IRC logs of #boinc for Saturday, 2009-05-16

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00:54 <CoderForLife> sleep is overrated

00:54 <CoderForLife> &wx 45140

00:54 <Romulus> CoderForLife: Temperature: 65.3F / 18.5C | Humidity: 87% | Pressure: 29.67in / 1004.6hPa (Falling) | Conditions: Clear | Wind Direction: WNW | Wind Speed: 0.0mph / 0.0km/h ; Overnight - Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 60s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.; Saturday - Showers likely with a chance of thunderstorms. Humid with highs in (1 more message)

00:54 <CoderForLife> &more

00:54 <Romulus> CoderForLife: the mid 70s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph... becoming west in the afternoon. Chance of rain 70 percent.; Saturday Night - Partly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Much cooler. Lows in the mid 40s. North winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.; Tornado Watch for Hamilton County in effect until 2:00 AM EDT on May 16, 2009;

00:55 <efc> Share the Land

00:55 <CoderForLife> moo

00:56 <CoderForLife> Had to get up and participate in the tornado watch.  Orders from Wash DC...

00:57 * CoderForLife falls into his place in the goose-stepping chorus line

00:59 <efc> Watch the Tornado

01:04 * CoderForLife sets up his ACME Detector/Deflector Dish

01:12 <efc> Shields are Down here

01:13 * CoderForLife plugs his ZPM into the warp core to warm up the FTL drives

01:17 * CoderForLife works while listening to "All Along The Watchtower"

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01:22 <CoderForLife> efc TNG?

01:23 <efc3> New and Improved

01:24 <CoderForLife> nice

01:33 <Tank_Master> LOL CFL

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01:52 <efc3> Great phrase: beaver poutine Mulrouny

01:53 <CoderForLife> OK - dropped a WU that was having problems assimilating the canonical result

01:53 <CoderForLife> back to bed

01:53 * CoderForLife waves

01:57 <efc3> night

02:16 <ELGono> mooo

02:16 <ELGono> &weather meiningen,germany

02:16 <Romulus> ELGono: Temperature: 49°F / 9°C | Humidity: 80% | Pressure: 29.95in / 1014hPa | Conditions: Partly Cloudy | Wind Direction: West | Wind Speed: 7mph / 11km/h | Updated: 8:00 AM CEST; Unknown. High:60 F.; Rain. Low:48 F.; Scattered Clouds. High:62 F.; Scattered Clouds. Low:46 F.; Chance of Rain. High:68 F.; Chance of a Thunderstorm. Low:51 F.;

02:36 <efc3> &wx 30625

02:36 <Romulus> efc3: Temperature: 70F / 21C | Humidity: 94% | Pressure: 30.09in / 1019hPa (Falling) | Conditions: Scattered Clouds | Wind Direction: East | Wind Speed: 4mph / 6km/h ; Rest of Tonight - Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 60s. Light and variable winds.; Saturday - Chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning... then showers and thunderstorms (1 more message)

02:38 <ELGono> sounds nice ed

02:40 <efc3> horse show tommorrow, naturally it rains

02:40 <efc3> &more

02:40 <Romulus> efc3: likely in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 80s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.; Saturday Night - Showers and thunderstorms likely in the evening...then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the mid 60s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain 70 percent.;

02:53 <Tank_Master> &wx 97007

02:53 <Romulus> Tank_Master: Temperature: 54.8F / 12.7C | Humidity: 60% | Pressure: 30.09in / 1018.8hPa (Rising) | Conditions: Clear | Wind Direction: North | Wind Speed: 0.0mph / 0.0km/h ; Tonight - Clear. Lows in the upper 30s to mid 40s. Light wind.; Saturday - Sunny. Highs around 80. Light wind...becoming northwest 10 mph in the afternoon.; Saturday Night - Clear. Lows in the mid 40s to lower 50s. Northwest (1 more message)

02:53 <Tank_Master> &more

02:53 <Romulus> Tank_Master: wind 5 to 10 mph.;

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06:23 <e-30> hey ELG

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07:00 <CoderForLife> what is left of the storm front that caused the overnight tornado watch finally arrives

07:02 <CoderForLife> medium rain

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07:32 <CoderForLife> bbiab

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09:01 <xcamel> 'lo

09:01 <MTughan> 'lo Jay

09:05 <xcamel> some nasty weather just went by?

