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Dec
26
awarded  Notable Question
Nov
5
comment Why does no one use the true Bourne shell as /bin/sh?
The downside is that people write scripts that work on their one system, thinking their script is compatible when it isn't. I once fixed almost a hundred Gentoo shell scripts that actually required bash but called /bin/sh. They all broke when I changed /bin/sh to be dash instead of bash.
Sep
20
comment External Cache not socketed
Pentium 2 and 3 cache was sort of socketed. It was in separate chips that were glued into the back of the slot package.
May
13
awarded  Commentator
May
13
comment What doesn't need defragmentation? Linux or the ext2 ext3 FS?
The other answers are good but leave out one important bit: All of the filesystems: ext2/3/4 and NTFS will fragment files quite a lot when low on disk space. If you want to prevent fragmentation, don't allow your filesystem use to exceed 90%.
Mar
10
awarded  Popular Question
Nov
19
comment What happens if a cron script tries to copy a directory at the same time as another process is writing to it?
You do not need a locking scheme. You need an atomic update scheme. What I did for a similar problem is to copy new files into a tmp subdirectory then move them into place after the copy is complete. If you copy subdirectories then use a directory at the same level. Just make sure it is on the same filesystem.
Nov
18
comment pv for directory copy
@StephaneChazelas: Because a pipe's buffer is only 8KB. A program like rsync might want to use a much larger internal buffer.
Nov
8
awarded  Student
Nov
8
asked How to override the Gnome 3 SSH handler?
Oct
10
comment How can I switch window managers in Gnome 3?
This does not actually work because GDM seems to only detect full desktop environments, not window managers.
Aug
10
awarded  Scholar
Aug
10
accepted How can I switch window managers in Gnome 3?
Aug
8
asked How can I switch window managers in Gnome 3?
Mar
13
comment Writing a Kernel from scratch
A programmer probably has to be a bit crazy to write an operating system at all.
Jan
9
comment Accidently created a file called -X, how can I delete it?
Good answer, but readers should note that -- is only supported by the GNU tools. Don't expect it to work on BSD.
Feb
18
comment Why does Linux scale so well to different hardware platforms?
@Billy: It seems to me that if your kernel can be turned into a micro-kernel just by changing a few options and rebuilding, then it's something other than monolithic even if the most often used binary builds put everything in kernel address space.
Feb
18
awarded  Supporter
Feb
18
comment Why does Linux scale so well to different hardware platforms?
And the small system and huge system definitions keep shifting all the time, so it's good kludges have been avoided. The multicore smart phones can now benefit from all the super-computer work done years ago.
Feb
18
awarded  Autobiographer