Archive for March, 2012


Monday, March 12th, 2012

Is it possible that we’re living in a beta version of Earth?

If so, is it possible there’s a release version available, and we just need to ask someone for help upgrading?

No, I’m not using any drugs, nor have I been. Apparently I’m capable of off the wall thinking even sober. 😉

Tech post: Ubuntu 10.04 hangs on ssh or telnet login (fix)

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

I thought I’d post this just in case anyone else has the same problem I did with 10.04 hanging on ssh login (it also hangs on telnet login, but control-C will fix that. SSH users are not so lucky)

The problem would seem to be that /usr/lib/update-notifier/update-motd-updates-available is trying to access the network and failing – or just taking a very long time to succeed. I seem to especially have problems with this on nodes running on Amazon’s EC2 network.

The easy solution is to edit /usr/lib/update-notifier/update-motd-updates-available and add a ‘exit’ at the top of the script. Of course, this disables checking for updates whenever you log in, but personally I’d rather be *able* to log in. 😉

You will also need to edit /etc/update-motd.d/90-updates-available and similarly add ‘exit’ to it, so that the next time these files are generated this fix continues to work