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bio website valedon.co.uk
location Derbyshire, United Kingdom
age 59
visits member for 2 years
seen Jul 2 at 8:57

I've worked in IT for about 30 years (since 1980) starting when I was doing research at university and got the role of Computer Manager in the Physics department. I've been at IT Manager for much of my career, but in recent years have done more software development (SQLserver, VB.Net, ASP, etc) than IT administration. I've also been a Poject Manager (Prince 2) and a software development manager.

Most of my professional work has been with Microsoft operating systems (currently Windows 8 at home) but I've kept up an interest in Linux throughout.

At work, I currently develop web applications using C#, jQuery/javascript and MS SQL.

At home, in additon to several Windows laptops, I currently maintain 2 systems running Linux. Both is running Debian + MythTV; one is used a Personal Video Recorder and general filestore (it has about 5Tb of disks attached). The other just acts as a player and alternaed betweenDeian, for MythTV, and Windows 7, for iPlayer, BlnkBox, etc; it connects only by a WiFi connection which is configure to start before login so it also holds the essential config backup from the main server. Both use HD TVs as monitors. In the past, I've configured my home systems to use soft RAID (md devices) and currently have the PVR system using LVM as it allows partitions to span drives (and is easily reconfigurable).

I'd like to do a bit more with Android as I have a couple of tablets - my phones are a Blackberry and an iPhone! - and also get back to my Astronomy hobby (I haven't had my telescope out for a couple of year!

Married, with several cats, but no kids!


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accepted How do I remove a locked Logical Volume ([pvmove0]) left over after a disk error?
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comment How do I start a second shell when in single user mode?
Just thought I'd report that I just spent over a week with a system in single user mode repairing a RAID array and openvt proved to be very useful. Thanks for bringing a new command to my notice.
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asked How do I remove a locked Logical Volume ([pvmove0]) left over after a disk error?
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comment How do I start a second shell when in single user mode?
This actually seems much easier that getty. I never realised it was already installed.
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comment How do I start a second shell when in single user mode?
Tried it. It works, but since the login session isn't spawned from init, it doesn't get re-spawned if it dies.
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comment How do I start a second shell when in single user mode?
The 'overkill' reference was more with regard to the windowing/split-screen capabilities of programs like tmux. After experimenting, I suspect that screen is probably more stable that getty in the single user environment.
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comment How do I start a second shell when in single user mode?
This looks like what I'm looking for. I'll give it a try next time.
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comment How do I start a second shell when in single user mode?
As Cristian says, I'd already considered screen and felt other multiplexers were even more overkill. All I need is a simple second console.
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comment How do I start a second shell when in single user mode?
The point is that I don't want to suspend or interfere with the process running on the initial console. For example, when running ddrescue I don't want to keep interrupting and resuming it even though it's set up to do this..
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comment How to find the reason for a weekly downtime on an Ubuntu web server hosted by AWS?
Obviously, my thought is that if the server doesn't seem to be indicating a failure it's likely to be external, i.e. maintenance on the hosting systems or external routers. Does it only affect the web server (port 80) or are other services unavailable, e.g. SSH (22), etc. Does the server continue to respond to ICMP pings?