Heck, sedecimal

There are two reasons for this entry: (i) it is an excuse to use the pun appearing in the title; and (ii) it is a lovely example of geek linguistic analysis. Enjoy.


Groping grops

My RedHat systems have been misbehaving for quite some time when I tell them to print manpages on my printer. For example, if I were to tell one of them to man -t cp, then I'd get a page with too much bottom margin and not enough top margin.

Today I couldn't take it any longer, so I spent a few minutes to track down the problem. It turns out that the default configuration of the grops utility on all of my RedHat machines was set for A4 paper, not US Letter paper, which caused the rendered PostScript to appear offset when printed on my US Letter printer.