09:05 <MTughan> I haven't seen anything. Haven't looked outside since last night.

09:06 <MTughan> Here's our last 24 hours of weather:

09:06 <Romulus> <> (at

09:06 <MTughan> Just looks like clouds.

09:07 <xcamel> went through the toronto area..

09:07 <MTughan> Yep, they got rain and thunderstorms.

09:11 <xcamel> should roll in here tonight

09:13 <xcamel> new einstein binaries

09:22 <xcamel> &wx 12074

09:22 <Romulus> xcamel: Temperature: 64.5F / 18.1C | Humidity: 61% | Pressure: 30.06in / 1017.8hPa (Falling) | Conditions: Clear | Wind Direction: South | Wind Speed: 3.0mph / 4.8km/h ; Today - Partly sunny with a slight chance of showers this morning... then mostly cloudy with a chance of showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs in the lower 70s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph...becoming (2 more messages)

09:22 <xcamel> &more

09:22 <Romulus> xcamel: south around 15 mph this afternoon. Chance of rain 40 percent.; Tonight - Mostly cloudy. Showers and scattered thunderstorms in the evening...then scattered showers after midnight. Some thunderstorms may produce heavy rainfall in the evening. Lows around 50. South winds 10 to 15 mph...becoming west after midnight. Chance of rain 80 percent.; Sunday - Partly sunny. Cooler with highs in the (1 more message)

09:22 <xcamel> &more

09:22 <Romulus> xcamel: upper 50s. West winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.;

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09:36 <xcamel> looks like those storms are headed your way, mike...

09:48 <xcamel> any way to force boinc to download more than one task in a batch?

09:49 <xcamel> I'm getting vtu tasks one request at a time..

09:54 <xcamel> oh well... day sleepers.

09:55 <MTughan> I'm going to go get some brunch.

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10:20 <MTughan> xcamel: Yep, we've got rain.

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10:38 <wdsmia> &wx 50319

10:39 <Romulus> wdsmia: Temperature: 45.3F / 7.4C | Humidity: 58% | Pressure: 30.25in / 1024.3hPa (Rising) | Conditions: Partly Cloudy | Wind Direction: NNE | Wind Speed: 5.0mph / 8.0km/h ; Today - Partly sunny early in the morning then clearing. Breezy. High in the lower 60s. Northwest wind 15 to 25 mph.; Tonight - Mostly clear. Patchy frost early in the morning. Low in the upper 30s. North wind near 5 mph (1 more message)

10:39 <wdsmia> &more

10:39 <Romulus> wdsmia: shifting to the southwest after midnight.; Sunday - Partly sunny. High in the mid 60s. South wind 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph in the afternoon.;

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11:07 <MTughan> "Have you got any stewed prunes?" "Yes, sir." "Well, give them some black coffee, that'll sober them up."

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11:44 <MTughan> Holy crap... Getting really heavy.

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11:54 <CoderForLife> back

12:05 <CoderForLife> &wx 45140

12:05 <Romulus> CoderForLife: Temperature: 71.9F / 22.2C | Humidity: 100% | Pressure: 29.90in / 1012.4hPa (Rising) | Conditions: Overcast | Wind Direction: South | Wind Speed: 6.9mph / 11.1km/h ; Rest of Today - Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs in the lower 70s. West winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.; Tonight - Partly cloudy in the evening...then clearing. (1 more message)

12:06 <CoderForLife> &more

12:06 <Romulus> CoderForLife: Less muggy with lows in the mid 40s. North winds 10 to 15 mph.; Sunday - Sunny. Highs in the lower 60s. North winds around 10 mph.;

12:18 <xcamel> nasty front, if it holds together

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12:47 <CoderForLife> looking your way...

