The greatest piece of engineering man has ever achieved is the humble bicycle. A controversial statement, perhaps. But bear with me…
This week I’d been fighting with a Chef install to do something relatively simple. Bogged down in a rats nest of complexity (extra Ruby scripts referencing Chef environment files, etc etc), I decided to see if there was a easier way.
I’ve spent my entire IT career automating. To me, the point of technology is to make life easier, so I tend to look for any way I can to make computers do ‘the heavy lifting’.
Here’s how to get Amazon S3 bucket logs into Splunk, and then pull out the useful fields.
Many articles have been written about this topic, yet none of them seem to fulfill the basic premise I wanted: get it working.
I’ve tended to use Perl::Critic for keeping my Perl in some semblence of a readable state for a while now. And since I started using newer Perls, I’ve also used Modern::Perl instead of ‘use strict; use warnings; use feature..’
I recommend Splunk a lot. I’ve been using it since about 2007, in varying degrees of complexity.
I wrote a short while ago about using iPXE with a URL to help booting multiple versions of Linux. In that post I mentioned that I used a simple CGI to feed back the required kernel and initrd, plus a template kickstart file. As rough as it stands today, a question prompted me to publish the helper I use. So here you go, my Perl Mojolicious helper, Bacio.
Although kickstarting Linux is pretty simple, it can be frustrating if you’re trying to build different versions.
Lots and lots of solutions for this one out there in Google land, but it turned out to be much simpler…