Packer with base images

…or: How I made Puppetdev. I don’t like making things twice. You could call that „innovative“ or „efficient“. Basically, it’s just laziness. For Puppetdev, which is built using Packer, I needed base images, so I wouldn’t have to cope with ISO urls, kickstart files and such. Luckily, the wonderful guys at boxcutter provide Packer templates Read More

Easy puppet testing with Vagrant

We’re using Puppet to automate many tasks and – together with other components – allow continuous delivery. However, testing puppet manifests, Hiera settings and installing puppet modules can be tedious – especially when you want to test on a clean system each time. Announcing „puppetdev“, a Vagrant box for easily doing those things: Install puppet modules Read More

Building a Zimbra Server Extension using Maven

I’m currently working on a project for a customer involving several parts for Zimbra (well, whaddya know?) – one is a server extension. And I’d like to have the features, Maven brings in my workflow. The problem is, that Zimbra isn’t really made to be used in Maven. The components you need to create server Read More

Announcing SOCKO!

I’m currently working on automating our deployments and specifically automatically generating configuration files for different targets. I tried using Puppet for that (I mean, it’s a configuration management system), but failed, because the kind of configuration files we’re dealing with here is way too complex for it. I was basically searching for a framework, that renders multiple files Read More

Converting nbz to d64 on Mac

The very specific title of this post should lure Mac users here, that have read about the C64 preservation project releasing tons of C64 disk images and downloaded the stuff just to see, that most of the images are in the nbz format, which seems to be a compressed version of the raw conversion format from the old 1541 II-disk Read More

Hello js-zimbra, Goodbye Zimbra!

As I’m currently rewriting most of my scripts here from Python to JavaScript (see this blog post), I also needed a JavaScript-version of the Python zimbra library. So I wrote one. This one is available through npm and, again, simplifies the workflow authenticating and communicating with the Zimbra SOAP Api. The library, however, is no Read More

CLI applications in Javascript

Well, yeah.

I’ve been creating CLI applications (the beardy admin says „scripts“) for a while now in various languages and settled in Python for the last years. Sadly however, in my company there seem to be only so many people, that develop in Python. So I had to leave Python behind and needed something else. Read More

Using a Confluence page as a base page for a user macro

If you’re using Confluence (like I do at work) and have been digging around the user macros feature, this might be something for you. Read More

Using mc-wrapper.sh on a Mac

If you like the nice curses based „Finder“ from the unix world called „Midnight commander“ and would like to use the supplied mc-wrapper.sh-Script, that changes the current working directory to mc’s last selected one, you’re a bit lost on the Mac platform, because it doesn’t work. (I’ve installed mc using the wonderful Homebrew) Why? Interesting you ask. Read More

Logging in Zimbra Extensions

If you’re developing Zimbra extensions and have perhaps read my post about Zimbra Server debugging, you might be wondering about how to use logging in your extension. Read More

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