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June 18, 2010

I’m a Slacker.

Filed under: Tech — Tags: , , — od @ 6:10 am

No, no.. not that slacker. But Slacker.

I’ve been using Slackware for about a month or so. Haven’t really got the chance to explore it intensively yet, but so far I’m loving it. The installation process was a breeze and fast(it reminded me of sysinstall). I actually reinstalled three times – due to the lack of skills in partition sizing. The notebook that my company provided only carries an 80Gb size of hard disk, so I had to be very stingy when it comes to allocating spaces.

When I first wanted to switch from Ubuntu which I have been using for about 3 years, I was torn apart between choosing either Arch or Slack. I decided to go with Slack because of some success stories of users installing Lotus Notes that I’ve read. Well to be honest there are similar success stories of users installing Lotus Notes on Arch, but.. I must say that I’m pretty much heavily influenced by other FreeBSD forumers.

Installing Lotus Notes was a bit tricky, but once I got it installed, it runs pretty well. Crashed a few times, rarely though, but hey, this is Lotus Notes am talking about here. It could possibly crash on any possible platform you could think of. Lol. I seriously hate Lotus Notes. Argh. It’s huge, bloated and crippling slow. I wish IBM could produce a light weight version of Lotus Notes as an option for those who have to ‘painfully’ use it to check email. And not marking calendars, browse the net, play with widgets and what not. Gah. Apart from Lotus Notes, I’ve installed WebLogic and it runs smoothly on Slackware, no surprise there. I haven’t tried WebSphere though. Hopefully it’ll run fine as well. I definitely need one running on my notebook else don’t call me a WebSphere technical support.

There’s one thing that irks me though.. the netconfig command. It is the command you use to set an IP address to your machine, but I can’t for the life of me understand why it has to ask me to key in the hostname everytime I want to change my IP. How many times do I change my IP address? Being a technical support, a lot. How many times do I change a hostname of my machine? I don’t know. Like.. never? Well I know I’m complaining here, so.. am just gonna STFU and modify the netconfig script to stop prompting me for a hostname and FQDN. I’ve also added into the script 2 locations that I frequent the most, which is my office and home. I know I could just run a one liner command to change my IP, but that would be dynamic. And I prefer to have the IP to remain upon reboot.

Another thing that I still haven’t gotten the grip yet is the installation of 3rd party packages. All of the packages on my Slackware were installed by manually fetching the packages from slackbuild website, and get them installed using installpkg. I came across of a guy saying this in a forum.. “True slackers compile from the source”. Meh. So obviously I’m not a true slacker.. But anyhoo, that’s not the point. So apart from using installpkg, removepkg or compiling a 3rd party app from the source, I could also opt for slackpkg, the automated tool for managing Slackware packages. Hrmm. But I can only specify one mirror.. at first I thought it is like apt-get, where you can define repositories and just run apt-get install <package> and be done with it. But apparently there are not many packages that I could install using slackpkg. Most of the time when I run slackpkg search <package>, I got a message stating that there is no keyword match for the package that I wish to install. I really don’t mind compiling, or installing the binaries, but I hate to have to go to websites and fetch the packages manually. I think I must’ve missed something, there must be a better way that true slackers are practicing that I have yet to discover.

With all that said, I love the current setup of my notebook with Slackware. Everything is snappy.

So Ray, let me hear you roar.

January 22, 2010

Autostart tomcat upon reboot.

Filed under: Tech — Tags: , , , , — od @ 1:04 pm

So this morning they shutdown the server and called me up complaining that the website is down.

No, I didn’t ask how many times have they rebooted. Lol.

Anyway the website is down because I didn’t configure both apache and tomcat to run automatically upon reboot. Am so lazy today because it’s Friday, basically it’s a yippee day,  a day that is legal for you to come to work late, and go back early.

Googled for the auto script, but none satisfied my needs, so, here’s mine (adapted from a couple of scripts), because sharing is caring.

