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(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.


May
13
comment Adding “--” to a command within xinit?
xinit's first parameter (and the first parameter after --) must be full pathnames; otherwise the default xinitrc/xserverrc respectively will be used and all the parameters will be passed on as parameters to it. I would also exec /usr/bin/xfreerdp ...` there.
May
4
comment Forward DHCP assignment to my ISP rather than have router's DHCP server assign IPs
This probably belongs on Super User.
Apr
27
comment postfix - verify identity/email of a sender
They do it in some cases; they can't do it in the general case. They require that you list valid sender addresses beforehand, and they do vet for some obvious spoofs, but they can't verify in general that you listed accounts that belong to you.
Apr
25
comment Double NS record “redirect”
Per RFC 1035, the NS RR points to an authoritative name server; being authoritative, it is not expected to have NS RRs that point anywhere else.
Apr
22
comment what is SSH, how to learn it's syntax and
What research have you done, aside from asking here?
Apr
22
comment need to my server's ip changes when it needs to connect port 'x' on ip 'y'
Just cutting and pasting your question back in when it's rejected doesn't accomplish anything but annoying people. Figure out why it was rejected and fix it.
Apr
15
comment conflict in debian packages
That's... a problem. I think you need to do this in steps: dist-upgrade to lenny (or oldstable) by replacing the word stable in your sources.list, then from there to stable by changing it back.
Apr
15
comment conflict in debian packages
I tried to comment on the apt-get -f install but hit the comment edit timeout; it's telling you to run that for a reason.
Apr
15
comment conflict in debian packages
apt-get update; apt-get dist-upgrade will probably do it, if it can be fixed at all. (It may ask you to run apt-get with another option to try to fix any dependencies broken by the use of the wrong sources.)
Apr
11
comment Stop LXDE from automatically starting in ubuntu
Sorry, wrong service; you really need to combine our answers. Fixing...
Apr
10
comment Logging in as root
The other issue you're not considering, by the way, is the amount of damage your server could be used to cause to others (which could well come back to haunt you in the form of legal liability or datacenter charges, among other ways; consider in particular your data center's terms of service). It's much lower if root isn't involved.
Apr
10
comment Logging in as root
It's been known to happen; even if you trust your code, there could always be an undiscovered bug in the JRE. Or in the system's standard libraries, upon which the JRE depends. Or even in the kernel (there have been some fun ones in Linux).
Apr
10
comment How to I retain text case while using %h in mt-daapd's config file?
symbolhound.com may work better for symbol searches, but no, shells don't typically expand such escapes except within their own scripts (not random configuration files for other programs); and %h in the shell would look for a job name starting with h, not a hostname.
Apr
10
comment How to I retain text case while using %h in mt-daapd's config file?
In what config file for what program? There are no standards for such escape sequences; it's up to the program that processes it.
Apr
10
comment Fastest way to chown a whole device (xfs)
On a single filesystem, the speedup will be less than you think; potentially it could be slower because of contention between the multiple threads of execution accessing the same filesystem.
Apr
10
comment Fastest way to chown a whole device (xfs)
In theory you could abuse xfs_metadump and xfs_db to get something slightly faster; in practice it's not worth the effort or the potential failure modes.
Apr
10
comment what charset should be on Ubuntu server?
What I quoted is sensible programming practice: if you need a particular environment, make sure you have it. "It's not good to have UTF8" sounds like the "I don't want to think, so I'll do the fast and maybe almost right sometimes" take on it, which I see a lot. Fact is, UTF8 is especially important on servers because the more people you have using something, the more you have the potential for them to not speak exactly the same language/character set.
Apr
10
comment what charset should be on Ubuntu server?
I suspect this is a misunderstanding of "scripts should force the locale behavior they require instead of relying on the user's locale to be what they expect".
Apr
9
comment How \Deleted flag can be unset for all mails in cyrus-imapd mailbox?
Unfortunately, as presently designed the protocol doesn't really support multifolder operations (note how the notion of current folder is built into the protocol, and how hierarchy is kinda hacked in with various special flags in LIST etc.). IMAP is overdue for a redesign for better multifolder support, but various proposed extensions for it have languished.
Apr
9
comment How \Deleted flag can be unset for all mails in cyrus-imapd mailbox?
Not with the standard IMAP protocol; you need to SELECT each folder individually.