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Unix/Linux software developer in dozens of languages since 1981 with 15 years in Oracle database design and administration.

Projects (most recent first)

  • Developing Zim desktop wiki (for notes) to GtkDialog conversion program to allow automatic creation of checklists for installs, etc. from Zim notes pages. Utilizes bash and 600+ line awk program.
  • Conversion from Tomboy/GNote to Zim for all writing.
    • Zim links to execute or edit scripts with Geany
  • Migrating from Ubuntu Linux to Puppy Linux due to dislike of Unity and Gnome3.
  • Save the world (or at least my sanity) by re-electing President Barak Obama and rescuing congress from the fanatics now running it.
    • 2012-11-06 DONE
      project scope change...
      part 2 improved but not completely doable at this time
  • JavaScript/jQuery-based composing and programming environment inspired by Jeremy Ruston's TiddlyWiki.

Sep
20
awarded  Critic
Sep
20
comment how to pass array into function and updates to array are reflected outsite function
Which version of bash does this apply to?
Aug
27
answered What is the $BASH_COMMAND variable good for?
Aug
27
comment What is the $BASH_COMMAND variable good for?
It's possible that in the bash interpreter, set is not a "command". Just as = is not a "command". Processing of the text following/surrounding those tokens could have entirely different logic than the processing of a "command."
Jul
11
comment Recovering from 'grub rescue>' crash
Are you sure the first partition is (hd0) and not something like (hd0,0)? I assume the others are MSDOS formatted partitions. Wish I could be of more help. Can anyone else help? I'm getting into the weeds.
Jul
10
comment Recovering from 'grub rescue>' crash
I've added some details to the "question" above that may help.
Jul
10
revised Recovering from 'grub rescue>' crash
added failed attempts approximation and details of booting commands for Rafed
Jul
10
revised Recovering from 'grub rescue>' crash
added 722 characters in body
Jul
3
comment How to prompt users with a GUI dialog box to choose file/directory path, via the command-line?
Yad is a dramatically enhanced fork of Zenity and has largely replaced it since the Zenity project went dormant. I see that Zenity is now back in development at Gnome.org (Gnome3 only?) but I see no way download it.
Jun
19
awarded  Good Question
May
14
comment How can I create a wget GUI with multiple progress bars?
@Glutanimate - One brief note to avoid much confusion: Many of the references on PuppyLinux forums refer to "gtkdialog3" and "gtkdialog4". These are just simpler synonyms for the real GtkDialog versions and they're not even consistent. Version 0.8.3 that you grabbed is the latest and is quite stable. ( Moderators: No more on GtkDialog here. Anyone interested in it should please post new questions. )
May
13
comment How can I create a wget GUI with multiple progress bars?
To have additional controls, you would need to step up to GtkDialog which lets you do pretty much anything. However, it's a lot more involved. The PuppyLinux community makes extensive use of it.
Feb
17
awarded  Caucus
Jan
31
awarded  Popular Question
Oct
8
awarded  Yearling
Aug
7
answered A script for moving files from subdirs to parent dir
Jul
24
revised “Do you want to continue[Y/n]?” Why the upper case?
Due to comment & downvotes: changed to present tense; dropped remedial info possibly construed as "talking down"
Jul
24
answered “Do you want to continue[Y/n]?” Why the upper case?
May
2
awarded  Nice Question
Apr
6
revised Customizing Ubuntu to run from RAM only, within GRUB options
corrected spelling of lightning