Don't let updatedb take your Linux down

Coffee break everyone? Everyday morning was the same: updatedb came and took my Gentoo away. The symptoms were clear, X/KDE applications starting to become slow and unresponsive, and then the two inevitable choices: go for a coffee and wait or pkill the bastard. Asking updatedb to be nice (the…

Meme Miner: the translation tool I've been looking for

No, this will not replace Google Translate or Babel Fish. But it does something that these tools simply can't offer. For some time I've been using Wikipedia to translate expressions that a normal translator couldn't give exact results, because they use literal translations. Now there is a faster way. Enter…

Ebuild for CoovaChilli v1.2.2 coming soon

It has been a while since I took Laurento Fritella contributions on bugzilla for CoovaChilli-1.0.11 and made them available through Sunrise overlay. In the meantime I've tried to submit version 1.0.14 but run into some problems with SSL and I was back then completely out of…

tar: file name is too long (max 99)

I was doing the usual make dist process to launch a tarball for one of my apps when tar died with the following message: tar: file name is too long (max 99); not dumped tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors If you happen to see the same error message…

Chromium OS using Portage build environment

These are good news for the Gentoo community. Portage is being used to build Chromium OS packages. As you may know, Portage is the Gentoo Linux default package management system which has its roots on FreeBSD's ports. As of February 5, Google developer Ryan Cairns has made this statement on…

Mark all messages as Read in Gmail (in 3 easy steps)

Want to get rid of all those unread messages in Gmail? Or, just like me, have some unread messages you can't find and want to reset the unread count to zero? Well, here is the solution: Type "is:unread" in the search bar. Then select "Unread"…