Linode announce 33% more diskspace for all users

Linode announce 33% more diskspace for all users. This is great news, especially since I am a Linode customer.

Oddly enough I had been considering the purchase of some extra diskspace. Guess I don’t have to consider no more, as I now have 4gb more. All I need to do is to decide a good time to shutdown the host and expand existing volumes as required to make use of the new found free space.

I highly recommend Linode. I’ll be renewing my account once the 12 months expires around the end of September this year. If you’d like to sign up with them, then please by all means use my referal code by clicking here.

httptunnel assistance

Anyone in the wide world web had the pleasure of tinkering with httptunnel? I trying to get htc/hts to work and although I can manage to get it working, the performance is rather slow and it only appears to accept a single connection.

I am trying to get a http proxy to work from an internal network via a httptunnel to say my linode host where another http proxy exists to get the webcontent required.

Anyone managed to play around with something similar and have it work. As I’d certainly appreciate a bit of a head start on any research already done by others.

smtp bounces.. oh my

I can see why folks don’t really run smtp services these days, as the amount of spam is crazy. Once you filter the spam, you then have to contend with all the bounce messages you get from spammers using your email address as a from address.

Our smtp server was running great guns on linode 360 account, and then after a few days I started to get atleast 150+ bounce messages an hour. It was at that moment I decided with the assistance of my wife, that running our own smtp server is just not worth the effort. Infact it’s totally not worth it.

As much as the linode 360 account rocks, I cannot justify having it just for web content. So terminated the service. Moved our weblog over to another location.

Debian 4.0 linode vps server and procmail success with smtp virtual users

After a few days of tinkering, I have finally configured things on the linode vps account so it works and does pretty everything I need.

I am using Debian 4.0. Had thought about using Ubuntu, but decided to stick with Debian as I have used it previously in the same capacity, without it failing me.

On a previous setup where I had smtp virtual accounts in the usual directory structure of;


I was always looking for a way to have a .procmailrc for the smtp virtual accounts, and finally after a bit of research I have managed to put something together that works. I cannot give much technical details apart from the fact I can now have procmail rules for smtp virtual mail users, and also have those users even have a custom .procmailrc file that will be honoured.

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I purchased an account and set about setting it up. So far very impressed, although at this stage I am trying to configure some suitable spam filtering. It would appear some guides/notes I had for amavisd-new is no longer usable. It appears they changed the configuration files quite alot in the latest releases.

Postfix is accepting the messages, then we pass it off to a content filter, in this case its amavisd-new. This processes it via spamassassin and then passing it back to an alternate postfix for final processing. ie. delivery via procmail or bounce etc.

Anyone got some guides on procmail rules so that I can send messages with certain headers to certain Maildir/ folders. ie. spam to Junk

And if anyone has any suitable amavisd-new config files for latest debian, then this would be appreciated too (or even a new guide/howto).

All in all, the service is great.


Anyone out in that wideworldweb currently using a Linode VPS to host a personal domain? I’ve been tempted for a very long time to grab one for our domain here, but my biggest issue is trying to get everything to work well in the memory allocated.

I’d prefer to use Debian, although I don’t mind Ubuntu either, but I am curious to hear from folks who currently have an Linode VPS host who have say postfix configured with some spam filtering etc, along with the usual LAMP setup on the VPS host. Looking for some install notes for setting up a very optimized host to run within the limits, rather then attempt to reinvent the wheel so to speak.

Looking at a Linode 360 account for this task. Any assistance would be appreciated.