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Archive for January 20th, 2020

How to change the control of a Somfy RTS roller blind from 2 to 1 remote – Projectionscreen.net

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/01/20

This procedure works for Somfy RTS motors to:

  • removing an additional channel
  • removing an additional remote

The trick is to have one remote/channel that you want to keep working as you need that one to initiate the deletion process:

  1. On the channel/remote you want to delete
    • Test with the up/down button that it is indeed the one you want to delete
  2. On the channel/remote you want to keep
    1. Test with up/down button
      • The Somfy RTS motor show now work
    2. Press the  small button with a pen
      • The Somfy RTS motor now should “wiggle”
  3. On the channel/remote you want to delete
    1. Press the  small button with a pen
      • The Somfy RTS motor now should “wiggle” again
    2. Test with up/down button
      • The somfy RTS motor should now do nothing
  4. On the channel/remote you want to keep
    1. Test with up/down button
      • The Somfy RTS motor show still work

Via: [WayBack] How to change the control of a Somfy RTS roller blind from 2 to 1 remote – Projectionscreen.net

Videos below the fold:

–jeroen

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OpenSuSE: location of cron jobs

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/01/20

When you look at how to find listed cron jobs, usually the answer is cron -l or cron -u username -l.

However, on OpenSuSE systems, cron jobs can be in different places, and the sysconfig settings have influence on them too.

These files and directories all influence cron:

Directories:

/etc/cron.d/
/etc/cron.daily/
/etc/cron.hourly/
/etc/cron.monthly/
/etc/cron.weekly/

Files:

/etc/sysconfig/cron
/etc/init.d/rc2.d/K01cron
/etc/init.d/rc2.d/S14cron
/etc/init.d/rc3.d/K01cron
/etc/init.d/rc3.d/S14cron
/etc/init.d/rc5.d/K01cron
/etc/init.d/rc5.d/S14cron
/etc/init.d/cron
/etc/news/crontab.sample
/etc/pam.d/crond
/etc/systemd/system/multi-user.target.wants/cron.service
/etc/omc/srvinfo.d/cron.xml
/etc/cron.deny
/etc/crontab

Most are available for other Linux distributions as well, but each one might have slightly different configurations (especially for the directories). Some background reading:

Some details:

  • The crontab -l will only list what is in /etc/crontab.
  • These directories are influenced by/etc/sysconfig/cron, especially the DAILY_TIME variable (see below) for the daily jobs.
    All of the directories are checked every 15 minutes through /usr/lib/cron/run-crons:/etc/cron.daily/
    /etc/cron.hourly/
    /etc/cron.monthly/
    /etc/cron.weekly/
  • That script then uses these files for checking when to run:/var/spool/cron/lastrun/cron.weekly
    /var/spool/cron/lastrun/cron.daily
    /var/spool/cron/lastrun/cron.hourly

The DAILY_TIME variable:

## Type: string
## Default: ""
#
# At which time cron.daily should start. Default is 15 minutes after booting
# the system. Example setting would be "14:00".
# Due to the fact that cron script runs only every 15 minutes,
# it will only run on xx:00, xx:15, xx:30, xx:45, not at the accurate time
# you set.
DAILY_TIME=""

–jeroen

 

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SpaceX: Task failed successfully

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/01/20

(thanks John!)

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Delphi: A few notes on tracking down a use-after free related issue involving interfaces crashing inside System._IntfClear.

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/01/20

A few notes on tracking down a use-after free related issue involving interfaces.

The crash message is like this:

Project UseAfterFreeWithInterface.exe raised exception class $C0000005 with message 'access violation at 0x004106c0: read of address 0x80808088'.

Two things here:

An important note first

Basically any memory value in an exception starting with $8080 and sometimes even $80 should raise suspicion: it usually means a use-after-free case.

You see these errors with FastMM and not with the memory manager as [WayBack] delphi • View topic • Problem with FastMM and D7 explains:

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Always use SCSI for your VM guest disks – Jeroen Wiert Pluimers – Google+

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/01/20

Rephrased from [WayBackJeroen Wiert Pluimers – Google+:

If you install a virtual machine, ensure the disk controller and disks are SCSI based.

This has many advantages, including:

  • speed (usually the SCSI drivers can be paravirtualised)
  • hot addition of new disks

It holds for virtually any virtualization platform including all non-ancient (less than ~10 year old) versions of:

  • VMware (Workstation, Viewer, but I expect this also to work on vSphere, ESXI, Fusion)
  • Hyper-V
  • KVM (and therefore Proxmox)
  • VirtualBox

Based on my notes in the above link and the links below:

Note this isn’t just for Linux guests/hosts: Most guests (including Windows) can do a SCSI bus re-scan and detect new SCSI devices.

The trick here is that the guest must already have a virtual SCSI controller (adding that will require a reboot of the guest).

Then adding a new SCSI disk on that controller from any host (Windows, Mac, ESXi, vSphere) should work fine.

–jeroen

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