Missing mail command on Amazon’s Linux

I recently noticed that the mail command is not available by default on the latest version of Amazon’s Linux AMI (v2011.09). This functionality is available in the mailx package, which can be installed with the following: yum install mailx

Starting Varnish – Amazon’s Linux

I decided to install the new version of Varnish (3.0.1) using the Varnish repository (instead of amzn repository). The installation progressed without issue (you do need to override the default priorities of the repositories though), however, I ran into an issue trying to start Varnish. Every time I tried to start Varnish I would simply… Continue reading Starting Varnish – Amazon’s Linux

Showing the Firebug icon

While it is easy enough to use F12 to display Firebug in Firefox, I just like the status bar icon. Unfortunately, it has been hidden in the last few releases of Firebug. To display it, open about:config, and set extensions.firebug.showStatusIcon to true.

Building an Nginx RPM on Amazon’s Linux

If no customizations are desired, a far simpler way to get the RPM, than that outlined below, is to use the nginx repository, available from nginx’s download page. After deciding to change my server stack today (based on Amazon’s Linux), I noted that, despite the current version of Amazon’s Linux being hardly a few days… Continue reading Building an Nginx RPM on Amazon’s Linux

Upgrading Amazon’s Linux

Today, after looking over the changes in the new version of Amazon’s Linux AMI, I decided to upgrade (from 2011.02 to 2011.09). After running yum upgrade, I ran into an error (below) with compat-openldap. Error: Package: compat-openldap-2.4.19_2.3.43-15.11.amzn1.i686 (@upgrade-updates/2010.11) Requires: openldap = 2.4.19-15.11.amzn1 Removing: openldap-2.4.19-15.11.amzn1.i686 (@upgrade-updates/2010.11) openldap = 2.4.19-15.11.amzn1 Updated By: openldap-2.4.23-15.13.amzn1.i686 (amzn-main) openldap = 2.4.23-15.13.amzn1… Continue reading Upgrading Amazon’s Linux