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Sunday, 04 June 2006

How to handle dhcp3-client upgrades?

As #368922 highlights, when you upgrade dhcp3-client, the version that was started whenever the interface(s) were ifuped remains running. So upgrading the package won't necessarily do anything for you in the immediate term.

I guess the best way to proceed will be to parse /etc/network/interfaces and ask the user if the postinst should bounce the interfaces that are found to be running DHCP.

It's a little fraught with danger, so I'm going to think about it more before I do anything.

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2099 miles later...

The problem with going away on these lengthy trips, is I never end up blogging about it while I'm there, so I have to write a behemoth post when I get back, and try to remember everything. Oh well...

Aggregator summary

Photos are here. Had a great time seeing more of the country. Seattle was nice, albeit a bit wet. Portland was also nice. We've now covered the whole West Coast.

States we've visited as of June 2006

Mountain View to Ukiah

Despite the generally pessimistic views of my co-workers, we made excellent time through San Francisco. We left home shortly after 6pm on Friday night, and had crossed the Golden Gate in a little over an hour. The worst traffic was just out of home on the 101, where there'd been an accident in the opposite direction, and everyone was slowing down to rubberneck.

We got to Ukiah by about 10pm from memory, and stayed in a nice motel there.

Ukiah to Jebediah Smith State Park

The next day, we backtracked slightly, and took the CA-253, followed by the CA-128 to get onto the CA-1 and follow the coast for a while, before rejoining the US-101 (aka as the CA-271 at that point). Slightly before that, we made a brief deviation at Leggett, to drive through the, well, drive-through Redwood tree.

We alternated between the US-101 and the CA-254 (aka as The Avenue of The Giants) and then eventually wound up at Jebediah Smith State Park.

We had spectacular scenery of both the coast and redwoods galore. Coming from bushfire-riddled Canberra, I'm rather amazed the whole thing hasn't gone up in smoke at some time before now, given the age of some of the trees.

Camping in Jebediah Smith State Park

This was our first "camp-out" in the United States. Prior to getting there, I was a little apprehensive about being killed in our sleep by marauding bears, given that we had to keep our food in a bear-proof locker. My fears were quickly allayed, however, once I saw the campsite. It was huge, and fairly densely populated. I figured there was safety in numbers. Each campsite had the aforementioned bear-proof food locker, a fire-pit, ample space to pitch a tent (I mean for most Americans, camping involves a honking great big RV, so our little three or four man dome tent wasn't an issue), space to park the car, and a fixed picnic table. Each campsite was surrounded by enormous redwoods on three sides, so there a little bit of privacy from your neighbours. It was a pretty darn nice little campsite in my humble opinion.

Unfortunately the weather wasn't so crash hot. It drizzled on and off the whole time. We managed to pitch the tent without getting terribly wet, though. The trees also kept out a surprising amount of sunlight, especially given the overcast conditions. We slept until 9am. No bears were to be seen, but people clanking around with their bear-proof lockers and the rubbish bins at all hours made for a broken night's sleep.

Jebediah Smith State Park to Portland (well technically Tigard)

So the next day (Sunday) we continued along the US-199, over the Oregon border, and connected with the I-5. It was a lovely drive through more redwoods, with winding roads up and down and around mountains. We got to the motel in Tigard at around 4pm I think.

We caught up with Steve and Patty Langesek for sushi, and they took us into Portland after dinner to show us around a little bit, and also showed us Powell's City of Books, a gigantic book store that took up an entire city block (and that's excluding the technical book section, which is in its own building, and was unfortunately closed). The particularly cool thing about this bookstore was that it had second-hand and new books alongside each other, so if you were looking for stuff by a particular author, you had a wider selection of books than you'd get at your run-of-the-mill bookstore with only new books.

Portland seemed like a nice enough city. In particular, it seemed to have lots of new looking high-density apartment buildings in the area around Powell's.

Portland to Kirkland

The next morning, we continued to Kirkland. Portland looked a bit grubbier by day (a lot of the bridges had paint peeling off them, and it generally looked like it could do with a lick of paint). We remained on the I-5, and arrived in Kirkland at around 2pm.

In and around Seattle

After unpacking at the corporate apartment, we headed in to Seattle to make the most of the remainder of the day. We decided on a one-hour cruise around Puget Sound. The narration was pretty lame (a lot of "I guess...") but it was nice to see the city from the water. Clearly, it's a big harbour town, as you can see from the photos.

As I was there for work, the remainder of my sight-seeing was constrained until the evenings. Fortunately, it didn't get dark until 9pm, so we had a good few hours to squeeze a few things in. That said, traffic from Kirkland to Seattle was fairly consistently dreadful, so we spent a bit of time lamenting how the commuter lanes were restricted to cars with three occupants instead of the usual two that California's ones were.

In the evenings, we had dinner in the revolving restaurant in the Seattle Space Needle, which was nice, but not cheap, visited the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, and did Bill Speidel's Underground Tour. I think the underground tour was the highlight, and certainly the cheapest. At $11 a person, for 1.5 hours, it was great. The tour guides were entertaining, and getting to run around underground was cool. It's interesting to see how many of America's cities have burned to the ground at some point in their past and been rebuilt. In Seattle's case, they decided they'd raise the whole place to deal with the fact that they built it on mudflats in the first place. (This image illustrates it nicely). All the sidewalks are hollow as a result.

I didn't mind Seattle, but I didn't like the freeways between Kirkland and Seattle all that much. They seemed to really get congested in the evenings. The weather was variable. It rained on and off, which I'm told Seattle is famous for. It was also very very green, obviously due to all that rain, but that was nice compared to around Mountain View, which is a lot browner (particularly at this time of year) by comparison.

The Google Kirkland office was really nice and Googley, and it was great to catch up with the others in my department in the flesh.

Home again, home again, jiggety jig...

With less time up our sleeves to get home, we didn't muck around taking in the scenery (except for the 2.5 hour deviation to check out Mount Saint Helens (which was a bit disappointing in my opinion)), so we headed out at about 7am on Saturday morning, arriving at Redding, CA at 8pm, taking the I-5 all the way. Three states in 13 hours. The drive went well and was uneventful.

Today, we drove the remainder of the distance in about 4 hours. The car did very well, averaging 46 miles per gallon for the trip. Arrived safe and sound, no speeding tickets, no accidents.

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