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* undefined reference to gzopen64

Posted on July 9th, 2019 by whinger. Filed under Uncategorized.

So building postgres v11 on an old legacy centos server produced this error:

pg_basebackup.o(.text+0xed0):postgres-11.4-build/../postgresql-11.4/src/bin/pg_basebackup/pg_basebackup.c:1019: undefined reference to `gzopen64

Turned out a new version of zlib had been manually installed in /usr/local and the included zlib.h pointed to the new version (which used gzopen64), while the old version in /usr/lib (and which had no gzopen64 symbol) was being linked. Adding LDFLAGS=-L/usr/local/lib to the configure line was enough to make it build successfully.


* Loved Love Island? Like silly SMS notifications? I have a file for you…

Posted on September 28th, 2017 by whinger. Filed under Uncategorized.

* Fritz!Box remote SIP with different auth username

Posted on June 15th, 2016 by whinger. Filed under Uncategorized.

So I was given “username” and “auth username” parameters for my SIP trunking account, and it’s non-obvious where those values go in the fritz UI.

The answer, to save you the trouble of faffing with various possible options, is that the “username” goes in the “*Telephone Number for Registration” field at the top, while the auth username goes in the “Account Information” “User name” field. Make sure you check the “Use Internet telephone number for registration” checkbox too.


* The worst bargain ever?

Posted on November 18th, 2012 by whinger. Filed under Uncategorized.

Just took out the cauliflower that Asda’s home delivery gave us this week. All good, until I removed the leaves:

Picture of tiny cauliflower with huge leaves

That’s just taking the piss.


* It’s official: don’t believe anything you read about a product on ebay

Posted on August 3rd, 2011 by whinger. Filed under Uncategorized.

So I had an online chat with an ebay support representative about the fact that ebay’s “detailed item information” boxes, which are provided automatically by ebay, often actually contain incorrect information.

The response:
“we always advise buyers to contact the selelr (sic) directly if they have any clarification on the item listed”

Nice. So I’m supposed to assume that everything is untrue, and if I actually care about the thing that’s listed I should check with the seller, otherwise ebay will disclaim all responsibility.

As an aside, I also like the fact that if someone sells you something in auction, and it turns out not to be as described, ebay’s own recommendation is that you should cover the cost of returning the item.


* What’s wrong with this picture?

Posted on June 19th, 2011 by whinger. Filed under Uncategorized.

Asda says 400g for 58p is £2.42 per kilo

Asda's website shows us the true mathematical genius of cloud computing


* not my usual type of blog post, but…

Posted on January 21st, 2011 by whinger. Filed under Uncategorized.

So I don’t usually post links to stuff like this, but if you haven’t seen Vivian Maier’s street photography, you really must.


* ntp suxx0r, d00d5

Posted on May 9th, 2010 by whinger. Filed under Uncategorized.

This Dr Dobbs article caught my eye when I was looking for a Windows Mobile NTP client (long story). I read it with some alarm as the introduction implies that they’ve found a fundamental problem with NTP and then became steadily more incredulous as I read the article to find that they were talking about periodically running – on mission-critical systems, of course – ntpclient to synchronise with a single time source.

They’ve basically written up alarmist crap that’s worthy of the Daily Mail about the fact that if you use what’s essentially a test program against a single not-particularly-stable server it doesn’t work very well. Big surprise.

Does anyone really use ntpclient like that on a critical production server? I’d have thought configuring ntpd with a few ntp servers wasn’t exactly hard – there’s even a pretty noddy Redhat howto for it. And yet the title of the article (and especially the introduction) suggest that they’ve uncovered a fundamental problem with ntp.

I’m left wondering if timekeeper is a Dr Dobbs product, to be honest.


* linktastic

Posted on March 26th, 2010 by whinger. Filed under Uncategorized.

I don’t tend to post links, but this one just made me lol more than most.


* come play our oh-so-hard game

Posted on February 12th, 2010 by whinger. Filed under Uncategorized.

So betfair have a £5 free bet game (probably only works if you already have an account, although I’m not sure of that) which at first glance looks like a scratchcard – you have to click on the three hearts from nine which have a £ behind them. Except that if (after clicking start) you do nothing for a few seconds it quietly shows you which ones to click.

I guess it’s intentional but I don’t care: these free bet offers are great – I won £120 on the National this year risk-free and haven’t used my account since except for their free bet offers, and yet they keep on sending them to me 🙂