The UNIX® CRONicle

December 2000

Official Publication of the STL!/unix/usr/group

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Next Meeting Details

Wednesday, Dec 13, 2000 at 6:30 PM
Sunnen Products, 7910 Manchester

6:30 PM Tutorial Sendmail 8.11.1 Tony Zafiropoulos
7:00 PM Announcements  (Standard Introductions & Procedure )
7:05 PM Call For Help (An opportunity for you to ask technical questions of the group)
7:15 PM Break  Social, off-line conversations, & book sales
7:20 PM Admittance to building may no longer be possible See Meeting Directions 
7:30 PM Presentation  Introduction to the World of XML - with Andrew Jeremiah


Sendmail 8.11.1 by Tony Zafiropoulos

This month's tutorial will cover how to compile and configure Sendmail 8.11.1 for virtual E-mail hosting.

Include the following:

  1. Download and untar Sendmail.
  2. Download a pop3 daemon software.
  3. Configure the Sendmail .mc file
  4. Configure the virtusertable file for virtual hosting
  5. Compile sendmail
  6. Compile the .cf file
  7. Install Sendmail
  8. Compile and configure pop3d
  9. Take out for test spin.


Tony Zafiropoulos is the owner of CTitek, a consulting company that maintains 10 Linux systems for its clients.

CTitek also performs as Chief Technology Officer for 5 small businesses in the Saint Louis area.

Tony has a Systems Engineering degree from Washington University. - Dec. '93. Married with an 8 year-old son.

Questions and ideas about this discussion are welcome; please send


Introduction to the World of XML - with Andrew Jeremiah


I will be presenting a basic Introduction to the world of XML. I plan to touch on key areas of this evolving technology which include:

  • The Definition of XML
  • W3C's goals for XML
  • Highlight different aspects of XML Technology
  • DTD's, Schema's, Stylesheets
  • Q&A

    By the end of the day, I hope that everyone will have a clear idea of what XML means, what it looks like, and what it is designed to do.


    Education: University of Kentucky - BSc Electrical Engineering and am working on my MBA.

    Employer: MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. where "Technology is Built on Us"(tm)

    Experience: I am a Systems Interface Analyst. That means, in case you are wondering, that I work on getting data from one system to another, among other things. I like to think that our team is sort of the mailperson for electronic data here at MEMC. I heard about XML about a year ago, and I have not managed to get away from it since. We use XML here primarily for data exchange.

    I have been working in the UNIX environment for about two years, mostly cut and paste shell scripting from existing code and learning on the fly. I have looked at perl(I'm still figuring it out), and plan to look at getting some Java knowledge when I have some free time. I don't consider myself a "hard core" programmer but I think I get by OK with most of my day to day tasks.

    Ideas, questions and suggestions are welcome; please contact us by sending

    Next STL Linux User Group Meeting Is 21 December

    Three Dimensional Video Games On Linux - by Damon Richardson


    Just in time for the holiday spirit! Games on Linux. With the Christmas season here, video games will once again be one of the hot selling items. Damon Richardson will take a detailed look at 3D video games and cards running on Linux. Concentrating on setting up the NVidia GeForce2 and 3dfx Voodoo series of cards, Damon will discuss the pitfalls and triumphs of installing Quake3 and Unreal Tournament under XFree86 3.3.6 and 4.0.1.


    Damon Richardson has been using Linux for over six years and us currently employed as a senior programmer at a Linux company. He has had previous involvement with Quake clans around the country, spending numerous hours destroying his opponents. Damon loves to play games on Linux especially Quake3 and Unreal Tournament.

    Meetings of the St. Louis Linux User Group (LUG) are held from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM every THIRD THURSDAY of each month. Location: Indian Trails Branch - Saint Louis County Library Meetings are free and open to everyone.

    And if you want to know, what is 3D graphics?

