Archives September 2004

Impressive how much faster it goes when you have a working shell (Command history and emerge flags are the source of all good for tonight...)

Now that I have a bash prompt again (see here for that), have seen a huge improvement in my working speed on the Cinemon demo (I'd only managed 8 hours or so on it in almost two days without a prompt, I've typed in the same dratted string hundreds of times because KDE doesn't remember ...

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Oh, I know it's serious (But egads, isn't this just calling out for a joke...)

CBC is reporting that the Canadian Union of Public Employees (i.e. our government employees' union) is discussing plans to try to unionise sex-trade workers. Yes, it's a serious issue, but unionising prostitutes as "Public Employees", doesn't that just scream "don't take me seriously"?

Lost the keyboard for a few minutes a while back, was able ...

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The minds on the other side (Little article about the new hybrid SUV)

There's an article in the Christian Science Monitor (no, not one of my normal news-sources, it was picked up by Wired) reviewing the new SUV Hybrid from Ford.

I'm a little fascinated (repelled?) by the "me" focus. Even the "why you're doing it" is basically "so you can feel smug", rather than any real desire ...

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My empire expands (Tendrils sneaking into projects throughout the universe...)

Every once in a while someone contacts me to let me know they're using my projects in their projects. Now, I know there are lots of people using some of the projects (e.g. PyOpenGL), but I never really hear from them. I check the download stats on most of my projects, so I have a ...

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Oh I'm randomly rebuilding I am (Randomly rebuilding, I am, I am, I got married to the OS next door...)

Finally gave in and did the emerge -e bash... and I'm pretty sure it's not going to work, as it says nothing about replacing the broken gpgme package. Oh well, at least it keeps the computer busy while I work.

Maybe I should create a new category for "whining about Linux".

That said, I seem ...

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Day closes, computer compiles, I wait (Well, not really, working while it compiles...)

Been exploring the (largely undocumented) wonders of twisted.manhole (i.e. the twisted interface to a Python shell for debugging that I want to use during the Cinemon demo). I seem to have the server running fine, but I've run into a rather annoying little block; Gentoo doesn't install a telnet client by default, and the windows ...

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Still trying to get it rebuilt (Looks like it was gpgme getting messed up that caused the problem...)

Apparently it is considered very bad form to use -U with emerge, as apparently -U can wind up upgrading things but then not downgrading dependencies that will cause conflicts. Of course, nothing I can find says how to fix the problem once it happens. I haven't done a full-world rebuild because I'm hoping that re-emerging ...

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The reason it's compiling so slowly... (Hung bash instances are taking 100% of the processing time)

Turns out every hung bash instance is taking around 13 to 17% of total processing power, with at least one required for the shell running emerge. Still recompiling KDE, down to the last significant package. Oh, and by the way, all of this has not fixed the key-handling problems. Sigh.

On a much happier note, ...

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What is the measure of a man? (Pondering while the unit-tests run...)

When I was a kid I read some novel or other that suggested that the best measure of a man is who would mourn him on his death. There were other measures proposed in various texts, such as what he contributed to society, but the one that stuck with me was the length of time ...

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Linux is pretty useless when you can only issue one command in a shell (Re-emerging bash does nothing useful)

Can't find any error reports about this situation, wouldn't even know to whom to turn for advice, as I have no idea whether it's a Gentoo problem, a problem with bash, a problem with my configuration, or what. Just in case anyone stumbles across this blog posting, I'll outline the problem, assuming I fix it ...

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