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Computer addict since the C64, Software Engineer since 2000.


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.
Mar
15
revised Mounting system directories from network
added 60 characters in body
Mar
15
accepted Mounting system directories from network
Mar
10
comment Invoking vi through find | xargs breaks my terminal. Why?
Huh... the trick there is the + (instead of "the usual" \;) to get all the found files into one Vim session -- an option I keep forgetting about. You are right, of course, and +1 for that. I use vim $(find ...) simply out of habit. However, I was actually asking for why the pipe operation screws up the terminal, and grawity nailed that with his explanation.
Feb
8
awarded  Popular Question
Feb
4
awarded  Yearling
Dec
17
comment Installing Linux *to* a NFS mount
As I said above, pretty much obvious once I got my mind out of the tight little corner of being hell-bent on using the NFS mount directly. Thanks.