I recently bought a couple Western Digital 1.5TB "Green" Drives (WD15EADS) to rebuild my home media storage array with higher-density disks. I already had one Segate 1.5TB drive (ST31500341AS) I was using for a "scratch" drive (rpm mock builds, storing MythTV recordings, secondary backup) that I had problems …read more
Here's the command I found to set the default gnome-terminal height:
gconftool-2 /desktop/gnome/applications/terminal/exec --type string -s 'gnome-terminal --geometry=85x40'
Now when I hit "meta-t" I get the size gnome-terminal that I like.
Oh, to get "meta-t" to work, you might want to set this as well …read more
I'm trying to get an hdhomerun set up and my firewall is getting in the way.After stracing the hdhomerun_config binary and seeing that the discover calls out on the network broadcast (192.168.0.255 here) on port 65001 I did some tcpdumping (also knowing my hdhomerun was at … read more
Lots of stuff have been going on around here. I've been busy with a number of household projects and Jocelyn and Jared continue to grow.Project-wise I've been busy setting up some home-automation. It's mostly focused on Christmas-y things right now, but I'd like to move it past that. I … read more
For awhile now I've noticed that things in my home dir aren't setup optimally for my work flow. I've been trying to run with SELinux enabled and I run into development problems when I try to run web applications out of my home directory. Various parts of my home directory …read more
echo setterm -powersave off -powerdown 0 -blank 0 >> /etc/rc.local
My recent blog post about direction and online updates sparked some interest - and some interesting discussion. Through that discussion, I wanted to post some clarifications and concessions about the original article.Concession: I wasn't correct about my statement that Fedora has a "lack of direction" - it's direction is exactly that … read more
Some of the biggest problems I see in Fedora these days are the following:1. Lack of directionread more
</p> Since Fedora is a distribution for developers by developers in order to test out new technology, the main tree ends up being a hodge-podge of whatever each individual maintainer feels like …
Tonight I was able to get ejabberd up and running on Argo. I had to use the Fedora 7 package for now until I work out co-maintainership on the ejabberd package in EPEL, but it seems to be running fine.
I imported all the "major" domains - nivek.ws, pyxos.net …read more
Argo is now upgraded to CentOS 5.0. There was the usual amount of pain for a server that runs all possible services, but for the most part the upgrade went very well.
So far the only remaining problem is jabberd. I don't have new packages available and the old …read more
- one bug that dramatically makes the … read more
Since yum isn't capable of downgrading the correct package, I decided to try smart.
And after a couple hours (literally) of computing transactions, it worked.
Now, there's definitely some cleanup to do, but it's pretty good. Unfortunately smart isn't available for RHEL 5 yet (I've emailed rpmforge to request it …read more
For awhile now my file server has been running Fedora Core 6. I never have a good time to upgrade it to Fedora 7 because I'm always using it.
In the beginning I had envisioned running multiple VMs on it for compiling packages; it's an x86_64 box, so I would …read more
[silfreed@joshua ~]$ ssh argo Last login: Fri Sep 7 15:09:38 2007 from *joshua.wl.silfreed.net*
[silfreed@argo ~]$ last -ai -n1 silfreed pts/0 Fri Sep 7 15:09 still logged in *2001:4830:164c:30:290:4bff:fe4b:d76f*<
I'm such a dork.read more
You can ignore Facebook's stalking side-nature, but what you can't ignore is that other people own your life.
This is the reason I've resisted Web 2.0 social networking sites for as long as I have; and even though I do use some of them now, I try to use …read more
This is a big step for me. It's the first time I've used a non-custom CMS.
Since I've owned silfreed.net it's always been a custom app. I used jogger (then jolem, then blogstar) to create blog posts through a jabber/XMPP bot. However, this lacked the flexibility to create …read more
Apparently upgrading from CentOS 4.4 to 5 isn't as easy as updating the centos-release package and typing `yum upgrade`. This is unfortunate, as the computers that I have running CentOS are typically the ones I like to have a high uptime, so this means I need to take them …read more
Last night I had a bit of a scare; I was googling around and got an error message in Konqueror that was very odd - something about a "read-only filesystem".`dmesg` confirmed my fears; lots of ext3 errors and DMA errors. Well - nothing left to do here but reboot. Only my … read more
I've previously wrote about setting konsole's tab names dynamically, but there have been some problems with my solution.