This script will always run tomcat as user ‘admin’ (EUID 500). If you run the script as a different user, it’ll prompt for admin’s password. Dump the script in /etc/init.d/ and run chkconfig to configure runlevel startup.

# tomcat     This is the init.d script used to start tomcat.
#                It calls $CATALINA_HOME/bin/ or
# chkconfig: – 91 15
# description: Apache Tomcat is an open source software implementation of the Java Servlet and JavaServer Pages technologies.
# processname: tomcat

export JAVA_HOME=/usr/java/jdk1.6.0_16
export CATALINA_HOME=/usr/local/apache-tomcat-5.5.28

tomcat_stop() {
if [[ $EUID -ne 500 ]]; then
su -c ‘$CATALINA_HOME/bin/’ admin
exit 1

tomcat_start() {
if [[ $EUID -ne 500 ]]; then
su -c ‘$CATALINA_HOME/bin/’ admin
exit 1

case $1 in
echo -n “Starting Tomcat server:”
echo “.”
echo -n “Stopping Tomcat server:”
echo “.”
echo “Usage: /etc/init.d/tomcat start|stop”

December 31, 2009

It’s the last day of 2009 and I just want to write – new year, new theme.

Filed under: Tech — Tags: , , — od @ 1:58 pm

Remember I ranted about how difficult it is to find a wallpaper without having a specific theme in mind?

Well, turned out I found something better than just a wallpaper – a new theme for my xfce. I’ve been switching between xfce default theme and Clearlooks theme for a couple of years simply because it was so hard for me to find a clean theme with the right color, right tone and the right style.

I just found this awesome theme a couple of days ago, and I couldn’t be happier. While I don’t use Google Chrome because it’s not ported in FreeBSD and I’m back with Opera (did anyone notice that Opera is getting sexier by each version?), I am surely in love with its look. It’s clean, neat and simple.

Anyway, presenting the current xfce theme that I’m using, one of the best I’ve come across, the Chrome-like theme. I found another similar theme at, but I like this one better because of its soothing color and simplicity. Minimal, just the way I like it.

I matched the theme with Chameleon Xcursors X11(Chameleon sky blue small) mouse theme, and it’s brilliant. I love it!

Now I can stop thinking about beautifying my desktop for a while..

Last day of 2009.

Filed under: Life, Tech — Tags: — od @ 5:06 am

A bit old article, but an interesting reading.

2009 has been kind to me, sort of.

December 2, 2009

StatsView on Ubuntu Jaunty.

Filed under: Tech — Tags: , , , — od @ 1:37 am

Quoted from StatsView README:



StatsView is written in Perl5, using the Perl Tk extension library. I recommend
that you use perl5.005_03 or later, and Tk800.014 or later, as StatsView has
been tested with these versions. You will also need the Tk::GBARR add-on
package for this version.

The graphing is done with gnuplot, and version 3.7 or later is required –
a copy can be found in the gnuplot_src subdirectory.


I already have Perl5 and gnuplot in my system, so I only need to install Perl Tk, Tk-GBARR and StatsView.

Install Perl Tk:

#apt-get install perl-tk

Grab Tk-GBARR from At this time of writing the latest version of Tk-GBARR is 2.08:

#tar xvfz Tk-GBARR-2.08.tar.gz
#cd Tk-GBARR-2.08
#perl Makefile.PL
#make test
#make install

Grab StatsView from

#tar xvfz StatsView-1.4.tar.gz
#cd StatsView-1.4
#perl Makefile.PL
#make install

Test StatsView using the example included:

#cd /path/StatsView-1.4/examples
#gzip -d sar.txt.gz
#../scripts/sv sar.txt

It worked wonderfully using the sar output sample.. but I couldn’t get it to display any graph using my collection of sar output, both in binary and text formats. At this point am still not sure why it kept on complaining that my output file is invalid.


