mod_perl and mod_hfs_apple don't play well together on OS X

If you’re doing local mod_perl development on Mac OS X and find that after Software Update runs that Apache is segfaulting on every request with an error like [Tue Mar 19 23:30:01 2013] [notice] child pid 43158 exit signal Segmentation fault (11), check your /etc/apache2/httpd.conf for a line like this: LoadModule hfs_apple_module libexec/apache2/ If it’s not commented out, do so. For whatever reason, mod_hfs_apple and mod_perl do not play nicely together.

Whipped Around

I’ve been whipped around a lot lately. Those of you who have seen me in person over the last year or so, or have paid attention on Twitter, may have noticed that not all seemed to be right with me. I’ve had a glut of strange symptoms ranging from numbness, tingling, or “strange” or downright uncomfortable or painful sensations in my arms and legs to having my left leg buckle under me so much I started using a cane (both to catch myself and so I wouldn’t look like I was drunk at noon because I was stumbling around) to nerves in my neck or lower back freaking out to weird muscle stiffness and trouble at times using my hands.

"Easy" NTP stats without ntpstat

I had the joy earlier today of having to rewrite a Scout plugin that reports NTP status on a Debian box. The problem was that the plugin depended on the output of ntpstat, and that program isn’t available on Debian or Ubuntu. I didn’t feel that repackaging ntpstat for Debian was the right way to go, so I dug around in ntpq and ntpdc trying to get the same info.