blogging on SuSE

While working on an AMD Opteron server running SuSE one of the running processes jumped out at me. It’s name was blogd.

For those not familiar with UNIX, a ‘d’ at the end of a process name typically indicates that the process is a daemon or a service. For example, the DHCP server is dhcpd, the HTTP server, Apache, is httpd, the SSH server is sshd, and the cron server is crond. I’m sure you get the idea.

As you can imagine, seeing a blogd process immediately made me think it was a blog server, but couldn’t figure out what a blog server would do. I looked for a man page but failed to find one, so I looked around online and found that blogd is nothing more than a boot logging daemon.

Although the thought of blogging making its way into a Linux distribution is intriguing, I still can’t think of a reason to have a blog server. Maybe it could be an open source TypePad clone. However, if anyone does decide to create something like that, they’ll have to find a different domain for it. is taken.


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  1. Perhaps you could have it post your system logs every couple days for a geek blog.

    Also, you probably want the word “server” after “HTTP.”

    Comment by Cameron on March 8, 2004 @ 3:33 am
  2. Not a bad idea, maybe it could post your uptime too.

    I added the missing server after HTTP.

    Comment by dan on March 8, 2004 @ 9:08 am
  3. I didn’t notice this before, but SuSE even has a binary called blogger (/sbin/blogger). Here’s the blogger man page and a file listing so you can see /sbin/blogger for yourself.

    Comment by dan on September 30, 2004 @ 9:54 am

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