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bio website docsalvage.info
location Tallahassee, FL
age 59
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Unix/Linux software developer in dozens of languages since 1981 with 15 years in Oracle database design and administration.

Projects (most recent first)

  • Developing Zim desktop wiki (for notes) to GtkDialog conversion program to allow automatic creation of checklists for installs, etc. from Zim notes pages. Utilizes bash and 600+ line awk program.
  • Conversion from Tomboy/GNote to Zim for all writing.
    • Zim links to execute or edit scripts with Geany
  • Migrating from Ubuntu Linux to Puppy Linux due to dislike of Unity and Gnome3.
  • Save the world (or at least my sanity) by re-electing President Barak Obama and rescuing congress from the fanatics now running it.
    • 2012-11-06 DONE
      project scope change...
      part 2 improved but not completely doable at this time
  • JavaScript/jQuery-based composing and programming environment inspired by Jeremy Ruston's TiddlyWiki.

Nov
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awarded  Notable Question
Nov
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awarded  Yearling
Nov
13
comment How to know where a program is stuck in linux?
NOTE: per man7.org/linux/man-pages/man5/proc.5.html ... "/proc/[pid]/stack (since Linux 2.6.29) This file provides a symbolic trace of the function calls in this process's kernel stack. This file is provided only if the kernel was built with the CONFIG_STACKTRACE configuration option."
Nov
8
accepted Why is variable assignment preceding command ignored?
Nov
6
comment Sometimes the CPU fan does not start
Could this be a hardware issue? When very hot but fan not running, does it start if you slap it? (I'm not kidding!) In my 30 years of experience, fan issues account 90% of all computer hardware problems. They clog with dust easily and the lubrication thickens or dries out so they won't turn. If the fan starts when slapped, step #1 is to clean it. If that doesn't work, either oil the hub or replace it.
Nov
6
awarded  Popular Question
Oct
9
revised Why is variable assignment preceding command ignored?
added solution
Oct
9
revised Why is variable assignment preceding command ignored?
added 82 characters in body
Oct
9
awarded  Custodian
Oct
9
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Why is variable assignment preceding command ignored?
Oct
9
asked Why is variable assignment preceding command ignored?
Oct
8
comment Maintain screen session when executing shell script on boot
Have you patched Bash for the shellshock vulnerability? That patch removes some of bash's ability to execute commands fed to it on stdin as the screen may be doing. Try it with the old, unpatched version of bash that was on your system. That would be the quickest way to rule that out.
Oct
2
answered exit shell script from a subshell
Sep
26
comment What is the severity of the new bash exploit (shellshock)?
How can this vulnerability be exploited against a desktop user?
Sep
8
revised Recovering from 'grub rescue>' crash
docsalvage -> docsalvager
Aug
25
accepted Recovering from 'grub rescue>' crash
Aug
3
revised Recovering from 'grub rescue>' crash
changed "antique" to "classic"
Aug
2
revised Recovering from 'grub rescue>' crash
added BusyBox links, consistent highlighting, wordsmithing, adjusted bullet indenting
Aug
2
asked Recovering from 'grub rescue>' crash
Aug
2
answered Recovering from 'grub rescue>' crash