Saturday, March 15, 2014

memcached statistics status

Here is a "top" emulator for memcached statistics:
watch -n 5 "echo stats | socat unix-connect:/var/tmp/memcached.sock -"
The screen will be refreshed every 5 seconds and display results of memcached stats command.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

How to build Python deb package from source

You need a newer python version that is not available with the Debian package management system. You can compile it from source and install but that usually takes a lot of time. It would be better to build a deb instead and install it on as many machines as you need. You can use checkinstall for this.
apt-get install checkinstall
The instruction how to compile python from source is here. Once you compiled python here is a simple command that does the rest for you:
checkinstall -y --pkgname=python2.7
Once it finishes you will get a deb file in the current directory. You can install it this way:
dpkg -i python2.7_2.7.6-1_i386.deb
Here is how to remove it:
apt-get remove --purge python2.7
Note, packages built with checkinstall are not updated by OS package management system, thus updates need to be provided manually.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

PostgreSQL Streaming Replication Hot Standby

Streaming replication allows a standby server to stay up-to-date with primary. The standby connects to the primary, which streams WAL records to the standby as they're generated.

Hot standby is the term used to describe the ability to connect to the server and run read-only queries.

This method of replication is completely transparent to the client, it doesn't require any changes to database, allows query information from standby server and requires minimum administrative effort.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Python HTTP Client API

The modern web services expose public API to the world and JSON is de-facto standard in this communication. Here is a simple use case that integrates with buildbot public API.

Lets setup a virtual environment and install wheezy.core package:
virtualenv env
env/bin/easy_install wheezy.core
Launch python from virtual environment (env/bin/python) and try this:
>>> from wheezy.core.httpclient import HTTPClient
>>> c = HTTPClient('')
>>> c.get('project')
>>> project = c.json
>>>> str(project.title)
Here is another example that demonstarates etag handling (the second time we request events the server responds with HTTP status code 304, not modified):
>>> base = ''
>>> c = HTTPClient(base)
>>> c.get('events')
>>> c.headers['content-encoding']
>>> c.get('events')
The HTTPClient supports HTTP(S) GET/HEAD/POST verbs, follows redirects, handles cookies and etags between requests, gzip content decoding.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Keep FreeBSD up to date with subversion

The freebsd ports tree is quite big and sometimes you need just few packages. You can do that with subversion sparse checkouts.
pkg_add -r subversion
Checkout only immediate top level. The list of svn mirrors is here.
svn checkout --depth=immediates \ /usr/ports
Update tree on as needed basis:
cd /usr/ports
# common
svn up --set-depth=infinity Mk Templates Tools/scripts
# portmaster
svn up ports-mgmt/portmaster ports-mgmt/dialog4ports 
# python
svn up lang/python lang/python2 lang/python27 \
    devel/gettext converters/libiconv
# mercurial
svn up devel/mercurial
# python development
svn up devel/py-distribute py-setuptools \
# vim
svn up editors/vim
# subversion
svn up devel/subversion devel/libtool devel/apr1 \
    databases/db42 databases/gdbm databases/sqlite3 \
    textproc/expat2 www/serf
Consider configure /etc/make.conf as advised here and install packages:
make install clean -sC /usr/ports/ports-mgmt/portmaster
portmaster lang/python27 devel/mercurial \
    devel/py-virtualenv editors/vim \
The above ports require only 12Mb in /usr/ports and next time ports update takes few seconds.