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3:02 AM
if a windows 10 installation is extremely corrupt having been on a bad hard drive, and after chkdsk /r has run, there is no windows\system32 directory, is there anything that can be done to restore that directory and required system files?
the startuo repair option doesn't do it
 
 
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5:18 AM
roota.cc still down :/
@bwDraco alq's homeserver is down
 
 
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7:23 AM
I've got the weirdest issue: I've got a file I can't even unlink. Tried not only rm -f $FILE but also unlink $FILE and then in Node.js via fs.unlinkSync(FILE). For the first two, I get an Invalid argument error and for the last I'm also getting the same EINVAL errno code. (The manpages don't state that as even possible for unlink, just unlinkat if you pass the wrong flags. And Node doesn't call unlinkat or anything else, just unlink.)
 
@barlop why would you not just reinstall?
 
For context, my issue is on MacOS High Sierra.
And it's not one file, but about a dozen all at once.
 
@IsiahMeadows sounds like you've got enough info for a question there
maybe worth trying askDifferent too, though I'm not sure how deep into the OS they dive.
 
 
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9:27 AM
@djsmiley2k Rebooted and it automatically did an fsck, and when I went back, the entries were gone. So it appears all is well now.
 
10:17 AM
ah
Good job :)
I was going to suggest that the file handle didn't exist anymore, so there was litterally nothing to unlink, but I doubted myself.
 
10:44 AM
@bertieb my GF called the company this morning, turns out it is a courtsey car
 
@Burgi The ones, uh, "trading Pokémon" and, ah, "driving while tired and emotional" ?
 
yes
 
Are they going to take any action?
 
the company can't but they have made a note against the guys details and will pass the details on to the police if they chase it up
 
Seems reasonable
 
10:50 AM
they can refuse to give him a courtsey car in the future
 
Based on someone's say-so?
I mean, I know you wouldn't make it up
 
*theoretically
 
But other people are vindictive bastards
 
nothing will happen
 
10:52 AM
Robots are people animals too!
 
@Burgi 'It's a courtsey car while he retrieves his other one from the crusher'
 
@djsmiley2k the algorythm is protecting its own
 
@Burgi it comes!
I wonder why he had the car tho
was it becuase he drove the other one through a wall
while hunting them dang pokemon
 
in other news, my beer delivery is nearly here!
 
/me looks at clock
 
10:59 AM
i don't think you guys drink beer, do you?
 
I can't, makes me ill.
 
However, bourbon, vodka, tequila, rum, it's all good.
hmmm
tempted to join a different home server
 
I don't really drink much
Yes, yes
 
if only people editted the wiki with their home server details....
 
11:03 AM
A Scotsman not drinking? Inconceivable!
 
There's a wiki?!
 
You keep using that word, I don't think it means what you think it means
etc
I'd put my HS deets on there
But it's run on a kinda flaky VM/box/connection
But if people are hungry for a homeserver...
 
I'm just hungry
/me glances at clock agian
 
HALF-CAST has become FULL CAST!
 
ooo racist.
 
11:14 AM
Something something eye of the beholder
OH!
I just got why a Beholder is a giant floating eye!
 
@Bob That's the badger!
Sweeeeeeet
Shoogle is great
echo '{ "videoId": "YniTfKb0_so" }' | shoogle execute youtube:v3.thumbnails.set --client-secret-file ~/.client_secrets.json - -f ~/images/test2.png ← sets YT video thumbnail :D
This'll help with the paltry 5-6 video per days limit the API imposes
 
nice.
 
It is :D
I like it when other folks have done the hard work of talking to APIs
Means I can just talk to their program
Which is much simpler
Ahhh
 
11:48 AM
@djsmiley2k did you never use the xp repair installation feature? it's a clear advantage to not have to install all your programs again
 
@barlop only when things went horribly wrong
 
well obviously
nobody is going to use it if there is a quicker way
but it's miles faster than having to reinstall the programs that were on it
 
@barlop only to have it go horribly wrong
 
how!
i've never had a win xp repair installation go horribly wrong!
 
