Continue reading

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Short Tip: Installing msgpack on outdated boxes (ruby1.9.1)

I’m using msgpack to serialize the data between my puppet agents and the masters. Recently I had to puppetize an old Debian Wheezy box. I’ve to install msgpack in advance: # gem install msgpack Building native extensions. This could take … Continue reading

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rubocop-rspec magic: Fixing RSpec/InstanceVariable

We recently introduced RSpec/InstanceVariable into our RuboCop configuration at Vox Pupuli. Using instance variables is not considered best practice so we are currently migrating away from them. Here is en example of the old code style: The variables are later … Continue reading

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Diving into Management – How to do Meetings

In the past months I had the ability to lead small teams in various little projects (for a few days to weeks). This all happened in some open source projects and in my evening classes. I had a course about … Continue reading

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Create a simple streaming replication for postgres with puppet

I need to build a postgres setup for a important database. The idea is to one master and one-many slaves that can serve read only access. The slaves will work in a hot-standby mode where they continuously receive data from … Continue reading

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