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Linux user since the 1990s

  • Linux-only (MS-free zone) since 2001, Ubuntu since 2005 (05.04)
  • Currently (2012) running: 8.04 (2 machines), 12.04 (2 machines)
  • Desktop Environments: Mostly LXDE; SSH on the server ;)

Android user since about 2010

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Jul
16
answered Cron job not executing
Jul
16
comment fail2ban is not sending mail when it bans an ip!
Did you check the log file (/var/log/fail2ban.log) for possible errors?
Jul
16
answered Windows 7 won't boot after Ubuntu 12.04 dual boot installation failed
Jul
13
comment Evolution: Broken Outbox / Sending mail takes several minutes
I see. So I take it the long delay was due to the broken mbox files, and then it fits ;)
Jul
13
answered Evolution: Broken Outbox / Sending mail takes several minutes
Jul
13
accepted Evolution data migration (on update) missed all but the first “accounts” (mail, addressbook, calendar…)
Jul
13
accepted Free RAM disappears - Memory leak?
Jul
13
comment Free RAM disappears - Memory leak?
Still looks stable. Though neither lsof nor top pointed me to the "evil process", your guess concerning the KDE daemon pointed me in the direction of the troublemaker. So thank you again -- uptime of my machine now is about 14d, and everything still looks stable, though I even ran things like VirtualBox, compiling etc. in parallel. So I consider this solved, and mark the closest match :)
Jul
13
comment Upgrading to Ubuntu 12.04 gives “no package: header”
Missing info: Update from what? 11.10, 11.04..., 8.10? (Is the upgrade path supported -- or maybe have necessary steps been ommitted, as e.g. with trying a direct upgrade from 8.10?)
Jul
13
answered How do I ensure an NFS share stays mounted?
Jul
13
comment Hang during unlock, slow after that
You're welcome -- glad I could help!
Jul
13
comment Hang during unlock, slow after that
Glad you've found the cause. I made a summary and provided it as an answer, so it is easier to check.
Jul
13
answered Hang during unlock, slow after that
Jul
13
comment Ubuntu 12.04 uses almost 4 GB of memory right after startup.
You're welcome! A good source for further research might be /var/log/syslog, check for any errors that could match. Another nice thing is a monitoring tool such as Monitorix (available via a repository at apt.izzysoft.de, check for details there). Runs right out of the box, draws nice RRD-graphs for almost everything. Really helpful and easy to use.
Jul
13
comment Hang during unlock, slow after that
The glowing drive LED indicates a lot of I/O (in my case, this was either Firefox going nuts, or X running havoc -- both luckily solved itself by updates). Time to give iotop (package has the same name) a chance to identify the troublemaking process!
Jul
12
comment Hang during unlock, slow after that
Easiest way: check the LED attached and listen to the noise (grin). Without physical approximity, and to figure out who is doing all the business: Take a look at iostat (see also: iostat short description and screenshots. If it's not installed, it ships with the sysstat package (so sudo apt-get install sysstat to get it).
Jul
12
comment Is there a way to run an update and upgrade in one command?
If you have to do that often and on multiple machines, you're glad you can at least have an alias. However: apt-get update has a parameter -u, according to the man page that shows available updates. Did not try whether it then asks to apply them (have no Ubuntu/Debian near me to check right now).
Jul
12
comment Hang during unlock, slow after that
Did you check for a) high disk activity and b) memory usage? I had a similar problem a few weeks ago (which looks like solved itself with some updates coming in from the repos) -- you might check this question for details and possible steps..
Jul
11
answered Evolution: Broken Outbox / Sending mail takes several minutes
Jul
11
comment Evolution: Broken Outbox / Sending mail takes several minutes
PS: So was your question "how can I see the message while it is being sent" -- or was it "how can I find out (and fix) why it takes that long"? Maybe you edit your question to make this clear ;)