Launchpad insanity runs rampant
gheskett at wdtv.com
Fri Aug 12 00:40:43 UTC 2011
On Thursday, August 11, 2011 08:18:37 PM Nils Kassube did opine:
> gene heskett wrote:
> > My cnc milling machine out in the shop in the back yard, keeps
> > throwing ntp errors at about the same rate Orville Redenbacher pops
> > corn. But no errors are in dmesg or /var/log/messages, they are
> > purely a figment of the package tools imagination gone wild.
> > One of the utilities put an icon up that said I had a crash, which
> > was news to me since the machine was still working very nicely.
> > This ntp error has been bugging me for about 6 months on a 32 bit
> > ubuntu 10.04 LTS install on a Mach Speed Mobo carrying 2GB and an
> > Xp1400 athlon processor.
> This is only a wild guess, but I suppose there are some files in
> /var/crash as the result of a previous ntpd crash from about the time
> when the error report started to show up. If you don't intend to report
> that error, you could remove the files.
I am looking as I type, and you are absolutely correct. Now nuked.
> > But to report the error, I have to create an account on launchpad,
> > which I attempted to do, but when it said a confirming email had
> > been sent, that meant I had to come to the house since this is the
> > only machine on my local net that collects the email.
> > Eventually, say about 15 minutes, the email showed up, and I made 2
> > passes at giving it a password, a very long one but it has no caps
> > or numbers in it, so I used another shorter one I might stand a
> > snowballs chance in hell of remembering this time tomorrow.
> > It bought that, but then bounced me because I wasn't (I presume) on
> > the same machine that I initiated the account request from. And a
> > repeat click on the message got me bounced again like a white
> > mouthed mule. Mind you this whole home network is behind a dd-wrt
> > install with just one IP address.
> Launchpad doesn't care about the machine you are using.
I think it does, at one point it reported an identity error.
> Could it be that
> you had your caps-lock key activated (either when you created the
> password or when you tried to use it)?
Not impossible, but not very likely either. I have been known to extract
that keytop as it is such a pain in the ass.
> > There is no error, but any time the updater software even checks for
> > updates, I have another popup that takes manual closing by grabbing
> > focus & refusing to allow a click away, advising me that ntp is
> > miss-behaving.
> Can you tell us what _exactly_ the error message is? Maybe that helps to
> find out the real reason for the popup.
it says error 1 in the popup.
From the crash file before I nuked it:
subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 1
> > If that pops up on top of the emc control screen,
> > stealing the focus so I have to clear it before I can even hit the
> > emergency stop and save a $500 part from being trashed, I am going
> > to be more than this amount of upset.
> IMHO the emergency stop should be a real switch, not a button on the
No argument there, but if tripped at high speed, then all axis's will need
rehomed, destroying the present calibration. The button on the screen, or
the esc key, does a graceful stop using the programed accel/decel rates so
it doesn't lose position.
> I would never rely on the software to work correctly in case of
> an emergency. But of course it is your machine and you probably know
> what you are doing.
Sometimes I wonder, emc needs more math than I ever got in my 8 years in
school back in the '40's. OTOH, as a retired broadcast engineer and a
C.E.T., I have done fairly well.
> Furthermore I would suggest that you disable automatic updates so you
> can manually start updates when your machine isn't running and popups
> can't cause damage.
Not automatic, just the advisory that its needed, a different problem, but
I may have it go ahead and do it in the background while I am doing other
work on the emc screen. A relatively safe operation until the last couple
or 3 months. Now, with 4x as much memory in that box, it may not happen
Thank you very much Nils, I expect this has solved my problem. And I
learned something at the same time, so a tip of my University of Hard
Knocks baseball cap is sent in your direction. ;-)
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