    This term doesn't refer to the sorts of displays seen in science fiction films, in which you can walk around the display and see something from all angles. Rather, it refers to a 2D representation of a 3D object or environment. 3D-capable graphics cards enable a program to specify the basics of the 3D design--an object's shape, color, texture, and so on--and the graphics card does much of the work of determining precisely how that object appears on the screen, This sort of function is very useful for games, engineering models, and so on.
    -- Linux Harware Handbook by Roderick W. Smith, 2000 SAMS/Macmillan

    Comments, questions and ideas about this session are welcome; please contact Matthew Porter by phone at 314-353-7988 or send

    Special Promotion(s)

    blue triangle right Title of the Month

    The December discount special will be 25% on any XML, HTML (include Oracle XML, etc), any Mail book (Sendmail, Managing Mail, etc), any Perl book, and any Apache book.
    There will be a 10% discount on all other books. 

    All regularly priced titles are 10% off retail cost at the general meeting.
    (Excludes featured, or specially priced or promotional items)
    O'Reilly Logo>

    The O'Reilly and Associates line of books is available at each monthly general meeting as a convenience to our members.

    Each month features a book related to that month's presentation or tutorial topic.
    Discounts off retail cost are offered to all members and each month's featured book(s) may be additionally discounted. Usually, all titles are discounted 10%, while special titles are discounted 25%.

    Upcoming Events

    [St. Louis UNIX User Group stuff] 
    [Don't forget about this stuff]
    Southern Illinois Linux User Group Dec 4, 2000
    Carbondale, IL
    Perl Harbor Day Dec 7, 2000
    Perl Mongers Dec 7, 2000 
    MO Open Source Linux User Group Dec 8, 2000 at 7:30 PM
    Border's Cafe
    Watson Road and Lindbergh
    St. Louis, MO (see news article one)
    SLUUG General Meeting Dec 13, 2000 at 6:30 PM
    Sunnen Products
    7910 Manchester (at Hanley)
    St. Louis, MO
    Steering Committee Dec 18, 2000 at 6:00 PM (Subject to Change)
    Daugherty Systems
    One City Place (2nd floor)
    Creve Coeur, MO
    Hazelwood Linux User Group Dec 19, 2000
    Prarie Commons Branch Library
    915 Utz Lane (between Howdershell and Dunn)
    Hazelwood, MO
    Southern Illinois Linux User Group Dec 19, 2000
    Fairview Heights, IL
    St. Louis Linux User Group Dec 21, 2000 at 7:00 PM
    ( TOPIC: ) 3D Video Games On Linux - by Damon Richardson
    Indian Trails Branch Library
    8400 Delport Drive (at Midland)
    St. Louis, MO
    Christmas Day Dec 25, 2000
    Linux Users of Central Illinois Dec 26, 2000
    Springfield , IL
    New Years Day Jan 1, 2001
    SLUUG General Meeting  Jan 10, 2001
    Steering Committee  Jan 15, 2001 (subject to change)
    St. Louis Linux User Group Jan 18, 2001
    Hazelwood Linux User Group   Jan 30, 2001

    Meeting Directions

    The STL!/unix/usr/group meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month at Sunnen Products, 7910 Manchester Blvd, just east of Hanley on Manchester.

    Directions From Downtown

    1. Take 40 West to the Hanley exit.
    2. Turn left (south) onto Hanley.
    3. Turn left (east) onto Manchester, then turn right ASAP into the Sunnen Products driveway.
    See map at

    (NOTE: A security guard from Sunnen is scheduled to be at the door from 6:20 PM to 7:20 PM to allow entry. After 7:20, the door will be unattended and attendees may not be able to enter.)

    The SLUUG Steering Committee meets the Tuesday following the general meeting at 6:00 PM in the 2nd floor training room of Daugherty Systems, One City Place in Creve Coeur.

    The SLUUG Linux SIG (SLUUG-LS) meets the 3rd Thursday of every month at the Indian Trails Branch Library.

    See map at

    Article(s):The following article(s) express(es) personal opinions and SLUUG exerts no more editorial control over such content than does a public library, bookstore, or newsstand. Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, or other information or Content expressed herein are those of the respective author(s) and not necessarily supported by SLUUG. SLUUG does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any content, nor its merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose.

    Missouri Open Source LUG Forming

    by Arlo Gittings

    Date: Friday, December 8, 19:30.

    Place: Border's Cafe at Watson Road and Lindbergh.

    Topic: General meet and greet, just to see what is going on. No boxen . . . larger than luggables as this is not going to be an official Border's sanctioned event.

