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bio website kent-fredric.fox.geek.nz
location New Zealand
age 29
visits member for 5 years, 4 months
seen May 25 at 20:56
I telecommute. I'm also hopeless at talking about myself. So, get to know me if you want to know.
I have a habit of repeatedly editing my post to try make it clearer, err corrections, and be more informative.
Also, I might just start "upgrading" code I see using old Perl styles. You'll probably thank me because it appears to get you more votes.

Dec
9
comment Non-ECC memory with ZFS: a stupid idea?
Some companies have servers which they turn off when they go home at the end of the day!. I wouldn't do that on my home network, but some companies don't really seem to care /that/ much about availability of in-house resources.
Dec
9
comment Non-ECC memory with ZFS: a stupid idea?
I think if he removed the context about his mini-tower rig which might be a bit of an insane build in production, the question as to wether or not to use ECC memory for a ZFS install is really the important part.
Dec
9
comment Rsync like windows backup tool
@Halfgaar , see my answer about cygwin/rsync, cygwin is not the problem, deltacopy is :D
Dec
9
comment Rsync like windows backup tool
Cygwin itself is not vulnerable to the junction problem, just the very old copy bundled with deltacopy.
Feb
12
comment how to redirect a.com to www.a.com?
IMO, it should be www.a.com -> a.com , www is redundant, its already the web.
Aug
26
comment How do I programmatically test if it's possible to connect to the X server specified in $DISPLAY
git.overlays.gentoo.org/gitweb/?p=proj/…
Aug
26
comment How do I programmatically test if it's possible to connect to the X server specified in $DISPLAY
Although I ended up using it in a more complex way, xset appears to be more likely installed than xdpyinfo.
Aug
26
comment How do I programmatically test if it's possible to connect to the X server specified in $DISPLAY
That is pretty awesomely handy, just unfortunately, my constraints are somewhat tighter. Truth to be told, I'm writing an ebuild(gentoo), so I have to virtually do /everything/ in shell, and assume that apps will be there before hand and I cant just add binary blobs ahead of time to 3rd party apps :)
Aug
26
comment How do I programmatically test if it's possible to connect to the X server specified in $DISPLAY
the '1' there is stderr redirect for bash ;) , not a xdpyinfo param :)
Aug
26
comment How do I programmatically test if it's possible to connect to the X server specified in $DISPLAY
xclock -geometry 1x1 is about the best I can do to eliminate visual intrusion :/, but it also allocates a task-space on the task bar :(
Aug
26
comment How do I programmatically test if it's possible to connect to the X server specified in $DISPLAY
Yeah, that is the first thing I considered, but I wanted something that didn't visually create a window :/. I even considered doing xclock& and then killing it.
Jul
14
comment What is the problem with using Fedora for servers?
It doesn't matter about the individual software, what matters is how quickly $OS can package the fix and get it to you, and if nobody using that software on your platform, the liklihood of getting the fix is less. This is more so for weird stuff desktops never use like network block devices etc. Also, apache on fedora != apache on ubuntu, they both have vendor specific patch sets, and even have different directory layouts!
Jul
14
comment Is there a point in using Prelink anymore?
Possibly, enabling linker optimization ( -Wl,-O1 ) ¸and the new changes in gnu-hash allocation is more akin to what OSX has moved to, which is possibly a more effective choice.
Jul
14
comment Is there a point in using Prelink anymore?
It doesn't really... its still something you have to install and configure, I say this because I am using gentoo. And you cant exactly "turn off" prelink, you can only stop running prelink, or go and unprelink your whole system. Also, for some reason unbeknownst to me, paludis has issues with prelinked binaries, and without an undo-prelink hook ( unsupported ) it leaves binaries behind, yielding cruft. Recently I discovered a few KDE apps that were left behind because of fact before I installed the hook, and they were in the path before the newer ones in a different location, causing seg's
Jul
12
comment Is there a point in using Prelink anymore?
I tried preload, I just found it made startup times slower while it sat there chewing both cores doing the readahead thing. And it also for some reason I cant make out caused X to die during boot. Also, if you don't reboot often, preload stops being useful at all.
Jul
12
comment Is there a point in using Prelink anymore?
er, its not really defaultable, its a package you have to install, and if its not installed you don't get prelinked stuff. If its installed, it tends to create a cron script, which is off by default, which you have to manually enable.
May
29
comment ping alternative for tcp?
also, theres a GTK variant of MTR for anyone interested
May
29
comment Howdo I tell which kernel modules are required?
Seeing I can't tag stuff on this site yet, please add a "gentoo" tag, otherwise you'll keep getting debian answers.
May
8
comment What is the best modular customizable linux distro?
Not true. Gnome-light only contains the Desktop Environment, window mangleageger and maybe Natuilus.
May
2
comment A better “top” command for Mac OS X?
<3 htop. +1 added for this reason. Message extended because of the stupid character requirement.