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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:

Somehow, each time I want to know the version of cl1 I just cannot remember the correct name for the macro to use. This is _MSC_VER. This is set to a large number such as 1300. This number represents the compile version. Not the version of the IDE that started later and seems to have been moving slower too. So, at time of writing, the current IDE is version 8.0, but the corresponding compiler is 1400.

Compiler Version IDE Version Year
1100 Visual C++ 5.0 ...
  • 1. In case you did not know, cl is the C/C++ compiler.

After about 2 hours of search, I finally got it. All the docs were telling me do this:

	var f = document.getElementById('myform');
	f.action = url;
	f.submit;
				

And it did not work. I was getting an error. So thinking that this 'action' is an attribute I used f.setAttribute('action', url);. And that worked great with Sea Monkey, FireFox, etc. but one day we tried under Internet Explorer. That one was not working somehow. Reading some notes on the net, indeed, setAttribute('action', url)is no good under Internet Explorer. But f.action = url;generates an error?!

After ...

I have had a BIG problem with compiling zlib. Now I have my own normal configure.ac file, but the most important part of that compile was for me to find out how on Earth can you generate the dynamic library (.dll and .dll.a files) instead of the static library (.a only file)?!

MS-Windows is extremely flexible. So one of the things you can do is delete your Start menu. It's a good way to prevent people from starting the "wrong" software. Now, without that menu and a few icons, what do you do?!

The Start -> Run menu is accessible using a Window key (held down) and the R key (W-R). This will open the Run window in which you can run all sorts of programs. It is a console reduce to its minimum! (Invented by Microsoft, thank you!)

I had Ubuntu 6.04 and there were many errors about Audio drivers and devices not working. I turned it off and that was it at the time.

Now that I have upgraded to Ubuntu 8.04 (avoiding the bug in October Debug in regard to a huge error in generating an SSL key and all of that!), I thought I'd try again.

I use VLC so I tried to run with that. I could see the audio equalizer so I thought that it should be working and we should hear the audio... but nothing at all. And VLC would spit out an error about the pulse audio deamon not working properly:

VLC media player 0.8.6e Janus
[00000354] ...

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I'm a Unix pro, but I still learn things every day! Today, this what I learned: ps -ef will not always show a user name. This is because the field is limited to 8 characters and if the name does not fit, the decimal number of the user is shown instead.

So ps does not show all users... and specifically that applies to hald and dbus-daemon. Beacuse the hald tool uses a small name but has a slightly different full name as haldaemon which is too long (9 characters.) And the dbus daemon tool uses the name dbusmessage (11 characters.)

That's it...

Well... I knew that a firewall could generate a few problems, but this one, I did not expect!

I just could not FTP anything from my FedoraCore box. I checked the source system firewall, tweaked all sorts of options in the vsftpd.conf file to no aval.

The error I was getting was this:

Error about a local certificate?!

The other day, I got a new certificate from godaddy.com. I installed the certificate by replacing the files and simply restarting Apache. I then checked in Sea Monkey and it worked great. Checking the certificate it told me "valid for another 3 years."

A few days later I got an error from eFax saying that our certificate could not be verified. Weird... I tried with wget and got the error! Hmmm... I tried again with SeaMonkey, just fine. Then I tried with FireFox, error too! The error with wget is like this:

ERROR: Certificate verification ...

Copying an entire partition to another when both are not of the exact same size (in blocks) can be tricky, especially if that partition includes special files such as /dev/hda and FIFOs.1

Yet, there are several ways to do so:

cp can be used, but I find it tricky to make sure that it ...

  • 1. Note that was the case especially in the 90's. As of today, things have come a long way and there are command line options one can use with the cp and tar instructions to copy pretty much anything. You will still have problems with some files such as locks, though. But you should not have to copy them!

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