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0838 : "Incident"

Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 5:05 am UTC
by Cathode Ray Sunshine
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Alt text : He sees you when you're sleeping, he knows when you're awake, he's copied on /var/spool/mail/root, so be good for goodness' sake.

Re: 0837 : "Incident"

Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 5:08 am UTC
by Meem1029
It's 838, not 837 and you are supposed to add a comment of yours.

As far as the comic goes, I like it. I've started to use Linux in the past several months and so I actually got what was going on in a Linux comic. Sort of.

Re: 0838 : "Incident"

Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 5:09 am UTC
by alexriehl
It's getting better again! Excellent! Merry upcoming Christmas, everybody, and happy belated Hanukkah and Yule!

Re: 0838 : "Incident"

Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 5:11 am UTC
by Radical Pi
So does this mean he'll get a lump of /tmp in his stocking this year?

Re: 0837 : "Incident"

Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 5:12 am UTC
by Cathode Ray Sunshine
Meem1029 wrote:It's 838, not 837 and you are supposed to add a comment of yours.


Yeah, I noticed a bit after I posted but thought no one had seen it since no one had replied. It's gotta be a slow night here if I was the first to post the comic. By the time I come to the forums the thread is almost on page 2, and I come here as soon as it's updated.

Re: 0838 : "Incident"

Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 5:12 am UTC
by ABCD
What distro is he using? Everyone knows that root’s mail is stored in /var/mail/root (not /var/spool/mail/root), as defined by the FHS.

Re: 0838 : "Incident"

Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 5:19 am UTC
by gormster
ABCD wrote:What distro is he using? Everyone knows that root’s mail is stored in /var/mail/root (not /var/spool/mail/root), as defined by the FHS.

My /var/mail dir is empty...

Re: 0838 : "Incident"

Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 5:21 am UTC
by jspenguin
ABCD wrote:What distro is he using? Everyone knows that root’s mail is stored in /var/mail/root (not /var/spool/mail/root), as defined by the FHS.

/var/spool/mail works just fine:

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$ ls -l /var/spool/mail
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 7 2009-10-29 21:39 /var/spool/mail -> ../mail

Re: 0838 : "Incident"

Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 5:31 am UTC
by bitwiseshiftleft
The other column is for people who reduce the CPU priority of their batch jobs.

Re: 0838 : "Incident"

Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 5:38 am UTC
by hintss
why does he run sudo su? doesn't sudo -s do the same thing?

Re: 0838 : "Incident"

Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 5:46 am UTC
by KShrike
Man, I miss Linux so much....
I'd have to relearn terminal-fu in order to get back into it.

Re: 0838 : "Incident"

Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 5:47 am UTC
by alethiophile
A little bit overkill, since 90% of those 'incidents' are the admins in question testing out the sudo functionality, or forgetting to add their user accounts to /etc/sudoers. At least, that's the only thing that I've ever seen this message for, though I never use multi-user machines.

Re: 0838 : "Incident"

Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 6:02 am UTC
by Vaskafdt
I love the Christmas Carol at the Title text :)

much better then the one WBC released this year.

Re: 0837 : "Incident"

Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 6:18 am UTC
by Almost in register
Meem1029 wrote:...you are supposed to add a comment of yours.

Who cares. Comments that the first poster has to come up with are almost never insightful (it's obvious they're there only because they have to be) and make the post worse.

I liked the title-text, but I think it would have been funnier if it had been more of a play on the state of your computer: "He sees when you're in sleep mode... something something wake."

Re: 0838 : "Incident"

Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 6:22 am UTC
by sje46
I got so paranoid when I saw this message on my shell server. I thought I was going to be kicked out.

Re: 0838 : "Incident"

Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 6:45 am UTC
by soren121
That message has always scared the crap out of me. For example, I once tried to see if I could remotely shutoff my teacher's computer in Tech class via the command prompt. I executed the shutdown command as Administrator, and it spat out the Windows equivalent of that error message. I was so freaking scared, I thought they would expel me or something. Because of course, my high school is run by luddites, and would never take a joke kindly.

