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Matts (1087)

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I work for MessageLabs [messagelabs.com] in Toronto, ON, Canada. I write spam filters, MTA software, high performance network software, string matching algorithms, and other cool stuff mostly in Perl and C.

Journal of Matts (1087)

Tuesday October 25, 2005
07:26 PM

Likes and Dislikes

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I dislike: errors that only one person gets compiling XML::LibXSLT, when the error is in a macro expansion that looks perfectly legit to me. Debugging C sucks.

I like: porting the Qpsmtpd DNS code to query all nameservers in /etc/resolv.conf in less than a day, and having it work pretty much right away.

I dislike: processes that exit and for some reason my parent process isn't getting a SIGCHLD because waitpid() is returning -1, indicating that something else is reaping the zombie. But who? What? Where? Debugging PPerl is HARD.

I like: my camera. It is my escape from work and the computer. It's funny to see Tom Christiansen posting on some of the camera forums too - I wonder if he feels the same way.

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  • 'I dislike: processes that exit and for some reason my parent process isn't getting a SIGCHLD because waitpid() is returning -1, indicating that something else is reaping the zombie. But who? What? Where? Debugging PPerl is HARD.' wait() and processes -- always a thorn in the side. strace() is your friend here...