I've known windows to go horribly wrong, and repairing it just seems to mask the issues.
good for you!
xp is EoL.
I've never had a helium filled zeppelin go horribly wrong!
 
12:04 PM
@barlop tbh, and I' still working on it - much better to have systems you can fix and quicky deploy than bandaiding things ._.
I don't do repair installs cause I have backups
 
That's a very good point tbh
Lots of folks think "I'll back up the data" but not the OS install
But it's very handy to have a working install to restore
That said, my own old experiences i that Windows is very picky
 
yeah for sure, and many techies backup far more now than in the past as hard drive space is pretty cheap (or at least they claim to)
 
Maybe Veeam is better at creating a working OS restore?
Though a disk image should work, if it includes the additional partitions Windows creates, right?
 
@bertieb I do plain file backups for data.
 
Haven't tried it meself
 
12:13 PM
@barlop well my is drives are 120 to 256 gb
@bertieb veeam works great as long as you have more than 2gb of ram
 
@JourneymanGeek As in user data?
 
Very reliable
@bertieb movies music and documents
 
In case you are talking about OS data and I get very confused :D
Sure
 
who said anything about OS data that is a bit meaningless
there's OS and there's data.
technically one could say the registry is OS data but nobody says that, it'd be a bit confusing
 
I was just wondering if I could point borg at a Windows drive and have it create something restorable
 
12:14 PM
ugh... andromeda is just getting worse
 
nobody usees the term OS data
 
The ideal for an os install is to have it reproducible
 
Is the System Reserved partition a primary partition or what?
 
I'm actually trying to get my basic build done mostly off chocolatey
 
@JourneymanGeek Yup, that's the ideal
I should have tried that theory out when I got the latest SSD
 
12:15 PM
Used to be off ninite
 
Would have been an excellent opportunity, had I thought of it xD
I tried chocolatey
But I ended up removing it
 
Hmm, why?
 
Something about it didn't work quite right, or quite how I wanted
 
it's rubbish
hardly any programs supported
 
It may have been related to ffmpeg
 
12:16 PM
and any author that calls his program that can't be relied upon to design things intelligently. he couldn't even name his program intelligently
 
It was quite a while ago
so my recollection is fuzzy
 
@barlop this is a dumb reason
 
might have been not adding ffmpeg to PATH or something
 
heh
 
@barlop eh, my base build is a browser (currently vivaldi), VLC, sumatrapdf (which has a small issue with the packagename), sublime text (ditto), 7zip and paint,net
 
12:18 PM
I may give it another try at some point, but IIRC it was last year I tried it
 
I used to run cccp for video but eh...
and all those things work
 
@Aibobot There are other videos than VLC?!?!?!
turns to Johnny Depp
 
@bertieb I used to run MPC-HC
 
How long have you known?
 
I have always known
oh and foobar2k
 
12:20 PM
@Aibobot It was a reference to Johnny Depp 'hiding' the fact that there are other actors than him and Tim Burton's wife from Tim Burton
:D
I used to run fb2k
 
lol
so least for me it works ok
 
Actually think I tried to run fb2k under Linux back when I first switched
Which was... many moons ago
Probably not quite kosher to say "many moons ago"...
@Aibobot See, that was my thought too- my Windows apps are few and common
So thought chocolatey would work a treat
(dunno if it has something for VM Banana)
but something bounced me off it
Aha
Feb 14 at 16:21, by bertieb
ISTR some weirdness around install/uninstall
Thanks for being so specific, past-me!
But then why even use chocolatey? just program a malduino to download the things you want installed ;-P
 
