Matt RaibleMatt Raible is a Java Champion and Developer Advocate at Okta. developer.okta.com

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10+ YEARS


Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

The day before it hits

Abbie has been sick for about a week now. It started out as a runny nose, and watering eyes - nothing too bad. She's had a smile on her face and been laughing the whole time. This can be a real treat after she's sneezed, the boogers are streaming on to her chin - but she still wants to give you a kiss. Kisses at this age means she opens her mouth real wide and plasters her face against yours. As gross as it sounds, I think it's cute. Anyway, on Sunday she started to get quite cranky and began to earn her nickname we've always wanted to give her but never could - Crabby Abbie. On Monday, we noticed she was running a fever and took her into the doctor. It was a typically doctor's visit, nothing we can do, get lots of rest/fluids, etc. That night, after her afternoon nap, she was back to her happy ol' self again and it was hard to believe she still had a fever. Yesterday it was the same thing, smiling happy kid with a fever (100-101). Then last night, I started to feel it. You know that feeling in the back of your nose when you know you're getting a cold. It sucks, you know it's coming - and you're pretty much helpless to get rid of it. You pound down the Orange Juice, throw down some Vitamin C - and hope for the best. But I know it's coming... it's just a matter of time. Getting 5 hours of sleep last night will surely escalate the process...

Posted in General at Dec 03 2003, 07:08:31 AM MST 5 Comments

Users and Groups on Linux

Now that I've rebuilt my Red Hat 9 box with Fedora, and installed Out-of-the-Box - I really should get my user and group permissions setup properly. If I ever decide to host CVS, shell access or bug tracking for clients, it'd be nice to know my server is secure. Out-of-the-box installs everything as root (save CVS), so I'm constantly doing "chown -R matt $CATALINA_HOME" or "su" to simply deploy files to Tomcat.

How are these open source servers (i.e. SourceForge) setup? If I wanted to setup a SF-clone, I'm assuming I'd need to setup a "developers" or "clientName" group and then create specific cvs repositories for each client. However, I'm not looking to setup a SourceForge-like server right now - I just want to get my permissions right. I'm thinking of creating a "developers" group, and giving it rw rights to Tomcat, Ant, Anthill, etc. Then I'll make myself a user in this group, rather than having to "su" every time I want to do something. What would you do? How would you setup your "dev" box to be more secure with users and groups?

Posted in Java at Dec 03 2003, 05:45:23 AM MST 1 Comment