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By ReallyEvilCanine (Wed Sep 12, 2007 at 04:01:17 AM EST) A Day in the Life, Explorer, file system, copy, move, paste, WTF, pie (all tags)
Headbanger's Ball
The my-head-shaped-dent in front of my keyboard is getting deeper and deeper. They're all so fucking stupid I don't know how the fuck these assmonkeys remember to breathe, and frankly I wish they'd stop already. It'd sure make my life easier.

$TouchyInsuranceCo is back. They've stopped scraping the bottom of the barrel to find IT employees and have headed over to the sewage pits with a few buckets. The current "Windows administrator" doesn't know how to copy files from within Explorer.

Poll: choose my supper
x-posted to da brog.

Here's the E-Mail and ticket update exchange. I'm not making this up, as Mini-Me can confirm.

Twaticus: We would like to know what is the maximum size limit on file system folder. Currently the size of $ABC folder is 80 GB. When do we decide to move to new file system folder?
REC: No limit. Add volumes if you want. No need to move the file system unless you have more than two billion actual files.
Twaticus: If we create new file system, do we need to create all the sub folders from Old file system to the new file system?
REC: If you insist on moving it, just move the entire file system parent directory and structure over from the old system to the new. There's nothing else to do besides update the path the cfg files.
Twaticus:You mean we need to create just the structure like [complex structure redacted]
REC: No. Just more the parent folder, the one called "FileSystem".

OK, it's coming. The part you won't believe. I sure as fuck didn't. I checked the Audit trail to see if Mini-Me or someone else was fucking with me and changed what this fuckwit actually wrote.

Twaticus:So we should not copy the files which were existing under these folders in the old file system. Pls advise.

[Second mail 13 minutes later:] Moreover if we only mention the new file system path, how the users will be able to open old attachments?

Gobsmacked, I tell ya.

REC: Do not create anything. Copy over the entire File System root directory WITH all the subdirectories AND all the files contained within from the old location to the new.
Twaticus:There is a difference between What you suggest and what is written in the System Admin documents
REC: What are you talking about? Please cite the book, chapter, section and page number.
Twaticus:[Citation provided]

So I read through this big long section which, in essence, says what I did but does so over three pages. This document was clearly written by some outsourced contractor being paid by volume, not content.

REC: It says exactly what I said but includes more complicated directions for moving the file system when the system isn't taken off-line and when you're over 2 billion files and Windows isn't able to store more files in that directory.
Twaticus: What tool exists for to move the files to the different drive?
REC: ... *THUNK*

Motherfuck how can anyone be so fucking stupid? He reminds me of this guy in boot camp who was kicked out of our company inside a week because he was unable to march even when the drill instructor was screaming out "LEFT! RIGHT! LEFT! RIGHT!" Incredible. It's a special kind of stupid that lets you get confused over which foot to move next. Twaticus has drunk deeply from that well.

While I want to close the ticket with a Root Cause: 17-Fuckwit, I'm still waiting for its implementation. I did find an error in the documents he mentioned though -- a holdover from about 7 years ago -- so we close this as a Defect and make my metrics prettier. But the real defect here isn't the documentation...

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#SIGH# If I had a dollar for every time by greyrat (4.00 / 1) #1 Wed Sep 12, 2007 at 04:11:39 AM EST
I've taught an IT employee, not even an off shored employee, how to drag files from one Explorer window to another -- or even between panes in the same window. And if I had a dollar for every time I explained the difference between holding down <CTRL> vs holding down <SHIFT> while dragging...

And then there's the unix side:
Me - "Just type in 'mv <file_path_and_name> .'"
Them - "Dot? What is dot?"
Me - "Dot. You know, a period"
Them - "I know that! What's it for?"
Me - #THUMP#

Two schools of thought here re:Unix by debacle (2.00 / 0) #4 Wed Sep 12, 2007 at 04:57:23 AM EST
Do you go to the copyto directory and type "mv <path> ." or do you go to the copyfrom directory and type "mv * <path>?"


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Schools of thought by anonimouse (4.00 / 1) #5 Wed Sep 12, 2007 at 05:05:33 AM EST an overdignified term.

Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
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I'm a copyto kind of guy. by greyrat (4.00 / 2) #7 Wed Sep 12, 2007 at 05:12:27 AM EST
That way I don't have to go somewhere, perform a move and then come back. I just get what I want from where it was and immediately go to work on it. For example, which is more efficient?

$cp home/debacle.profile .
$vi .profile

$cd home/debacle
$cp .profile home/greyrat.
$cd ~
$vi .profile

Even if you take out the 'cd ~' from the second example (which has certain implications) you come out behind the first example.

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Stupid auto format! by greyrat (4.00 / 1) #8 Wed Sep 12, 2007 at 05:14:35 AM EST

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WIPO: Guiness by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #2 Wed Sep 12, 2007 at 04:27:58 AM EST
And doesn't XP still have xcopy?

