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bio website geekosaur.dreamwidth.org
location Akron, OH
age 50
visits member for 3 years, 10 months
seen Nov 11 '13 at 18:39

Twitter: geekosaur

(back online although still looking...)

I'm an old-time Unix/Usenet geek; you can get a good idea of my checkered past by searching for my name in Google Groups. (Include the first name, though, or you'll get my cousin Russ (http://www.eyrie.org/~rra)....)

Presently I am unemployed and looking at jobs in the Toronto area. Most recently I was a senior system administrator for Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, a department of the Carnegie Institute of Technology half of CMU. Most of my work is infrastructure — the stuff most people don't notice unless it's broken. My job is to make sure people continue to not notice it.

I have been suffering from gradually worsening sinus problems for the past 10 years, and I was recently diagnosed with dysphoric bipolar syndrome. A fair amount of this journal is about the latter. More recent items are tagged so they can be avoided. I may at some point go back and fix the earlier ones.

In the 90s (that is, before the dysphoric bipolar got bad enough that I had trouble focusing in projects) I was involved with a number of open source projects. I'm starting to find my way back into the open source world now that I'm regaining reliable control of my faculties.


Jun
9
answered Is there a way to push shell config information when SSHing to a host?
Jun
3
answered Returning A List Of Quoted Files Paths Using Find
Jun
3
answered How do I kill a runaway cronjob
May
28
answered Why do kerberos HOWTOs specify to copy keytabs securely to the host? Is networked kadmin not secure?
May
11
comment How to grep ps output with headers
Current process priority, which is based on its past CPU and I/O usage and the user- or system-assigned nice value. Smaller numbers are higher priority. In this case, grep is priority 0 because it was blocked on disk reads and yielded to write its output, and PNetTNetServer.bin is a large number because it consistently uses up its timeslice without blocking. (Scheduling is complex and the details will depend on the exact scheduler being used.)
May
11
answered How to grep ps output with headers
May
6
answered SSH with the -F option returns me usage
May
6
answered SLES 9 KDE - Bash script to delete panel icon from desktop?
Apr
25
answered Is there a flag I can pass to either `df` or `mount` to make them display results for only locally-mounted filesystems?
Apr
20
revised .profile vs. .bash_profile vs. .bashrc
small clarifications
Apr
20
comment .profile vs. .bash_profile vs. .bashrc
Why the votedown? .profile vs .bashrc confusion is one of the most common things I see from even experienced Unix/Linux users.
Apr
20
answered .profile vs. .bash_profile vs. .bashrc
Apr
14
answered Bash script error: ./test: line 5: UID: readonly variable
Apr
5
comment Is sendmail caching DNS or getting it via different method than host/dig/nslookup?
@morgant: If you actually changed DNS servers (their addresses, as opposed to their contents), that information is cached from /etc/resolv.conf by libc the first time the resolver is invoked.
Apr
1
answered List supported terminal types?
Mar
31
comment SSH Fails, /bin/bash: No such file or directory
Well, yes, you need to create a directory for the mount to bind to. It doesn't need to have anything in it (in fact, better if it's empty as anything in it would be inaccessible after the bind mount).
Mar
31
comment SSH Fails, /bin/bash: No such file or directory
Yes. You need the bind mount to get a direct image of it. What's the error with the bind mount?
Mar
31
comment SSH Fails, /bin/bash: No such file or directory
If it's on the same filesystem then you can use cp -lr /usr/bin /home/matt/usr/bin; that also lets you remove anything you don't want to be available.
Mar
31
comment SSH Fails, /bin/bash: No such file or directory
GNU ls wants some setup done by scripts in /etc/profile.d. Some programs may also want to see /usr/share/terminfo/*/*.
Mar
31
comment SSH Fails, /bin/bash: No such file or directory
Bind mounts are essentially free.