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broken galleries

bochmann Sunday 08 of February, 2004
Hm, still can't find out why scaled images in the Galleries don't work. All this php madness in the TikiWiki code doesn't make it easier, but it seems as if the view galleries script expects to find pre-generated scaled images in the database which the upload script doesn't create. Can't even seem to find the code where that should be done :(
I also noticed SIGSEVs from the httpd, but it doesn't log what it was working on at the time.

milter-sender

bochmann Sunday 01 of February, 2004
Been running a pre-release beta of MilterSender since saturday. No problems until now (specially compiled a debug version of BerkeleyDB and milter-sender with gdb attached, because I constantly had crashes with the previous release). Nice for the author, but somehow I would have liked to find out what the problem really was in the old version :)
Might as well be a heisenbug (cache), will see with a normal build in the coming week.

virus alert

bochmann Wednesday 28 of January, 2004
as everyone else, I've been wading through mimail.r (or, als ClamAV calls it, Worm.SCO.A) alerts in the logfiles. A few dozen on this box (which is also primary MX for INFRa, and over on 1000 at work (cache).

I only hope that some da someone writes a worm that's comparably effective in spreading through the Windows world and does some real damage to the infected machines. I'm fed up with this virus spreading monoculture, and I'm fed up with wasting time on supporting this crap.

iBook

bochmann Tuesday 27 of January, 2004
Ordered an Apple iBook (cache) today.
My old notebook is a noname Celeron 300 subnotebook (ok, in fact it's a Uniwill 290i2 (cache)), which is really quite nice (no such small Wintel notebooks were built in the last years until Intel came up with the Centrino stuff), but starts to get a little wearisome. Display problems, small broken casing parts, no internal CDROM drive, just one USB port, power management is a pain, be it with Windows 98SE (2K/XP have problems with PCMCIA support on this machine), or with Linux (suspend to disk is possible, but the system is dead slow after resuming). No fun. And the CPU is too slow for DIVX.

So, now, an 12" iBook with everything (Bluetooth, Airport, max. RAM & HDD), and a Keynote (cache) license - but no Apple Care (just too expensive, about 20% of the hardware price). Will need a few weeks to arrive, though.

Other Mac software on my to-buy list is OmniGraffle pro (cache) and Papyrus (cache). I didn't write any major document since my diploma thesis (which was done with Papyrus for OS/2), but I just want to own the software. You never know.

dumb

bochmann Sunday 18 of January, 2004
Great. Just searched for about 4 days why Apache/mod_ssl dumped core on me after recompiling all the stuff with gcc-3.3.2... Until I noticed that I had an error in the Apache configure script command line which resulted in mod_ssl being linked statically into the httpd - and there was also still an old libssl.so in Apache's libexec dir, and I had the corresponding Loadmodule directive in the config.

Seems I shouldn't be surprised that there were problems...

Alex.

flu

bochmann Tuesday 13 of January, 2004
Been quite ill the last couple of days, so not much happening. Headaches killed any motivation. Then started rebuilding some of the software on my system with gcc 3.3.2, adding stuff to my quickinstall docs along the way.

Alex.

not much news

bochmann Tuesday 06 of January, 2004
Ok, so now I wasted about two hours last evening to put my webcomics links into the Tiki directory, don't need to drag around the Opera bookmarks file anymore, in theory at least (I don't quite like the layout of Tiki's directory output, but although it's supposed to be really easy, I haven't found out how to edit the page templates from the Tiki web interface in a useful way yet).

Next I wanted to try was some of the Wiki functionality, perhaps just shove in some documentation about installing Anthony Howe's various milters (cache) for sendmail on my OpenBSD box.

Unfortunately there seems to be some bug in Tiki's Image Gallery code, should have a look at that, too...

(and I really have to change the language preferences in MacOS X, OmniWeb (cache) currently underlines nearly every word I write into this input box - probably doesn't look much like german)

Alex.

Tikiwiki

bochmann Sunday 04 of January, 2004
Originally I just wanted some software to create image galleries for my web server that look a bit nicer than what I used to do with thumbnail_image (cache)... But then setting up a wiki to gather data from my rusty memory and some software to assemble bookmarks from my various browser installations were on my to-do list for quite some time now, and hey, everyone blogs nowadays ("me too", do you notice some theme here?), and so I stumbled over TikiWiki (cache)...

Before I used thttpd (cache) as web server, which is really nice for static content, and while it's possible to compile php (cache) for thttpd, it's not the ideal platform. I tried apache2, but there are some strange problems with php4 and apache2 on OpenBSD, so now I'm back to apache1 (which works with mostly identical config). I didn't take into account the memory requirements of the apache/php combination - with a single user my 96MB RAM system was into swap up to the ears in no time. Oh yes, and I needed to install mysql, too...

As there's not too much to optimize in terms of memory usage for AMP stuff, I assembled all the FPM memory modules I had lying around somewhere and now have enough for about two concurrent users on the Tikiwiki pages...

More later :)

Alex.