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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.


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”
Jan
9
awarded  Notable Question
Jan
6
comment Strange screen ghosting issue with GNOME 3.8.4 on Fedora 19
Also, I hate do this, but... tried Fedora 20 and Gnome 3.10?
Jan
6
comment Strange screen ghosting issue with GNOME 3.8.4 on Fedora 19
What video card and driver?
Jan
6
awarded  Guru
Jan
2
comment API with no system calls
@Jay For the purposes of that definition, running code doesn't count as "interacting". I think something like getcpu() is what's meant.
Dec
25
comment Use xargs input in eval command
Everything else aside, is this php script actually. Allen from the web? This seems very risky.
Dec
24
revised What is the default root password for mariadb in Arch Linux?
deleted 27 characters in body; edited tags; edited title
Dec
23
answered Can Firefox browser plugin/addon do bad things to your files?
Dec
23
revised Can Firefox browser plugin/addon do bad things to your files?
edited title
Dec
23
comment How much swap space should I use?
Could you elaborate a little bit about how the answer might change based on different uses of the system?
Dec
18
comment Fedora installer doesn't see my Windows 7 partitions
It's more than a year after this question was asked... if you're still around, could you try it with the current F20 release?
Dec
2
comment Is there any difference between mode value 0777 and 777
Just to be clear -- the value you pass to the chmod command is always interpreted as octal. Using chmod 888 will give an error.
Nov
22
revised last time file opened
add more on ctime.
Nov
13
awarded  Good Answer
Nov
11
awarded  Self-Learner