New structure, basics done

Here is another update, later then I hoped but still before Lion is released. I wanted to finish the basics on the new installation structure before Lion is released so that I could use them on Lion.

It’s still not complete as there is much ground to cover to get it all done and a personal life that has a tendency to interfere with my ambitions ;-)

As told earlier the new structure means installing everything in “/usr/local/” so that security and regular updates won’t interfere and we can upgrade without worrying if everything will still work afterwards.

Under the skin I’ve also started re-arranging the pages so that there is a more logical structure. You will notice that in the URL’s. You can find the updated documentation here:


I’ve read the recommendations on Lion and it looks like it will be 64 bits from Lion onwards. This means that I can skip the 32 bit instructions which is very welcome as it means less testing.

Last week I also renewed my contract with Macminicolo and added another 2 years hosting with them. Their service during the last 3 years is excellent and I’ve asked them to find me a newer second hand Mac mini to be able to upgrade to Lion on my production server. I’m currently running a CoreDuo mini at their datacenter which in not capable of running Lion. That is the only reason to get a newer mini. In my experience they are almost bullet proof. I still have one of the first G4 mini’s (from 2005) here at home running 24/7 as a test server for Leopard. The only problem I had with it is the hard disk which I had to replace in 2009.

Updating amavisd-new

For those of you who decided to install the ClamAV virus scanner and SpamAssassin system on their mail servers, there is an update to the amavsd-new daemon that glues the whole setup together.

The instructions for the update are available here Updating amavisd-new.

There is no reconfiguring necessary, as this is a bugfix update.

New structure and new old Mac

Another update after the redesign, as I needed to rewrite some of the instructions due to the effect of the changes in MySQL 5.5.x and the relocation of the installed software to /usr/local/ I’ve decided to restructure the content of the site a bit. Don’t worry all existing stuff will stay where it is with comments and all. So I’ve started rewriting the installation instructions for all the software on Snow Leopard first. It isn’t finished yet but you can have a look already, not much has changed but i’ve read it again, tweaked the text a bit and changed the compiling options of course to facilitate the relocation of the installed components. When everything is finished I will put notices on all pages to redirect everybody to the latest instructions.

You can have a preview of the MAMP setup and the mail server instructions.

When this all is finished I will start rewriting the Leopard instructions and will keep including the PowerPC instructions. To help me test the 64 bits instruction, which wasn’t possible on my old G4 mini, I’ve become the proud owner of a PowerMac G5 2,5 GHz dual processor unit. It’s a beauty in almost mint condition. I always wanted one of these aluminum “cheese graters” and got the opportunity to buy this one for a nice price. I really like this model as this is the first consumer computer that came with water-cooled processors. It’s nice to own a bit of computing history that looks this nice.

Design update

The former design was already from 2008 and it was time for a refresh. I was trying for a more cleaner look with a more minimal design. Less is moreā€¦ I also worked on the readability of the site. As people are getting more pixels on their screen it was time to make more use of it and I’ve made the design a bit wider to accommodate the use of bigger fonts. I also included a new plugin which should help in the readability of the code and scripts. It should also help in prevent in some of the errors that happened to some when copying and pasting the scripts directly to an editor or the Terminal. To preview the effect of the new plugin look at Compiling Apache in 32 bits mode on Snow Leopard. Drawback is that I need to make changes to all the rest of existing pages to make use of the plugin so bear with me. if you have any remarks please let me know, improvements are always welcome!

I’m working as well on a new rewrite of the instructions to accommodate the changes that were introduced by MySQL 5.5 but it takes some time. I’m also working on relocating the postfix stuff to have the compiled version in a different location than the original version to make sure we don’t get interference from Apple’s updates. I’m still having doubts on creating a specific direcotry for averything called /usr/local/diymacserver/ or just use /usr/local/. Let me hear your thoughts!

Some additional history and perspective: It’s almost 4 years ago I’ve started this particular blog and 6 years since switch.richard5.net (which still generates a lot of traffic). The current site has 250 posts and 150 pages with documentation which will be expanded greatly during the summer when Lion will be released.

Clamav and OS X 10.6.7

For those of you who have installed Clamav, you may have noticed that there was a warning about a bug in bzip which mean that clamav couldn’t use it while scanning. With the 10.6.7 update the bug in bzip is no longer present. Apple in their wisdom did not update to the latest version of bzip, they instead fixed the bug in the currently installed version of bzip (1.0.5).

Now that the bug is fixed, clamav is able to use bzip. Unfortunately, for those of us who compiled and installed clamav before the 10.6.7 update, clamav needs to be recompiled and installed to do so.

Simply follow the updating instructions as though clamav 0.97 were an update and not a simply a rebuild.
Upgrading ClamAV.

There is no need to reconfigure anything.

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