- The prompt gets kinda messed up for non-xterms (like when logging in locally
- You have to modify each user's .bashrc file
So I wanted to make sure these changes only got set …read more
I'm thinking I should go register warnr.net and setup a Web 2.0 site for myself that's a mashup of my currently blog using reflective web-2.0-approved colors for logos with reflective article titles. My website could be dougls.warnr.net.The other alternative is to register ougl.as … read more
I was finally able to get all my drives into my file server and get the array fully upgraded. First, the results:read more
# df -h /dev/md0Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on/dev/md0 1.8T 742G 1.1T 41% /mnt/storage# df -H /dev/md0Filesystem Size Used Avail Use …
For a very long time I've had problems that I couldn't get access to files I had just created on a SMBFS/CIFS mount. The problem was clear:read more
[silfreed@joshua test]$ ls -ld .drwxrwxrwx 13 nobody nobody 0 Feb 12 09:17 .[silfreed@joshua test]$ touch junktouch: setting times of …
I agree with most of his comments, even if they are a bit naive. But for the most part he's correct - Gentoo likes to change things far too frequently.
If you take the time to …read more
I tried to setup a separate domain to run ivtv and the mythbackend, but it apparently wasn't meant to be. After trying various incantations of "swiotlb=force" in both dom0 and domU, thing still didn't work. I eventually got the devices passed through (PVR-500 - essentially two PVR-250's on a PCI …read more
I was finally annoyed with having to rename my Konsole sessions every time I ssh'd somewhere, and I finally found a really slick way to do this dynamically. It's only a slight pain of having to put a custom \$PS1 on every user you touch, but this would typically only …read more
Pictures, yeah! I've got four 400G drivfes, a 160G and a 250G drive LVM'd together to make a 400G, and another 400G in an RMA process. Add it together and you have around 2TB of data at home. Not too bad.
I managed to get Xen up and running - Fedora …read more
In the process of moving the data from the old LVM array to the new RAID array, I noticed a lot of "file disappeared" or other bad I/O-type errors. Upon further investigation it looked like one of my 120G drives was dying in the old array.
Eventually the drive …read more
- # cat /proc/mdstatPersonalities : [raid6] [raid5] [raid4]md0 : active raid5 sde1 sdd1 sdc1 sdb1 1562834944 blocks level 5, 64k chunk, algorithm 2 [5/4] [UUUU_] Now to just get … read more
# df -hFilesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on/dev/md0 1.5T 198M 1.5T 1% /mnt/storage
The latest bit of fun is the 40G drive (that was in the computer that went poof and is probably over 5 years old) is now dying/dead.read more
# smartctl -a /dev/hdasmartctl version 5.36 [x86_64-redhat-linux-gnu] Copyright (C) 2002-6 Bruce AllenHome page is http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net/=== START OF INFORMATION …
So apparently my laptop's DVD burner is dead - not the entire DVD drive, just the burning part. That's the first hardware thing that's died in 5 years, so it's not too bad. Hopefully this latest rash of hardware problems doesn't persist too much longer, though.read more
Sorry - guess all the space shuttle stuff is getting to me ;-)
Thanks to a recent deliver of one ATI X300 w/ s-video output, my HTPC seems to be running. I'm currently watching The Polar Express through Xine, but there's a lot of configuring to go.
The display is currently pretty …read more
Well, I made my decision. I'm killing my desktop.
