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What happened!?

Well, a lot, or not so much, depends how you take it :)

To summarise some random chosen facts:

  • Still at the same project at work (started to stink months ago). Will it end someday? Soon we hope, but given the external dependencies and all the people required to be coordinated seems very hard.

  • But still having a job, so the bank is happy I'm paying the mortgage every month. Me too :)

  • Finally had my vacation, delayed twice in 2010, and with extra days as compensation for this!

  • But also were doing extra hours (worked some Saturdays and holidays...)

  • Which, fortunately, were paid accordingly

  • Just to discover how the taxes on my payroll were also incremented to leave me with only the half of the extra euros :-P


  • Christmas were not as good as other years, maybe because I got some kind of flu for the end of year. Not good for enjoying the meal or any other thing in fact. Sucks a bit to fall ill when on vacation again.

  • Visited León over a weekend, and having a good time with Alf and his soon to be future wife. They're getting married after 10 years together, so I wonder they were not sure or just utterly lazy ;-)

  • Finally searching solutions for renewing our bathrooms at home. That's going to be a hard (and expensive) task!


  • Yes, new Debian stable, codenamed Squeeze, is still not released... I guess no surprise here. Since some time ago I'm following the mailing list and now I realize how hard is making everybody to converge on releasing, specially when free software is such a moving target and everybody wants the latest and greatest always.

  • Claws packages will be there at the 3.7.6 version, which is fairly good so far. Anyway now that backports is part of the official infrastructure it's very likely the current version will be backported as soon as Squeeze is out and their backports suite activated.

  • Sylpheed continues its road to 3.1.0, which will have an updated Spanish translation. It was a long time since I did it last time :)

  • An itch has been scratched and the Address Keeper plugin is now a reality. This feature for Claws Mail has been around my mind since probably since I started to use it and was named diferently. It was the only feature I missed from the Pegasus Mail on Win32, which had it and had saved myself from typing addresses twice forever.

Syndicated 2011-01-28 16:14:00 from Ricardo Mones

Transpirating Java

One of the joys of my current job is that we're so much people that not all people can be working at the main building. The luckiest ones are, of course, though luck is heavily influenced by your role, of course ;-) The less lucky are even off the site, but still in a real building. Then come the unfortunates which work in at the site but inside a kind of barrack, like me. Despite having air conditioning systems (which we cannot regulate!) you can imagine that a metallic barrack is not the best place to stay after several hours of sun heating.

These days we're perspiring every line of code we write...

Syndicated 2010-08-26 07:05:08 from Ricardo Mones

Total time: 5 minutes 48 seconds

This is how long takes a deploy at localhost... when your work's laptop is a underpowered five year's old technology. That's probably not even true, as the time of marketing is usually way in the future from the time the technology does exist and is usable.

Obviously it's not all hardware's fault, the enterprise mandated heap of crap^W^W^Wstandard operating environment which runs on top of it does it's job by eating around a third of the 2 GB of total memory. Put a local Oracle and a couple of JVMs (eclipse and the application server) and you'll soon be swapping to disk.

I'm pretty tired of all this currently. I my last week vacation was canceled because of the project I had been unassigned from (and now reassigned again), and I really needed it. At least September will be better.

Syndicated 2010-08-04 08:36:57 from Ricardo Mones

Clawsker 0.7.1

Finally, only three months lather than announced, it has seen the light :-).

Unfortunately I've received no new translations, so it's even a more poor release than expected. Anyway, long life to release early, release often!

Syndicated 2010-05-14 17:06:45 from Ricardo Mones

running out of ids

Yep, our current client is pretty sure they're gonna run out of identifiers on the database tables (they're NUMBER(32,0) columns). Now we have to change the database design to have tables with composed primary keys, which will unnecesarily make the queries more complicated, instead our simple autonumeric key.

So what do they process? Not much in fact, around 500 requests per day. Oohh! Let's say 1000, to make you happy. Let's say also detail tables will grow even faster: 1000 lines per request (it's unrealistic, but WTF)... so you have now a million of ids used per day.

Well, sounds a lot... but don't be shy: suppose you have enough cores to process it, the bandwidth of several telcos and exabytes of database to waste, the crisis is over and you're the only vendor in the galaxy, so let's say you use 100 billion of ids per day (or 10^11).

That's really a lot! isn't it? Our little NUMBER(32,0) can hold up to 10^32 values, so at that
surrealistic rate you would exhaust it in 10^32 / 10^11 = 10^21 days, or divided by 365 and rounding 2.74 x 10^18 years, or, dividing again, approximately 210,000,000 times the estimated age of the known universe.

Yes, we're running out of ids... and surrounded by monkeys.

Syndicated 2010-05-04 14:34:22 from Ricardo Mones

dudesconf is over

Well, all good things come to an end, like the song says, so it does DudesConf. We had a very good time here, all the people was having fun and enjoying Debian and the great hospitality of the GPUL people, which make us feel like at home, like the previous times. Superb organization, I hope we can repeat the experience the next year.

I've also been able to put myself online again, so expect me fighting again ;-)

Syndicated 2010-04-11 13:58:15 from Ricardo Mones


Long time has passed since last post here. Real life in general and my paid job in particular has kept me too busy to leave room for anything else. Now seems things will be better: new project and new bosses (I'm in Ariba team again), though company is the same, so lets see how much it lasts.

Regarding free software there's not much to say, my online life never was so low and I've even lost some sponsored packages in Debian because my lack of activity. There's several hundreds of unread mails pending and things to be done are still to be done. Nevertheless, I'm now at DudesConf enjoying a nice sunny weekend at A Coruña, the talks of my Debian fellows and trying to put myself up to date. For now, I've been able to fix the German manual of Claws Mail so the hydra is able to build packages again.

