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SLES 15, missing zypper creds – again

Ran into this again – zyoper losing credentials – and something breaks in the Python dependencies.

/usr/sbin/registercloudguest –force-new

Traceback (most recent call last):
   File “/usr/sbin/registercloudguest”, line 42, in <module>
     import cloudregister.registerutils as utils
   File “/usr/lib/python3.6/site-packages/cloudregister/”, line 32, in <module>
     from lxml import etree
ImportError: /usr/lib64/python3.6/site-packages/lxml/ undefined symbol: PyFPE_jbuf

Fix is to download the “old” Python library (here for this specific example) – and wedge it in. Then do the usual zypper up.

rpm –force –nodeps libpython3_6m1_0-3.6.10-lp152.3.7.x86_64.rpm

Optimal sizing in Azure

More a personal note. Regular website sizing (normal traffic, fronted with CloudFlare and Azure) compared with active use (voting/ballots and interaction).

The website is all WordPress on LAMP – so RAM and disk writes are key for the voting.

Normal use: B2ms – 2 vCPU, 8GB RAM

Surge use: E16s_v3 – 16 vCPU, 128GB RAM

Planning around this – and it’s a few extra dollars per month.

COVID week 42 – Dec 28 – Jan 3

New Year and weekend – entering the New Year with some hope that the multiple vaccines will slow and eventually eradicate the pandemic. All signs from the US are that distribution is being botched.

Weekend numbers from The Seattle Times – cases have decreased (yay!) and deaths seem to have peaked. Hospital beds are >85% utilised which is a big concern.

Thursday – looking back at the first year of Coronavirus: 83M reported, positive cases, 1.8M deaths. That curve isn’t slowing down. Data from JHU


US data shows a more pronounced jump since November. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year…


Wednesday – vaccination is slow in the US.

Tuesday – When the history of Covid and 2020-202? is written, there will be a lot said about how the US responded. Reading today that 40M+ Americans are behind in mortgage, car and credit card payments. Those payments all become due in mid 2021.

Monday – Already writing about 2021 – soon this will be a full year of working from home, school from home. The disruption to normal life has been immense. The loss of life, livelihoods and the elimination of societal norms will be here for a long time. UK, US and around the globe new cases are reaching new peaks. 41,385 new positive cases in the UK, NHS warns of collapse.

The Guardian The Seattle Times
28 Dec here here
29 Dec here here
30 Dec here here
31 Dec here here
1 Jan here here
2 Jan here here
3 Jan here here

COVID week 41 of lockdown – Dec 21 – Dec 27

Christmas and Weekend – The UK mutation is everywhere; reported by the UK because of good virus genomics teams. Some delays in reporting new numbers because of Christmas and the weekend – but Washington State continues to look bleak. Graphics from The Seattle Times.

Thursday – Call for whole of England to move into Tier 4 immediately. Almost 40k daily cases in the UK. Lots of breaking the travel ban happening.

Wednesday – 1M vaccines given in US so far.

Tuesday – UK positive cases up by 18k!


Monday – slight dip in WA case numbers – which is encouraging. Massive spikes in the UK. More vaccines arriving.

The Guardian The Seattle Times
21 Dec here here
22 Dec here here
23 Dec here here
24 Dec here here
25 Dec here
26 Dec here here
27 Dec here here