I swapped Thor's Athlon 64 mobo with Manfred's Athlon XP motherboard under the assumption that the 64bit stuff will be put to more use in the PVR. That went fine (Thor was still FC4 - i386 version :-/). The problem came when I …read more
So, I'm trying to figure out what to do about my dead Xbox. Well, not about the dead Xbox, but about not having a PVD. The problem is I don't have the hardware laying around to build a PVD/PVR/DVR. Unless I use something I already have - like my …read more
Well, it still tries to force the bcm43xx driver in place, but at least I can rmmod it and modprobe ndiswrapper without things getting wacky. I'm going to try to get the bcm43xx driver loaded up w/ WPA and see if it works at all... here's crossing my fingers.read more
After a FC4 glibc update a couple weeks ago, I've found that yum updates stopped working. When I went to debug it, I eventually found that the "lesser" programs like ping and ftp worked, while the "higher-level" programs didn't; like curl, wget, ncftp, and yum.
I tracked this problem back …read more
Konqueror's Web Shortcuts are very nice; it's really handy just to be able to do "<alt-f2> gg: stuff n things <enter>" and have konqueror launch from the run menu searching google for stuff n things.
So, I figured I'd add an eBay shortcut - makes sense, right? It's all good, except …read more
I've recently been trying out Kopete, and am very happy with its integration w/ KDE and KAddressBook. However, I've run into a snag.
Actually, it might not really be Kopete's fault, but it is really annoying. The only way to configure socks support for Kopete is to configure it globally …read more
Not sure if you noticed a bunch of websites on Argo being down last night, but they were for awhile. We installed new 80G hard drives in RAID1 configuration that should give us a good bit more reliability (not that we've had problems). They should also be a good deal …read more
Finally got around the login problems I was having trying to automate polling values. Unfortunately I just realized that they don't have transmitted bytes in the RMON page; how disappointing.
Anyway, you can track the work-in-progess of my gathering script in NetMRG's SVN tree. It can login and download the …read more
Which can only mean one thing: [Brady] is having his 2nd annual LANnic!
Instead of the Hard Drive dept this year, it's going to be the rest of the guts to give Thor a (substantial) speed boost, and hopefully make the gigabit switch I bought from Dell worthwhile. The specs …read more
Yep, it really does work. Maybe not quite perfectly, but it's pretty nice that it works at all. Linux (in the past) has lagged behind new technologies, but it seems to be doing a good job at picking up new techs like this pretty quick.
I'm using both the Microsoft …read more
I've been putting a good deal of time into ripping some Star Wars DVDs so I can watch them on my Xbox. Unfortunately, things don't want to cooperate. First I encoded everything into an OGM container using xvid4 and vorbis for the two english tracks (5.1 and directors commentary …read more
Tiff and I went down to visit my Sister over President's Day weekend. It was nice to go down; we haven't been down to see her in Virginia for several months, so I was happy to go see her at her place (as opposed to her coming up here to …read more
XBMC recently added EXIF parsing to their 'my pictures' section, so now your photos are all rotated correctly! Yeah!read more
Actually, this was happening and resolved last weekend (Feb 4th-Feb 7th), but I'm just now getting around to blogging about it (bad Doug!).
Turns out resize2fs (used …read more
Oh; that's probably ™. Crap.
Anyway, the Xbox is up at my house running EvoX and XBMC; and it seems to play my anime very well so far; and they look great! I need to try some higher-quality stuff (I have an HD-version of The Punisher), but so far it's really …read more
Yeah, so I realized that when you upgrade your WAP from 11Mbps to 54Mbps you need to upgrade your ethernet connection, too. So.. we'll just try putting a 10/100 card in the router tonight to see how that goes..read more
Well, things are progressing slowly with the hard drive. Got the first three drives' zcavs done; the one on the 400G is still going. Things are looking pretty good, though.
Things aren't looking quite as good for the WAP54g. The best I can currently get in G-Only mode is 900KB …read more
After upgrading my laptop to FC3, I noticed that my system notifications in KDE no longer worked. After a little googling, I stumbled upong a thread that describes how to fix the KDE KNotify problem. I like having my sounds work!read more
Keeping on top of security updates can be quite the pain sometimes. Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) bugs are probably the worst threat to server admins these days; popular packages that are widely deployed are much easier for script-kiddies to target than people's Bind or Sendmail installs of yesteryear. So this morning …read more
But if you're like me, it probably isn't.
