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Computer addict since the C64, Software Engineer since 2000.

Unless otherwise noted, all my sources are released under ​Creative Commons CC0 (i.e., Public Domain for all practical purposes except in name due to a braindead restriction in German copyright law).


Mar
8
comment Invoking vi through find | xargs breaks my terminal. Why?
The main question was "why", not "how to avoid it", and it's been answered to satisfaction two and a half years ago.
Feb
10
revised How to change the inode size on an EXT3 partition?
Shoutout to moderator slhck, who deemed it necessary to delete a 2 1/2 years old answer for "off topic"; apparently he knew better what my question was about than myself.
Feb
4
awarded  Yearling
Dec
10
awarded  Notable Question
Nov
26
awarded  Popular Question
Nov
11
accepted Booting from shared root over network?
Nov
11
accepted How to avoid receiving .NET 4+ through Windows Update?
Nov
11
accepted How to set umask globally?
Nov
11
comment How to set umask globally?
I was under the impression that /etc/profile wouldn't do for X11, as it would be only sourced by the appropriate shell environments. Since this answer did work for me, seems I was wrong. ;-) The file I actually ended up editing (as I'm running a Linux Mint / Ubuntu) was /etc/profile.d/umask, which is sourced by /etc/profile (and results in my edits not getting nuked with the next system update of the latter). Thanks!
Nov
9
asked How to set umask globally?
Sep
23
awarded  Cleanup
Jul
25
asked How to avoid receiving .NET 4+ through Windows Update?
Jun
1
awarded  Taxonomist
May
1
comment Why “ grep * ” not working?
@triplee: I don't discuss three vs. four space indenting, or eqyptian vs. ANSI brackets either when answering, unless it's topical. There is a fine line between being verbosely helpful and being condescending.
May
1
comment Why “ grep * ” not working?
@tripleee: I've seen this "award" tossed around with glee on sites like SO. I don't think it is appropriate. We're not talking about production code here; the cat in this example is a generic stand-in for "when I'm grepping some arbitrary standard input". An answer is easier to comprehend when it doesn't turn an abstract example into something else entirely just for the sake of showing off your leet skills of avoiding "unnecessary" uses of cat -- but sticks with the original code and shows the few twists that are actually related to the core of the question.
May
1
answered Why “ grep * ” not working?
Apr
25
comment Bash change user info (like usermod) but without root privileges
It's quite logical if you think about it. Only the admin (root) decides who may log in, usually after asserting their identity. So allowing people to change how they appear on the system - i.e. "disguising" themselves - would be defeating the purpose of access control. The way to change your fullname is to talk to your system administrator.
Apr
25
comment Bash change user info (like usermod) but without root privileges
Changing user information requires access to /etc/passwd, which is owned by root and not writeable by others. No dice. Being root or having appropriate sudo permissions is the only way (and I seriously doubt the latter will be granted to some self-written GUI app by any security-aware admin).
Mar
23
awarded  Popular Question
Mar
21
comment Invoking vi through find | xargs breaks my terminal. Why?
@TrevorPowell: In all these years, vim never ceased to amaze me.