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Monitoring progress of a big copy

Sometimes you want to know how fast some files are copying across your netcat. tar -v isn't helpful if you have lots of small files as you can't really tell how fast it's going anywhat.

Up until now I've install Chris Lightfoot's cwp, but I've now found something that's built into debian.

Unfortunately it has a terrible name, which is why nobody has found it before. This is pv.

Last updated: 10:27, 20 Feb 2008 [ /techie/blog/software/linux ] Link..

Argh!! Error 1722

I just installed Office XP on a new machine. Once it was installed users from the domain were able to run Word etc. However it popped up an annoying error three times before it would let you in. This message said:

"Error 1722. There is a problem with this Windows Installer package. A program run as part of the setup did not finish as expected. Contact your support personnel or package vendor"

It turns out that in order to run Word, users need to be an administrator on the machine. WTF? Is this just so that word macro viruses can contact the network? Someone must be smoking something at MS, or there will be a way around this. Please tell me there is a way around this.

Last updated: 15:53, 11 Oct 2004 [ /techie/blog/software/windows ] Link..

Index plugin

When writing my People page, and serveral others. I wanted an bit of introduction to be included before all of the content on the page.

I was browsing the writebacks of the blosxom page, when I saw this

In some places I would like to be able to make an index.txt file that would then replace the automatic folder index that blosxom generates when it renders the txt files. Is this possible? To clarify, say I have /www/datadir/some/folder/index.txt and blosxom statically renders to /www/site/. When I look at, I want to see my rendered index.txt, not the blosxom index.

This is similar to what I had hacked up, so I thought I would give it a go as my first plugin.

The plugin can be downloaded here . And I welcome feedback to the email address in the plugin.


Last updated: 23:31, 28 Jul 2003 [ /techie/blog/software/blosxom/plugins/index ] Link..