Archive for August, 2005

Amavisd log rotation error

In Tiger Server, some typo has been added to the daily scripts, which are located in /etc/periodic/daily/

These scripts are activated by the Server Admin GUI when enabling log rotation on the Mail logs.

The problem here is that the amavisd log is rotated but the amavisd master process is not HUPed, so the amavisd.log file stays empty till this is done… Not very useful.

The problem is located in the 700.daily.server.cyrus file in the /etc/periodic/daily folder.

%logsAndProcesses = ("/var/log/mailaccess.log","syslog",

Yes, read it closely… amivisd… Apple programmer who must have really been tired and fed up with writing config files…

Change the amivisd to amavisd and your problem is solved…

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Blojsom error with Long Names in Tiger

The implementation of Blojsom by Apple for Tiger Server 10.4.x has one serious flaw, which users should be aware of and will lead to a close-down of the whole Blojsom context.

When Users add their blog in the /weblog/ context they should use their short names (with no spaces by default) or use long names which have no spaces.

The name which is added to the blojsom-users directive in the file in /Library/Tomcat/blojsom_root/webapps/ROOT/WEB-INF/ is not escaped and thus the blojsom parser will choke on this entry.

So please check the file for spaces and replace those names with short names… There is no further implication to this…

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Enhancing your Mai?le? Performance

So, you like the little slider for Spam in Server Admin? It’s pretty cool, but there’s a bunch of stuff you can do to ‘enhance its performance’…

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Apple Remote Desktop Directory-based Authentication

One of the great gems of Apple Remote Desktop 2, and while it’s not hidden in the documentation, no one seems to have sung its virtues – until now.

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Migrating LDAP Users and Passwords to a Clean 10.4 Server

It was a dark and stormy afternoon when Ian (maccanada) and I sat down to fight the beast that is LDAP migration from an up and running 10.3 Server to a brand new, out of the box, 10.4 server. Lucky for you, the battle was won by us, and the gory details of the fight will lay themselves out for you as you read on…

Revised Password Server details in article Aug 11, 2005

Read more NetRestore and ASR Webcast

The group will be presenting a Webcast on NetRestore and ASR on Tuesday, August 16 at 1:00 pm EDT. Mike Bombich, an Apple Systems Engineer and author of many popular Mac tools, including NetRestore, will be presenting.

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Securing Tiger Server IMAP, POP, and SMTP with self-signed SSL

One of the great new additions to Tiger Server is the ability to easily create self-signed SSL certificates to secure services such as LDAP, Jabber IM, and mail. This article will cover my own implementation of SSL for mail services, however, it will probably be helpful to anyone wishing to secure mail services on their Tiger Server.

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CVS pserver launchd item for OS X 10.4

Inspired by the recent excellent launchd overview on afp548, I needed to set up a CVS pserver on our new Tiger Xserve box, migrating from an old Linux server.

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