JumpDomain is totally screwing me by not renewing my markpasc.org domain even though I paid them to renew it on the 4th.
People have had to resort to messaging me on Flickr and elsewhere to ask me about stuff. The site is still available at a different name thanks to Cornerhost’s nice every-name-a-subdomain feature, but that doesn’t help anyone searching or, say, sending me email. The earliest disruption was when I tried to reply to my sister-in-law about getting gifts for my nephews (noted earlier) and Comcast rejected my mail; I didn’t realize at the time why but the next day my web site was down too, so it was obvious.
As everyone else on the internet seems to note (I included this, this, and this in my message to Tucows; also this) JumpDomain was highly regarded when they first started, but seem to be not even answering support requests anymore. How Tucows or Enom would let them get away with running a business that irresponsibly is beyond me. (My support request has only been open a few days, but after reading these stories, I gave up and contacted Tucows directly today.)
I have to admit I’m surprised that Tucows would throw a tasting style page up on my domain. Even before I found out they were doing that, I fantasized a couple minutes yesterday I might start my own registrar or reseller; one feature would be a more helpful failwhale style “Technical difficulties!” page warning a customer that a domain had expired, but I wasn’t sure ICANN would allow a registrar to take over an expired domain immediately like that. (I figure this kills your site from search engine listings either way.) It’s sad that it’s possible but Tucows is spamvertising instead. Hopefully they can make up for it by helping me get the name back.
Also not encouraging is that on the Tucows Domain Name Help Center, the “you can go here for assistance” link doesn’t work. Fortunately they have other links that do, such as their “If my provider does not help me, can you assist?” FAQ.
I did contribute to this myself by not realizing I had an old email for my admin address on that domain. I may need to file the Change of Admin Email form with Tucows for them to help me renew/release the domain. Oddly enough this never mattered before in the several years I’ve been renewing this domain, so I never noticed. (Registrar feature #2: better integrated monitoring and updating of contact emails across an account and all its domains.)
My other domains are with WebLaunching.net, though I haven’t had a customer service emergency to test with them either. At least they don’t have the vociferous web hate JumpDomain now has, plain as day on the first page of Google results.
Are your names coming up for renewal? Who’s your registrar? Do you like them?
I only read Activate for the pictures, as they’re so good at picking out the best of Reuters. I caught up from issue 100 (late May), and here are 15 favorites.
I was using
git rebase to merge changesets from one subversion repository onto code from a completely different repository. Figuring out multiple svn-remotes and the attendant issues was fun1, though once I figured out I did want to
rebase, which onto what, how to delete a remote branch, and how to use
rebase --interactive to edit
git svn’s ported commit messages, it worked pretty well. But that’s not important.
During the rebase, I ended up off the branch I was trying to do the merge “in,” where
git branch said I was on
(no branch). However, like everyone else on the internet, I blithely continued past that point. How do I recover from
(no branch) without losing the completed rebase?
mpaschal@mpaschal-mt:~/svn/mt/git$ git branch -a * (no branch) atompub master git-svn github/master trunk
Of the search results I consulted, Mark Guzman best described what happened:
Little did I know that I had entered the “(no branch)” state. At this point I was pretty much gunning to create orphaned blobs, commits and other such items.
(no branch) is when
HEAD is a commit that is no longer one of the leading branch commits (which is what it means to be “on a branch”). If as in this case I want
atompub to match
HEAD, I have to
git merge the outstanding
HEAD commits over to
atompub. That works fine since the new commits are changesets atop
atompub in the first place; it’s as though I’m on a branch of
atompub, only I never explicitly branched, so it doesn’t have a name. Instead I have to refer to it by the commit ID.
As I hadn’t switched back to the real branch yet, I didn’t have to recover my nameless
HEAD commit the way Mark did. Instead I could look directly at the log:
mpaschal@mpaschal-mt:~/svn/mt/git$ git log -1 --pretty=oneline 658b8173ab396c7bb765f990c2bc2fdc7d639c86 Merged all ...
Then switch and merge:
mpaschal@mpaschal-mt:~/svn/mt/git$ git checkout atompub Switched to branch "atompub" mpaschal@mpaschal-mt:~/svn/mt/git$ git merge 658b817 Updating 461f2f7..658b817 Fast forward ...
It’s like magic!2
1 Not actually fun.
2 It’s a long incantation you have to research to discover, and getting it wrong can have disastrous consequences.
I’m always eager to believe people who tell me I’m smart and creative, but is this Psychology Today article1 some cold reading bullshit or what?
Or as put by the author: “Here are the 10 antithetical traits often present in creative people that are integrated with each other in a dialectical tension.”
1 It’s gratifying enough I forgot where I got the link before reading it, yet came to a similar conclusion.
Am I the only person who’s found git 1.6.0 doesn’t work with gitosis 0.2? I found a couple references to this error trying to check out the gitosis-admin project, but no solutions—at least not the one I had to make up.
mpaschal@hostname:~$ git clone git@hostname:gitosis-admin.git
Initialized empty Git repository in /home/mpaschal/gitosis-admin/.git/
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/usr/local/bin/gitosis-serve", line 8, in <module>
load_entry_point('gitosis==0.2', 'console_scripts', 'gitosis-serve')()
itosis-0.2-py2.5.egg/gitosis/app.py", line 24, in run
itosis-0.2-py2.5.egg/gitosis/app.py", line 38, in main
self.handle_args(parser, cfg, options, args)
itosis-0.2-py2.5.egg/gitosis/serve.py", line 192, in handle_args
os.execvp('git-shell', ['git-shell', '-c', newcmd])
File "/usr/local/lib/python2.5/os.py", line 353, in execvp
File "/usr/local/lib/python2.5/os.py", line 389, in _execvpe
OSError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory
fatal: The remote end hung up unexpectedly
gitosis sets up so it runs
git-shell as the
git user’s login command, but git 1.6.0 apparently installs everything in the “gitexecdir,” which by default ends up
/usr/local/libexec/git-core. Which of course is not on the user’s path. Normally that’s fine since you write
git command and
/usr/local/bin/git rewrites that as
/usr/local/bin/git knows exactly where all those are, but that means you can’t yourself run
The gitosis directions I was looking at also suggest making
git user’s shell, which means
.bash_profile isn’t evaluated on login. So I couldn’t just add
PATH (even if I put it in regular
.profile—dunno if I was goofing it up somehow, or if ssh default commands don’t start the shell first, or what).
I gave up and copied
/usr/local/bin, where regular