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Back in '77 I worked with Steve Bourne on /bin/sh (little known fact: like awk, sh was named for its inventors, 'S' for Steve and 'H' for Humbert) and was responsible for the 'done' keyword. Following that I alternately pursued computer programming, field anthropology, and general philology; I currently work for an organization that has no name in the field of complex system obfuscation.

Sep
21
comment Upstart reload does not work
I just nominated it for reopen and asked that a moderator weigh in on it. Given I was the one that suggested you not-cross post and said this was a reasonable place for your question, I'm sorry that it got closed without my notice. Please do add the information I requested above to the text of your question; there's very little to go on as it stands.
Sep
19
comment How is sudo set to not change $HOME in Ubuntu and how to disable this behavior?
thanks for the links; interesting to know
Sep
19
comment How is sudo set to not change $HOME in Ubuntu and how to disable this behavior?
You answered part of your own question in a comment on my answer, but I thought I'd put the link unix.stackexchange.com/questions/38175/… here. I think your claim in Q3 is because some people set their profile and rc files to act the same regardless of whether they are in a login shell or not. I think it wildly unlikely that sudo behaves differently between Debian and Ubuntu.
Sep
19
comment rsync is very slow (factor 8 to 10) compared to cp on copying files from nfs-share to local dir
You may call me an empiricist, but when your expectations and reality disagree, it is usually not reality which is mistaken. There are a dozen reasons why you could be incurring this penalty; even interleaving reads and writes on a SAN can have dramatic performance hits depending on fine details of the software.
Sep
19
comment Is it possible to use a VMWare VDI as a proxy for SSH?
I strongly suggest you ask this question of your information security officer at SecretCorp rather than here. Even if technically possible, even if as fundamentally as secure as the indirect method they have you use, any deviation from policy may be viewed (properly or not) as a violation and could have legal ramifications beyond merely getting fired. I'm not saying this is Right or Good, but it does happen, 'specially when us Unix freaks do something that isn't in the Windows manual.
Sep
19
answered rsync is very slow (factor 8 to 10) compared to cp on copying files from nfs-share to local dir
Sep
19
answered How is sudo set to not change $HOME in Ubuntu and how to disable this behavior?
Sep
19
comment How to undelete just deleted directory with “rm -R” command?
The ISP support rep could be lying or simply ill-informed. Or, it might just be the BOFH: "There, you've got plenty of space now"
Sep
18
comment What exactly is an environment variable?
+1 it is probably worth noting that some members of the exec(3) family (i.e. those not matching exec*v) pass **environ under the covers.
Sep
18
comment What exactly is an environment variable?
@SamuelEdwinWard the reason that your SOME_NAME=value command behaves contrary to your expectation is that it is a special syntax meaning "add SOME_NAME to the environment passed to command but do not otherwise alter this shell's variables".
Sep
18
comment What exactly is an environment variable?
To be more precise, environment variables are not inherited but rather explicitly passed from a shell to programs it spawns.
Sep
18
comment How to undelete just deleted directory with “rm -R” command?
"Is there any way to undelete files easly?" No.
Sep
18
comment change of Unix default directory structure
Why? If you are looking to create an "embedded system" look for that. Otherwise, you are looking at a world of fiddly bits which will take a long time to get right to little effect.
Sep
18
comment bash: export: `--wait': not a valid identifier
I'd look for lines containing --wait in ~/.gitshrc because you've probably have an error in your configuration.
Sep
18
comment Cleanest way to use a smartphone as a conventional linux workstation
If you are doing this as a hobbyist adventure, rock on. If you are looking for the functions and much less hassle, find a cast-off notebook pc and pretend it is just a very big phone.
Sep
18
comment OSX: dd quits after a few minutes
If a drive is making "funny noises" it's probably already dead. I assume that you are just trying to confirm this fact. I'd caution you slightly against playing with broken drives as they can cause excess power draw which can damage upstream components like your drive controller which may be much harder to replace.
Sep
18
reviewed Approve suggested edit on how to assign values of the column for given conditional statements
Sep
18
comment Capturing image from webcam
+1 mplayer is a bit low-level for the simple snapshot the OP wants.
Sep
18
comment How to run a command ( ifup eth0 ) 10 seconds AFTER the desktop loads?
+1 thanks for bringing CentOS specific instruction
Sep
18
revised Why isn't the first executable in my $PATH being used?
removed apparent contradiction from title