Downtime for an Upgrade

An extensive upgrade to the machine which hosts this Web-server, in which 106 packages were brought up to their new version, took place between 20h25 and 20h45 tonight. Hence, the site would have been unavailable during that time, and because the Web-server itself was offline, it was not possible to display a Maintenance Mode screen, belonging to this blog.

The upgrade took place uneventfully, not breaking anything apparent so far, and leaving the computer fully functional.



Chrome For Linux Upgrade Glitch Fixed By Google

One of the facts which I had observed about the Google Chrome browser version, which is meant for Linux, was that Google no longer provides a 32-bit version of its binaries. In keeping with this, Google has also removed the section in its code repository, which would make a 32-bit version available. Hence, I can only be subscribing to the 64-bit upgrades. Yet, my Linux computer ‘Phoenix’ has its package manager set up, to query a repository for both the 64-bit and the 32-bit versions of any package by default, and then to download and install the packages which are relevant.

In this earlier posting, I observed how this can lead to an error message when running ‘apt-get update‘. What I had done, was to make minor configuration changes like so, which I had needed to re-apply, after every upgrade to Chrome.

Well Google has caught up with the scenario which I was describing. As of their latest upgrade, their own ‘cron.daily‘ symlink will properly put the following source into ‘/etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-chrome.list‘ :

deb [arch=amd64] stable main

You may note, that the script from Google now includes the ‘[arch=amd64]‘ parameter, which means that I won’t have to make any manual adjustments to this configuration detail of my machine, every time the Chrome browser receives an upgrade.

Thank you, Google!



Iceweasel to Firefox Transition

In the past, there had been a split between Debian / Linux Devs, and the Mozilla team, where at first Linux was allowed to share “Firefox”. According to that split, Debian / Linux continued to develop its own version of the Web-browser, naming that “Iceweasel“. Newly, this split seems to have been resolved, so that Debian is now offering Firefox again. The packages have been made available.

Just now, I did my own transition, from the deprecated Iceweasel to Firefox. This process was quick and painless.



Another System Upgrade Tonight

My Linux computer named ‘Phoenix’, which acts as my Web-server, underwent a minor upgrade tonight, for which reason this blog was offline from 21h58 until 22h05.

Because this sort of upgrade requires I reboot the machine, my blog is also unable to display any Maintenance Mode message during such an interval.

I hope this did not inconvenience any readers.

Further, my IPv6 connectivity was not restored until 22h10, which is the normal amount of time doing so would take.