    Purpose: We are forming a new Linux User's Group (LUG) in the south/west county area to allow some that might not be able to access some of the other fine LUGs in the area (St. Louis Linux User Group, or Hazelwood LUG).

    Our direction is going to be slightly different than that of the other LUGs also. We will be striving to help the development of the Open Source community at large and Linux in particular, also we desire to provide a support resource for ongoing projects (this may range from first installs to kernel hacking to hardware construction).

    Ideally, we would have a feel similar the Homebrew Computer Club of yore. Everyone is welcome to come and participate, or just soak up the ambiance (though I doubt if you come for this reason that you will be able to remain stoicly isolated for the whole evening, progress is infectious >:})

    For more information members can contact Arlo Gittings at (636) 938-1467 or by sending mailto:proticon@yahoo.comfor details.

    The Homebrew Computer Club predates SLUUG and for that matter, several of our members. Dates and locations are fuzzy but a good starting point is mid-70's in the Menlo Park CA area.
    -- Tom Parsons

    Thanks to Bryan Venable for this URL:

    Second Edition

    by Stan Reichardt

    Kara Pritchard, local Linux Evangelist and Author of RHCE Exam Cram is justifibly proud of the second editon of her excellent book. I had read the first book and was thuroughly impressed with the structure and technical content of the second half. This updated editon should be just as impressive.

    RHCE Linux Exam Cram, Second Edition : Exam RH-302 Online Price: $23.95 20% off list (you save $6.04)
    List Price: $29.99
    386 Pages Softcover, Published by Coriolis
    Date Published: 11/2000
    ISBN: 1576108287

    The RHCE Exam Cram contains all of the updated Red Hat curriculum objectives upon which the RHCE revised exam is based. It discusses the many new options available during installation that have eased the configuration process and includes information on Kudzu, the newest tool used to detect and configure new hardware. The book provides a summarized resource for the Linux novice or the Unix expert without having to read extensive documentation, giving the reader that ability to pass the exam most efficiently.

    For more information members can contact Kara Pritchard by sending mailto:kara@lpi.orgfor details.

    Hazelwood Linux User Group Has Formed

    by Stan Reichardt

    I started the Hazelwood LUG wanting to work with a small Linux group at an introductory level. I had convinced Phil Bunch to assist me with the first meeting. We had expected 8 to 10 attendees and were pleasantly suprized.

    With us, there were a total of 18 people at the first meeting held on Tuesday, 28 November 2000. The room is small but still not too crowded. Most of those that attended considered themselves beginners, although only three individuals did not have a Linux box running.

    Phil was a tremendous help by keeping me and much of the group discussion focused on beginner topics.

    This first meeting was rather unstructured. We started by introducing ourselves and then gave some coverage of the Unix and Linux groups that are in the general St. Louis area. There were some specific Linux questions asked and answers offered from Phil, myself and others. We tried to guide the general discussion that followed toward self help commands common to most Linux distributions. Specifically the man pages, the info system, apropos, locate, how-to-files, and the Linux Documentation Project manuals.

    Other discussions rambled accross various topics. From mailing lists, modems, PPP connections, Internet Service Providers, web sites, favored distributions, installations, fixing root passwords, file system layout, setting the system time and many more topics.

    The structure and direction of the next few meetings will continue to be up to those that attend. We have encouraged two of the attendees to bring in their computers for installation assistance at the next meeting. Of note, even among those with Linux running there was considerable interest in knowing "When will we have the next Linux InstallFest?".

    There have also been a few recommendations for beginner topics such as shell scripting and editors. I will offer a short tutorial (18 slides) on learning how to use the "vi" editor. I believe it will be helpful to beginners.

    When possible, meetings will be held at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM on the 4th Tuesday of each month, except during December, which will be the 3rd Tuesday.

    The next three meetings will be:

  • 19 December 2000 (3rd Tuesday because of holiday season),
  • 30 January 2001 (5th Tuesday because of room conflict),
  • 28 February 2001 (Wednesday because of room conflict).

