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Left Behind / Moving On

Posted on 2009.04.01 at 10:30
Current Location: 75070
Current Music: Jarre - Witness

drax0r is gone. My hetero-lifemate of 10-years has quit, and moved on. Not that I blame him, or that I haven't done the same to him. Not once, not twice, but three times. So I really don't have a leg to stand on. And even though our hours sometimes varied so wildly that we'd go days without seeing each other, it just feels different. Being here, knowing his either/or frumpy/jovial visage won't be walking down the hall to join me.

I mean, its not as if we don't live 4.3 miles apart in the same small town and still get together to work on all the other projects we have together. There's just something final about him no longer being here. And it feels wrong.

I met drax0r after we'd moved from Lewisville in 1999 to make McKinney the region's Glass House. We got along well enough, and I had him over to the house a couple of times for weekend LAN-parties, but it wasn't until we were both sent to Andover, Massachusetts for several months that we became fast friends. The rest, as they say, is history.

Godspeed, tiny dancer.

I've never been exactly competent with sed and awk, which makes script writing one of my least favorite things to do. I always turned to drax0r for his advice since he's equal parts extremely lazy and extremely brilliant. He liked to make all his scripts single-lines using no small portion of pure, unadulterated magic. His script-fu is strong.

But since he's no longer here, I had to come up with something on my own. I couldn't find an inittab in ubuntu, so I couldn't place my vnc_start and vnc_stop scripts there, which meant I needed to put them in the init.d directory. The problem with that is that scripts are called with the syntax 'start' and 'stop' and the simple scripts I had written were simply command line syntax in an executable bash script. In other words, #vnc_start start and #vnc_stop stop would error out. Had I named the scripts any differently initially, I might've missed this easy solution, as it was, it played out wonderfully.

Several years ago I'd written a start-script for Big Brother which simply called:

sudo "/usr/scripts/runbb.sh $*"
sudo "/usr/scripts/runbb.sh $*"

The catch was, runbb.sh was a much more complex script, and would run using the 'start' syntax. In the spirit of drax0r, I simply replaced runbb.sh with 'vnc_' and placed the variable ($) adjacent the underscore. Now when the init script is called with either, it replaces the variable with either 'start' or 'stop' and runs the appropriately named script.

Hopefully, drax0r would be proud.


Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2009-04-01 15:36 (UTC) (Link)
Your pain is palpable. I will drink an extra glass of wine on your behalf tonight. *patpat*
ehowton at 2009-04-01 16:00 (UTC) (Link)
Your offer is most generous; thank you.
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2009-04-01 16:04 (UTC) (Link)
Think nothing of it. In fact, out of the generosity of my spirit, I'll up it to TWO glasses.
ehowton at 2009-04-01 16:09 (UTC) (Link)
I don't know what to say. You are, without a doubt, the most selfless person I know.
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2009-04-01 20:33 (UTC) (Link)
They were both good glasses. Oh yes.
Cat Who Likes OpenBSD
bsdcat at 2009-04-01 16:33 (UTC) (Link)
Quite aside from your pain at the work-loss of drax0r, Ubuntu has switched away from any sane startup system to "UpStart".
ehowton at 2009-04-01 16:51 (UTC) (Link)
Hrm. Very SMF-like.

I was reading yesterday that the whole "linking" to "run-levels" was "confusing" which is why I had to run my init.d script against ubuntu's update-rc.d command, which um...did it for me. Apparently you're no longer allowed to symlink them yourself.
thesweetestnote at 2009-04-01 19:20 (UTC) (Link)
My co-workers expressed that my recent departure (yesterday) would bring gloom and doom to their work days. I almost stayed for them. Given the atmosphere of that dreaded company, I understand. All I can say is that I know he'll miss you too. Parting is such sweet sorrow. To be told how much your presence will be missed says a lot. It's almost like a "am I living it right check".

I weep with you *hangs head*
ehowton at 2009-04-01 19:24 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I was over at his house last night and it was just...weird. I mean, he hasn't changed. But everything seemed different somehow. He's an interloper.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2009-04-02 02:12 (UTC) (Link)
He might not ever be in the cubicle next to you again but he'll always be your cuddly Tony Bear!!!
ehowton at 2009-04-02 12:02 (UTC) (Link)
ex_crowy at 2009-04-08 04:06 (UTC) (Link)
That avatar makes me insanely happy.
prog_guy69 at 2009-04-02 11:06 (UTC) (Link)
Completely off subject...

You can download a song from the new Nightwish CD for free by going to http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/

I thought you might be interested. The free download is only good for 24 hours, so you better hurry.

BTW, sorry to hear that drax0r is no longer working with you. I doubt that this is the end of your friendship. :-)
ehowton at 2009-04-02 12:03 (UTC) (Link)
Hey thanks! I'll download it when I get home. I bet they frown upon that type of stuff here at work :(
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