Lol. Cause you need to find n different websites
 
waves hand airily details, details :P
Changing subject slightly
what the frick frack snick snack does launchpad mean by people who "May be notified" of a bug report
is this some kind of quantum phenomenon?
"We can't tell you who will be notified or it'll affect the superposition and change who is notified"
It's probably something more mundane, related to pubsub/notification settings
 
no idea what you are talking about.. exactly
 
12:31 PM
But that's much less satisfying to grouse about
 
but yeah programs have stupid ways of doing things
 
Since you asked
 
please no!
i don't want to know.. yeah programs have stupid ways of doing things
 
Too late!
 
bad design decisions
hehe
you should see if the guy that wrote that is on twitter and mock him
that will teach him
 
12:33 PM
Uh
No
 
well then it's just whining
 
If that's the case, I'd rather be someone who whines than someone who mocks people on Twitter
Hmm, this cast is scratching my desk :-\
 
well if you prefer politer ways there's finding his github and asking him there, or asking him in a tweet
 
@bertieb There's something to be said for giant mouse pads...
 
I sent a message on IRC to the maintainer of the project I submitted the bug report to
@Aibobot Wishing I had one right about now (the funk soul brother)
But I haven't used a mouse pad in years
 
12:38 PM
@bertieb oh not as a mouse pad
 
@Aibobot I know what you mean, to lean on
 
I have a ginormous one that's almost a meter long to protect my desk
 
But I just haven't had one in ages
Didn't they used to sell linoleum to cover desks?
 
but it would keep your desk from scratching
 
True
 
12:43 PM
or self adhesive vinyl
 
Vinyl!
That's the one I was thinking of
Not lino
 
actually been trying to find floor protectors on aliexpress ;p
 
Aha :P
Tempted to go get some vinyl actually
For the look
But it wouldn't protect the edge, which the cast is rubbing on
 
put vinyl on the cast ;p
where it rubs
actually a conformal bandage would be a better idea
 
I've got some gauze
and a tubigrip
Might try that
Downside is it'll make that arm even warmer ;-P
 
1:55 PM
good news :p
 
guys, anyone knows which qwerty version is tihs?
i have uk's qwerty now, but not all keys are like the keyboard
 
its arabic
@CaldeiraG QUICK! DV HIM!!!!
;)
 
@Burgi XD
i got 2001 now :p
 
burgi, i use the english keyboard
i mean in eng mode
 
ok so what are you missing?
 
2:08 PM
the keys aren't all as shown
for example @ isn't where 2 is
i shift click ' to get @
 
yeah, its an international english KB
 
UK vs US or elsewhere variants?
 
the @ symbol is on the ' key
shift + '
the £ is on the 3
 
yes but it should be shift 2 in ;y case
my
switched to us international, works fine now
 
swap to a US keyboard
 
2:10 PM
thanks
 
i have a US keyboard that was a gift, i've had to remap #~\ and | to a single key
and the return key is smaller than on a standard UK keyboard
i've lost the euro symbol entirely but i won't need it after october
what is really annoying is that apple use the US layout for the @ symbol
 
thanks for that information
so i and the entire chat will know not to send you a euro after october
and anybody on the planet should be sufficiently used to the @ symbol's location on a US keyboard
half the time on a non-us keyboard where some other symbol is printed above the 2, the OS is set to USA and so one is used to the AT symbol being above the 2.. that's just normal. And if you don't like it then you can change the keyboard layout in the OS. And if it is printed over the 2 and is that, then fine, it's really no big deal. techies are used to reaching for it with shift-2 often, and without changing layout
even when something else is printed above the 2 on their keyboard.
 
3:11 PM
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@barlop i'm not quite sure why you felt you need to have a little rant about that... but whatever shrugs
 
@barlop eh, then it does nothing ;p
THere's nothing worse than a layout that's ALMOST but not quite identical
 
btw i found the €, it was hiding on the 4 key :)
 
Bob
@Burgi ah, the $ key :P
 
maybe that means we won't leave in october afterall... ;)
@Bob that one works
4 $ € all on one key!
 
 
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6:30 PM
$£€
 

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