Originally Posted by dragonbite
Sounds cool! It also sounds not all that difficult, but that neglects the amount of time it probably took to reasearch what you needed to do and figuring out how all the pieces go together and then troubleshoot when things don't go completely as expected!
Huzzah, for you!
Indeed - you're right, not too difficult, but it was one of those "before you do this, you have to do that" kind of tasks as it keeps unraveling backwards as you try to figure out what to do and how to do it. I'm one of those people who are easily distracted by shiny objects too, so this kind of undertaking can go down a done of avenues before getting completed!
One thing that's great about *nix is the string-simpler-components-together approach to everything. It applies from the first time you start learning about it, with pipes in the shell for example, but the idea seems to translate all the way down to sys-admining more low level stuff.
I've always been a fan of Unix and now that I have to run non-trivial setup here in my home business I'm so grateful that Linux exists. I think I'd hate it if I had to IT a bunch of windows boxes for myself.
I know I'm going on a bit of a tangent, but *thanks!* to the entire open source world - it's really quite amazing that people come together like this to create such great software, and it is great too.