Greg
animals brewing
food and drink gardening
general health
history language
music multimedia
opinion photography
politics Stones Road house
technology
Greg's diary
recent entries
Translate this page
Select day in June 2019:
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30
Select month:
2018 Sep Oct Nov Dec
2019 Jan Feb Mar Apr
2019 May Jun Jul Aug
Today's diary entry
Diary index
About this diary
Greg's home page
Greg's photos
Network link stats
Greg's other links
Copyright information
    
Groogle

Monday, 17 June 2019 Dereel Images for 17 June 2019
Top of page
next day
last day

Hugin bug on FreeBSD
Topic: technology, photography, opinion Link here

I still haven't resolved the Hugin startup bug that was reported against FreeBSD nearly 2 months ago. It's puzzling: Hugin crashes on startup with one complaint too many. After the usual Gtk bitching and moaning, he gets:

(hugin:6057): Gtk-WARNING **: 19:18:30.940: gtk_window_present_with_time() should not be called with 0, or GDK_CURRENT_TIME as a timestamp, the timestamp should instead be gathered at the time the user initiated the request for the window to be shown
zsh: segmentation fault (core dumped)  hugin

The problem is, nobody else does. Thomas Modes of the Hugin project says that the function gtk_window_present_with_time() isn't called from Hugin, but of course it could be called internally. I've tried various suggestions, none of which seem to help. Standard installation as far as I can see. Library sensitivities? The only different libraries are libboost, hardly likely to cause this kind of problem. Incompatibility between the binary package and his version of FreeBSD? No, he built the package from source, same problem.

OK, he's running FreeBSD 12, and I'm using 11. Time to install a FreBSD 12 system. That itself was enough pain to describe separately. But after installation, Hugin ran as expected. No problems.

What now? Could it be his display hardware or window manager?


FreeBSD under VirtualBox, simplified?
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

Installing a FreeBSD system used to be a significant undertaking. 21 years ago I did an all-day tutorial at AUUG 1998 and didn't even finish installing the base system. No way I want to do that again.

The standard way to install a system used to be to get a DVD image and install from that. But who uses DVDs any more? USB? While I was looking, I found a collection of virtual machine images, including one for VirtualBox. Just what I need! Download it and install.

First step: install X, Emacs and Bash.

 
This should be Vbos-FreeBSD-1-detail.png.  Is it missing?
Image title: Vbos FreeBSD 1 detail
Complete exposure details
Dimensions: 681 x 172, 5 kB
Dimensions of original: 681 x 172, 5 kB
Display this image:
thumbnail    hidden   alone on page
Display all images on this page as:
thumbnails    this size
Show for Monday, 17 June 2019:
thumbnails    small images    diary entry

WHAT? The virtual machine image was just big enough for the files that it contained. What can you do with that? Added a second “disk” for /usr and moved stuff over there, then tried again:


This should be Vbos-FreeBSD-2-detail.png.  Is it missing?
Image title: Vbos FreeBSD 2 detail          Dimensions:          979 x 276, 141 kB
Make a single page with this image Hide this image
Make this image a thumbnail Make thumbnails of all images on this page
Display small version of all images on this page
All images taken on Monday, 17 June 2019, thumbnails          All images taken on Monday, 17 June 2019, small
Diary entry for Monday, 17 June 2019 Complete exposure details

 

What's that? Do we really have problems in the packages repository? OK, mount eureka:/src and build from source. That failed too, with an error that I have never seen before:


This should be Vbos-FreeBSD-4-detail.png.  Is it missing?
Image title: Vbos FreeBSD 4 detail          Dimensions:          1446 x 187, 137 kB
Make a single page with this image Hide this image
Make this image a thumbnail Make thumbnails of all images on this page
Display small version of all images on this page
All images taken on Monday, 17 June 2019, thumbnails          All images taken on Monday, 17 June 2019, small
Diary entry for Monday, 17 June 2019 Complete exposure details

 
bash: /usr/bin/xargs: cannot execute binary file: Exec format error

Did something go wrong copying /usr to the new “disk”? No, the original one (/old/usr/bin/xargs) was also broken.

How can that happen? I didn't have time to check, but what I see so far suggests that the virtual machine images aren't worth the paper they're printed on. Discovered that I already had a 12-RELEASE DVD image on eureka, so installed from that with no further issues.


Recipes for Sauerbraten
Topic: food and drink, language, opinion Link here

So now Yvonne has accepted that we will cook a Sauerbraten in the near future. What recipe? I have one, but are there others?

Off to ask Google about Sauerbratenrezept (Sauerbraten recipe). No hits! They were all for „Sauerbraten Rezept“. People, that's wrong! You don't tear words apart like that! But it seems to be a case of „Was weißt du denn?“.

Strange how English and German are going in opposite directions in this matter. In English words get put together, like filesystem and dishwasher, while in German the correct „Dateisystem“ is increasingly becoming „Datei System“. I haven't seen „Spül Maschine“ yet, but that's at least because „Spül“ isn't a noun.