Besides my own computers there are really only two sets of people whose computers I maintain; my parents', and Tiff's parents'.
My parents' computer isn't too bad; typically my mom (Tiff said it doesn't matter if 'mom' is capitolized or not) will …read more
Looks like there's a nifty undocumented feature for gpg-agent that limits your max passphrase cache time to 1 hour, despite what you set the default-cache-ttl to. Luckily, it's just undocumented, not non-existant.
There is also a 'max-cache-ttl' parameter that you can set which defaults to 1 hour. The default-cache-ttl defaults …read more
Somehow, somewhere, Thor's cron jobs for backing up stuff from my big (493G!) disk and for emailing me updates that need applied managed to disappear. Not good, not good.read more
Recently I've been more and more annoyed by the fact that linux doesn't have some sort of auto-network-selection thing. Specifically, what I'd like is some applet to switch between wired and wireless and select the best wireless network (depending on work, home, etc).
So eventually last night I found NetworkManager …read more
Well, Thor is proving to be more stubborn than I thought. Apparently it's unhappy having all its PCI slots plus it's AGP slot used. Something about "IRQs" or something.
So, Thor's going back in the closet. [Brady] might be right about the box though; I'm afraid it might be ending …read more
Well, the closet is done, but not the other stuff.
There was a lot more work involved here than I orignally thought. I had the sheet of plywood to use (and it looks great!), but it didn't quite work the way I had imagined. The original piece that was in …read more
Yes, I think synergy as the word is often overused in marketing-type appliations, but [Daniel] pointed me to Synergy which is an open-source keyboard/mouse/clipboard sharing program.
"Big deal"™ you say? It's not. This gives me the ability to use one keyboard and mouse between my desktop and laptop …read more
For those that bought TopoUSA 4.0 on CD (7 CDs - 1 install and 6 data), there's a fairly easy way to convert them to DVD and have all the regions available to you at all times.
Basically, you need to make a new directory structure with a 'Data' directory …read more
So, I was doing that whole case swapping thing the other day, and all was going well. The desktop was now in the mid-tower case and up and running, when all of a sudden it just shut off. Very odd. My first impression was that the CPU overheated and the …read more
I've been having problems with my router (gunter) for awhile; sometimes named will die, sometimes dhcpd will die. Just 'give up the ghost,' as it where. I've always attributed this to my overclocking the box (it was originally to be an mp3 player). I though it was only overclocked from …read more
Trying to transfer files at [Brady]'s the past couple times has been a pain; I've only been getting half of what I should from 100MBit (\~5MB/s). I surmised that it might be the test 2.6 kernels I was using from the Fedora development tree.
Needless to say …read more
It's updated again. Woo-hoo. Most of the pages are XHTML Transitional (I have some legacy stuff to port), and I have some wierd issue w/ IE6 not showing the date of the articles (but you can select it..). Hopefully it's more accessibly now; I just need to work on the …read more
I'm even writing this blog on my new laptop! You can view pictures of my new laptop, and read how my linux installation has been going (Windows is boring, it just works ;). Things are pretty cozy now, just trying to get some things situated, but I am carrying it around …read more
It's here! I've been taking lots of pics, so I'll try to update the page soon with more details.read more
I finally broke down and spent my Christmas Bonus.
In a previous post, I wrote about this laptop; today I finally ordered it. It's a custom order, and isn't scheduled to ship until January 13th, but I've been reading about other orders that have arrived before their estimated ship date …read more
I've got Fedora Core 1 installed on my IBM T20 now, and it doesn't really seem all that different from RH9. There are some new things that I want to play with; namely the laptop support (supposedly caches i/o things) and ACPI.
The laptop support will be kind-of difficult …read more
Chants and Incantations; that's the best way to run a networkread more
Well, I figured out one reason my radeon 9600 pro doesn't work in linux; the AGP driver doesn't work with the Via KT400 chipset in Redhat 9! Apparently linux kernels < 2.4.21 don't recognize the chipset and won't load the agpgart driver; I'm recompiling 2.4.22 right now …read more
I should know by now that installing a new motherboard isn't gonna be simple.
