Fabric is a system administration tool used to run commands on remote machines over SSH. You program it using python. In 2018, Fabric 2 came out. In a lot of ways it’s better, but it’s incompatible, and removes some features I really need. I talked to the Fabric dev (bitprophet) and he seemed on board with keeping a Fabric 1 package around (and maybe renaming the current package to Fabric 2).
Here’s an arch package: https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/fabric1/
Currently Fabric 1 runs only on Python2. But there was a project to port it to Python 3 (confusingly named fabric3), which is currently attempting to merge into mainline fabric. Once that’s done, I’m hoping to see a ‘fabric1’ and ‘fabric2’ package in all the main distros.
I did a survey of the cost of buying hard drives (of all sorts), CDs, DVDs, Blue-rays, and tape media (for tape drives).
Here are the 2020-01 results: https://za3k.com/archive/storage-2020-01.sc.txt
Changes this year
- I excluded Seagate drives (except where they’re the only drives in class)
- Amazon’s search got much worse, and they started having listings for refurbished drives
- Corrected paper archival density, added photographic film
- Added SSDs (both 2.5″ and M.2 formats)
- Prices did not go up or down significantly in the last 6 months.
Some conclusions that are useful to know
- The cheapest option is tape media, but tape reader/writers for LTO 6, 7, and 8 are very expensive.
- The second-cheapest option is to buy external hard drives, and then open the cases and take out the hard drives. This gives you reliable drives with no warrantee.
- Blu-ray and DVD are more expensive than buying hard drives