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Re: More bad weather

On Thursday 18 December 2008, Matthew Saltzman wrote:
>On Thu, 2008-12-18 at 12:02 -0500, Gene Heskett wrote:
>> On Thursday 18 December 2008, Matthew Saltzman wrote:
>> >Suddenly (a couple of days ago), the GNOME weather applet and the
>> >weather icon in the clock applet have stopped connecting to whatever the
>> >server is.  The weather applet just shows '--' and the clock shows empty
>> >space where the weather info belongs.  The weather applet detail window
>> >just shows blanks.  The problem is not dependent on the choice of
>> >location.  Restarting doesn't help.
>> >
>> >I'm not sure I can trace the beginning of the problem to a particular
>> >update--not an obvious one, in any case.  There was a glibc update on
>> >Monday (along with some others that don't look like they are likely to
>> >be relevant) that might have been about when it started.
>> >
>> >Anybody else seeing this in F10?  Any idea how to troubleshoot?
>> >
>> >Thanks.
>> I don't think keeping that server running at the local NWS places has the
>> highest priority, Matthew.  My service (as the weather plugin for gkrellm
>> see's it, I'm not using gnome) from KCKB is intermittent, down for 2-3
>> days at a time, working ATM.  Presently 37F, 93% humidity.  Overcast, wind
>> N 3, chill 35F dew point 30F I guess, the shorthand gkrellm uses (or the
>> NWS) leaves a bit to be desired.
>> You might try that plugin for gkrellm as you can assign it to about any
>> NWS facility with the web based station ID function.  If your local one is
>> down, try another to test your install.  If another one works, then its
>> probably just the local one not even knowing its crashed.
>Interesting.  I don't know much about the organization of the NWS
>servers, but I do know the problem first appeared in Portland OR and
>persists here in Clemson SC.  So if the servers are dynamic and
>geographically local, then there is more to the problem than just a
>local server failure.
>Is the server set for the applets someplace in GNOME configs?

I don't know cuz I don't use gnome, Matthew.

The config pages of gkrellm show a link to an NWS web page,
where you can enter your location and it spits out the nearest 'station', in 
my case KCBK I believe.  I'd assume gnome would have a similar lookup 
facility, but my hand isn't within reach of the good book to swear to that.

>Thanks for the insight.
>                Matthew Saltzman
>Clemson University Math Sciences
>mjs AT clemson DOT edu

Cheers, Gene
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