Archive for December, 2008

extending a virtual disk in vmware

Friday, December 26th, 2008

Extending a virtual disk in vmware

1. Backup!

2. Somewhere in the vmware installation directory, there is a tool named “vmware-vdiskmanager.exe“. There is a lot of options, for resize use “-x“:

vmware-vdiskmanager.exe -x 8Gb

(hint: type the command manually, do not copy/paste from web. Otherwise you can get typographical spaces or minuses instead of the usual ones.)


wrong but fast fix

Friday, December 12th, 2008

After a small system upgrade an application started to crash with the message:

*** glibc detected *** sylpheed: double free or corruption (out): 0x0839e818 ***

The right thing is to trace the application and submit a bug report to the author, but I found a fast workaround. Set an environment variable before running the program:

export MALLOC_CHECK_=0

upgrading a macport package

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Upgrading a macports (darwinports) package is not as easy as

$ sudo port upgrade something

In many cases I need the following command:


chess tournament checklist

Monday, December 8th, 2008

In addition to the conference checklist, I now need a checklist for local chess tournaments.