15 Aug 2000 mjd   » (Journeyer)

Wed Aug 16 01:29:41 EST 2000 1400-1800, 2050-0240:

A slow day today.

  • The retailer we rang didn't come through with the router they'd promised, so I found another retailer and went to them instead. Because it's not an in-stock item, I paid the money at the retailer, but had to go to the wholesaler to pick it up.
  • Read the router manual and played with it for a bit. We couldn't get the serial interface to work properly (it sends but won't receive) but we got the telnet over ethernet method working in short order.
  • In the process of testing filtering rules, we managed to cause the ethernet interface of the router to stop listening.
  • After a lot of stuffing around with different cables and ports and PCs, we have to conclude that the serial port of the router is faulty, so it's an expensive paperweight. I'll take it back and get it replaced tomorrow. Good thing we did this before the cable modem arrives.
  • Greg started work on getting strace to work. He's trying to do this natively on fluffy, but unfortunately we are still being plagued by assorted NFS errors and timeouts. It's really painful. As a datapoint, trying to save a file from inside Chiyonofuji's "vi" hangs for ages. We strongly suspect a bug with NFS writes.
  • Cleaned up some more files and directories in our working area.
  • Sent mail to Warren Harris.
  • Did we mention the strace user-mode code is simply hideous?

I want to get a CD containing the RedHat 6.2 source RPMs. This would be a convenient way of making new or replacement packages for Chiyonofuji when we find existing ones that don't work, like inetd.

There's just so much stuff we could work on. What to do next? We really need a whiteboard so we can chuck TODOs on it and juggle them around until we get a priority we're happy with. Hmm, might do it with some scraps of paper.

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