12:49 <CoderForLife> yup

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15:36 <jasong> OMG, even on the Internet people insist on having boring conversations about the weather

15:36 <MTughan> lol

15:40 <efc> &wx 30625

15:40 <Romulus> efc: Temperature: 79F / 26C | Humidity: 78% | Pressure: 30.01in / 1016hPa (Falling) | Conditions: Light Thunderstorms and Rain | Wind Direction: North | Wind Speed: 0mph / 0km/h ; Tonight - Showers and thunderstorms. Locally heavy rainfall possible in the evening. Lows in the mid 60s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain 80 percent.; Sunday - Showers and thunderstorms in the morning...then (1 more message)

15:40 <efc> &more

15:40 <Romulus> efc: showers likely with a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 70s. West winds 10 to 15 mph shifting to the north in the afternoon. Chance of rain 80 percent.; Sunday Night - Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers in the evening...then a slight chance of showers after midnight. Windy... cooler. Lows around 50. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.;

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16:05 <jasong> OMG,  I tried to play my Runescape game just now and Jave is dorked, so I did a search in Google with "Ubuntu 9.04 java."  The second result was connected to my exact problem, even talking about Runescape.  Should I be scared for my privacy or is it just a really weird coincidence?

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16:46 <PovAddict> xcamel: if you get one at a time, and the client then goes for more, it's probably a server-side limit (1 per request)

16:54 <efc> Hey, we have a generator! You find all sorts of stuff rooting around the basement

16:54 <efc> 3550 watts. I'm ready for the apocalypse suckas!

17:07 <Tank_Master> can power 3 crunchers during the apocalypse!

17:07 <MTughan> As long as the fuel holds out, that is...

17:07 <Tank_Master> maybe its solar or nuclear?

17:09 <jasong> Help me out here, there's Sun java and there's ... Java

17:10 <jasong> What's the other one?

17:10 <MTughan> Microsoft Java?

17:10 <PovAddict> 'other one'? there are dozens of implementations

17:10 <Tank_Master> java script?

17:10 <jasong> Oh, god ,no

17:10 <MTughan> Microsoft did make their own Java earlier.

17:10 <jasong> Sun java is screwing up my computer, but I used one that worked

17:10 <Tank_Master> fuched up, overbloated java?

17:10 <MTughan> Oh, wouldn't be Microsoft then.

17:10 <Tank_Master> oh wait, thats sunjava

17:11 <jasong> Yeah, I have no choice if I want to play a certain game

17:11 <MTughan> I don't think they've made Java for a couple years.

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17:11 <PovAddict> there's OpenJDK (open source version of Sun's), IBM Java, GNU Classpath + any free JVM like Kaffe...

17:11 <Tank_Master> ms cant make java anymore, for they took what sun had and made it to good

17:12 <Tank_Master> sun complained

17:12 <jasong> maybe openjdk is what I'm looking for

17:12 <jasong> thanks

17:12 <PovAddict> "too good"? they added proprietary Windows-only extensions and didn't implement the full Java spec (so some Java apps didn't work on it)

17:13 <Tank_Master> yeah, but it didnt suck when running on windows

17:13 <Tank_Master> like sun's did

17:14 <jasong> Java has the most God-awful mascot ever

17:15 <jasong> It's worse than those Olympic ones a while back

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19:42 <zombie67> silly pi

19:42 <MTughan> Small WUs?

19:42 <PovAddict> silly indeed

19:43 * PovAddict watches zombie67 overload him with uploads

19:45 <zombie67> I have only two machines crunching it, I think

19:45 <PovAddict> set NNW when you think you "can't take it anymore"...

19:45 <PovAddict> ready-to-report WUs accumulate

19:45 <PovAddict> I'm trying to simulate a DD@H situation here :)

19:46 <zombie67> oh

19:46 <zombie67> in what way?