Now what am I supposed to tell my boss?

“Hi boss.. remember the Linux server performance data that I promised last week? I don’t have it.”
“How come?”
“I have it, but I don’t have it in a pwetty graph format like I pwomised.”
“Well it’s okay you can pass me the raw data.”
“It’s in binary.”
“Uh.. you know there are 10 types of people in the world: Those who understand binary, and those who don’t…”
“You don’t have anything to present, do you?”


June 22, 2009

Installing Sun VirtualBox on FreeBSD 7.1/amd64.

Filed under: Tech — Tags: , , — od @ 12:41 am

Today I decided to install Sun VirtualBox on my FreeBSD 7.1/amd64. The installation from ports is straightforward as usual.

#csup -g -L2 /etc/ports-supfile
#cd /usr/ports/emulators/virtualbox
#make install clean

I got stuck when it failed to fetch this file Dev86src-0.16.17.tar.gz.

#mv Dev86src-0.16.17.tar.gz /usr/ports/distfiles/
#make install clean
#hash -r ; ldconfig

Mount proc:
#mount -t procfs proc /proc

Load vbox driver module:
#kldload vboxdrv.ko
#kldstat | grep box
13    1 0xffffffffab46a000 3fb0e    vboxdrv.ko

Launch vbox from menu or command:


June 20, 2009

Virtualbox is now available in ports!

Filed under: Tech — Tags: , — od @ 8:40 am

This could be one of the bestest news I’ve heard in months!!

Excerpt from miwi:

“Today Virtualbox was committed to the FreeBSD ports tree. After a lot of work we had a good discussion today about how stable Virtualbox is, and after the CTF with take6 we got a lot of good feedback, so it was time to commit.”

Read it here.


March 14, 2009

Fitter happier.

Filed under: Life, Tech — Tags: , , , , , — od @ 11:19 pm

Yea, there has been a lack of update. I was busy with WebLogic, and Devin.. oh well, he only writes material that meets a certain literary and relevancy standard and he is not that prolific. Lol. Guess you’ll never find him writing anything that will be tagged as rant 😛

Few things happened last week..

Weblogic completed:
Am done with the project last week, which is cool. Haven’t gone through the UAT session with the users yet, so until they say “All’s good”, guess I’ll have to keep my fingers crossed. Weeee!!!!

I lost my handphone:
Yes, my cheap handphone. I can’t believe someone would want to steal it. I bought the handphone for about 300 – 400 bucks, so am surprised that someone would be so keen to steal it. How much does it worth really? 2 small packets of weed? Am not bothered about the phone. Well alright, I am bothered, because it costs money. But what I care the most is the data inside the phone. My contacts, my messages, heck I even have a few audio clips of my cat purring recorded with that phone. Oh well. Fuck you, thief.

Medical checkups:
I had a couple of medical checkups performed last Tuesday and Thursday. Last Tuesday I got all wired up for the holter monitoring test. It was something like a 24 hours of ECG (electrocardiogram) to monitor the electrical activity of my heart. I couldn’t take showers during the procedure because it’ll damage the device. So yeah, am pretty happy with the fact that I don’t have to shower and not feeling guilty about it. Am just plain lazy sometimes.

And last Thursday, I got up very early in the morning and headed to the General Hospital to get my brain checked. It was a quick EEG (electroencephalography), prolly around 20 minutes where I had to blink my eyes numerous times, with bright light flickered directly on me for a few minutes and inhale/exhale profusely for 5 minutes which was tiring since am asthmatic. And oh my, I looked horrible with my hair glued on with all the wires. And I looked even worse after the guy pulled them out. I looked like a woman who is trying too hard to impress a guy by applying extra hair gel. You know the type of hair gel that will make your hair hard and stiff? Gah. I hate it.

I’ll be getting the results this April. I hope everything will be fine, since am always fine, and anyway I agreed to go through all of these medical procedures because my sister told me to. Nothing serious.

