Monthly Archives: februari 2018

Unlucky Linux boxes trampled by NPM code update, patch zapped

23 februari 2018

NPM – the biz behind the Node.js package management software used to wrangle JavaScript code and various related frameworks – on Thursday undid a code update less than 24 hours after it was issued because the software was messing with Linux file permissions.

The release of npm 5.7.0 on Wednesday – under the company’s pre-release next distribution tag rather than its stable distribution tag – prompted reports of server crashes, application failures, and other undesirable behavior for Linux users.

The issue was not particularly widespread. To be affected, NPM told The Register, users had to download the software using the npm update npm -g command rather than the more common npm install -g npm command.

About 4,000 individuals, or 0.6 per cent of installs, did so during the 21 hours or so that the subpar update was available.

And then those affected had to be running one of several Linux distributions and had to execute the update command with sudo, a significantly smaller subset of the susceptible group.

Nonetheless, a GitHub Issues post highlighting the mayhem made it sound like a disaster.

Developer Jared Tiala kicked the discussion off by noting the issue “seems to have completely broken my filesystem permissions and caused me to have to manually fix the permissions of critical files and folders.”

Tiala pegged the problem to running the sudo command as a non-root user.

NPM via Twitter acknowledged the issue, noting, “We’ve reverted a patch that could cause ownership changes on some system files.”

In its Thursday blog post, the code biz explained, “The original patch was added to increase consistency and reliability of methods npm uses to avoid writing files as root in places it shouldn’t, but the change was applied in places that should have used regular mkdirp. This release reverts that patch.”


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Microsoft’s Windows 10 Workstation adds killer feature: No Candy Crush

15 februari 2018

Readers with good memories may recall that when Windows NT was launched, it came in Workstation and Advanced Server editions, with the former fulfilling most duties of a server. There were no limits on TCP/IP connections, for example. Just as its developer Dave Cutler intended.

When, a little later, Linux vendors packaged their distros into “Workstation” and “Server” editions it was just that: packaging – nothing prevented you turning a Linux Workstation into a Server. That was rather the point of Unix. But when Microsoft realised people were running the $800 cheaper Workstation edition as a departmental server, the beancounters panicked, and Microsoft introduced an artificial technical limitation.

For nostalgia’s sake, the last time Workstation booted it sounded like this. The sound of the future.

Youtube Video

By the end of the 1990s, “Workstation” had become passé, or perhaps Microsoft thought they reminded the market of that useful Unix thing. For whatever reason, the moniker has been completely absent from any Windows SKU since the year 2000.

But not any more. Last year Microsoft announced a high performance “Workstation” edition of Windows 10 aimed, it explained, at “mission critical systems”. It was accidentally unveiled under name “Windows 10 Pro for Advanced PCs” – a more accurate description – before Microsoft marketeers adopted the Workstation name. What does this actually mean?

There’s actually a bunch of high-performance features in this edition, and a couple more have been added overnight via the Insiders preview scheme. Although a leopard doesn’t shed its spots overnight, or even after 18 years. Windows 10 for Workstations will now run on Xeon and Opteron machines with up to four CPUs – somewhat short of the thousands supported by Linux – and up to 6TB of RAM. The high-performance file system ReFS (Resilient file system) from

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Vivat neemt afscheid van mainframe

3 februari 2018

Verzekeringsconcern Vivat uit Amstelveen en Alkmaar migreerde zijn verouderde Unisys-mainframe met hulp van Asysco en TCS naar een Microsoft SQL-omgeving. Doorlooptijd: iets meer dan twaalf maanden. De migratie was nodig om de kosten te drukken en het doorvoeren van it-innovaties te vergemakkelijken. ‘Een bijzonder traject’, vinden betrokkenen. Nauwelijks problemen, nul uitval en geen enkele escalatie die bij de raad van bestuur belandde.

Marcel van de Lustgraaf, managing director it change bij Vivat, wil eerst even terug in de tijd. Die aanloop heeft hij nodig om de context

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