The Linux Page

Help other users realize that everything is possible, especially avoiding Windows for their own personal use.

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Fox Trot by Bill Amend. Click to enlarge.
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This site is a collection of my own work with Linux. Certain things are easy, others take time to decipher and if I ever need to repeat the work (which usually happens!), then I need to remember everything by memory or... have a site with all the steps taken and to take again.

The following are my most recent posts:

Today we again ran in an out of memory error. As we are adding more websites our foot print is growing... Our servers use a VPS that has limited resources and whenever the limit is reached, the system automatically kills processes. How the VPS selects the process to kill isn't clear to me, but twice it has been our database manager meaning that all of a sudden all the websites stop working.

So... We got an extra bit of RAM because our package allowed it, but that's still small.

I use all sorts of tricks in order to duplicate functionality without actually duplicating PHP code.

One of the main, easiest way under Unix is to create softlinks. First put all your code in one folder, then create a softlink to it. That gives you two paths:

Today I resolved a problem with setting up a sub-form recordset in a report.

In a form, you can do a lot of things, but reports are very much constrained. Most certainly because that way they are more sure that the data won't change while printing the report. But for sure, it is very annoying.

I got this error first:

"This feature is only available in an ADP"

In itself, that error means totally nothing. I have no clue what an ADP is. The solution to that error is available in Microsoft website here:

Managing your own Drupal Download Site

The other day, I was thinking, it would be nice if I could find the way to manage my own download site so people who use my modules that I do not provide directly on would still show as expected (i.e. Green in the update window).

I found this page about it:

This is done by creating a service in your Drupal environment. You should use the ready made script named:


which you can find in the D6 version of the Drupal project named Project. Being very ...

I created this page to have a place to save my copy of IrfanView.

I have to say that the author has made his download so complicated (at least last time I tried it was deadly complex!) that I have to just keep my own copy somewhere. Maybe it's illegal, but the software is freeware anyway.

You can find the original (and most certainly more advanced version) on his website:

There other tools one can use to work on images as follow:

In my work with MS-Access and QuickBooks, I'm slowly progressing toward incredebilitiousness (some Franglais as we say in French).

I was working on adding Items to the ItemInventory table. All you have to do is an INSERT or an UPDATE.

Using BIND as a Master and a Slave simultaneously

I got BIND on two servers (the named service). Each server is at the same time a master and a slave depending on the domain name. For instance, I host on my server and on my company's server.

Up to here, easy.

The slaves are expected to update themselves whenever the master emits a change in a zone.

Somehow, one of my domain names would not work at all on the slave (company's server). I searched and searched and I just couldn't find out why it was not working. Finally, I tried to search the

My Story

I have had this problem for a while now.

On my server, I run X11 whenever I work with it. Otherwise, I quit X11 since it otherwises uses a lot of resources. This gives my users a much better experience (i.e. better browsing and a lot of it happen at night for me because I live in California and I have loads of hits from France, Algeria, Tunisia, Marocco, etc.)

So... my wife and I both have a Unix account and we both start our own version of X11.

Hers rarely get stuck, mine seems to get stuck once a week or once a month.

Often, it is because after she quits I have to wait for

Whenever you want the end user to edit a table, you create a form that shows a set of cells. These are defined in your form Details area. Up to here, nothing special about that.

The fact is you cannot easilly access rows individually. That is, the TextBox, ComboBox, etc. in each row is considered the same whatever the row. So if you change the background color of a TextBox, all the TextBoxes of that column will be highlighted, not just the current row.

Whenever you open a dialog in MS-Access, you may need/want to get a result.

The MsgBox function is often enough and it can be used as a function. Unfortunately, when it isn't enough and you want to create your own modal dialog, you cannot call a function. The call is DoCmd.OpenForm and that's a sub-routine. No choice.

The idea is simple, we need to open the dialog, let the user interact in some ways, then return the value the user just entered and move on.

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