Friday, March 28, 2014


Usually zombie process is not a big problem, but sometimes... just look at the screenshot below. It wants the whole machine as fried eggs! or maybe boiled?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Multiprocessing (in Python)

I needed to do some multi-threading in Python. As I needed effect quick I decided to use standard threading module. However, every time I had to use it I felt it was rather complicated beast. At threading module documentation page there is a link to multiprocessing module. I was tired with threading, on the one hand, but didn't have enough time to learn about greenlet or another competing project, on the other, so I decided to take a quick glance at multiprocessing module...
... And my life became much easier, sky bluer, grass, greener, oh and scripts faster ;-).
I don't do anything special with it, so just one simple code example, but this is very good tutorial you can find much more:

Main part of nearly all my scripts looks the same:

import multiprocessing 

SIZE = 30
pool = multiprocessing.Pool(processes=SIZE)
pool_output =, servers)
pool.close() # no more tasks

Where servers is a list with servers I need get information from, and get_values is a function (sometimes with a different name).  Simple, isn't it?

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

shell, history and substitution

One of the most known tricks in using shell history is to use:

to replace string old by new in last command. The only problem is that it replaces only first appearance. But there is another command replacing all string old by new:


Saturday, December 28, 2013

Space War

Let say it is a late Christmas present for Science Fiction fans. Especially ones who like a lot of science in SF. Two articles discussion how space warfare can look. Have fun.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Even more threads counting

This is small extension to one of my previous posts. This time a loop is enriched by load values (from /proc/loadavg) as well as measurement time (date).  ps command uses the same option, but there is small improvement in awk call.  Rather than count only processes per state it concatenate state with last string in command arguments — I was mostly interested in few java application and jar name was the last parameter for each one. Also awk counts only processes actually running or in uninterruptible sleep ($2 ~ /(D|R)/ at the beginning of awk command).

while [ 1 ];
    cat /proc/loadavg;
    ps -Leo pid,state,args |
     awk ' $2 ~ /(D|R)/ {state[$2 " - (" $1 ") " $NF]++} \
      END{ for (j in state) {printf "%s - %d\n", j, state[j]}}' |
      sort -k 2;
    echo "---";
    sleep 5;

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Debian, Vim and alternatives

I don't know why, but default editor in Debian is not Vim, but Nano. I learned once that it can be change with a command, but has never remembered the actual name of it and since than had to check it each time in install Debian (not so often). Today decided to write it down, not to search too long next time. Maybe it's going to be useful to others:
aptitude install vim.nox
update-alternatives --set editor vim.nox

Thursday, November 14, 2013

e17 and stable Debian

If you are interested in using e17 with Debian Wheezy, the best way is to use package provided by John Holland at

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