Anyway, being on-call occasionally requires waking up at any hour of the night to fix something that is broken. Two nights ago something little broke at about 5AM. It was a simple repair but I couldn't go back to sleep. Last night I had trouble falling asleep and this morning had to wake up at 4AM to assist with a software roll-out.
Over the years I have created a list of activities that are verboten on days such as these. This list includes: buying things online; bidding on items in online auctions; signing anything important; investing; handling power tools; motorcycle riding (or bicycle riding for that matter); boating; building bon-fires and working on the household electrical system.
This morning I added another item to my list of verboten activities... updating computer operating systems.
I foolishly thought updating my Debian Linux machine would be a no-brainer... Log on as root and apt-get update and then apt-get upgrade. Several packages did indeed update. Even saw a few comments about a kernel upgrade. No biggie. I just sat back, focusing on my coffee and the software rollout, allowing the upgrade to continue.
Coffee break. I check the upgrade and YEA, it is complete. I then start my backup script; just a mount and then a call to unison. BBBZZZTTTTTT!!!!!!! I see an error...
mount error: cifs filesystem not supported by the system
You see... I have a Verbatim NAS I use as a hot backup for all my PCs. My Linux backup script simply uses mount to connect to the NAS and unison to perform the backup. After the update/install it was just not going to work! I scrambled... My Windows machines could connect to the NAS. My other Linux computers could connect as well. I was pissed. I searched and poked and tried different things for hours.
Then... after several coffee's and a few ef-bombs, something occurred to me... I hadn't rebooted the machine. Shit! I rebooted and SHAZAM, all is good in my Debian Linux world. Nap time... that's allowed.