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General Discussion / Re: Mark Greaves (PC Netspec) - Passing Away
« on: March 29, 2020, 02:34:59 am »
I'm the only woman on here and I've never felt unwelcome amongst all you clever computer guys even though I have asked some daft questions on here over the years!

You are not unwelcome Melissa. Why would you be? Only stupid men are misogynists, and by definition, Linux users aren't stupid...

By the way, I've asked some daft questions myself...

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General Discussion / Re: Mark Greaves (PC Netspec) - Passing Away
« on: March 29, 2020, 12:03:58 am »
Just heard this horrible news... I'm stunned and saddened.

My heartfelt condolences to his family. Mark was a gentleman and a genius. R.I.P

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General Help & Advice / Re: Bash script caused system program problem
« on: March 28, 2020, 10:48:57 pm »
No, but please see my edit to my last post.

Thanks again Keith.

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General Help & Advice / Re: Bash script caused system program problem
« on: March 28, 2020, 10:23:39 pm »
Yes, it works. But like the version with the 'start' it also gives a list of errors, all relating to the first podcast in the list.

Actually I'm more concerned about the "system program problem" than I am about getting the script to work...


Edit:

Keith, I've deleted the two scripts and rebooted. No error message now!

I didn't realise that the mere existence of scripts would be a problem unless a) I ran them manually or b) they were called by a cron job.

Obviously I need to do some reading. Thanks for your help. I'm going to mark this solved now.

Mike

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General Help & Advice / Re: Bash script caused system program problem
« on: March 28, 2020, 09:01:58 pm »
Hello Keith,

Sorry, I think I'm confusing things.

I haven't created a cron job yet. I have been using the terminal to try out the scripts, with the results I've described above.

From memory, I installed gpodder via the built-in "Software" application in xubuntu.

The start-up error message only began after I started experimenting with scripts - before that gpodder was working fine (and still is - it's just that xubuntu keeps complaing about the system program problem on startup).

And no, the start-up message doesn't have a "Details" button. I'm convinced the two problems are related. Too much of a coincidence otherwise.

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General Help & Advice / Re: Bash script caused system program problem
« on: March 28, 2020, 12:25:54 am »
Thanks Keith,

Not sure what you mean by the terminal output from your previous post. The terminal isn't open. I just boot the computer and get a dialogue box which says "System program problem detected".

The reason I thought a cron job was the answer is that I want gpodder to run, allow episodes to download, then close, without my having to remember to do it manually. So, maybe at 10pm every day, when I'm bound to be online. I suppose I could just add it to the startup applications and close it manually, but that doesn't seem as neat a solution.


mike@xubuntu:~$ inxi -Fx
System:    Host: xubuntu Kernel: 4.15.0-76-generic x86_64 bits: 64 gcc: 7.4.0
           Desktop: Xfce 4.12.3 (Gtk 2.24.31) Distro: Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS
Machine:   Device: desktop System: . product: . serial: N/A
           Mobo: Abit model: IP35 PRO(P35+ICH9R) v: 1.0 serial: N/A
           BIOS: Phoenix v: 6.00 PG date: 02/19/2008
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core2 Duo E8200 (-MCP-)
           arch: Penryn rev.6 cache: 6144 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 10688
           clock speeds: max: 2672 MHz 1: 2004 MHz 2: 2004 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] Caicos [Radeon HD 6450/7450/8450 / R5 230 OEM]
           bus-ID: 01:00.0
           Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.19.6 )
           drivers: ati,radeon (unloaded: modesetting,fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1920x1080@60.00hz
           OpenGL: renderer: AMD CAICOS (DRM 2.50.0 / 4.15.0-76-generic, LLVM 9.0.0)
           version: 3.3 Mesa 19.2.8 Direct Render: Yes
Audio:     Card-1 Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] Caicos HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 6450 / 7450/8450/8490 OEM / R5 230/235/235X OEM]
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 01:00.1
           Card-2 Intel 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
           Card-3 Ensoniq 5880B / Creative Labs CT5880
           driver: snd_ens1371 port: bf00 bus-ID: 04:04.0
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.15.0-76-generic
Network:   Card-1: Realtek RTL-8110SC/8169SC Gigabit Ethernet
           driver: r8169 v: 2.3LK-NAPI port: ba00 bus-ID: 04:00.0
           IF: enp4s0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full
           mac: 00:50:8d:be:be:f3
           Card-2: Realtek RTL-8110SC/8169SC Gigabit Ethernet
           driver: r8169 v: 2.3LK-NAPI port: bc00 bus-ID: 04:01.0
           IF: enp4s1 state: down mac: 00:50:8d:be:be:f4
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 120.0GB (88.4% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: GIGABYTE_GP size: 120.0GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 109G used: 98G (95%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 1.02GB used: 0.00GB (0%)
           fs: swap dev: /dev/sda5
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 55.0C mobo: N/A gpu: 49.5
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 173 Uptime: 4:24 Memory: 1445.6/3943.7MB
           Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 7.4.0
           Client: Shell (bash 4.4.201) inxi: 2.3.56

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General Help & Advice / Re: Bash script caused system program problem
« on: March 27, 2020, 01:03:37 am »
Thanks Keith,

I'll do that later today. Need to go to bed now.