19:46 <Romulus> I guess in what way is that WAY better than what I already have, zombie67

19:46 <zombie67> you want me to build up a coupel thousand WUs and then try to return them?

19:46 <Ageless93> couple hundred should already choke the scheduler

19:46 <zombie67> I have RRI turned on

19:47 <Ageless93> which will fail if the scheduler is choked...

19:47 <Ageless93> RRI, I mean

19:47 <PovAddict> zombie67: go look at one of those machines crunching it...

19:47 <zombie67> I have about 20 ready to report

19:48 <PovAddict> I'm sure one of your machines has been uploading tons of upload files

19:48 <zombie67> could be

19:48 <PovAddict> (can't tell which from here, but it's 64-bit Windows 6.6.23)

19:48 <zombie67> yeah, they all are

19:49 <PovAddict> I set the server to do something weird: ignores returned results, so acks don't get sent, so they accumulate in the client

19:49 <zombie67> ah, you defeat my RRI

19:49 <PovAddict> at some point, I'll remove that hack, and I'll get people reporting hundreds :P

19:49 <MTughan> RRI?

19:49 <PovAddict> RRI makes your client report tasks immediately; but they fail to report now

19:50 <PovAddict> &learn RRI as Report Results Immediately

19:50 <Romulus> PovAddict: The operation succeeded.

19:50 <zombie67> return results immediately

19:50 <MTughan> Ah...

19:50 <MTughan> &whatis RRI

19:50 <Romulus> MTughan: "RRI" could be Report Results Immediately

19:50 <zombie67> rri?

19:50 <zombie67> RRI?

19:50 <PovAddict> only works "explicitly"

19:50 <MTughan> RRI is Report Results Immediately.

19:50 <MTughan> That might pick it up...

19:50 <MTughan> RRI?

19:50 <Romulus> I guess RRI is Report Results Immediately, MTughan

19:50 <MTughan> :D

19:51 <PovAddict> yes that other plugin is annoying

19:51 <PovAddict> yes that other plugin?

19:51 <Romulus> I guess yes that other plugin is annoying, PovAddict

19:51 <MTughan> lol

19:51 <Ageless93> but if the scheduler is choked, rri is defeated as well. I noticed that on DD last week. on both my machines I had to report manually at times.

19:51 <Ageless93> and even then I couldn't get through.

19:52 <zombie67> server is slow....

19:52 <PovAddict> Ageless93: well yes, it won't send acks back either :)

19:52 <PovAddict> zombie67: either I'm getting overloaded with uploads, or my sister finally got Shareaza to work

19:52 <zombie67> anyone else but me playing?

19:53 <PovAddict> lol look what I just got

19:53 <PovAddict> sáb 16 may 2009 20:47:45 ART|Silly Pi Calculation|Message from server: (reached daily quota of 400 results)

19:55 <zombie67> if I change my resource share, will the clients be able to see the change?

19:56 <PovAddict> yes

19:56 <zombie67> heh.  can't get the site to repond

19:57 <Ageless93> another one...

19:57 <zombie67> this problem with many tiny tasks reminds me of the nightmare of SciLINK

19:57 <PovAddict> remember hashclash?

19:58 <PovAddict> hashclash never got crashes for running out of memory, but it had a similar problem: the server took *too much time* to process so many reported tasks

19:58 <zombie67> I never was able to crunch for hashclash

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19:59 <PovAddict> if I could make the file upload handler run as FastCGI, this would be a nice chance to benchmark it

19:59 <Ageless93> I must be on the right side of the connection jam. I can still get to Pov's site, be it by IP address or normal address. :)

20:00 <zombie67> the page displays after about 5 min

20:00 <PovAddict> zombie67: you sure it's not *your* connection that is slow? :)

20:00 <zombie67> yeah

20:00 <zombie67> odd, all the freehal tasks just errored out on that machine

20:01 <PovAddict> I hacked my client so it makes one less request on each upload

20:01 <PovAddict> and changed cc_config.xml to upload 8 files at a time

20:01 <PovAddict> uploads happen so much faster

20:03 <Ageless93> hmm, if I were Coca Cola I would've sent a different brand to do the music festival at the Indy 500 test and qualifying days.

