Of nginx’s mid cut off responses and proxy buffers

Among the services I look after, the biggest and high-profile – is the user facing website. The website is your bog-standard typical frontend(powered by Express/Angular) which fetches data via an API which is powered by the backend(built on Rails). Typical flow is that Express receives the request from the browser, makes a request to the backend…

Statutory warning: Decimals in your logrotate config can be bad for your server’s disk space

Last night as I was about to head to sleep, Sensu started emailing me about disk space warnings on one of the backend servers. That’s strange, I thought. I had set up logrotate with appropriate limits to ensure the log file size is reasonable and rotation happens on a daily basis. Curious, I ssh’d into…

Chef Zero, Cookbooks and Data Bags locations

I like chef-zero a lot. There’s so much overlap between chef’s products: chef-zero, chef-solo, chef-apply – yes, each have their own uses, but I digress. Chef-zero has been relatively pain-free for me – except when I tried to get it running – trying to figure out why it wasn’t fetching the cookbooks was so annoying!…

DevOps Diaries: When Terminator terminates your MySQL imports onto an AWS Instance…

I have begun to use Terminator quite a lot. Terminator’s quite handy when you want to connect to multiple servers on a single terminal thanks to its split pane feature. (And yes I know about tmux & screen – I have screen on my servers, don’t want to get into the headache that is nested…

Transistor and Red

Review of Supergiant Games’ Transistor

Transistor is the second game made by Supergiant Games following up on their previous game, Bastion. Bastion didn’t hold my attention long enough so I really can’t say much about it, except at first glance, Bastion seemed to have great artwork and music. Story Transistor follows the story of Red, a singer in a city called Cloudbank…