FreeBSD upgrade:
Yeah, finally! Upgraded to 7.1. I did it last Saturday, and I was thinking to update this blog on Sunday, but guess what, the update went fine until suddenly I failed to start the X server. Hmmm.. now that’s weird, because this was not the first time I did a FreeBSD upgrade, plus, this was just a minor version upgrade, so what could go wrong? Building world, kernel and installing them went perfectly well. I didn’t forget to run mergemaster, the machine booted up well. Spent a day changing the theme, and all of the sudden it failed (yeah, ironically it failed after I spent the whole day beautifying my desktop, why didn’t it fail sooner?). I realized that it failed just after I ran portupgrade to upgrade my Opera and Firefox. Probably the modules are not synced, am not sure.

I spent the next 48 hours running portupgrade numerous times, until I finally decided to rebuild perl, xorg and xfce4. But to my surprise it failed. I reinstalled my xfce4 and its gang one by one, so they’ll all run on the same version. Reboot the machine and voila, am back. Still, some of my installed packages are broken, so I had to fix them.

So they say, if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it. I could’ve just stick to FreeBSD 7.0 and save the 48 hours from the agonizing pain of troubleshooting my machine. But seriously, it was worth it. The performance is so much better, XFCE 4.6 is brilliant with more new features and yes fellas.. flash 9 works 🙂

He got engaged:
Yes, he finally got engaged. AmazingCongratulations.

January 26, 2009

So it’s Gnome, Linus?

Filed under: Tech — Tags: , — od @ 10:17 am

So much of his Nazi comment that ruffles the feathers of GNOME community last time.

I have always been a loyal user of XFCE4, but if I had my druthers between Gnome and KDE, I’d prefer Gnome. KDE is nice, I love some of KDE apps, but imho, it’s kinda bloated. Very pretty, way prettier than Gnome, but bloated. But of course, I’d go for Enlightenment if I want some real fancy stuff on my desktop.

Anyways, am not any DE/WM fanatic. I just love to keep my desktop clean and minimal.

I lol’ed.

Source: Q&A: Linux founder Linus Torvalds talks about open-source identity

December 16, 2008

WebLogic 10.3 on FreeBSD?

Filed under: Tech — Tags: , , , — od @ 11:57 pm

I wish.. lol.

Am very new to weblogic, so am pretty excited to try it on my FreeBSD at home. Well ok, I just managed to install it, but couldn’t get it run. Bleargh. The problem is with the LD_LIBRARY_PATH I think. There’s no native directory under <WL_HOME>/server, so it’ll complain about the missing path when you try to start the domain or node manager. Pfftttt. I’d love to know how to fix this 😦

But anyways, here’s how to install WebLogic 10g on FreeBSD 7. Just installing it, but it doesn’t work lol. I don’t know why I even bother writing this.

1 – FIrst of all, download the installer from the oracle website. Choose HP-UX as the operating system as that’ll provide you with a generic jar installer.

2 – While it’s downloading, install eclipse from the port.
cd /usr/ports/java/eclipse && make install clean

3 – Install eclipse WTP. Get it from here:

Place the zip file at /usr/local and unzip it. It’ll place all the extracted files in the right directory.

4 – After you’re done with eclipse, you’re ready to install weblogic. Am performing this as a non root user.

I use diablo java, so running java -jar server103_generic.jar alone will not work.

My java -version:
java version “1.5.0”
Java(TM) 2 Runtime Environment, Standard Edition (build diablo-1.5.0-b01)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build diablo-1.5.0_07-b01, mixed mode)

So execute the installer using sun jdk directory to get it running:
/usr/local/jdk1.6.0/bin/java -jar server103_generic.jar

You’ll have to specify the Dos unix name, else you’ll get the insufficient disk space error, which is very annoying when you actually have tons of free space. You may get lucky with this and the installation will end successfully. As for me, it stuck at 74% while creating the sample domain.