20:04 <Ageless93> they've now got the Coke Zero Music festival... really bad name.

20:05 <zombie67> bbib

20:05 <PovAddict> zero music?

20:06 <PovAddict> :)

20:06 <Ageless93> they also have a Zero Stage for the DJs. ;)

20:06 <MTughan> lol

20:06 <Ageless93> so I think they clamp themselves on whatever else there's available.

20:06 <PovAddict> ok, now I did reach my daily quota, and I won't increase it further

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20:07 <Ageless93> less than 1100 to go

20:08 <PovAddict> still 1100?! lol

20:08 <PovAddict> I imagine when I open the floodgates for reports, I'll get four or five scheduler instances (one for each user) all trying to allocate 500 results and *boom*

20:09 <Ageless93> you're going to run the scheduler on 64MB vm?

20:09 <PovAddict> not a bad idea :)

20:09 <Ageless93> and are we even allowed to discuss that here? last time I got pointed to the door. ;)

20:10 <PovAddict> hmm ulimit

20:10 <PovAddict> I could limit how much memory each process can allocate

20:11 <Ageless93> well, you certainly know what it will do without any vm

20:11 <PovAddict> I have 2GB physical anyway :)

20:11 <zombie67> back

20:12 <zombie67> how hard to you want me to push this?

20:12 <PovAddict> heh

20:12 <PovAddict> daily quota is currently 250 per CPU

20:14 <zombie67> here we go

20:14 <zombie67> suspended everything else

20:14 <zombie67> one quad and one ocho

20:15 <PovAddict> I'm indeed getting tons of uploads from you

20:16 <zombie67> do you want me to add some more machines?

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20:16 <PovAddict> no need

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20:16 <zombie67> k

20:17 <PovAddict> whoa what a flood

20:17 <zombie67> from me?

20:17 <PovAddict> a screenful of log every 30 seconds

20:17 <PovAddict> or so

20:17 <PovAddict>

20:18 <zombie67> no work sent

20:18 <Romulus> <> (at

20:18 <zombie67> got 0 tasks

20:19 <zombie67> there we go.

20:19 <zombie67> got some this time

20:19 <zombie67> 20 tasks per request is not enough to keep my ocho fed

20:20 <PovAddict> now set to 6 second backoff between requests (was 60)

20:22 <PovAddict> now it's seriously a screenful of log every 20 seconds

20:22 <zombie67> each now has about 150 tasks

20:22 <zombie67> how high are you going to take this?

20:23 <PovAddict> I'm saving client requests in files

20:23 <PovAddict> (built-in feature of the scheduler)

20:23 <PovAddict> I just picked a random file that had 388 attempted reports :D

20:24 <PovAddict> seems to be the biggest one, actually

20:25 <PovAddict> during this test I noticed other gross inefficiencies in the server

20:25 <Ageless93> &taskmem 388

20:25 <Romulus> 388 tasks need at least 121.82131958 MB

20:25 <PovAddict> like doing four DB transactions per task sent to the client

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20:26 <zombie67> up to 230 now on the ocho

20:27 <zombie67> server down?

20:27 <Tank_Master> what r u guys talking about?

20:27 <zombie67> silly pi

20:27 <PovAddict> Tank_Master: you like crunching for the hell of it? join :P

20:28 <Tank_Master> join what?

