If you're moving a server between networks, then it sounds like a really good reason to NOT use a static IP address. After all, there's no need for it with Squeezeboxes and their server discovery ability. And ultimately what use is it anyway when you can neither dictate nor predict what the address will be?
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2012-05-03, 14:51 #11
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2012-05-03, 15:24 #12
So tell me, absent:
- access to the router
- access to the dhcp server
- a broken lms that won't start
- no monitor or keyboard on the server
- only an iPad with a ssh terminal app to remotely access the server
..how would you go about logging in and fixing things? Don't you think having a static address for the server might be an advantage here? Maybe save you a little time??? (Note to self: google "iPad network scan apps".) Also, consider this: this server is running other services for which there is no discovery mechanism. Again, don't you think a static address would be helpful? I mean, we are talking about subnets here with *maybe* max 5 or 6 devices on them.
2012-05-03, 15:40 #13
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..how would you go about logging in and fixing things? Don't you think having a static address for the server might be an advantage here? Maybe save you a little time??? (Note to self: google "iPad network scan apps".) Also, consider this: this server is running other services for which there is no discovery mechanism. Again, don't you think a static address would be helpful?
2012-05-03, 19:53 #14
2012-05-04, 16:17 #15
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- Paris, France
Audio cues are fun an can work, too.
On a headless server I have used the Espeak TTS program to speak computer status around important boot phases.
I also re-hooked the "ACPI button" (aka Power button) to get live status information when the button is pressed. (I failed at attempts to use a keypad hooked to LIRC, which would have provided for more buttons/codes. Perhaps I did not try hard enough.)
For simple messages, plugging a pair of headphones + launching a TTS can replace the screen.
(on a Mac, you can get an impression very easily by using "say" in the Terminal, like "say my address is now 192.168.1.222". Espeak is not as good a TTS, I believe. But you'll get the general idea.)
EDIT: I also played with installing a full "for the blind" UI (don't remember the debian package's name), but it didn't fit the need. It is just too complex for a casual user (keyboard shortcuts, a lot of situational information -eg cursor position, possible actions) and speaks (very) fast rather than well. (again on the mac/ithing trying out a UI for the visually impaired is just a few clicks away.)
EDIT2: I wrote a message about this already, look here for the message. Download here the espeak vocal status example mirroring the screenshot in the message (mp3 file; the silly german accent was my choice...)
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