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

XCopy?! by jayhawk88 (4.00 / 1) #9 Wed Sep 12, 2007 at 05:15:12 AM EST
Away with your hacker tools, you filthy anarchist!

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For this guy by Herring (2.00 / 0) #12 Wed Sep 12, 2007 at 10:17:41 AM EST
I would have recommended FDisk.

Yes, xcopy /s /e would do it (/e in case crappy app needs the empty subdirectory for some temp file shit).

You can't inspire people with facts
- Small Gods

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POLL UPDATE: NO EX-PAT CURRY NIGHT by ReallyEvilCanine (2.00 / 0) #3 Wed Sep 12, 2007 at 04:35:49 AM EST
They're going to an overpriced shithole this week, and so far no one I care to spend an evening around has signed up for tonight.

the internet: amplifier of stupidity -- discordia

In which case by Phage (4.00 / 1) #6 Wed Sep 12, 2007 at 05:06:53 AM EST
I revise my vote to a take-away curry. Cooking is for those who enjoy it.

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I love cooking by ReallyEvilCanine (4.00 / 1) #10 Wed Sep 12, 2007 at 05:53:51 AM EST
Cooking for one sucks though. Cooking for 4-10 is a breeze. I was just roped into cooking Xmas dinner in Belgium (should the country remain intact) for around 20 last night. I wonder what they'll do if I cook 'em Chinese.

the internet: amplifier of stupidity -- discordia

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IAWTP by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #15 Wed Sep 12, 2007 at 11:19:02 AM EST
Cooking for one is difficult. So many dishes are impossible to scale down, and don't freeze well.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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curry by R343L (2.00 / 0) #16 Wed Sep 12, 2007 at 12:08:32 PM EST
I have been doing indian curries of various varieties for the last couple weeks. They reheat well. They're tasty. Some are even tastier the next day.

But you're right it's a pain to cook for just oen, unless you plan to have leftovers.

"There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." -- Eliot

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Curries, stews, soups freeze well. by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #17 Wed Sep 12, 2007 at 12:21:10 PM EST
Ribs (and other cooked meats) freeze well once, after that the meat gets tough. Most veggie dishes don't freeze well at all.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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I cook only veggie curries. :) [nt] by R343L (2.00 / 0) #18 Wed Sep 12, 2007 at 01:43:07 PM EST

"There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." -- Eliot
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what works? by Merekat (2.00 / 0) #21 Wed Sep 12, 2007 at 11:05:28 PM EST
Curry, one pot meals, thick soups, risotto, stir fry (actually works better for one), things involving escalopes of meat or grilled fish. About the only thing seriously excluded imo is full roasts.

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Depends how hungry you are (n/t) by Cloaked User (2.00 / 0) #23 Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 07:26:51 AM EST

This is not a psychotic episode. It is a cleansing moment of clarity.
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hmm, I dunno by clover kicker (2.00 / 0) #11 Wed Sep 12, 2007 at 09:19:38 AM EST
I don't really enjoy cooking, but I LOVE to EAT food that DOESN'T SUCK, so I end up doing all the cooking.

I sometimes cook semi-elaborate meals, but it's so I can eat it, not because I get off while crimping pot stickers.

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I'm pretty much the opposite - by toxicfur (4.00 / 1) #14 Wed Sep 12, 2007 at 11:02:18 AM EST
though I do enjoy eating food that doesn't suck. I love to cook, and when I have the energy and the inclination, I like to cook elaborate sorts of things. Usually, though, by the time I get done cooking something, I have almost no desire to actually eat it. I tend to enjoy food more when I'm not the one cooking it.
If you don't get a Bonnie, my universe will not make sense. --blixco
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Need a roommate?!?!?!?!?!? -nt- by clover kicker (4.00 / 1) #19 Wed Sep 12, 2007 at 02:34:03 PM EST

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Vocabulary failure at this end by Phage (2.00 / 0) #20 Wed Sep 12, 2007 at 10:21:11 PM EST
Crimping pot stickers ?
I know what you mean. But when I'm on my own - food just gets in the way of doing other things. So I'll either just re-fuel, or not eat at all.

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pot stickers by clover kicker (4.00 / 1) #22 Thu Sep 13, 2007 at 04:22:15 AM EST
(scroll down a bit)

They're delicious but tedious to make- cut dough into circles, spoon in filling, fold over dough and crimp a seal around the edges. Repeat 50x.

It's one of my top 5 best recipes, and easily in the top 3 most annoying to prepare.

I probably should make them more often, but there's a lot of darn good food that's much easier to prepare.

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I can copy files from within Explorer. by ti dave (4.00 / 3) #13 Wed Sep 12, 2007 at 10:24:55 AM EST
What's the pay like?

I don't care if people hate my guts; I assume most of them do.
The important question is whether they are in a position to do anything about it. --W.S. Burroughs

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