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Thursday, August 26th, 2004

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8:13a
I am using Unison to keep two filesystems in sync, but as the filesystem grows I'm running into a problem. The Unison server dies with a "too many openfiles" error.

How can I tell if this is a limitation in Unison or the kernel?

If it is the kernel, how I can I increase the size of the open file table? I ran a "make menuconfig" to see if it was an easily configurable kernel option, but there was nothing there that seemed to relate to this issue.
10:25a
PWC Phillips webcam driver no more! :(
http://www.smcc.demon.nl/webcam/

The developer or the pwc kernel driver for Phillips webcams, decided to discontinue support for the module.

His reason is the continual disagreement between him and the kernel maintainers on the binary-only part that PWC has, in order to use the webcam to its full potential.

See, the PCWX has some binary parts, that cannot be opensourced due to Phillips agreement with the developer.

What does this mean to you?

If you have a Quickcam 4000 pro or a Phillips camera, it won't likely work in future Kernel updates for the following reasons:

1) The developer is asking Kernel maintainers to remove pwc drivers from the kernel tree.
2) Even if they are kept, they are no longer maintained so they will eventually break beyond repair.
3) There is not indication right now, of anyone trying to take over pwc drivers.

x-posted in gentoo

Current Mood: sad
10:27a
Worth the upgrade?
For one of the projects I help run we needed some kind of groupware so I decided to go with a 550/128 running SLOX (openexchange) 4. For the most part, I love it - SLOX does just about exactly what I need and the 10+ users on the system are happy with the functionality. Right now users are just using the web client, no third party email/pim clients.

So with 4.1 out and this box is starting to show it's age, is it worth looking at upgrading? I donated everything - the box, software, and my time running it - and would not mind at all "moving forward" to 4.1, I just can't see to find a change log or anything that shows whats upgraded / new

cross posted to suse
1:28p
2:37p
Some processes I'm not sure of
When I issue "netstat -atu", I get two "listeners" that I doubt are needed.
They are:

Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address Foreign Address State
tcp 0 0 *:sunrpc *:* LISTEN
tcp 0 0 *:951 *:* LISTEN
udp 0 0 *:sunrpc *:*

Neither give a PID/program name when I use -p as extra parameter.
Are these a security risk?

"locate sunrpc" refers to /usr/lib/perl5/5.8.4/i686-linux/sunrpc , but I don't really know if it is necessary to have running.
The 951 listener I cannot find somehow.

Can anyone tell me how I can find these processes and how to remove them (if recommended).

Distro == Gentoo 2.6.7

Thanks :)

Current Mood: relaxed
5:31p
amd athlon 64 bit processor
can anybody tell me if it is worth shiftin to a 64 bit processor for a desktop
and which version of linux i will have to get for the new processor....or my old 32 bbit version will work... and if anybody has the 64-bit processor can u tell me abt the issues involved in shifting to 64-bit

Thanks in advance

Current Mood: dirty
5:40p
which driver?
Hi all. I finally managed to get that damn box working...Turned out to be bad installation media. So now I'm stuck with a network card that's not currently working...Does anyone know which
driver I would have to use in 2.6.8.1, which deals with the NForce II chipset? Most notably the ethernet controller? I'm using 2.6.6 here, however can't seem to find an apropriate driver.
Thanks!
6:06p
Can anyone recommend a cheap 802.11b (11Mbit) wireless PCMCIA card that'll work well with Linux? Preferably something I can pick up from CompUSA.

I'm using a 2.6.8.1 kernel on FC2 on my laptop - I understand the kernel only has support for certain wireless card vendors, and I'm figuring that the distribution might not have wide support either?

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