Re: 0838 : "Incident"

Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 6:45 am UTC
by TexasToast
"Santa BOFH is coming to town"

Re: 0838 : "Incident"

Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 7:05 am UTC
by DavidRoss
TexasToast wrote:"Santa BOFH is coming to town"


BOFH. What a blast from the past. Very funny, but too bad these days computer users don't have a sysop - they just interface to their cable company. Hmm, maybe I know where all the BOFHs went.

Re: 0838 : "Incident"

Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 7:59 am UTC
by jendral_hxr
I got my root account, so--by any chanche--am I Santa?

Re: 0838 : "Incident"

Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 8:04 am UTC
by aldld
Santa Claus appears to be a different species from the other characters.

Re: 0838 : "Incident"

Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 8:33 am UTC
by nwm
jspenguin wrote:
ABCD wrote:What distro is he using? Everyone knows that root’s mail is stored in /var/mail/root (not /var/spool/mail/root), as defined by the FHS.

/var/spool/mail works just fine:

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$ ls -l /var/spool/mail
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 7 2009-10-29 21:39 /var/spool/mail -> ../mail


Well at least here on Gentoo its the other way round:

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\--> ls -l /var/mail
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 15 14. Aug 12:44 /var/mail -> /var/spool/mail

Re: 0838 : "Incident"

Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 9:15 am UTC
by peteispo
I'm very tempted to set up my mail server so that stuff to root gets copied to santa@northpole.com ...

Re: 0838 : "Incident"

Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 9:34 am UTC
by Max2009
So, Santa runs diff twice on the lists?

The only time I got this message was when I was trying to diagnose network problems in my college computer labs using nmap. It scared the piss out of me, especially since they really know what they're doing there.

Re: 0838 : "Incident"

Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 9:57 am UTC
by Plasma Man
So Windows users are pretty much guaranteed to be on the naughty list, thanks to the programs always performing illegal operations.

Re: 0838 : "Incident"

Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 10:02 am UTC
by Covane
Anyone try singing it?

He sees you when you're sleeping/
He knows when you're awake/
He's copied on /var/spool/mail/root/
So be good for goodness' sake/

after the Dickinson comic I can't help but think he timed it.

Re: 0838 : "Incident"

Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 10:45 am UTC
by CuddlyCombine
Does Santa use Red Hat? Maybe the elves maintain a local distro.

Re: 0838 : "Incident"

Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 12:20 pm UTC
by ModestMouse
Radical Pi wrote:So does this mean he'll get a lump of /tmp in his stocking this year?


So that's where /tmp/.coal_3.2.7293.5.002 comes from? It's the only question I ever had that google was unable to anwser!

Re: 0838 : "Incident"

Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 1:32 pm UTC
by styrofoam
ModestMouse wrote:
Radical Pi wrote:So does this mean he'll get a lump of /tmp in his stocking this year?


So that's where /tmp/.coal_3.2.7293.5.002 comes from? It's the only question I ever had that google was unable to anwser!

Will the . disappear on Christmas day?

Re: 0838 : "Incident"

Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 2:07 pm UTC
by asdfzxc
Covane wrote:Anyone try singing it?

He sees you when you're sleeping/
He knows when you're awake/
He's copied on /var/spool/mail/root/
So be good for goodness' sake/

after the Dickinson comic I can't help but think he timed it.

I saw that too, and judging by the above confusion, it sounds like he actually did fudge it a bit to make it fit (wouldn't know myself, not a Linux user).

CuddlyCombine wrote:Does Santa use Red Hat? Maybe the elves maintain a local distro.

8)

Re: 0838 : "Incident"

Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 3:28 pm UTC
by styrofoam
asdfzxc wrote:I saw that too, and judging by the above confusion, it sounds like he actually did fudge it a bit to make it fit (wouldn't know myself, not a Linux user.

Just a bit. /var/spool/mail/root actually works in most distros, but /var/mail/root is the standardized one.
Max2009 wrote:So Santa runs diff twice on the lists?
That would only make sure nobody is listed in both, not that the naughty list only contains naughty people, etc.

Re: 0838 : "Incident"

Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 7:45 pm UTC
by FrederikVds
I once tried this on a remote server I had an account on, to see if I could do some very trivial administrator tasks by myself, assuming everyone ignores those "incident reports". I got an angry e-mail from the system administrator telling me to stop doing that, or that he would suspend my account. Probably doesn't know Santa takes care of it.

