27 Aug 2002 vdv   » (Master)

Server migration
    Been quite busy, after my vacation in sunny California, to setup an environment using two home hosted servers (Debian GNU/Linux of course) connected through DSL and backuped as round robin to replace the server I was previously hiring in the US (the revenues of the sites I am hosting couldn't cover the cost any longer...). It's not 100% stable yet but already enough to run...
    One of the issues to set up this environment was DNS: I have only 1 fixed IP and needed to borrow at least a secondary somewhere and I came on a nice project called xname during my quest. This is an open source infrastructure above the standard bind9 and after a couple of feature requests easy to implement xname has become a good fit for what I needed to do.
    One of these features is a XML-RPC service allowing to update the DNS when a variable IP address changes. Since xname is using PHP, I have writen this simple service using Edd's excellent XML-RPC for PHP. That's not rocket science (was even rather trivial), but I like these simple developments which show the power of such tools on non over-hyped applications. This seems rather new too, except for some requests for such a service done by Dave Winer back in 1999...

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