Daily blurbs Nov. 2008


daily blurbs

30 Nov 2008 (Sun)

17:52:29 # Life Shutting up hal on my CD-ROM drive. Apparently, it's pretty simple to disable HAL polling. I just had to know how. There is a command called hal-disable-pollin, which allows creating the required fdi file.

$ sudo hal-disable-polling --device /dev/hda 
Polling for drive /dev/hda have been disabled. The fdi file written was

This allows me to not specify irqpoll to the Kernel. irqpoll somehow broke poweroff on shutdown, and reduced speed, this is much better.

19 Nov 2008 (Wed)

22:22:29 # Life Macbook dmesg. I've got a new macbook (MacBook 4,1). dmesg is noisy, something is wrong. It's telling me it's having something wrong with /dev/hda several times a second.

[10630.374297] hda: status error: status=0x59 { DriveReady SeekComplete DataRequest Error }
[10630.374306] hda: status error: error=0x40 { LastFailedSense=0x04 }
[10630.374309] ide: failed opcode was: unknown
[10630.374315] hda: drive not ready for command

I received several suggestions. /dev/hda is the CDROM drive. HAL seems to be polling the CDROM drive. I kind of know the drive is not ready because nothing is loaded yet. HAL seems to be polling the drive like this. Hmm...

memo: dmidecode tells me this is MacBook4,1.

Handle 0x000F, DMI type 1, 27 bytes
System Information
        Manufacturer: Apple Inc.
        Product Name: MacBook4,1


16 Nov 2008 (Sun)

10:13:06 # Life My macbook reinstalled, and emacs. Lenny new install, with emacs22. muse-el not working for me today, dunno why. wl is telling me 'Cannot open load file wl'. I need to debug some more to find out why. I found that the new classic MacBook is very different from the MacBook I bought 2 years ago; it has a different sound engine, and different Infrared (does it have anymore?), and different keyboard.

Loading /etc/emacs/site-start.d/50muse-el.el (source)...
Error while loading 50muse-el

For wl, for some reason wl.el isn't there in /usr/share/emacs22/site-lisp/wl/.

1 Nov 2008 (Sat)

13:26:39 # Life splashy. I removed splashy blocking my dist-upgrade today. 503566

Junichi Uekawa

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