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LWP failed with code[400]

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

When installing Perl modules with cpan, it is possible to get a error due to the firewall.

Fetching with LWP:
LWP failed with code[400] message[FTP return code 150]
Fetching with Net::FTP:

after doing:

perl -MCPAN -e shell

It typically hangs for a while while trying to fetch for a while over LWP or FTP
The simple fix is: export FTP_PASSIVE=1 before calling sudo perl -MCPAN -e shell or sudo cpan as the case may be.

The same thing ca be done within cpan with o conf ftp_passive

NightOuts - The BITSian Story

Friday, July 20th, 2007

There is one thing which Engineering education makes you - an owl (or a bat i wud say !! ) I never knew that I wud succumb to this phenomena. I saw lots of my hostel mates huddling around each other a few hours before the exam when I was in my frst year having my well earned nights sleep. Main sochta tha - yeh log pehle kyon nahin padhte. Well first year I preferred GHOTting (Generate Heat on Table) so didnt need Night Outs. Well the phenomenon began for me in 3rd semester. I had gotten my branch transfer and was kind of carefree - or rather I should say careless. My first major experience was Maths III and suddenly I had all my buddies dropppin in at my place in the dead of night cause they heard I had finished the syllabus. Unfortunately I had not and was in quite a fix myself ! I twas quite a relief to see the “big shots” slugging it out me. I felt part of the team. Now the whole of third year has been on a staple diet of night outs. You figure out he syllabus from the genies/”class worms” at the dinner table night before the exam. Go in with full josh, the handout and a few “braino” friends and a pad. One night later you are done. Well there is cooking nd munching invoved all through the night. The occassional full blast songs to wake the nieghbours out of their senses or even the late night hostel jumps right under AVK’s nose !! Often times you kind of miss the exam though. I almost missed two. Then there is another night out casualty. That comes in the night after where u wouldnt know where you dropped off to sleep. Make sure you dont have an exam the next day !! And ya there are instances of drowsiness and sleeping in the exam hall also (side effects !! )
But all in All, it gives you the confidence that however big the syllabus, you can do it, often times barely !!
Now can someone post the joke which goes something like this - “You ask a Doctor …, You ask a … ……. you ask an engineer how long would he take to finish a big fat book - he answers when is the exam ??” He should be a BITS Night Outer for that matter !!
Aalap Tripathy
4th Yr BE Hons EEE,
BITS Pilani Goa Campus

Papa kehte hain Goa = Masti. No studies. You will booze !!

Friday, July 20th, 2007

Well my parents had the exact same apprehensions (a lot infact !! ) when I was supposed to join in.
Campus is far from the booze destinations and all the so called “rave parties”. Taxis cost a fortune, so unless you have loads of pocket money spare, you wont be able to afford it. You can take the bus - but then you will need to do a lot of efforts to get the right combination. Of course if you gang up with friends, you can make the trip. But then again you will never find such time unless you are bent upon going. there is so much going on in campus. As part of the organising committee for various events, I have had a hard time taking up free slots - kyonki itna kuch hota rehta hai !! On top of that you have exams and exams and … exams - assignments, seminars, reports (uff !! ), surprise quiz, compre …… (endless list) Time hi nahin milega.
Of course admin is very strict about the 10.30 PM rule (for getting back into college) and 11 PM hostel lock down. Girls have to sign in every night.
So, I say that unless you are hell bent on breaking rules, you will never imagine going out for a booze or anything !!
Again being in a beautiful and well known location has its advantages. Alum, industry and experts are more than eager to visit campus - in the process sharing their wisdom and experience with us. It is as good as being in a Metro - well connected - bus, train, road (and did I forget the Airport ) Most passenger planes and air force aircraft flying over us all the time. You don’t fell you are lost in the middle of nowhere. You have decent shops at Panjim - so the bottom heavy guy can lighten up with the latest wares.
Acha, yeh sab to maine masti ki cheezen boli - par freshers you are coming to study - masti ke liye thodi !!
Agar mummy pappa bolte hain ki goa ganda hai, tum bigad jaoge to please let them speak to us once. Andar ki baat to jan lo ek bar !!

PS : I would be lying if I didn’t say that there have been exceptions
Aalap Tripathy
4th Yr BE Hons EEE,
BITS Pilani Goa Campus

Let’s get started

Friday, July 20th, 2007

I have been writing on numerous websites for years now. Now that I have my own domain, it’s time to put them together. Now, I had wordpress installed for quite sometime, but could never finally migrate over here. Just decided to shift here permanently. Let’s see how good I can be in blogosphere.