Spring must be here, since I can dry clothes on the Hills Hoist in the back yard now — up to 3 rounds a day, exciting high-tech stuff. I think the sun gets up to about 700w/m2 in between clouds now.
Meanwhile, I have a server to set up which has to live on a dynamic ADSL address since the ISP won’t offer static addresses & changing ISPs right now is a bit of a trauma for several reasons. Later, we might get a second ADSL connection with a different ISP, then give the first line the flick when the second is going steadily.
This situation won’t last forever, but until then I’ll have to have a cron job polling the router to look for a changed address, then go & notify the name servers when that changes.
By using short (5 minute?) timeouts in the DNS records, I should be able to respond reasonably quickly even if a visitor is mid-session when a change happens, & the initial users will be aware that it’s a trial situation so won’t be too fussy.
The script shouldn’t be too difficult, since all it will have to do is a lynx -source & gawk through the results for the IP address, then ssh to a user script which reprocesses the zone file & does an rndc reload on the results.
Will need a fallback process of some sort to detect the address even if the router stops responding as expected. I could do that at the DNS end with a very simple PHP script but would rather something a little more autonomous. Hmmm. It’s more expensive than I prefer, but printf %s $(echo $SSH_CLIENT) should do it.