20:28 <zombie67> test exported stats

20:28 <PovAddict>

20:28 <Romulus> Title: Silly Pi Calculation (at

20:28 <Ageless93> be quick

20:28 <PovAddict> quick before zombie67 runs it out

20:28 <Ageless93> only 289 to go

20:29 <zombie67> 250 tasks

20:29 <Ageless93> 237

20:29 <PovAddict> lol

20:29 <Ageless93> 220

20:29 <Ageless93> by the time TM is attached it's 15 ;)

20:29 * PovAddict gets network statistics

20:31 <PovAddict> I'd love a tool to get better DB stats here

20:31 <Ageless93> build it and they'll come

20:32 <Ageless93> 82

20:32 <Ageless93> and stuck at 81

20:32 <Ageless93> going once... going twice... Sold to the person in the grey Volvo

20:33 <zombie67> my quad now has 303

20:34 <zombie67> my ocho has 303

20:34 <zombie67> er, 312

20:34 <Ageless93> and we're at zero

20:34 <zombie67> "project has no jobs available"

20:35 <zombie67> now what?

20:35 <Romulus> now what is I doing before having to go for biology, zombie67

20:35 <Ageless93> now you pick your nose, of course. :)

20:35 <zombie67> is there going to be any more work issued?  If not, lemme know so I can un-suspend the other projects

20:35 <PovAddict> no plans to generate more

20:37 <PovAddict> many people are still uploading files

20:38 <Tank_Master> my host keept trying to report the same tasks

20:38 <PovAddict> Tank_Master: yep :)

20:38 <Tank_Master> and isnt requsting new work

20:38 <PovAddict> there isn't any work to send now

20:38 <Tank_Master> should still request for it

20:38 <PovAddict> once the uploads quiet down, I'll allow reports to work

20:38 <zombie67> POV is trying to duplicate DD problem

20:39 <zombie67> where hosts with many tasks cannot report

20:39 <Tank_Master> my manager never locked up

20:39 <zombie67> not your manager, it is the server that breaks

20:39 <Tank_Master> like it does with freehall

20:39 <PovAddict> zombie67:

20:39 <Romulus> <> (at

20:40 <PovAddict> boinc manager stretched across two desktops a la Mac Spaces and there's still a scrollbar :D

20:40 <Tank_Master> and why was it in high priority mode the entire time

20:40 <PovAddict> most tasks had 6-hour deadline

20:40 <PovAddict> only a few (that took like 1 minute to crunch instead of 3 seconds) had 1-hour deadlines

20:41 <Tank_Master> 13 sec was the shortest on my stom

20:41 <zombie67> neat!

20:41 <Tank_Master> atom

20:41 <zombie67> TM:  Freehal is non-CPU, silly Pi is CPU

20:42 <Tank_Master> yeah well, it still lockes up and then

20:42 <Tank_Master> I get:

20:42 <Tank_Master> 5/16/2009 5:02:46 PM|FreeHAL@home|Task newFreeHAL_45026784979-spl-de-wikipedia-wave-8--acod-5770-1-14_0 exited with a DLL initialization error.

20:42 <Tank_Master> 5/16/2009 5:02:46 PM|FreeHAL@home|If this happens repeatedly you may need to reboot your computer.

20:42 <PovAddict> zombie67: I might do a synecdoche-only run of tiny tasks at some point, if Didactylos starts working on manager improvements, would help test manager performance

20:43 <zombie67> TM, i get that sometimes.  maybe a bad bacth

20:43 <zombie67> pov, let me know if you want help testing syn(whatever)

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20:48 <PovAddict> okay, I see few uploads now

20:53 <PovAddict> hmm let's set an address space of 64MB :)

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21:01 <zombie67> dinner

21:01 <PovAddict> okay, time to allow reports!

21:01 <PovAddict> I'll go down to a 32MB limit, though

21:06 <Ageless93> thunderstorms are closing in on my position. I'm closing down with the last 8 notes of the Wilhelmus. Night all.

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21:31 <zombie67> back

21:33 <zombie67> so...when will we try to report all these tasks?

21:37 <PovAddict> looks like there were errored tasks that got reported at some point

21:37 <PovAddict> and thus got resent ;)

21:37 <PovAddict> oh

21:37 <PovAddict> no

21:37 <PovAddict> crap

21:38 <PovAddict> there was a set of tasks that had a deadline set to 1 hour

21:38 <zombie67> so?