On startup it's just a dialog box. Not the terminal.

And the reason for the script is that I'd like to call it from a cron job so that I don't forget to run gpodder and miss episodes.

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Evening all,

I tried my first script a few days ago.

#! /bin/sh
sudo /usr/bin/gpodder start

Needless to say it doesn't work properly. It gives a list of errors, but it does open gpodder.

#! /bin/sh
sudo /usr/bin/gpodder stop

also gives a list of errors, but fails to close gpodder.

The trouble is, every time I boot up I now get  a popup telling me "System program problem detected". It doesn't include a description of the problem.
The system seems to be working ok though.

Any ideas on how to proceed please - with the system problem, that is. I'm not expecting tuition on writing scripts. I'll read up on that later..

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General Help & Advice / Re: Managing big data
« on: January 05, 2020, 08:29:02 pm »
Thanks Tony,

But that still leaves me with the problem in my own first solution..

Quote
do it on one drive, then just empty the others, one by one, and copy the whole lot across. The problem with that is that if any of the files on the first drive are corrupt, the three backups will also end up corrupt.

I think I'm going to end up doing this manually. I suppose there's no real hurry, as long as all the data is backed up at all times.

Regards,

M

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General Help & Advice / Managing big data [solved]
« on: January 01, 2020, 08:22:28 pm »
Happy New Year everyone..

I thought I'd start 2020 with a nice new thread.

I have a 1TB external drive and three external backups of it. Although I'm fairly careful about taking backups, I allowed the large amount of space to cause me to get sloppy about organising data. Consequently, there are a lot of duplicate files, plus it's not always obvious where to find things. I need to tidy up.

That's going to involve a lot of deleting and moving files, which is fine, but I need to duplicate the effort on all four drives. Not so easy.

My first thought was to do it on one drive, then just empty the others, one by one, and copy the whole lot across. The problem with that is that if any of the files on the first drive are corrupt, the three backups will also end up corrupt.

My second thought was to set up a raid 1 array which, as I understand it, would mirror any changes I make on the first drive without copying anything from one drive to another. There seem to be problems with that idea though, in that the four drives would cease to be separate entities which I could return to using as incremental backups.

I'm becoming resigned to doing this manually (and over a long period of time) unless anyone can suggest a better idea, (which must include data security as the paramount consideration).

This is your mission, should you choose to accept it..

Thanks in advance.

M

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General Help & Advice / Re: Update problem
« on: December 08, 2019, 11:22:44 pm »
Ok, I'm now running the new version and it seems to be fine.

It's a bit odd though. I deliberately unticked Virtualbox from the list of updates, as I had problems once before with upgrading it and wanted to postpone any possible problems until I have a bit more time on my hands. However, software updater blithely ignored my choice and upgraded anyway. Luckily it seems to have worked, but it's a bit cavalier in my view. Almost like having a referendum and then blatently ignoring the result...  :o

Thanks again Mark. I'll call this solved now.

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Jobs Offered / Re: Design Engineer (f/m/d)
« on: November 13, 2019, 02:48:46 am »
Agreed. Maybe guessing how to apply is part of the process..

At least it's a real job, not just SEO.

Any idea what f/m/d stands for?

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Jobs Offered / Re: Design Engineer (f/m/d)
« on: November 12, 2019, 10:07:36 pm »
Hello Mark,

It's a bit of a roundabout way, but if you follow the link in para.3, you can find this job and apply for it online...

Scroll to the bottom and click Careers. At the top of the next page, click Job Map. Then click on the 3 jobs apparently in the English Channel. Two of them are in the UK, one being the role in question.

M

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General Help & Advice / Re: Update problem
« on: November 04, 2019, 01:17:26 am »
Will do Mark,

Sorry for the lack of response. Bit busy this end.

I'll report back once I've done it.

M

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General Help & Advice / Re: Update problem
« on: October 23, 2019, 08:50:40 pm »
Thanks Mark,

My connection seems fine tonight, and the software updater has popped up saying that updated software is available. No mention of partial upgrades.

Virtualbox is listed under "install or remove" and the technical description says
Installed version: 6.0.8-130520~Ubuntu~xenial
Available version: 6.0.14-133895~Ubuntu~bionic.

Which course of action would you think is safer? Running the software updater, or not?

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