    I believe we can complement SLUUG and the St. Louis Linux User Group with more small Linux and BSD oriented groups. I continue to hope that more will form in the general St. Louis Metropolitan Area. Target Washington University, UMSL, St. Louis University, downtown, Baldwin, Eureka, Fenton, Maplewood, St. Charles and others. The Missouri Open Source LUG is forming this week and David Ulevitch is still considering starting a Washington University LUG some time around January 16th.

    The various zip codes of the Hazelwood LUG attendees:

  • 62233 Chester, IL
  • 63021 Balwin, MO
  • 63025 Eureaka, MO
  • 63026 Fenton, MO
  • 63031-34 Florissant, MO
  • 63042 Hazelwood, MO ( Of course )
  • 63044 Bridgeton, MO
  • 63114 Overland, MO
  • 63123 Afton, MO
  • 63130 University City, MO
  • 63132 Olivette, MO
  • 63625 Black, MO

    For more information contact Stan Reichardt by phone at (314) 298-1183 or by

    Current information will posted at

    Lightning Talk Submissions

    by Mike King

    We still need more submissions from the general members. All submissions must be received no later than Midnight of Saturday, December 16th, 2000.

    LIGHTNING TALKS will be held in two sessions of five consecutive five-minute talks separated by a ten-minute recess.

    Note that the speaker need not be a SLUUG member, just that their topic would be of interest to us. So tell your fellow cow-orkers and spread the word. We are not particularly against commercial presentations - remember it's only five minutes if it's a stinker.

    The most current Lightning Talks information is at

    LIGHTNING TALKS are consecutive five-minute talks on a tight schedule. You should be prepared to take the stage immediately, explain your idea, and then leave immediately. If you want to take questions, chat, or trade business cards, resumes, or URLs, you do it *after* the session. Be prepared to provide a URL for your topic.

    If you'd like to give a LIGHTNING TALK, send an abstract of about 50 words about your topic to:

    The SLUUG Steering Committee will be presented with recommendations, and will make the final selection of talks at the December 19th, 2000 meeting. Notification will be sent to the selectees, and the schedule announced at the December Linux SIG meeting on December 21, 2000.

    The final schedule of Lightning Talks will also be announced in the Cronicle prior to the January 10th, 2001 meeting.


    There are only 3 kinds of people that can count...

  • Those who can, and
  • Those that live in Florida.

  • Interesting Browsing
    Virus:,1282,40457,00.html - Wild worm with pro-linux message

    Learning Basics: - Getting Started with Linux

    Open Source: - StarOffice Goes Open-Source - Freedom 2.0 Linux client Goes Open-Source

    Follow Up: - IDS_TALK-11_08_2000.ppt 220k - Disk Drive that Clunks - Linux Laptop homepage - October STL Linux SIG presentation notes

    Spotlight on Cybercon

    by Jeff Florida

    Cybercon is this month's SLUUG Corporate Spotlight company.

    Cybercon, a St. Louis based Internet hosting center, offers advanced Internet hosting and managed services. We provide the Internet infrastructure and support that allows you to keep your servers up and running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    Our data center was not only built with scalability in mind, but also with the intention to avoid any single point of failure in our connectivity, power, or HVAC. We boast direct connections to UUNET (MCI WorldCom), Sprint, AT&T and Level 3 Communications as well as triple power feeds from Ameren UE and redundant Liebert indoor cooling systems. We provide these services so you can concentrate on your business while we concentrate on maintaining your Internet servers.

    For more information you can send or visit the Cybercon web site at or contact our staff 24 hours a day at 314-621-9991

    [ Editor's note: Ask about the December free palm top promotion! ]

    Linux Demo Day

    On Friday November 24, 2000, Noon-6 pm the St. Louis Linux User Group held a Linux demo day event. The location was the Comp USA Store at 11970 St. Charles Rock Road, Bridgeton, MO.

    We had live demonstrations of a multititude of software programs that run under Linux. This includes everything from office productivity applications (i.e. Star Office and WordPerfect Office 2000) to server applications (i.e. Sendmail, Bind, etc.) to games (i.e. Arena, Quake3, Unreal Tournament, etc.).

    Some of the recovering Microsoft victims went on to attend the first meeting of the Hazelwood Linux User Group on the following Tuesday.

