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Today's achievement: zombifying pine [Friday 3rd March 2006 at 3:41 pm]

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Today's achievement: zombifying pine

Which isn't much, when you realise that I abandoned today at about 11:30 due to a mixture of:

a) whatever server responsible for DHCP at the uni deciding that my laptop (and apparently three-quarters of other laptops) wasn't worthy enough to receive an IP address, thus making all my internet connections implode

b) my deciding to go and upload the deliverables for Software Engineering to some webspace, only to find that only one deliverable was where it should be, and that whoever put it there forgot to set the permissions correctly

c) attempting to sort out some emails, and in the process managing to wedge one pine session over PuTTY, another logon prompt, and then wait a minute for a third PuTTY shell to login to the Informatics unix server

And I later completely forgot about the Software Engineering meeting (sorry folks), and only found out about it when an e-mail went round asking where all the programmers were. Oops.

Oh, and on the way back I managed to walk through a curtain of snow. I saw it in front of me, and over about twice the width of a road it went no snow -- snow -- no snow. Followed later by a small amount of near-horizontal snow, in March, with the sun shining. Ah well, this is England.

Anyway, Nick happened to log into the unix server just now, and did a 'w' to see who was logged in. I then asked if you saw everyone's processes with 'ps', to which the response was him typing 'ps -aux'. Followed by a few screens of processes from several people (not all of whom were actually logged in), including my pine process. Rather impressive when you realise that when I logged out, the shell *should* have killed anything it had spawned. Well, that explains some of the messages I was seeing with another pine session. One kill -9 later, and the uni has one less pine process.
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