Github

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I trust the team at Anchor more than any other systems administrators I’ve ever worked with” Tom Preston-Werner – Co-founder, GitHub The Company GitHub is all about collaboration, Social Networking meets Source Code Management. Since bursting onto the scene in 2008, they’ve grown to over two million users and hosting over three and a half […]

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Github forks their sysadmins!

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With a proud tear in the eye but a heart full of excitement, Anchor announces a parting of ways with Github as their hosting management provider. Since we first got our hands into their systems about two years ago, Github has grown. A lot. For our sysadmins it’s been a process of gradual but continuous […]

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ERROR: SSH agent has too many keys

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Unfortunately, SSH doesn’t produce this error, although it darn well should… I just had a Github customer report that they couldn’t access their repos via SSH, despite it all working properly yesterday, and “not having changed anything”. A bit of debug logging and an inspired leap of intuition on the part of another sysadmin in […]

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Bringing the Mountain to Mohamed

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I have never in my life been asked, “How do porcupines make love?”. However, I know the answer very well: “very carefully”. In the same vein, when migrating the mass of data that makes up Github, you take your time and you work very, very carefully. Since this sort of migration doesn’t happen every day, […]

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Load balancing at Github: Why ldirectord?

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Some comments on Github’s blog post “How We Made Github Fast” have been asking about why ldirectord was chosen as the load balancer for the new site. Since I made most of the architecture decisions for the Github project, it’s probably easiest if I answer that question directly here, rather than in a comment. Why […]

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GitHub: Speed matters

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Impressions from the first article (in its first day) and the first 24 hours of the GitHub migration, have caused us at Anchor to believe that; GitHub is just as popular as we thought, The migration was worth it, as things are running much faster (just check your twitter feeds, or better yet, check your […]

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GitHub: Designing Success

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At Anchor we do not believe in black box solutions.  Sharing is caring and we like to share. In this post we specifically want to share our triumph with Project StarBug, better known to the wider world as GitHub. For the uninitiated, GitHub is ‘Social Networking meets Source Code management’, or in GitHubs own words […]

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