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bio website valedon.co.uk
location Derbyshire, United Kingdom
age 58
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I've worked in IT for about 30 years (since 1980) starting when I was doing research at university and got the role of Computer Manager in the Physics department. I've been at IT Manager for much of my career, but in recent years have done more software development (SQLserver, VB.Net, ASP, etc) than IT administration. I've also been a Poject Manager (Prince 2) and a software development manager.

Most of my professional work has been with Microsoft operating systems (currently Windows 8 at home) but I've kept up an interest in Linux throughout.

At work, I currently develop web applications using C#, jQuery/javascript and MS SQL.

At home, in additon to several Windows laptops, I currently maintain 2 systems running Linux. Both is running Debian + MythTV; one is used a Personal Video Recorder and general filestore (it has about 5Tb of disks attached). The other just acts as a player and alternaed betweenDeian, for MythTV, and Windows 7, for iPlayer, BlnkBox, etc; it connects only by a WiFi connection which is configure to start before login so it also holds the essential config backup from the main server. Both use HD TVs as monitors. In the past, I've configured my home systems to use soft RAID (md devices) and currently have the PVR system using LVM as it allows partitions to span drives (and is easily reconfigurable).

I'd like to do a bit more with Android as I have a couple of tablets - my phones are a Blackberry and an iPhone! - and also get back to my Astronomy hobby (I haven't had my telescope out for a couple of year!

Married, with several cats, but no kids!


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Feb
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comment Can I create a software RAID 1 with one device
The options to cp handle preserving links (-d), mode, ownership and timestamps (-p), doing it recursively (-R) and staying on one filesystem (-x), but I think you may be right about hard links and extended attributes.
Feb
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revised Can I create a software RAID 1 with one device
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Feb
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answered Can I create a software RAID 1 with one device
Jan
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comment LVM with SSD and SATA hard disks
As far as I know, no. LVM just treats a Volume Group as a contiguous block of space and doesn't care what the underlying physical devices are.
Oct
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comment Why are user IDs recycled?
The default action is to use the next highest number found from reading /etc/passwd. So if you remove the last user added (which will have had the highest number) the next user created will reuse that number.
Oct
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answered LVM with SSD and SATA hard disks
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Sep
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revised Linux software RAID-1 and device name
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Sep
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comment Linux software RAID-1 and device name
@derobert As you say, -e 1.2 is now the default (as is -b internal) so these are probably unnecessary. I've been using software RAID for a few years, but hadn't picked up the recommendation about partition type 0xDA. Thanks.
Sep
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answered Linux software RAID-1 and device name
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Sep
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comment Use command grep and locate
You might want locate my.cnf | xargs grep -H user so that the output lines report which file(s) the match was found in.
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revised What exactly are Linux kernel headers?
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answered What exactly are Linux kernel headers?
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answered How to make changes in nvidia-settings tool persistent
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comment Why does e2fsck fail during boot, but not later?
So you added rootdelay=10 or similar to the kernel parameters?