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Wednesday, March 20th, 2002

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9:03a
Window Managers and Desktop Environments
I was curious if anyone had any statistics on what the most popular window managers are. I tend to jump around from KDE, Gnome and WindowMaker. I know some people swear by KDE, others Gnome.

Anyone have any input?
9:18a
5% reserved?
I have a 60gig hard drive in a linux box here formatted EXT3 (RedHat 7.2) and it has 5% of the clusters reserved for the super user. That's HUGE considering it's a 60gig drive.

df tells me:

Filesystem 1k-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/hda3 57147840 5247096 48997800 10% /


So there are (5247096+48997800) / 57147840 clusters unaccounted for. This works out to almost exactly 5%. This seems like a waste on such a big drive. Is there a way to tweak this number after the partition has been created? Or will it require a complete reformat?
9:19a
Okay, last night I was updating my kernel from the 2.2.19 that ships with slack 8.0, to 2.4.18... I got the package untar'd, I compiled it, and went and switched it in /etc/lilo.conf The person who was helping me said to try lilo /boot/linux-2.4.18 (being the new image) and that worked. So I was fairly happy, but when I rebooted I got

Kernel Panic: Unable to open VFS on 08:02, please provide a proper boot = image, Unable to mount VFS on 802 or 08:02.

So now, this being my first update ever, am kind of lost. Someone said that I might not have compiled ext3 support in my kernel or something to due with me not adding support for the File system that I am running. First question? Is that right? I mean WTF! Why would you not make a default setting that would read your own silly fs? That to me, is beyond sense making.

Second Question, if the guy is a doof what else could it be? I havent had much of a chance to play around in the kernel since then, but I am eager to get it resolved so I can once again be a happy linux user, and hopefully now with sound.

As it lays now, I have to boot off my cd-rom and sneak into the computer. I really dont want to have to keep doing this (not that I reboot a lot, but you know)

Also, on a final and other side note has anyone upgraded to the newest Xf86? Is it worth it? How complicated is that jazz? I still havent even got openGL to work on my system yet, but thats on the next to do list will this help me in anyway shape or form in that next task-o-mine?

Current Mood: aggravated
9:28a
dhcp
bah
my lease isn't renewing... or something. i don't know much about what's going on, but i know my connection just went away. it doesn't seem to make any sence, i looked at /var/log/daemon.log but i couldn't make any sence about it. i don't know exactly when it happened.
i'm using pump currently, i haven't stuck it in any script, or init file, and i'm only using it because dhcpclient doesn't work outside of kernel 2.2.20. so... two possible solutions (so that this never happens again) would be to get dhcpclient working for kernel 2.4.18, (and subsequently learn how to make it work for any kernel... or something) or just make pump renew the lease correctly. i don't know why i'm having problmes... i've been up for 9+ days and this hasn't happened. maybe i just shouldn't play with pump... *shrug*
anyone got details?

Current Mood: confused
9:58a
Mandrake 8.2 Problems
I just installed Mandrake Linux 8.2. Everything installed fine, but when I boot up, it will sit for at least 5 or more minutes, saying something about checking dependencies. The hard drive does not access at that time. The other message I get when it first starts is something about /dev/fb0 not found. Any help is appreciated. If it doesn't work out, I think I'll continue my Linux distribution search.
8:57p
suppressing email from cron job
I run a cron job that downloads weather data from NOAA for use in a blackbox program. However, the NOAA servers are often laggy and my connection will time out. This generates an email message in my local inbox (which I never use).

It is annoying to have to go into mail periodically and delete 200 messages. Does anyone know how I can suppress the error email in my cron job?

Current Mood: hopeful

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