Bugaboo with Recent Slackware-Current Update

Today, 16 February 2021, I ran into an interesting issue while using slackpkg to update a Slackware-Current virtual machine. After running slackpkg update then slackpkg upgrade-all, the update of slackpkg required me to start the update process over. When I re-ran the two commands above, I got a large number of md5sum errors. The suggestion … Read more

Slackware 14.2 and Adaptec AIC94xx SCSI

I recently upgraded a Supermicros X7DB8 motherboard server from Slackware64 13.37 to Slackware64 14.2. Initially, I had issues with the built-in Adaptec AIC-9410W SAS not detecting the attached drives. After much thinking and some poking around, I finally discovered that the package kernel-firmware-20191108 is missing the firmware for this card: aic94xx-seq.fw. As an expedient, I … Read more

Rsync: error starting client-server protocol (code 5)

While setting up a new server, I encountered the, sometime vague, “error starting client-server protocol (code 5)” when trying to rsync the files from the box to be replaced. On the source server, the in /var/log/messages, I found: Apr 12 08:59:09 REDACTED rsyncd[19871]: auth failed on module etc from REDACTED (REDACTED): invalid challenge response I … Read more

WordPress 5.0 Is Here!

Today, 06 December 2018, WordPress 5.0 has been released. The biggest change is that TinyMCE has been replaced by the Gutenberg (block-oriented) editor. I’ve been playing with Gutenberg since I first heard about it: since August. So far, I really like Gutenberg. It’s just as easy to use as TinyMCE and the bock-oriented nature produces … Read more

Spam of the Day

I especially like FreeLottoe and Winniner From – Thu May 24 09:19:01 2018 X-Account-Key: account2 X-UIDL: _8/”!(Eh”!9>*#!hJT!! X-Mozilla-Status: 0011 X-Mozilla-Status2: 00000000 X-Mozilla-Keys: Return-Path: Received: from REDACTED by REDACTED (8.14.9/8.14.3) with ESMTP id w4I0KWfx002926 for ; Thu, 17 May 2018 20:20:32 -0400 Received: from mail02.bottledomains.net.au ([]) by REDACTED (8.14.9/8.14.9) with SMTP id w4I0KUk0004383 for ; Thu, 17 … Read more

Building SLiM on Slackware 13.0, 13.1, 13.37 and 14.0

I’ve recently built virtual machines of Slackware64 13.0, Slackware64 13,1, Slackware 13.37, Slackware 64 13.37 and Slackware64 14.0 on which I build custom packages to support our Linux servers. For convenience, I installed X.org and XFCE on the virtual machines. For installs like this, I typically use SLiM as my login manager. On both Slackware … Read more

My STUpidity: Simplifying my opera.SlackBuild

Early this morning, I realized that my opera.SlackBuild could be simplified by using the spell from Slackware’s google-chrome.SlackBuild: ar p $CWD/google-chrome-${RELEASE}_current_${DEBARCH}.deb data.tar.xz | xz -d | tar xv || exit 1 Sometimes my skills are weak (as opposed to mad)! I’ll work on this and post an improved version tonight after my day job. UPDATE … Read more

Friday Funny Spam of the Day

I got a lot of spam: an actual true lot! My main work email has been on the web since 1996 and been scraped and added to every “CD list of email addresses of folks interested in _YOUR PRODUCT HERE_” since the dishonest among us figured out people would pay for a list of names … Read more