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Software engineer at Sun Oracle working on the X Window System for Solaris, OpenSolaris, and Linux. Active member of the X.Org community.


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comment Compilation of gtkdialog with gcc fails on Solaris (cc1: error: invalid option `t')
gcc is seeing the -mt option (enable multithread features for cc) as the two options -m & -t and not knowing what to do with -t, so it's the -mt option you need to replace.
Mar
26
answered Why does showkey show a different keycode compared to xev?
Mar
20
answered Is file /etc/vfstab Solaris specific?
Mar
13
comment Why can't I use renice to increase a process' nice value?
The answer to “why?” is simply most likely to be “because no one needed it enough to write the code to fix it.” When Unix was originally written, tracking who set the priority of a process might have been expensive in terms of memory usage and work to update it, but on modern machines, that's negligible, just leaving lack of motivation for writing the code to track this for sites that want to keep the original policy of “user can't override sysadmin.”
Mar
13
answered What is the difference between X11R7.7 and X Server 1.14.4?
Feb
26
comment Open program in another terminal window windows-solaris
xauth handles your local X11 cookies files - it doesn't use $DISPLAY or connect to a X server, so xauth $DISPLAY is both bad syntax and a bad test case.
Feb
3
answered How difficult will it be to determine, get and apply latest patches to Solaris 8
Jan
28
comment What happened to Primary Administrator profile in Solaris 11?
And for running all commands with full privileges without any discretion in any code path in which RBAC was used, causing unexpected use of root in some cases (like in GNOME with profile aware menu launchers).
Jan
13
comment X client forwarded over SSH “cannot open display: localhost:11.0”
Adding the -v flag to ssh is often helpful in troubleshooting as well.
Dec
20
comment Launch a fake/minimal X session for Pulseaudio/dbus
Xvfb has to do some setup before it is ready to accept X connections, so if the later commands run too soon, you may find they fail to connect to the X server. You may want to look into using xinit to start Xvfb, and put those commands in the .xinitrc so that xinit starts them only once Xvfb is ready for them.
Dec
11
comment How to terminate GUI in SunOS from a shell-script
On Solaris 11 & later, cde-login has been replaced by gdm, so it would be svcadm disable gdm and svcadm enable gdm instead.
Dec
11
comment How to terminate GUI in SunOS from a shell-script
Nope, when Solaris used runlevels (prior to the switch to SMF in Solaris 10), the GUI was started in runlevel 2, as part of the "local system services" -- runlevel 3 was for running servers for other systems to connect to.
Dec
7
comment Will there ever be a Solaris 12?
blogs.oracle.com/markusflierl/entry/… is from the Oracle VP in charge of core Solaris development about the roadmap presentation he gave for Solaris at Oracle OpenWorld a couple months ago. Slides from his talk are at oracleus.activeevents.com/2013/connect/fileDownload/session/…
Nov
28
comment Does Android SDK work in Solaris?
Solaris includes Java out of the box. (They were both Sun products, now both Oracle products.) Python, gcc, & gmake are included in later Solaris releases as well. None of that is specific to the Android SDK.
Nov
17
comment Why does a new directory have a hard link count of 2 before anything is added to it?
Whether links to directories are allowed, and whether you can count subdirs from the link count, are both dependent on which filesystem you're using - some allow, some don't.
Nov
16
answered Configure Solaris to write out a core image of an abnormally terminated telnet and man process
Oct
17
answered Solaris 11 text mode after boot
Sep
12
answered How to compile the C compiler from scratch, then compile Unix/Linux from scratch
Aug
24
revised Issue with path to .so libraries
fix typo in title
Aug
24
suggested suggested edit on Issue with path to .so libraries