User talk:ThorstenStaerk

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There's a guy by the name of "Linux" going around and blanking all the pages. Can you block him and clean it up please? Linux 19:02, June 7, 2007 (EDT)

why ? In most cases, your blanked pages are better than the blahblah before. And if you want to stop, I do not need to block you, just quit. --ThorstenStaerk 08:04, June 8, 2007 (EDT)

Proper Way To Start Sysadmin Page

What do you recommend as a starting point for sysadmin, just pick a topic and write it?

--Cmnorton 15:25, March 24, 2008 (EDT)

Comparison of Linux distributions

Hi ThorstenStaerk, it didn't seem to be significant to me, but I can see what you mean about the small details. Perhaps it would be better stated as something like "Includes many common shortcuts to save time (such as the 'll' command, etc.)" - Blackice 18:21, October 1, 2008 (UTC)


i added the author's name to distinguish it from the normal system beep or 'printf("\a")'.

Couple questions:

first, is this the right place to ask you something? or is there a message link i'm missing

second, was removing the redirect for previous 'beep' -> 'Turn off system beep' ok? I included it in the new beep article in 'see also' because I thought it was still relevant.

i'm discovering there are a lot of programs out there called beep!

I'm new to wwiki so please let me know if i ever do anything taboo or whatever, i'm just killing time and helping where i can

Hi ThorstenStaerk: I know you've seen me darting around editing stuff, but now I'm running out of ideas, I'm not techy, and I'm a linux newbie. if you know of something, even boring stuff, that needs done, please offer suggestions and I'll get right to it. I kill time while at work, read, edit where I know a little about it, learning lots. have a good week -Scott

Thank you for the ideas, and thanks for having LiVES in your favorite list - I had not heard of that software - I compiled it from source with no problems and having fun editing some video now :]


hi, biorezonanta is not spam , can i edit please. thank you biorezonanta

How do you get a new page recognized?

A quick question:

How can you get a new file recognized as having been written? I ask because of the submission I made for File:Hosts is still showing up on the Most Wanted list.


ShadowCat8 21:27, November 18, 2009 (UTC)

This seems to be a mediawiki bug. I stopped caring about this entry in the Most Wanted list after I wasted a lot of time on it. But thanks for your willingness to contribute --ThorstenStaerk 05:49, November 19, 2009 (UTC)

Fuzzy redirects

Hi Thorsten,

What's the use of those myriads of (imo) meaningless redirects with only one (middle) differing capital. Initial Capitals: ok, ALLCAPS, sometimes ok, but sillyCapS means only noise... - Bemoeial 00:07, November 25, 2009 (UTC)

Hey, you are right, I started realizing this as well... a bit slowly. The basic idea was that we had stupid dupliates (like and article CUPS and an article Cups) and I wanted to get rid of it. Anyway I exaggerated, stopping it now :) thanks --ThorstenStaerk 06:00, November 25, 2009 (UTC)

Who/Where do I ask questions about this wiki?

I'm new to this wiki and I have some questions. The Official mailing list dosen't seem to work so I'm asking here instead.

Starting with two questions:

Who (if any) is/are in charge here?
Who can I ask or where can I ask it if I got questions about and/or suggestions for this wiki?
-- Lingonberga 19:04, November 30, 2009 (UTC)

User:Jeremy --ThorstenStaerk 08:31, December 1, 2009 (UTC)

interesting website and stuff

It's not often I find another user who knows how to ninja himself around the Windows registry like one can with the Linux terminal.

Interesting articles and stuff.

By the way I added two styles to the wiki FYI.

One for tables and one for author credit.

They are: Template:PageAuthor and Template:Rh.

The PageAuthor style goes at the head of an article for an original creator. It is written like so...


For references on usage of the table style please refer to the tables in Set up FTP server. You can also see an example of the author credit tag at the beginning of that article.


you got my weak spot, it my mantra that you cannot judge the Linux way of doing a particular thing without knowing the Windows way. I saw your templates, what is Rh for? I don't get this. Thanks for your contributions, I seldom see this good quality. --ThorstenStaerk 05:38, August 24, 2010 (UTC)

Re: templates Rh

I got the Rh style template from another wiki. It's to point out main entries and separate them from the values within it. Many tables just have a header along a top line but some times have both a sidebar and a header. I added Rh because it better distinguishes this and in the case of a Software vs. OS compatibility it works well.

