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Posted 01-02-2015 at 05:03 AM by goumba
Updated 01-02-2015 at 05:04 AM by goumba

Well, for work at least.

I use Debian Live (Jessie) to do my work, at work, rather than using Windows as installed. The boxes are unfortunately P4s, so not exactly modern and snappy.

For the past few months, I have been using a desktop which I replicated from Crunchbang. Openbox, tint2, a simple conky config and their keyboard shortcuts. I've been happy with it, and accessing the menu with <Super>-<Space> is great.

With a new live build, something...
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[bash] Continue to attempt running a command until it succeeds, or a specified number of tries.

Posted 08-12-2014 at 11:56 PM by goumba

Inspired by the dsc in his post,, I decided to try and get the number of tries part working, and here's what I came up with:

set -x # remove/comment when you no longer wish to see debugging output

case $1 in
        # shift so that $@ only contains the command we're interested
Posted in bash scripting
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Debian Live and multiple (related) architectures

Posted 09-20-2013 at 11:18 AM by goumba
Updated 09-21-2013 at 07:01 AM by goumba

(This is my first attempt at writing some sort of how-to, if anything is unclear, please let me know!)

This was more of an exercise of "can I?" rather than "is it really necessary?".

At work, there are some PCs with Pentium 4 processors (32 bit) and others with Core processors (64 bit). I have Debian Live on a USB stick, and I got to wondering, rather than using the lowest common denominator (i386) if I could create a Live image using both architectures....
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A note from a long time novice... one never stops learning.

Posted 03-26-2013 at 07:49 AM by goumba

Ok, so I am not quite a novice, though I may appear so compared to some on here.

I was introduced to UNIX and the Internet back when I was a student at the Bronx High School of Science (1993). The school network used IBM X stations which booted off of a network AIX. Thinking back I wonder how many people remember gopher, veronica and archie...

At college, where the school's science labs used Digital OSF and VAX systems, I installed Red Hat Linux (version 5 at the time?)...
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