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I've been using Linux and Unix professionally since 1995, mostly in Linux-related sysadmin/systems architect jobs supporting academia. I generally know my stuff, but am very happy to learn something new and to be corrected when I'm wrong. Currently, I am the Fedora Project Leader.


May
2
comment last time file opened
@jw013 This has been the case since the 2.6.30 kernel. It's true that some older distributions may not have this behavior. (But for distributions like Fedora, it was true even back when I wrote the original version of this answer three years ago.) Look for an updated mount manpage.
May
2
revised last time file opened
this behavior actually changed somewhere in the 2.6 kernel -- updated to modern info
May
1
awarded  Notable Question
Apr
20
revised Why doesn't colordiff work with stdin?
Remember, this isn't a forum; edits should fix the quesiton, not leave a trail of discussion.
Apr
7
answered What is the symbol *.* called?
Mar
29
comment Getting more output from NetCat
If you have an answer for your own question, please put it as an answer rather than an edit to the question. That will help future visitors with the same issue. Thank you.
Mar
29
revised Getting more output from NetCat
rolled back to a previous revision
Mar
20
comment Ubuntu is running slow
This is probably a symptom, not an answer.
Mar
14
awarded  Nice Question
Feb
20
comment Mail command to send attachements
@MohsenPahlevanzadeh The point of this site is to provide immediately-helpful answers that people can use. If you feel like the question itself doesn't show enough research, feel free to comment and vote it down. However, if the question is basically reasonable, answers should include enough self-contained information to be immediately helpful. This one isn't. Apparently a *eml file is a non-standard format for saving messages produced by microsoft outlook or exchange; if you think that's the best way to solve this problem please connect a few more of the dots. Thank you.
Feb
15
comment How to replace sysvinit with systemd in debian?
It seems like a valuable comment about how Debian (or any other distro) will go about integrating systemd overall, but I don't think it really answers the particular question, which is clearly about how an individual might switch to it on their own system.
Feb
13
comment Can logging be enabled in FirewallD
@rickhg12hs The + operator was dropped from Google's search syntax in 2011. Sometime in between then and now, it seems to have been made to return Google+ results.
Jan
22
comment Looking at logs from bottom upwards
@OlegTikhonov Sure. ? is used to search backwards in the file.
Jan
20
awarded  Nice Question
Jan
16
comment I can't use the command ftp
I'm a little tempted to reopen this, because the issue isn't really with FTP per se. It's that the system is very messed up. You should have at least a centos repository enabled. No wonder yum can't find anything -- all it has are the postgresql repo and this cactus thing.
Jan
16
comment I can't use the command ftp
What is your Linux distribution? If it is RHEL, CentOS, or Fedora, there should be an "ftp" RPM with a ftp command. It's not necessarily the most user-friendly choice, but it's there. Something else is wrong on your system.
Jan
15
comment Rebuilding RPM results in “invalid numeric value”
@peterph Yeah, your comment came in while I was writing. :) Hopefully people find it helpful to have the error message broken down like this.
Jan
15
comment Rebuilding RPM results in “invalid numeric value”
@terdon It's a little weird. (Because, historical.) The actual patch to apply is given earlier in the file (in the section where you list package source files, basically), and then the number in the patch macro (here, 119) is used to find the right one.
Jan
15
comment Rebuilding RPM results in “invalid numeric value”
@terdon Nothing is in .history_syslog. That's the argument to -b, and will be used as the extension for backed-up versions of patched files. It's not relevant to the error.
Jan
15
answered Rebuilding RPM results in “invalid numeric value”