I feel your mantra works well with all operating systems. I try to learn as much as I can about any OS I touch. Thanks for the props on article quality. I've got more up my sleeve so you'll be seeing more entries like that. Eventually I'll run out of experience though and have to venture into new ground for writing articles (that's kind of what I had to do for proftpd, I answered a users question in the forums with that and then created the wiki article).

I got the author template from the NSIS wiki. I didn't write it myself.

I know Wikipedia has strict copy infringement policies when it comes to content but it is not clear to how they apply to style templates.

By the way, how do you get the timestamp of your username when signing your replies? Do you write it out yourself or is there a wiki quickie that does it automatically?

--Sag47 1018, August 24, 2010 (EST, GMT -5)

I use four tildes ~, this is automatically replaced by my name and the date. Wanted to send you this article, hope you like it. --ThorstenStaerk 15:04, August 24, 2010 (UTC)

invaluable windows tool

Have you ever heard of regshot? It takes a snapshot of the file system and registry before and after install and tells you the changes that have been made.

I wrote an interpreter which takes the plain txt output of regshot and converts it into an NSIS script which removes all entries and files added to the system.

Registry Key Remover is what it is called. It needs an update because I have to clean up the crap other developers have done. But I wrote the interpreter that converts regshot to NSIS script so that works 100% well.

-- Sag47 18:43, August 24, 2010 (UTC)

thank you for the pointer, I will test in my next Windows project --ThorstenStaerk 05:35, August 25, 2010 (UTC)

It's kind of like using the find, grep, and diff command together but on a Windows system (run as root)...

cd /
find / | grep -v '^/proc' > snapshot1
#install your program now
find / | grep -v '^/proc' > snapshot2
diff -crB snapshot1 snapshot2 > difference
vim difference

And thus you can see what files have been added/removed from your system when you install software. Just a thought --Sag47 19:23, August 25, 2010 (UTC)


Hey thorsten I replied to your user talk.

Is there an easy way to check what talk pages have been modified since my last login? I just caught your question by chance because I was looking over the article for errors and noticed a discussion page for it. --Sag47 02:35, October 7, 2010 (UTC)


I was just looking at recent changes in the wiki and it's mostly filled with you. You're like a one man army! --Sag47 00:25, October 19, 2010 (UTC)

Cannot change "link" page.

I created it not long ago, but can no longer save any edits to it because of some cryptic spam filter and its associated message. Any idea why?

I found the problem went away when I reconstructed the page without links to Wikipedia articles on URL and URI. I dunno why. I wonder if you were able to edit them before because moderators have more power? --4dummies 13:56, April 19, 2011 (UTC)

What I'm up to.

Just so you know: I'm letting myself add mere stubs with very little if any exposition because I don't dare get bogged down in details. I think I can finish coreutils in the current fashion, and do a clean-up pass before my span of attention expires. I'll have the satisfaction of completing something that really should have consistency across many pages. And at least all of the coreutils commands will have a skeleton page with a link to the author's documentation. Some, of course, already have a great deal more. But it surprised me that _none_ of them linked to the coreutils docs before I started this, but used a variety of man page sites from here and there, and it was not always clear that the man page was even for Linux.

After that, anyone can add exposition, and perhaps I'll be one of the people who does, but in lots of cases it would take me considerable effort just to do one page because it I would take the time to become _really_ proficient in each command and try to get the details right. Some of these commands are things I had never even known existed, let alone actually used, but I have a pretty clear idea about what the page structure should be.

--4dummies 14:10, April 19, 2011 (UTC)

PXE got lost

Somehow in sorting out double redirects, I lost track of the destination page for 'pxe boot'. I know it was there, because otherwise I would not know it stood for "Program Exexcution Environment".