21:38 <Romulus> hmm... so is the company that uses the solar panels green, zombie67

21:38 <PovAddict> *those* got just resent because they didn't get reported within an hour

21:38 <PovAddict> didn't get reported for obvious reasons :)

21:38 <zombie67> ah

21:39 <zombie67> unless you accept reports, it wil keep happening until it hits the max

21:39 <PovAddict> I hadn't noticed this would happen... I guess I have to hurry and do any debugging *today*

21:39 <PovAddict> by tomorrow, the 6-hour-deadline tasks would all expire

21:40 <zombie67> you could just accpept them, and then re-issue again tomorrow

21:42 <PovAddict> now accepting reports, but with memory artificially limited; big amounts of reports will crash server

21:42 <PovAddict> = DD@H :)

21:43 <zombie67> here comes my quad

21:43 <zombie67> http:  internal error

21:43 <zombie67> 309 tasks

21:43 * PovAddict loads core dump

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21:45 <PovAddict> bah, core dump seems to be truncated...

21:45 <PovAddict> limit 32MB, I need more than that

21:46 <zombie67> lemme know when to try again

21:47 <PovAddict> ugh, this may take a while

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21:51 <PovAddict> wow, it was getting truncated by like 200KB

21:51 <PovAddict> I now increased the crash dump limit to 256MB, shouldn't be a problem

21:54 <zombie67> want me to try again?

21:56 <PovAddict> wtf

21:56 <PovAddict> file_upload_handler just crashed

22:02 <MTughan> rofl...

22:02 <Romulus> <> (at

22:02 <MTughan> Apparently, 200 cups of lard provides 63,000% of your daily fat needs.

22:08 <zombie67> yeah but that way, you just eat it once every two years.

22:28 <zombie67> dum de dum

22:30 <MTughan> &format te%s st

22:30 <Romulus> MTughan: test

22:30 <MTughan> Okay, it works...

22:30 <MTughan> &alias add wolfram "format [urlquote $*]"

22:30 <Romulus> MTughan: The operation succeeded.

22:30 <MTughan> &wolfram Neptune

22:30 <Romulus> MTughan:

22:30 <MTughan> Server overload ATM... But the link does work.

22:31 <PovAddict> oops I have 741MB of core dumps now >.<

22:33 <PovAddict> due to the error500s, users who have lots of tasks to report are now very backed off

22:52 <zombie67> back

22:52 <zombie67> want me to try again?

22:52 <zombie67> pov

22:56 <zombie67> same HTTP error on my side

22:57 <PovAddict> should be working now

22:57 <PovAddict> I removed the memory limit, so unless your request needs 2GB of RAM...

22:57 <zombie67> trying again

22:57 <zombie67> Ding!

22:58 <zombie67> that was 309

22:58 <zombie67> trying my other machine now

22:58 <PovAddict> yeah, without the limit it should just go

22:58 <zombie67> ah, that one had already uploaded

22:59 <zombie67> so, we know the solution?  DD can get back to work now?

22:59 <PovAddict> well, the patch I gave Jack should work to lower memory usage

23:00 <zombie67> how much memory was needed pre-patch?  and after?

23:00 <PovAddict> but the max_reports parameter maybe has to be lowered further

23:00 <PovAddict> zombie67: well, David Anderson added a setting to limit how many task reports are accepted in one request

23:01 <PovAddict> however, it's implemented stupidly: first it loads the tasks into memory, then it truncates the list according to the setting!

23:01 <PovAddict> by then, it already ran out of memory!

23:01 <PovAddict> it *might* help if the crash was when filling another DB-related list later, though

23:01 <zombie67> *snort*

23:02 <PovAddict> my patch makes the server start ignoring <result> tags in the request once the list size reaches the limit in the setting

23:02 <PovAddict> I sent it to Jack, and apparently he's still seeing crashes

23:02 <PovAddict> maybe max_reports needs lowering

23:03 <PovAddict> however, according to Jord, he "went off to see Star Trek, so don't expect him to be in here at any normal time."