$ /usr/local/jdk1.6.0/bin/java -jar server103_generic.jar
Extracting 0%……………………………………………………………………………………….100%
Exception in thread “Thread-14” java.lang.OutOfMemoryError: Java heap space
at com.bea.plateng.common.util.JarHelper.extract(
at com.bea.plateng.common.util.JarHelper.extract(
at com.bea.plateng.common.util.JarHelper.extract(
at com.bea.plateng.domain.TemplateImporter.generate(
at com.bea.plateng.domain.script.ScriptExecutor$

The error was out of memory exception, so I decided to reinstall it. But first I have to uninstall it first since weblogic detected that it has already been installed at the target directory.I run the installer with the following command:
/usr/local/jdk1.6.0/bin/java -Xmx2G -jar server103_generic.jar

Installation complete!

Alright, now the installation is done, you might wanna try to start the sample domain.

Ahah! Now this is the part where I got unlucky.

It complains that the port is being used, when it’s not! Hmmmmphhhhh!

<Dec 13, 2008 12:25:25 PM MYT> <Notice> <Security> <BEA-090169> <Loading trusted certificates from the jks keystore file /usr/local/jdk1.6.0/jre/lib/security/cacerts.>
<Dec 13, 2008 12:25:29 PM MYT> <Error> <Server> <BEA-002606> <Unable to create a server socket for listening on channel “MedRec Local Network Channel”. The address might be incorrect or another process is using port 7011: Can’t assign requested address.>
<Dec 13, 2008 12:25:29 PM MYT> <Error> <Server> <BEA-002606> <Unable to create a server socket for listening on channel “Default”. The address might be incorrect or another process is using port 7011: Can’t assign requested address.>
<Dec 13, 2008 12:25:29 PM MYT> <Error> <Server> <BEA-002606> <Unable to create a server socket for listening on channel “DefaultSecure”. The address might be incorrect or another process is using port 7012: Can’t assign requested address.>
<Dec 13, 2008 12:25:29 PM MYT> <Emergency> <Security> <BEA-090087> <Server failed to bind to the configured Admin port. The port may already be used by another process.>
<Dec 13, 2008 12:25:29 PM MYT> <Critical> <WebLogicServer> <BEA-000362> <Server failed. Reason: Server failed to bind to any usable port. See preceeding log message for details.>
<Dec 13, 2008 12:25:29 PM MYT> <Notice> <WebLogicServer> <BEA-000365> <Server state changed to FAILED>
<Dec 13, 2008 12:25:29 PM MYT> <Error> <WebLogicServer> <BEA-000383> <A critical service failed. The server will shut itself down>
<Dec 13, 2008 12:25:29 PM MYT> <Notice> <WebLogicServer> <BEA-000365> <Server state changed to FORCE_SHUTTING_DOWN>
Stopping PointBase server…
PointBase server stopped.

Well actually there are other errors came out before that but am too lazy to look at it. Lolz.

Now if you try to create a domain, you’ll get the shared library path error:

./ Don’t know how to set the shared library path for FreeBSD.
Exception in thread “AWT-EventQueue-0” java.lang.NullPointerException
at java.awt.Container.createHierarchyEvents(
at java.awt.Container.createHierarchyEvents(
at java.awt.Container.createHierarchyEvents(
at java.awt.Container.createHierarchyEvents(
at java.awt.Container.addImpl(
at java.awt.Container.add(
at com.bea.plateng.wizard.GUIContext$
at java.awt.event.InvocationEvent.dispatch(
at java.awt.EventQueue.dispatchEvent(
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpOneEventForFilters(
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEventsForFilter(
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEventsForHierarchy(
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEvents(
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEvents(

Same goes if you try to start a node manager.

Ah well.. think I’ll spare some other time playing around with this. Doing weblogic makes me miss websphere. Lol.

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