However, the list of my recent contributions does not help, nor do the other searches I've tried. It seems it went into a black hole. Can you figure out what I did? -- 4dummies 20:45, May 3, 2011 (UTC)

Hehe, you talking about PXE :) --ThorstenStaerk 03:14, May 4, 2011 (UTC)
Yes, and they are all linked together now. Did you change something? They weren't last night, or else I had some weird caching going on in my browser. Oh, well, on I go... -- 4dummies 15:06, May 4, 2011 (UTC)
Yes, I did change something - I redirected pxe boot to PXE and so the recursion was stopped. Thanks for your work --ThorstenStaerk 19:40, May 4, 2011 (UTC)

Who's really here?

I checked recent contributions, 30 days and 500 entries, and cannot find any blue names except yours and mine -- so has everyone else removed themselves, or is it just that they didn't create a user page? --4dummies 19:26, May 23, 2011 (UTC)

No one has removed themselves. I have never seen people contributing sustainably. Does this matter? --ThorstenStaerk 12:50, May 24, 2011 (UTC)
I guess not. I will come and go myself. -- 4dummies 20:00, November 6, 2011 (UTC)
I think it matters and am certainly open to ideas on how we can get more members consistently contributing. Jeremy 16:10, November 9, 2011 (UTC)

Blocked site

I tried to add a category to [bug reporting list], but the link was refused. It said

   The following text is what triggered our spam filter: blacklist error 

but "akismet" does not appear in the page's text. Can this be fixed? -- 4dummies 19:52, November 6, 2011 (UTC)

What's more, it required confirmation but allowed that link to show up in the above text. Curiouser. -- 4dummies 19:54, November 6, 2011 (UTC)

What I really wanted to do was add the https site, but that failed in the same way. It still fails on adding a category, so the fault's not with launchpad. Can you make this happen? -- 4dummies 19:59, November 6, 2011 (UTC)

I've added you to the whitelist. Thanks for your contributions. Jeremy 16:16, November 9, 2011 (UTC)
It worked. Thanks. -- 4dummies 06:51, November 11, 2011 (UTC)

/dev/zero entry needs renaming

I tried to create a /dev/zero entry, like the existing /dev/urandom, but the wiki mangled it to Dev/zero. This is a poor name, and looks strange on its category page. Can you fix it to be like /dev/urandom? -- 4dummies 23:02, November 6, 2011 (UTC) You'll know you've got it when they no longer show up on the uncategorized special page in spite of containing a category. -- 4dummies 23:18, November 6, 2011 (UTC)

It appears there are actually two pages involved here: and - looking into this further now. Jeremy 16:21, November 9, 2011 (UTC)
Indeed. But they're linked in a weird way. If I make a change to the first one and save it, it takes me to the page of the second one. In fact, I can see no way to link to the first one at all; it seems the wiki autoremoves the leading "/" of any wikilink.
Hmm. Still not answered. How is /dev/zero different from /dev/urandom? Did urandom sneak in before a change to the wiki software made it illegal? --4dummies 21:09, April 28, 2012 (UTC)

How to sub-categorize

I notice that Category:Command has sub-categories. It seems to me that Category:Application needs the same treatment. Reading the page sources has not helped me to understand how this can be done. Any hints? 4dummies 07:25, November 11, 2011 (UTC)

Answered my own question: Categorize the sub-category -- 4dummies 15:01, November 11, 2011 (UTC)

I keep getting blocked by spam filter when editing the proftpd page

What is wrong with my user? Sag47 14:51, November 23, 2011 (UTC)

I've added you to the whitelist. Thanks for your participation. Jeremy 16:51, November 23, 2011 (UTC)

I was about to create a page for transmission (bit-torrent GUI) but I see you deleted a previous version

I had trouble getting started with bittorrent, not finding any documentation other than command-line switches for *any* of the torrent clients. This seemed a likely place to fix it. Are you opposed? --4dummies 21:05, April 28, 2012 (UTC)

Candidates for speedy deletion‎

Candidates for speedy deletion‎ - Bemoeial (talk) 16:18, June 6, 2019 (EDT)