Robotic Tendencies
The personal blog of Robert McQueen

July 29, 2005

Courier… WTF?!

I noticed this error today:
Jul 29 00:54:50 light imaplogin: malloc: Input/output error

Note helpful lack of pid, so I had to strace all my imapds to track it down and then grep through source code for calls to perror (random guesswork). And it’s caused by… wait for it… famd not running (see #294656). Of course!

No, really. WTF?!?! I’m switching to dovecot. Utter utter crack.

Update: Corrected the bug number. #308313 is the other problem I’ve been debugging today, the combination of the two leading me to believe my machine was rooted or had f🤬d hardware. I utterly hate both courier *and* proftpd, and will be switching to dovecot and vsftpd as soon as possible.

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July 27, 2005

aalib has company

In unstable, aalib1 has just been renamed to libaa1, in line with normal shared library naming policies, giving rise to the following:
$ apt-cache search libaa
libaa1-dev - ascii art library, development kit
libaal-dev - Reiser4's application abstraction library

Which is more useful? Which has more users? Which is on more crack? 😀

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July 17, 2005

Holy crap, dbus!

Where can you find dbus? Only in Finland!
Come to Debconf we’ve got dbus!

With apologies to Weebls Stuff.

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July 9, 2005



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July 6, 2005

Public transport

So, I’m booking tickets to travel from Cardiff to Heathrow Airport on Friday afternoon… I can:

  • Travel directly by coach (I hate coaches), takes up to 3 hours 30 minutes, costs £35 or £28 with a £10 youth discount card I don’t have.
  • Travel by train to Reading, and then by the train company’s coach (of course!) to Heathrow, takes up to 2 hours 45 minutes, costs £30 with a young persons railcard (which I already have).
  • Travel by train to Paddington, and then by an infeasibly expensive train to Heathrow. Also takes 2 hours 45 minutes (despite being an extra 45 miles, and giving me 25 minutes to hang around in London), but the ticket costs £50 even with the discount, because the second train has no cheap tickets.
  • Travel by train to Paddington on a heavily discounted ticket, and then on the expensive train to Heathrow with a seperate ticket. Takes the same length of time obviously, but costs £36 in total.


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July 6, 2005

I’m still alive!

Sorry I havn’t blogged for over a month, I’ve been quite busy writing my dissertation, sitting my three final exams, rowing for my college, drinking beer, stressing about results, helping organise a truly amazing may ball, writing my CV, applying for jobs, graduating, and moving back home (for a while). Leaving me just enough time to catch up on sleep, laundry and e-mail, get new contact lenses, and book train tickets and travel insurance before I fly to Helsinki on Friday.

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