Jake Hall

Software Developer and Infrastructure Guy.
Always looking for ways to improve everything. Views are my own!

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Zero to development of an idea

One of the places I have identified as a blocker to me starting on a project is the bootstrapping of a project.

Laravel Code

By this I mean going from ‘I’ve got an idea’ stage to writing the first line of code and getting it uploaded to a web server with a database connection set-up. (Most of my personal side projects are web based!)

I’ve found the faster I can get an idea off the ground, the more likely I am to continue it. So what have I done to reduce the bootstrap time?

Most of my projects end up getting hosted on my FlorxLabs server, it has wildcard subdomain DNS setup, with a simple Apache rewrite.

<VirtualHost *:80>   
    ServerName chaos.florxlabs.com:80
    VirtualDocumentRoot /var/www/html/%2.0/%1.0/
</VirtualHost>

So if I would like a project under the URL project.florxlabs.com, I simply create the folder /var/www/html/florxlabs/project and I’m ready to go. No more config...

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cPanel .Trash Emails

So it turns out that cPanel keeps emails in the Trash forever.
Disk Usage
I was woken up at 8am this morning to find my cPanel server had died due to running out of disk space. Rookie error! I have processes in place to prevent this from happening like automatically clearing the backups once they have been safely offloaded to S3. However for some reason this hadn’t happened last night and the disk space was 100%. It was resolved pretty quickly and no harm was done, I reran the backups and all was well.

I decided to do a quick audit of the server to see if there was anything obviously taking up an abnormal amount of space. A logs directory from an CodeIgniter application was one source (full of irrelevant warnings). Another source were the .Trash folders in each Mail directory.

I had assumed that like Gmail it would delete after 30 days but no. So I did a quick search and came a cross Tom Yates...

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