    A special thanks goes to Karen R. at CompUSA who was very helpful with co-ordinating the event with us and made many last minute arrangements.

    Special Interest Groups (SIGS)

    As our membership grows, we have had some inquiries about the possibility of having Special Interest Groups in several areas. If you are interested in starting or participating in a SIG for System Administration, Networking, C, Object Oriented Programming, a specific vendor, etc., please call Dave Mills at 314-997-1104 extension 351, or contact any officer of the group.

    St. Louis Unix Users Group - Linux SIG (SLUUG-LS)

    Visit the Linux SIG home page ( ) for the latest meeting details.
    Indian Trails Branch Library
    8400 Delport Drive (at Midland)
    (at Midland)
    Follow 170: Exit Page east to North-South Rd., go left on North-South Rd. to Midland, go left on Midland one block to Delport, the Library is on your left (see map at ).

    For more information on SLUUG-LS refer to the WWW home page for the group at or contact Matthew Porter by

    Digital Alpha SIG

    The Digital Alpha SIG is for those interested in Digital UNIX and the DEC Alpha architecture. Visit the Digital Alpha SIG's home at for more information.

    St. Louis UNIX Users Group Steering Committee

    The SLUUG Steering Committee meets the Tuesday following the general 2nd Wednesday meeting at 6:00 PM in the 2nd floor training room of Daugherty Systems, One City Place in Creve Coeur. The guard can direct you to the meeting location. Anyone is welcome to attend. If you would like to become more involved in the planning of SLUUG, feel free to join us at the next Steering Committee meeting. Meetings usually last 1.5 to 2 hours.


  • Analysts International
  • Andersen Consulting
  • Bradford & Galt
  • CIBER, Inc.
  • Cybercon
  • Cypress Systems, Ltd.
  • Daugherty Systems
  • Informix Corporation
  • Maryville Data Systems, Inc.
  • O'Reilly & Associates
  • Phoenix Networks
  • Phoenix Networks
  • Renaissance Worldwide, Inc.
  • Sacerdoti Linux Machines { link may be down }
  • Sun Microsystems
  • Stopka & Associates
  • Sunnen Products
  • Sykes Enterprises, Inc.
  • Technisource Inc.
  • Triple-I Corporation
  • Venmar Systems, Inc.
  • The Law Offices of Rich McLennan, send

    For more information about sponsoring the St. Louis UNIX Users Group, contact Ed Wehner, send

    SLUUG on the World Wide Web

    The St. Louis UNIX Users Group maintains a WWW page at Visit us to learn more about who we are and what we do, visit other UNIX user groups' WWW pages, sign up for a SIG, or just to browse.

    SLUUG Administration is volunteer based.

    SLUUG is looking for volunteers to help with presentations, web page development, managing corporate sponsorships, and many other tasks. If you would like to help out contact Gary Meyer by


    We publish other user group meeting schedules on a reciprocal basis. If you are a member of another non-profit group, please inform them of our policy and invite them to exchange meeting information by, or call any of the SLUUG officers.


    BBS Questions Gary Meyer
    Corporate Sponsors Ed Wehner
    O'Reilly Books Dave Mills Work:314-997-1104 extension 351
    Presentations John O'Reilly Send info/ideas by
    Editorial team:
    Publisher  Sanjiv Bhatia  Home: (314)519-9272 
    Work: (314)516-6520 
    FAX: (314)516-5400
    Editor  Stan Reichardt Home: (314)298-1183
    Steering Committee
    Gary Meyer Home: (314)781-8644
    SLUUG Secretary Rich Seibel
    SLUUG Treasurer Mike Kriz
    Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
    Linux SIG Chair Matthew Porter Home: (314)353-7988

    Submitting Articles to the SLUUG CRONicle

    If you would like to submit an article to the CRONicle of general interest to the members of the St. Louis UNIX Users Group, send The deadline for article submissions is two weeks before the next general meeting.

    SLUUG PO Box

    The St. Louis UNIX Users Group has a P.O. box. All official correspondence with SLUUG should now be sent to:
        St. Louis UNIX Users Group
        P.O. Box 411302
        Creve Coeur Post Office
        St. Louis, MO  63141-9998