23:03 <PovAddict> so we'll see tomorrow or on Monday :)

23:04 <zombie67> ah

23:08 <zombie67> seriously though, how much memory was needed pre fix?

23:08 <PovAddict> for 300 tasks?

23:08 <zombie67> sure

23:08 <PovAddict> &tasksmem 300

23:08 <Romulus> PovAddict: Are you daft?

23:08 <PovAddict> &taskmem 300

23:08 <Romulus> 300 tasks need at least 94.1917419434 MB

23:09 <zombie67> 94mb?  that's nothing

23:09 <PovAddict> note that's just how much RAM two specific arrays needed

23:09 <PovAddict> add to that all the "normal" memory usage of the program :)

23:09 <zombie67> let me ask it another way...if the server had 16gb, would that be enough?

23:10 <zombie67> 160gb?

23:10 <PovAddict> of RAM? definitely :P

23:10 <zombie67> so how small was DD memory footprint?

23:10 <PovAddict> the server has 1GB of physical RAM and no swap

23:11 <PovAddict> according to server status, they currently have 700MB used

23:11 <MTughan> No swap? That's a bad situation...

23:11 <PovAddict> oh, misread, 700 is the available :D

23:11 <zombie67> mercy....that seems foolish...even for a simple desktop

23:11 <MTughan> Even if swap is slow, it prevents out of memory errors.

23:12 <PovAddict> lots of things use their memory rarely enough that it's worth having in swap

23:12 <MTughan> That too.

23:12 <PovAddict> instead of using space in physical memory that could be used by useful things :)

23:12 <zombie67> a gig of ram costs less than $10

23:12 <zombie67> WTF?

23:13 <MTughan> I got 8GB of fast DDR2 RAM for about $170 USD.

23:13 <PovAddict>

23:13 <Romulus> <> (at

23:13 <PovAddict> it's probably eg. a server with 32GB of RAM running 32 virtual machines one for each customer

23:13 <MTughan> Even with that, I'd still recommend about 2-4GB of swap.

23:14 <PovAddict> and the VM's RAM might end up going to the host's swap

23:15 <PovAddict> but anyway, you see it as if it was a physical machine

23:16 <zombie67> seriously, the first step is to build a reasonable box...THEN worry about the SW

23:16 <PovAddict> Jack was thinking about moving it to the H2 server

23:16 <MTughan> Is the H2 server dedicated?

23:16 <PovAddict> I think using 300 kilobytes of memory per task is ridiculous

23:16 <zombie67> heh...I think I donated to the H2 server

23:17 <MTughan> 4GB of RAM for the H2 server.

23:17 <PovAddict> a scheduling server with 128MB of RAM should be able to process thousands of reported tasks at once (as long as the DB is in a "real" server :D)

23:18 <zombie67> yeah, $100 for H2

23:18 <PovAddict> could even do DB queries while reading the request instead of reading the list of tasks into memory first

23:18 <PovAddict> O(1) memory usage

23:18 <PovAddict> but *that* would need major restructuring

23:19 <PovAddict> of the code

23:19 <MTughan> Synecdoche could be used for that.

23:20 <PovAddict> MTughan: I think it will be better if server and client forks are maintained separately; would force us to use proper specs to keep compatible

23:20 <MTughan> Yep.

23:20 <PovAddict> instead of DA's way: add code to client, add code to server

23:20 <MTughan> The problem is the currently borked XML code.

23:20 <PovAddict> nope, add code to client, post a protocol spec for the server developers to add the matching piece

23:24 <zombie67> brb

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23:41 <zombie67> back

23:47 <efc> moo

23:52 <zombie67> oom

23:58 <zombie67> had to shut down my machines for a couple hours today.  I do that when it gets over 90F

23:58 <MTughan> Ambient or CPU?

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