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Archive for September 7th, 2020

I need to dig into IPP / driverless printer confuguration

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/09/07

It looks like I need to learn about IPP and driverless based on [WayBack] TIL that your Linux desktop can probably use your somewhat recently made printer, efficiently, with all major features exposed, without needing to download a ton of vendor shitware, without needing to find a PPD file in the depths of hell, without needing to pay extra for explicit PostScript 3 support, and without needing to accept that it will do 0.2 instead of 20 pages per minute because the in-printer PostScript rasterizer runs on a Z80…. – Maik Zumstrull – Google+.

So here are some links:

Via: [WayBack] TIL that your Linux desktop can probably use your somewhat recently made prin… – Kristian Köhntopp – G+

When adding my printer in the Chrome tool, it can properly detect it:

Printer information
Printer make/model: OKI-MC342-36855D
Printer state: idle
Accepting jobs: true
IPP server version: 1.1
Supports PDF natively: true
Supports PWG raster: false
Supports Postscript: true
Supports Unirast: true
Supports application/octet-stream: true
CUPS server: No
Compatability report: PASS Printer should be compatible – try printing


Posted in *nix, *nix-tools, Hardware, OKI C332, OKI Printers, Power User, Printers | 2 Comments »

bash – convert comma separated values into a list of values using shell script – Stack Overflow

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/09/07

For a simple comma separated list (no quotes), I was expecting a sed script (and indeed it is possible), but tr is more elegant:

Use tr to change , into newlines:

tr , "\n" < list.txt


Source: [WayBack] bash – convert comma separated values into a list of values using shell script – Stack Overflow.


Posted in *nix, *nix-tools, bash, bash, Development, Power User, Scripting, Software Development | Leave a Comment »

ESXi: shrinking a thin provisioned disk by first exploding it with zero content

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/09/07

In addition to ESXi: shrinking a Windows disk, you can shrink any ESXi thin provisioned disk by first exploding it with zero content, then shrinking it like described by [WayBack] How to Shrink a Thin VMDK on ESXi 5.0 | Boerlowie’s Blog.

It comes down to using this command:

 vmkfstools --punchzero myVirtualMachineDisk.vmdk

You can replace --punchzero with -K if you like more cryptic arguments.

This works because thin provisioned vmdk disk files are sparse files where zero content can be non-allocated.

The trick requires all empty space to be zeroed out (which usually comes down using a tool like sdelete on Windows or shred on Linux), hence the “exploding” in the post title.

For a good explanation on thin, versus thick versus eagerlyZeroedThick, read [WayBackThin Provisioning – What’s the scoop? – VMware vSphere Blog.

A few remarks:

  • this only works within datastores, so when you transfer your file out, then the file will be the thick size
  • an OVF exported virtual machine will benefit from thin provisioned disks
  • the du command will show the actual storage size (including the savings from think provisioned disks)
  • the ls command will show then “virtual” storage size (excluding any thin provisioning gains)
  • the difference between ls and du output is the thin provisioning gain


Posted in Power User, Virtualization, VMware, VMware ESXi | Leave a Comment »

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