I picked out the Asus A7V8X (w/ SATA & Firewire) and an AMD Athlon XP 2600+. Seemed like an awesome combo - until I tried to boot. After much unjoy (no POST or screen), I decided to plug …read more
Well, got duo upgraded again. This time to RedHat 9. There were some minor difficulties getting services running again, but overall I think things went pretty well.
AFAIK, the only service currently not running is the MSN Transport for Jabber. I'm not even sure if that affected anyone. [Brady] had …read more
I finally figured out what the problem with my slow booting win2k partition was; it all started after installing SP3. The old drivers for my promise controller were incompatible w/ SP3, and thus unhappy. The old drivers were v 1.60 build 33; to get the new ones to work …read more
for the new duo! I know you all could tell that duo is much faster than he was. I really should have some pics of him, but I don't. You'll just have to take my word that the paint job is awesome and the ultra-bright blue (power) and orange (hd …read more
wow. duo's gonna be even more of a beast than he currently is ;)
We're getting dual p3 450's for him now, as well as the new case and mobo we already have. Of course, I had to buy a new stick of ram since I fried one when I removed …read more
we finally got a new case, motherboard, and a bigger hard drive for duo. The motherboard is an Intel 440GX+; and after a bios update we were even able to install redhat 7.3 (only took 2.5 hrs to get to this point - would hang on aix7xxx previously)!
Now …read more
well, i got redhat 7.3 installed on my box, and am starting to get programs re-installed (like gabber ;). Thankfully my /home directory wasn't wiped. I was able to save all of my /home, which was very good. I did have backups, but they were about a week old. Guess …read more
well, after surveying the damage after the fsck, it looks like my /lib directory is gone. Now, some people might be inclined to say, 'just copy one over from another computer!' But no.. I'm taking the more painful approach of backing everything up (the rest of my drive is fine …read more
man this sucks. kernel says it's mounted root, but it can't find init; i've fsck'd the drive (lots of errors); stat'd the /sbin/init file (returns fine) - but the kernel can't find it. Acts like it's not the correct root partition; but everything seems to be there. I wouldn't mind …read more
I just realized I need to get to work on duo. I need to make jabber site-wide; by this I mean that all the domains hosted here can get 'firstname.lastname@example.org' jabber addresses, which would be really easy to remember. This way, my email and jabber id can be …read more
Kevin (friend @ work) discovered the problem: don't use the '@xxx.net' part of your username. This worked for me; other people can try it out now!read more
I'm running audiogalaxy on linux, and i'm having this problem where the satellite deletes my account.txt file and then tells me my account is invalid! This is very annoying. I know they're providing a free service, but this is quite irritating. I guess I'll write them and see what …read more
wow. i've had an ibm 390e for about a month and a half now, and it rules. I can do all sorts of wireless stuff now that I couldn't before, and it's pretty kewl for portable transport as well.read more
wow. now I need nat on gunter for stuff to get to the outside world. makes sense I guess, but it's a pain.read more
echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_forward to forward ip traffic on a host. very useful when you have another router behind your firewall.read more
iptables are neat. I'm using them to block people trying to do bad things to duo.read more
Found out that usb mass storage in linux needs scsi support. Didn't determine how much - just enabled scsi support, scsi disk support, and generic scsi support. wierd.read more
Kernel Panic! At least, that's what duo did. arrrrgh. definitely need to get some monitoring software on that box.read more
Ooo. Y2k is here.
My computer is getting another upgrade, and the network is being started. Other than that, there is one more download in the Downloads section. Niceread more
Well, again I'm a week behind. I got a K6-2 400 last week. It is sweet. $46 dollars or so @ a computer show. The heat sink I bought is monsterous. I also got a 48x CD-ROM drive. Can we tell I'm on a budget? Check out the updated rigs page …read more
The beast has finally been built. I thought it would be easy, but noooooo. Win95 has to be a pain in the ass. Oh well. It's up and running now, OC'd to 300 (100x3) instead of 266 (66X4). Sweet. Now to reinstall apps...
Oh yeah-check out the details on my …read more