November 24th, 2000

Lord Yupa

Frustrating Windows Problems.

Okay, this is the most annoying things I've run into in ages.

I have not installed anything in the past week or two, and for no reason that I can figure out, I sat down to my WinNT box and attempted to Secure Shell (ssh) to my Linux box. The reason for this is that the monitor for my Linux box is currently dead, so this is my only easy way to access it.

Well, upon attempting to connect, I get the error:

Unable to open connection:
Protocol initialisation error


I don't have a clue what that is supposed to mean, nor why it's suddenly started up. You want to know what else is really odd? When I first got this, I tried a different version of the program. Same thing. So, I tried a different windows ssh program (MindTerm, it's a Java based ssh client) and I got the same thing.

At this point, I'm really getting annoyed. So, I've been thinking about reinstalling NT for a while now anyway, 'cause there's a lot of things screwed up on this box right now. I figure this is as good a time as any. So, I've just finished reinstalling, and guess what....putty still isn't working.

I'm starting to get pissed here, and it takes a lot for that to happen.

If anyone has any suggestions, knowing that I'm a computer user who is well 'above average' in knowledge (don't suggest rebooting. ;-), I'd love to hear it.

I'm running NT 4, Service Pack 6a, IE 5.5, Office and Visual Studio are not yet installed, I'll prolly get around to putting them back tomorrow.

UPDATE: I've been doing a ton of digging around on the web, searching mailing list archives, and sniffing in Deja News archives. I've discovered two things.

First of all, I can still use ssh to connect to some machines, just not all. I don't know why. Secondly, there's a possibility it might be a server related issue, because a friend of mine using the standard ssh client, on a NetBSD box, was also unable to connect. I'm gonna move my monitor over and check things manually tomorrow, I think.

Sometimes, I really hate computers.
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Lord Yupa

Resolved, trouble with secure shell (ssh)

Okay, I got into my box and I think I've discovered what the problem is. As I mentioned in an update to last night's entry, I couldn't get to my box from another box I have access to, so I began to suspect it was something on sshd's side. When I checked my logs, I was able to confirm the likelihood of this. Here is the relevant bit from auth.log:

Nov 24 12:57:56 nexus libsafe.so[15035]: version 1.3
Nov 24 12:57:56 nexus libsafe.so[15035]: detected an attempt to write across stack boundary.
Nov 24 12:57:56 nexus libsafe.so[15035]: terminating /usr/sbin/sshd1
Nov 24 12:57:56 nexus libsafe.so[15035]: overflow caused by memcpy()

Now this caught my attention, because for the past two days, I've been getting a handful of program crashes from 'attempt to write across stack boundary.' Most commonly, whenever I try to view an e-mail that is more than about 1k in size, it's been dying on me too.

So, I thought back to what I've upgraded on my Linux box in the past day or so, and I remember installing the new optimized libc6 (glibc2) package, libc6-i686 (I have a dual PPro box). Ever since I installed that, I've been getting that error.

So, I went ahead and removed the libc6-i686, using the default 'normal' libc6, and restarted sshd. It seems to be running fine, now. And, mutt has stopped crashing on me, too. ;-)

So, for the moment, it looks like life is good. ;-)

Thanks to teferi and AsmodeusB for the suggestions and comments. I appreciate it. ;-)

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Lord Yupa

Debian decisions.

Okay, since I'm pretty sure it was the optimized libc6-i686 that caused my problems, I'm having trouble deciding whether to give it another try. A new Debian package release for it came out today, so I might give it a try and then kill it in a hurry if anything dies on me...

Update: Okay, I just tried it. libc6-686 is a goner for now. As soon as I installed it, things started dying on me again. As soon as I removed it, the faults stopped.

I think I'll file a bug report on it now.
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Lord Yupa

SorceryNet/IRC - #Rafters

Okay, this just goes to show you never know what's going to come up on IRC. ;-)

<Lordy> Skan: does me running netbsd improve my rating as an oper? ;)
<Unknown> Try oral sex instead.
<dev> Lordy: actually, oral sex doesn't work well on Skan, try something else
<Lordy> stop, you're making my keyboard wet
<[TGHI]Shrew> trust me, if someones good at it they can work it out of you
<keith> eeww
. . .
* KrystelFlame lost the thread of the conversation, lordy needed a review sheet for oral sex?

Update: petfish just let me know this is a compilation of comments over a day or so, and from the topic of #Rafters. Nifty. ;-)
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Lord Yupa

Charlie's Angels.

I went and saw Charlie's Angels this afternoon.

I've seen the TV series before, so I felt I had a pretty good idea what to expect. And, I was correct. In many ways, it followed the style of the show fairly well, if not exactly.

Honestly, a more blatant display of T&A I have not seen in a long time.

It was a most excellent movie. ;-)

The chicks are, of course, very hot. For those of you who don't know, it stars Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu. There are numerous close-ups of them bending over in tight pants, or leaning forward for a good cleavage shot. As a member of the male sex, I of course, find this to be a Very Good Thing (tm).

The action scenes are fairly impressive, and done in the exaggerated martial arts styling of the Matrix, with lots of high flying, silly stunts, and other fun. If you want realistic fight scenes, this isn't your movie. If you want hot chicks kicking ass, then you've found your ideal movie.

Overall, I'd give this movie a rating of Good. Don't go to it expecting a deep plot or Oscar award winning acting, but do go see it for hot chicks, great action, and a lot of fun.

Oh, and for any of you chicks out there who are thinking, "Oh, I can't believe he watched that movie, that is so sexist!", just think of this as women empowerment or something. Try that whole, "I am woman, hear me meow" type of thing.

For, I am man, hear me grunt and see me scratch! And I do like hot chicks, especially when I'm single, and thus shall I enjoy a movie with great T&A. ;-)
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