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Work

  • Member of the Scientific Computing group, DESY, Germany
  • Java, databases, unix-y stuff in a large-scale scientific computing facility

Hobby

  • Restoring Germany's oldest radio telescope, the Stockert 25 meter dish
  • Learning radio astronomy and high-frequency electronics
  • Design, construction and operation of the observatory's Linux network and scientific workstations

Jan
8
comment How to automatically start and shut down VirtualBox machines?
Basically, this would work, the appliance can be reached in the entire LAN via its DNS entry. However, suppose I wrote a script that ssh'd into the appliance whenever the host goes down -- it would still have to block (pause) until the guest has shut down completely. This is precisely the point of my question: How can the script know when the guest is down, so that it can yield control flow back to SysV-Init and the host can continue to shut down?
Jan
8
awarded  Critic
Jan
8
awarded  Commentator
Jan
8
comment How to automatically start and shut down VirtualBox machines?
Thanks for your reply, but unfortunately, this does not address my issue: I need to gracefully shut down the guest, i.e. issue a "shutdown -h now" inside the guest and have the host wait until the guest has shut down completely. None of the VBoxManage controlvm subcommands do that.
Jan
8
asked How to automatically start and shut down VirtualBox machines?
Dec
26
comment Impossible to log out from OpenSuSE's KDE menu
Thanks for the suggestion. This did, however, not change the situation.
Dec
25
asked Impossible to log out from OpenSuSE's KDE menu
Dec
23
comment Open GNOME session remotely through SSH
Sorry, didn't see your followup question... If the comparatively small CrunchBang community (which might lead to support problems in the future) is no problem for you, why not? -- The bit about starting the client fullscreen... most probably, but I don't have FreeNX handy right now.
Dec
23
answered Building an offline installer Debian CD
Dec
6
answered Open GNOME session remotely through SSH
Dec
6
answered How to create a bounded queue for shell tasks?
Dec
5
awarded  Scholar
Dec
5
accepted Configuring OpenSuSE's xinetd
Dec
5
answered Is there a backup tool that recognized renamed/moved files/directories?
Dec
3
comment Configuring OpenSuSE's xinetd
I tried to use the port number insted of the service name, but that failed. For the rest, see below :-)
Dec
3
answered Configuring OpenSuSE's xinetd
Dec
3
answered Reduce eclipse tab size with GTK theming
Dec
3
asked Configuring OpenSuSE's xinetd
Aug
30
comment What are your best practices and future plans for deploying unixoid desktops?
Thanks for the hint! As I've asked MaxMackie before, does Puppet provide any sort of "centralized, crowdsourced intelligence" with regard to rewriting rules when switching between major versions of my distribution? E.g., if I know $DISTRO switches from GNOME 2 to 3, will there be a semi-automatic migration path?
Aug
30
comment What are your best practices and future plans for deploying unixoid desktops?
Thanks for the hint, I'll take a look at CFEngine. However, from what I've read about it until now, it seems that it won't save me from rewriting the rules when switching to a new major version of my distro, right?