Archive for March, 2010

HOWTO: Monitor a FastCGI server using monit


Something strange has been happening to my Catalyst applications – they’ve been running fine (more than fine, actually), but every 7 days or so, the FastCGI server seems to lock up. I’m not sure where the failure is ATM, but the apps need to be available all of the time, so they need monitoring and restarting if there’s an error. I’m already using monit to keep an eye on the system and other running processes, so here’s how I’ve got it checking the FastCGI servers as well. (I could write a Perl script using the FCGI::Client module to do checking, but then I’d have to write a monitor to make sure the monitor was still running :D) (more…)

Busy, busy, busy


Just a quick update for now – I’ve managed to book myself up quite fully. (more…)

One week on – Catalyst still going strong


Last Friday, I took my first Catalyst application live. It was a particularly tense time – this was a live, public facing release of a completely new server stack. The short version: Catalyst rocks! (more…)

Chainsaws and scalpels


I work in Perl – a lot. As a result, I’ve got used to working in Perl, and have maybe grown a little too reliant on it, and some of the features it provides… (more…)

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