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Name: Berend de Boer
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I'm a software engineer, currently working for Xplain Hosting, A drupal hosting specialist, as Senior Drupal specialist. I was probably the first person to use Drupal in New Zealand!

I'm also very interested in web applications, for which I mainly use Eiffel. The most interesting class of web applications are business process systems, in which I specialise.

I'm also busy with Eiffel free software projects. I maintain the Cetus Links Eiffel pages.


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Weirdest error today with printing. Upgraded my FreeBSD (source recompiled of 10.2p6), after that wanted to print from my recently upgraded Ubuntu 15.10 desktop. Didn't want to print, got: "Filter failed" in cups jobs screen. First I thought it was due to the FreeBSD upgrade, but after a while I figured out an Ubuntu 12.04 laptop still printed fine, as well as a PC-BSD 10.2 laptop.

Error messages on FreeBSD cups server were not very helpful, with things like:

(/usr/local/libexec/cups/filter/rastertopdf) stopped with status 1.
prnt/hpcups/HPCupsFilter.cpp 530: cupsRasterOpen failed, fd = 0
Anyway, after I discovered it must be my recently upgraded Ubuntu 15.10, and I probably hadn't tried to print after that, tried to remove and reinstall the printer. That didn't help. The final magic was a suggestion:
lpadmin -P HP-LaserJet-cm1415fnw -m raw
After that thinks worked, weird, weird, weird.

Continually see this in svn 1.8.11 server log currently:

Provider encountered an error while streaming a REPORT response.  [500, #0]
A failure occurred while driving the update report editor [500, #103]

Get this when doing a checkout/update. Client says:

svn: E120190: Error retrieving REPORT: An error occurred during authentication

Many reports of same problem over many years over the internet. No solution.

The only thing that works is svn 1.6 client. Go figure.

Setup is apache 2.2 server, wandisco latest 1.8 svn, and svn repository is nfs mounted. But that doesn't matter, even when making the repository local it doesn't work.

Upgraded my Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr to the WanDisco 1.8.11 from 1.8.8, doesn't help.

Another update on the Linux NFS server problems I had: massively high i/o by process jbd2/xvda1-8.

Problems came back. So switched from paravirtualisation to hvm. And initially that appeared to work.

But now, any time we launch another php5-fpm server, immediately jbd2/xvda1-8 jumps to it's max. Tearing my hear out.

5 Jul 2014 (updated 20 Aug 2014 at 23:53 UTC) »

An update on the Linux NFS server problems I had: massively high i/o by process jbd2/xvda1-8.

The initial fix I settled on was perhaps a file system corruption issue. That didn't work actually, even though initially it looked like it did.

Then I thought it maybe a Linux kernel. But even that didn't permanently fix it.

Issue just appeared again: added one more php5-fpm server to the mix, an identical copy of another one, and bang problem came back.

My latest solution: I was using an lvm2 stripe, switched to an md stripe. Seems to work so far.

Update: didn't work, see

26 Jun 2014 (updated 26 Jun 2014 at 23:33 UTC) »

Suffered from very slow scp to a FreeBSD server. rootbsd said the hpn patch should help, but that it was already applied in FreeBSD 10. That was the pointer I needed.

By default FreeBSD has some kind of scp transfer performance improvement patch:

# Disable HPN tuning improvements.
#HPNDisabled no

When I change this to:

HPNDisabled yes

My scp performance jumped from about 300KB/s to 8MB/s in this particular instance. Now applying this to all my FreeBSD boxes, on my local network performance jumped from 58MB/s to 71MB/s.

I think this setting should be disabled!

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