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(Access: NOT LDAP)
(Services: irccat now running on chomsky)
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* <s>/usr/local/bin/scripts/startmotion</s>
* <s>/usr/local/bin/scripts/startmotion</s>
* /home/jonty/irccat/irccat.sh
* <s> /home/jonty/irccat/irccat.sh </s>
* <s>python /usr/local/bin/Lighted/lighted.py</s> not in use
* <s>python /usr/local/bin/Lighted/lighted.py</s> not in use
* <s>/var/www/fcagg/fcagg.sh</s>
* <s>/var/www/fcagg/fcagg.sh</s>

Revision as of 16:04, 15 August 2015

Hackspace Unknown.png
Model Dell PowerEdge 800
Sub-category Systems
Status Good working order
Last updated 17 May 2019 15:26:15
Consumables Unknown
Accessories Unknown
Training requirement Unknown
Training link Unknown
ACnode No
Owner LHS
Origin Unknown
Location Basement, behind the Rack
C. E. Liverati, 1841


The latest kernel (and possibly others) can't mount the root FS - they throw a kernel panic due to some XFS weirdness (the XFS volume was created manually).

Kernel 2.6.32-46 works, but 2.6.32-47 up to 2.6.32-66 don't. Please try a newer kernel if one is installed; otherwise use -46.


Babbage is a general usage server that lives in the space. It has largely been deprecated by services offered through the VM 'chomsky' and is due for full decommissioning soon.


Hackspace members do not automatically receive a Babbage account. To access Babbage, ask for an account on the IRC, and then connect via SSH. This system predates the LDAP infrastructure and will not be upgraded to support it.


Since many hackspace members have root access, and since very little effort (ok, no effort whatsoever) is put into securing Babbage you should assume that the likelyhood of someone breaking into it is quite high. Don't leave any files on there that you don't have a backup of, and don't assume any data on Babbage will remain confidential. Be careful about ssh forwarding and beware of thing like github passwords or passwords to other machines in the hackspace.


  • OS: Ubuntu i686
  • CPU: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 2.53GHz (1 logical core)
  • RAM: 3GB - 2 x 512 MB dimm DDR2 533mhz 1.9ns + 2 x 1Gb, note: all ECC.
  • Disks: 2x500GB, 2x750Gb, all SATA
  • Extras: video digitiser card, extra USB ports.
  • GPU: Intel Corporation E7221 Integrated Graphics Controller


Named after Charles Babbage.

See also: System naming


  • Internal: babbage.lan.london.hackspace.org.uk
  • External: babbage.hack.rs


System logbook


These must be running in sudo screen sessions belonging to root (run from their directories):

Please use screen -S motion, screen -S irccat, etc.

  • /usr/local/bin/scripts/startmotion
  • /home/jonty/irccat/irccat.sh
  • python /usr/local/bin/Lighted/lighted.py not in use
  • /var/www/fcagg/fcagg.sh

These services should be started automatically as daemons:

  • /etc/init.d/ircensus start
  • /etc/init.d/doorbot-listeners start
  • /etc/init.d/xinetd start
  • /etc/init.d/apache2 start
  • /etc/init.d/lighttpd start
  • /etc/init.d/boarded start
  • /etc/init.d/irccat start
  • ssh
  • mosh
  • httpd
  • nginx (for ACNode, etc)

These applications are also used in long-running sessions:

  • irssi


Webcams are controlled by the motion daemon. This can be run from `/usr/local/bin/scripts/startmotion` (preferably in a screen session)


See Babbage/Networking


Add /mnt/drobo to PRUNEPATHS in /etc/updatedb.conf

Set the following in /etc/lighttpd/lighttpd.conf:

server.document-root       = "/home/solexious/coolbot"
server.port                = 8022


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