Monthly Archives: April 2011

Media Temple backup time

11 years to backup server!?

I must say this caught me initially, whilst setting up the cron on my server I noticed this on media temple’s default cron setup (by the way I love media temple’s service & support it’s the greatest). It’s seems that a backup script is set to run every… wait for it, 11 years 😐

Well it must be lack of sleep or the fact that I find setting up crons a chore but I was actually believing that it was 11 years until I found this, Using Cron which explains that crons can contain lists. So the number 6,21,36,51 in minutes is actually a list, and it means that the script should run in intervals every 6 minutes, then 21 minutes, 36 minutes and 51 minutes. Yup, I need some sleep.

Update: noonespecial via hacker news helped fill me in on some more info regarding cron,

A better way to say it is: “Four times per hour, every hour on the 6th minute, the 21st minute, the 36th minute and 51st minute.” If I’m not mistaken, media temple just wants to back up 4 times per hour and to keep from getting slammed at the quarters, they randomize a bit the defaults they hand out.

Thanks noonespecial

A fresh design and approach to my blog

So I’ve finally launched my new version of my blog. It’s been awhile in the making but I’m really happy with the outcome. It should serve my needs of posting my thoughts and latest projects. I will do a more in depth article about my process behind the new blog design very soon.