Re: 0838 : "Incident"

Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 8:13 pm UTC
by darkspork
Oh, you'd better not pout,
You'd better not try{},
You'd better not cout,
I'm telling you why:
Santa Claus is SSHing to town.

He's linking a list,
and diffing it twice.
He's 'gonna find out
who's naughty or nice.
Santa Claus is SSHing to town.

He sees you when you're sleeping.
He knows when you're awake.
He's copied on /var/spool/mail/root,
so be good for Goodness' sake!

Oh, you'd better not pout,
You'd better not try{},
You'd better not cout,
I'm telling you why:
Santa Claus is SSHing to town.

Re: 0838 : "Incident"

Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 8:24 pm UTC
by plin25
darkspork wrote:Oh, you'd better not pout,
You'd better not try{},
You'd better not cout,
I'm telling you why:
Santa Claus is SSHing to town.
-SNIP-


hmm SSHing doesn't really fit the rhythm too well…

Re: 0838 : "Incident"

Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 8:27 pm UTC
by chris857
I noticed that it's the same character sitting in the same chair at the same desk using the same computer as Wednesday's comic "Coupon Code".

Re: 0838 : "Incident"

Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 9:16 pm UTC
by PerryDigital
alethiophile wrote:A little bit overkill, since 90% of those 'incidents' are the admins in question testing out the sudo functionality, or forgetting to add their user accounts to /etc/sudoers. At least, that's the only thing that I've ever seen this message for, though I never use multi-user machines.


Overkill? You do realize it's a comic strip about Santa being a linux user right? It's not really being reported to him..

Anyone try singing it?


It's a Christmas song. Santa Claus is coming to town. That's the whole point of it.

Re: 0838 : "Incident"

Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 10:31 pm UTC
by Richard.
I wish my desk was made of candy canes :(

Re: 0838 : "Incident"

Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 10:55 pm UTC
by davidstarlingm
plin25 wrote:
darkspork wrote:Oh, you'd better not pout,
You'd better not try{},
You'd better not cout,
I'm telling you why:
Santa Claus is SSHing to town.
-SNIP-


hmm SSHing doesn't really fit the rhythm too well…

"Santa's SSHing to town" works a lot better.

Re: 0838 : "Incident"

Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 11:44 pm UTC
by SpringLoaded12
Plasma Man wrote:So Windows users are pretty much guaranteed to be on the naughty list, thanks to the programs always performing illegal operations.

:cry:

chris857 wrote:I noticed that it's the same character sitting in the same chair at the same desk using the same computer as Wednesday's comic "Coupon Code".

Yeah, and the same one who deleted Megan's account from his PC, was consoled by his PC after a breakup (probably the breakup with Megan), almost fell for an FBI trick in an online questionnaire, left a girl after finding out she was actually a spambot, was attacked by a raptor after adding a goto to his code (unless that guy died), etc.
He should be an official character.

Re: 0838 : "Incident"

Posted: Sat Dec 25, 2010 12:28 am UTC
by styrofoam
SpringLoaded12 wrote:Yeah, and the same one who deleted Megan's account from his PC, was consoled by his PC after a breakup (probably the breakup with Megan), almost fell for an FBI trick in an online questionnaire, left a girl after finding out she was actually a spambot, was attacked by a raptor after adding a goto to his code (unless that guy died), etc.
He should be an official character.

And we can now make an educated guess as to his first name: Robert.

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Re: 0838 : "Incident"

Posted: Sat Dec 25, 2010 2:07 am UTC
by tertiumsquid
styrofoam wrote:
ModestMouse wrote:
Radical Pi wrote:So does this mean he'll get a lump of /tmp in his stocking this year?


So that's where /tmp/.coal_3.2.7293.5.002 comes from? It's the only question I ever had that google was unable to anwser!

Will the . disappear on Christmas day?


Only if this is in your crontab:

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0 0 25 12 * root mv /tmp/.coal_3.2.7293.5.002 /tmp/coal_3.2.7293.5.002