And the recipes? Little variation. The one I have wants to have the marinade boiled before marinating, and the others I have seen don't. But the nicest touch was “Preparation time: 30 minutes”, followed by “After a week, take the meat out of the marinade...”.


Tuesday, 18 June 2019 Dereel → Ballarat → Dereel Images for 18 June 2019
Top of page
previous day

Physiotherapy again
Topic: health Link here

Into Ballarat today for yet another physiotherapy session. Things are looking better, and just as well: it seems that my medical insurance thinks that it's time to stop paying for my treatment, and today I had to pay a whopping $5.60 instead of the usual $2.60.


New light fittings
Topic: Stones Road house, general, opinion Link here

It's been four weeks since Mike Simpson installed the cooktops. The next step is finishing off the electrical installation, and true to form, I've been dragging my heels.

One more consideration: how much light do we need in the kitchen? And from where? We bought a light for the other side of the kitchen island (the continuation of the hallway) months ago:

 
This should be Light-fitting-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?
Image title: Light fitting 1
Complete exposure details
Dimensions: 523 x 517, 90 kB
Dimensions of original: 2848 x 2816, 1285 kB
Display this image:
thumbnail    hidden   alone on page
Display all images on this page as:
thumbnails    this size
Show for Tuesday, 18 June 2019:
thumbnails    small images    diary entry

But now I'm wondering whether I shouldn't put two in. Somehow lighting is particularly dingy since the advent of LED lighting. So I picked up another one at Bunnings, also looking for strip lighting for below the overhead cabinets to the left and right of the range hood:

 
This should be Kitchen-3-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?
Image title: Kitchen 3 detail
Complete exposure details
Dimensions: 789 x 342, 113 kB
Dimensions of original: 3913 x 1695, 1357 kB
Display this image:
thumbnail    hidden   alone on page
Display all images on this page as:
thumbnails    this size
Show for Tuesday, 21 May 2019:
thumbnails    small images    diary entry

But I couldn't find anything even remotely suitable. This one looked best, but the more I look at it, the less I like it:

 
This should be Light-fitting-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?
Image title: Light fitting 2
Complete exposure details
Dimensions: 746 x 362, 122 kB
Dimensions of original: 3929 x 1906, 1999 kB
Display this image:
thumbnail    hidden   alone on page
Display all images on this page as:
thumbnails    this size
Show for Tuesday, 18 June 2019:
thumbnails    small images    diary entry

Why is this all so difficult?


Compound nouns revisited
Topic: language, opinion Link here

Mail from Harald Arnesen today, referring to yesterday's article on German spelling. It seems that Norwegian is going the same way as German in this matter, and there's even a web site devoted to this matter. Unfortunately I discover that my understanding of Norwegian is even worse than I thought, and I can't make much sense of it. But it seems that meanings change as a result of tearing nouns apart: “Ananasringer” is a fairly clear word meaning, well, „Ananasringe“ in German: rings of pineapple fruit. But “Ananas ringer” translates into English as, well, “pineapple rings” (on the phone). Somehow these problems don't translate well. As usual, Google Translate makes a real cat's breakfast of it:

In the past year, a completely new way of mistreating the Norwegian language has become more and more common, namely, hyphenation , or special writing as it is actually called. Words such as dining room turn into eating living room , lamb's leg becomes lame thighs and cough juice turns into cough juice . We at the AMO believe such language vandalism should be fought with all legal means, since special writing can make a text difficult to read, can lead to misunderstandings and is a step closer to an even stronger assimilation of our language.

Of course, there are other ways to change meanings. German hyphenation rules are very different from those in English, and a long time ago I learnt an important consequence: „Urinstinkt“ (basic instinct) hyphenates as „Urin-stinkt“ (“urine stinks”). Other that I have come across are „Schweinelende“ → „Schwein-elende“ (“pork loin” → “miserable swine”), and recently „Klößen“ (dative plural of „Klöße“, dumplings), written alternatively (only if you don't have the right letters to hand) as “Kloessen”. That can hyphenate to „Klo-essen“, “toilet food”. Admittedly that's incorrect hyphenation, but I've seen it, apparently unintentional.


This page contains (roughly) yesterday's and today's entries. I have a horror of reverse chronological documents, so all my diary entries are chronological. This page normally contains the last two days, but if I fall behind it may contain more. You can find older entries in the archive. Note that I often update a diary entry a day or two after I write it.     Do you have a comment about something I have written? This is a diary, not a “blog”, and there is deliberately no provision for directly adding comments. But I welcome feedback and try to reply to all messages I receive. See the diary overview for more details. If you do send me a message relating to something I have written, please indicate whether you'd prefer me not to mention your name. Otherwise I'll assume that it's OK to do so.


Greg's home page This month Greg's photos Greg's links

RSS 2.0 Valid XHTML 1.0!