New file server


So I set up a completely new Samba server, and made sure there was a little redundancy. The root file system is stored on a 9.1GB UW SCSI drive. I set up a data on a 120GB IDE drive (which was suppose to be a 200GB hard drive, but it got snatched before I could get it). The plan is to mirror both drives. I haven't attached the mirrored OS drive yet.

How can we help?

Here's an interesting rumour for us to consider. First seen on the Yahoo! Financial SCOX forum.

[Microsoft(r) tech support] told me that "in the fall, having the latest WGA will become mandatory and if its not installed, Windows will give a 30 day warning and when the 30 days is up and WGA isn't installed, Windows will stop working, so you might as well install WGA now." -- Ed Bott's Blog

This could be a complete fabrication, a case of broken telephone, FUD, a trial balloon from Redmond or something else. But what if it is close to being true? Any way to confirm or refute this? Anybody know anybody at Microsoft(r) with the ability, the clout and the willingness to get a real answer on this? A written answer, with attribution? Of course, with enough public outcry, Microsoft(r) will simply change their mind on this (if it's a trial balloon) and claim that the speakers were "wrong, misinformed, spoke out of turn," and deny all complicity.

Would you like a Super Computer with that?

Found on the Globe and Mail web site.

The students who use the computer lab at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, N.S., probably aren't aware that at night the lab transforms into the equivalent of a supercomputer.

All day long, St. Francis Xavier University students sit at the lab's rows of PCs to surf the Internet, write papers, arrange dates or listen to podcasts. During the day, the machines run Microsoft's Windows operating system. But at night that all changes. At 11 p.m, the students are gone, the doors are locked and the lights are out. It's time to close Windows until morning.

KWLUG, now World famous!


The KWLUG (that's us!) was featured in the June 2006 issue (LXF80) of Linux Format (UK) as their Overseas LUG of the Month. See p.102-3 when you run right out and buy a copy.

LVM, Logical Volume Migraine

Migraine time. The past 3 days I've been waiting patiently for a system to finish a file system check on a couple of LVM partitions. The story is complicated by the fact that the hard drive in the system was incorrectly ghosted. The drive in question is a 120GB hard drive, but it was ghosted as if it was a 60GB hard drive.

I came into the picture about a year ago when I added the rest of the drive using LVM. Recently that drive started to fill so I added a second drive to the volume group. I got a call a few days ago saying that the drives on the server were no longer writable. I rebooted (mistake) and ever since the drive has been in a recovery shell (not a normal shell). Doing a fsck results in Illegal block #5020 (90367283) in inode 7 (example) and I have to press y to reallocate the blocks. Originally I just took a lead pipe and put it on the 'y' key before doing a fsck -h and seeing that all I had to do was fsck -y to get the same result (the lead pipe hack is cooler though).


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X-servers and improved shells for W*ndows.



Apparently this does not require Cygwin, but provides an X-server for FREE.


This is offtopic, but it is a cmd.exe replacement that supports a tabbed interface (look at version 2.0). Good if you miss "screen" when using Win32, I suppose. (Screen itself is available for Cygwin as an unofficial build, but I have not tried it.)

Available available available

The library is changed. The publication status is still not right, but the available books should be available and the "On Loan" ones loaned.

Next step: get books that are loaned out into the database.

Re: [kwlug disc.] PHP maintaining sessions

Wish it was that easy :). It's commented out and defaulted to 0, so
that's not it. I've run into this problem previously and if I recall it
is some php or apache setting...I just don't recal what it was.

John Van Ostrand wrote:

>Check for a line like the following in /etc/php.ini.
>session.use_only_cookies = 1
>My guess is that you would set this to 0. If you make changes, restart
>(not reload) apache.
>On Thu, 2006-04-13 at 20:59 -0400, Insurance Squared Inc. wrote:
>>I've just migrated to a new server and an upgraded version of php (now
>>on version 5). My server is maintaining sessions if the user has

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