Sunday, August 11, 2013

identd

Well, I installed CrunchBang Linux about nine days ago on both my machines and I am still absolutely loving it. Totally awesome.

I had some trouble getting identd (auth) working. Turns out my router was blocking ident requests. It's not that uncommon I guess. I wanted to run an identd so that IRC would not hang for 30 seconds during logon. Plus I'd rather not have the little squiggly thing you get by your name when you don't use identd that pretty much says (I'm too stoopid to know how to setup identd).

So... my wife (being the way cool wife that she is) ok'd an unplanned $60 expenditure for a new Netgear WNR3500Lv2 router. The selling point of this router is that it supports "open" third-party firmware like DD-WRT and Tomato. This firmware completely replaces the stock firmware (sort of like rooting your phone and installing a custom ROM). It's like having a router on freaking steroids. Gives you all sorts of way cool features.

So, after installing a recent build of the Tomato firmware, boom... identd is all working and happy. Yay!

But now I have another problem. All of a sudden DALnet (the IRC network) is complaining about me running an "open proxy". I don't even know what an open proxy is. But I guess it's a big security risk and they don't want insecure machines on their network. So I'm effectively banned from their network until I can figure out what the problem is.

I'm not sure if that's caused by my router or my web server (lighttpd). But it's probably one or the other. I'll have to do more research.