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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Nice Joke

You gotta see this nice little cartoon. Explains beautifully the thinking process of a fellow "Debian addict".

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

overwhelmed with joy

I was overwhelmed with joy upon seeing my name mentioned in the last issue of the Debian Weekly News (2005). Honestly, I have not done anything except starting the page and adding little bit of info now and then. Hopefully it would pick up and help fellow Debian users.

Now I am even more motivated to work on Debian.

Update 1 :- Looks like I am becoming famous :-) I was mentioned second time in another DWN issue .

Sunday, December 25, 2005

getting rid of warning from reportbug

Recently when I was using reportbug to report a bug against mrxvt, I was presented with a warning

$reportbug mrxvt
*** Warning: is no longer an appropriate smtphost setting for
reportbug; please update your .reportbugrc file.

The warning just mentions that you have to change to something else. But it does not mention "to what you should change"? The answer is in the /usr/share/doc/reportbug/changelog.gz under the changelog entry for version 3.18

In ~/.reportbugrc, You have to change the line




Once you do this, the above warning disappears.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

My bug on gdb got fixed

Even though it took 5 months for it to be fixed, Daniel Jacobowitz finally fixed a bug that I reported on July 22, 2005. Now I can use gdb to debug my fortran programs compiled with gfortran. Cool uh!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

free stuff for give away

You might have arrived here after seeing my email in ISSO mailing list. well, I have a couch, lazy boy chair, futon bed, usual bed . Everything is free and you have to arrange your own shipping. I cant guarantee their condition. Look for yourself. If you like them, take it.

You can contact me at 607-342-5538 or by email (

Update1 :- The futon bed is already gone. I will update this blog if something else is claimed.

Update2 :- The spring matress is also gone. So as of now, only the Couch and the lazy boy chair are remaining.

Update3 :- The couch has also been claimed. Now only the lazy boy chair (waiting lazily, I guess :-)) is available.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Combining postscript files

postscript files (.ps, .eps) can be combined very easily using psmerge. Sample commands look like

psmerge -ocombined.eps file1.eps file2.eps file3.eps file4.eps
psmerge -o/tmp/ file*.ps

For more details see its man page (man psutils). In Debian psmerge is part of psutils package and can be installed by

apt-get install psutils

Saturday, December 03, 2005

list of travel agents

For those who are planning to travel to India from New York, a list of travel agents in New York is available at .

Please let me know if there are other such similar links.