[theforum] [Sysadmin] evolt dns: bad mx

Dean Mah dean.mah at gmail.com
Thu Sep 1 14:53:12 CDT 2016

(I'm copying this to theforum. The future of evolt.org, in theory, is
for the community to decide.)

On Thu, Sep 1, 2016 at 12:46 PM, William Anderson <neuro at well.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Sep 1, 2016 at 6:56 PM, Dean Mah <dean.mah at gmail.com> wrote:
> > What are you asking? Nobody can be arsed about what? I've been supporting
> > the running of css-d since it migrated. I clear the mailman queues. I was
> > going to do a Mailman upgrade but our python version is old so I need to
> > upgrade that as well.
> I meant us generally, not you; I know you do a lot when shit breaks.
> > The reason that it should be shuttered is because the relevance of
> evolt.org
> > is passed. No one uses it anymore. I see my monthly donation going into a
> > black hole.
> Has it passed?  Just because the list has gone quiet doesn't mean it's
> irrelevant.

I think that the lists have gone quiet for quite a long time now. Even css-d
doesn't get nearly the same amount of traffic that it used to.

> In fact, when the css-d list broke down recently, Eric was looking for
> > other hosting options. Maybe we just get him to follow through with that
> > and completely close it instead of migrating anything.
> If evolt the community can't/won't support a migration, I'll pay for it
> myself.

I don't think that's an issue. I think we can support a migration. The real
is below:

> I've lit up two instances on Digital Ocean.  One is for mail and DNS
> (it's in New York), one is for DNS only (it's in Singapore).  They
> won't cost more than $10/mo in total, $15-25 if we decide we need more
> RAM for the mail one.

We're paying too much for what we need or are using at the moment. We have
limited ability to keep the server up to date. The last OS upgrade was quite
a while ago and felt painful.

I think we can run more lean and efficient, either by the suggestion
above or finding a dedicated listserv host whose job it is to keep
the mail server up to date, deal with the spam, the inadvertent DDOS'ing,
the sender verification, etc.

> The DNS only one is good to go with the current
> evolt.org zone file.  If whoever manages the DNS can modify our glue
> records to add the hostname and IP, that would be awesome, as it would
> mean if bind falls over again on tron, we don't lose mail and the
> like.
> ns0.evolt.org
> We can then think about migrating mailman.  I'm unconvinced evolt (in
> list form) needs to die at this point.
> -n

I think that DNS was John's domain, sort to speak. However, his email
address was bouncing last time I sent anything to him.


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