I have a mystery – I have two Debian Lenny servers both running the same version of davfs2 and the same version of openoffice.org. When you open an openoffice document, openoffice creates a lock file of the same name, but prefixed with “.~lock”. This file retains a copy of the document until you save and exit, whereon it is removed automatically.
The mystery is that, at one of our branches, it reduces size to 0, but is never actually removed; after which time the file cannot be edited until that lock file is manually removed.
Both servers have the same davfs2.conf and I have done a diff between the two servers: Continue Reading
Further to my recent post on the TonidoPlug the following has been sent to me:
The inclusion of two gigabit ports and e-sata is very exciting, but it is more than twice the price.
Still, choice is good!
Further to my recent post on the subject, I have now found more information on the Barclays Corporate website:
To access Business Internet Banking you need four things present at the same time:
- A PC or laptop with the software that runs the smart card reader installed
- A smart card reader. This is a hardware device, attached to your PC that the smart card is inserted into
- A smart card unique to each individual user. The card will become “locked” if an invalid PIN is entered in excess of a pre defined number of times
- A PIN unique to each individual user.
Unfortunately the Software Requirements link, at the bottom of that page, states only that you need Adobe Acrobat Reader, which I suspect is not the only software requirement!
The Barclays Personal On-line banking works with all the browsers, so if the same is true of the Corporate banking, then it is at least possible that I could install Firefox under Wine on Linux, providing only that I can get the smart card reader to work.
The difficulty would be if it needs Active-X support, which whilst theoretically supported under the latest versions of Wine, would make the proposition very much less likely to work.
We’ve seen the various plug-in computers recently, but this one looks very good value:
» TonidoPlug [TND003SP1A03] – ₤65 : Tonido Store
It was discussed on Floss Weekly in Episode 153.
Other than a vague feeling that it would be handy as an always on ssh host inside my home network, I’m just not sure I’d use it . . .
More about the TonidoPlug here, oh – and it comes with a selection of mobile apps for accessing your content.
We’ve all had occasions when we have needed to find where all our disk space has gone, well under KDE3.5 it was easy – you just ran Konqueror and then selected View » View Mode » File Size View. But shock horror, under KDE4 that option seemed to be missing. Fortunately it was only an apt-get away:
$ sudo apt-get install konq-plugins
Then run Konqueror and follow instructions above.
This is not just a static either, you can click on any directory and it will refresh for the usage of that directory.
Is it wrong to be in love with a browser?
We’re currently running fully managed ADSL 8mb Max Premium broadband connections at our two branches. The problem with this is that ADSL is asynchronous, the download bandwidth being around 7mb and the upload bandwidth being around 700k. We are finding that the 700k upload bandwidth is too small for sharing data between the branches, as the speed is then limited to the upload connection – 700k.
Today I had a meeting with a telecoms expert to advise us on our options, which seem to be: Continue Reading
I had never heard of fsniper until it was mentioned in a mailing list today, but it sounds excellent:
Linux.com :: Automatically process new files with fsniper
Now I am wondering if I can use it to prompt an rsync to sync our shared documents to our remote site, and it seems I could. This is a major headache for me, as we have two branches and a shared documents repository.
I have previously tried using Unison to synchronise between the branches, but this has created a lot of load on the master server, massively slowing down performance for all the users on the master server.
We are currently using apache2+webdav+svn but this is not working well for us. Potentially fsniper+rsync could work very well. It would clearly need to be running on both servers and I can see a potential clash if the two servers happen to try and update the same file at the same time. More thought is required, any suggestions – do let me know.
The links to the fsniper site seem to be outdated in both of the above articles, but it may be found at:
It doesn’t appear to be packaged for Debian, but I will probably compile from source and try it soon. More later!