Worst Day Ever November 30, 2007Posted by gordonwatts in computers, physics life.
I don’t remember being that frustrated with a computer in years. I’m pretty good at computers – I can usually debug what is going on and bend them to my will. But not lately, it looks like. Either I’m loosing my touch, or things have reached a whole new order of magnitude in complexity.
Here is what I was trying to do: check out some software from the source code repository, make a few minor modifications, compile, and then send the code off to run in a big processing center in the cloud (pathena/panda at BNL). When it works it is a beautiful thing!
I tried to accomplish this thing at three different computing centers around the world: SLAC, LYON, and Marseille. For different reasons it failed at each one – that was what was so frustrating. Each place had its unique problem that was a show stopper. I wasted a whole day.
What can a guy do? Well, it is France, so we went out for a long lunch with wine (where I found out I wasn’t the only one that was having troubles). In the end, however, I went to bed. This morning, at least, at once site, everything worked all the way through. I’m scared to try the other sites…