And now it's breakfast time ;-)

Syndicated 2010-04-10 07:48:39 from Ricardo Mones

xauth magic

While trying to launch claws-mail in my remote ssh-forwarded display I got an:
X11 connection rejected because of wrong authentication error message.
I realized then that while DISPLAY was configured correctly to point localhost:10.0 I was using another user in the screen session, not the one used to ssh in. After some googling for the message seems the usual culprits for this were low disc space (!) and disabled X11 forwarding, which were not my case. There were mentions to ~/.Xauthority permissions, but you don't have such file when you su to another user. So xauth came to my rescue: on the user which logs in you can list authorizations:

$ xauth list
busgosu/unix:0  MIT-MAGIC-COOKIE-1  
localhost.localdomain/unix:0  MIT-MAGIC-COOKIE-1  
busgosu/unix:10  MIT-MAGIC-COOKIE-1  

And in the user you su-ed to, and which doesn't have the file:
$ xauth
xauth:  creating new authority file /home/otheruser/.Xauthority
Using authority file /home/otheruser/.Xauthority
xauth> add busgosu/unix:10  MIT-MAGIC-COOKIE-1  
xauth> exit
Writing authority file /home/otheruser/.Xauthority

And you're done, with the same authorization now X11 forwarding works for the other user too :-).

Syndicated 2009-12-28 11:14:45 from Ricardo Mones

Defense of fundamental rights on the Internet

I was going to copy it, but lazy as I am, I think is more interesting to link it, as I'm not the original author and I don't have more much to add, so this is the link to Ana's blog entry «En defensa de los derechos fundamentales en Internet» (in Spanish), hey Ana! ;-)

English readers: if you want to know what this Ana's post is about, read this.

Syndicated 2009-12-20 19:28:56 from Ricardo Mones

Migrating disk

I had in LJ the final story of the failed disk, so, having woken up in the mood of bloggin', it saves me a precious time :-). Lots of console output and boring stuff, you know, but here it goes:

The failing setup were two discs I synced manually from time to time, their partition table:

Disk /dev/sda: 200.0 GB, 200049647616 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 24321 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x0003b1cf

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *           1         122      979933+  83  Linux
/dev/sda2             123         365     1951897+  82  Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda3             366        1581     9767520   83  Linux
/dev/sda4            1582       24321   182659050    5  Extended
/dev/sda5            1582        2189     4883728+  83  Linux
/dev/sda6            2190        2554     2931831   83  Linux
/dev/sda7            2555        2676      979933+  83  Linux
/dev/sda8            2677       24321   173863431   83  Linux

And mount points:
/dev/sda1               918322    445462    423864  52% /
/dev/sda3              9614148   5303228   3822544  59% /usr
/dev/sda5              4806904   3629392    933328  80% /var
/dev/sda6              2885780   1107812   1748652  39% /opt
/dev/sda7               918322      8256    861070   1% /tmp
/dev/sda8            171134396 135680768  35453628  80% /home

This setup, appart of the manual sync, had some issues to be addressed:

  • Because of packaging activities /var was always nearly full, so it had to be increased

  • Because of doubling the memory some months ago, there was less swap than current RAM size (2G), also something to fix

The hardware choice wasn't very difficult, as I tend to like Seagate, so balancing price, capacity and availability decided for a couple of ST3500418AS. These are SATA-II, while my motherboard is SATA-I only but aren't they supposed to be backwards compatible? Well, they are, but you have to setup a jumper to lower interface speed, otherwise the disc isn't even recognized by the motherboard.

Buying the discs had some more difficulties. First tried Alternate, but this time they pretend me to pay the SGAE[es] tax for media (which is around 12 euros per disc), despite I clearly explained these were system discs to be mounted in RAID (and the tax is supposed only to apply non-system drives). Phoned them even, but no way, so I finally rejected the discs and went Optize, which doesn't seem to have the supposedly legal problem Alternate has with declaring system discs. They were served on time and for less than 90 euros, so bravo for them :).

After having the bare metal, initially these options for migration were considered:

  • Buy a 2.5 disc, copy current data (a 250 Gb disc is enough), install the new system, copy back

  • Buy a hard disc enclosure for the remaining good disc, install the new system, use the enclosure to copy data back

  • Install new system in one disc (sda), copy data from current disc (sdb), replace old disc with second and setup RAID on a running system

But in the end I got it with a fourth option based on this later one: install a new system with all the RAID setup, disconnect second drive (like if the array had failed), reconnect and copy contents of old drive to new system, restore second RAID drive and add it again to the array, so it gets synced again. Nothing to buy and more fun to see how fast the MD rebuilds the array.

So finally this is the new partition table:
Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x000a9eb5

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *           1         134     1076323+  fd  Linux raid autodetect
/dev/sda2             135         620     3903795   82  Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda3             621        2322    13671315   fd  Linux raid autodetect
/dev/sda4            2323       60801   469732567+   5  Extended
/dev/sda5            2323        3416     8787523+  fd  Linux raid autodetect
/dev/sda6            3417        3538      979933+  fd  Linux raid autodetect
/dev/sda7            3539       12170    69336508+  fd  Linux raid autodetect
/dev/sda8           12171       60801   390628476   fd  Linux raid autodetect

And mount points:
/dev/md0               1059264    263360    742096  27% /
/dev/md1              13456532   1703152  11069820  14% /usr
/dev/md2               8649480   1365644   6844464  17% /var
/dev/md3                964408     17632    897784   2% /tmp
/dev/md4              68248448    184216  68064232   1% /opt
/dev/md5             384497716 132355408 252142308  35% /home

BTW, after all I did buy the SATA enclosure for the remaining disc, so I have another 200Gb for pr0n ;-).

Syndicated 2009-10-29 06:24:51 from Ricardo Mones

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