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Two Restarts for the Diva Distro of Open Sim

Posted by Ethos Erlanger on January 24, 2010

Something seemed odd. When I crash my local Open Sim Server, I must start it twice for all prims to appear.  It affects any prims that are linked together.  Single prims are always seen after the first re-start, but linked prims are missing until I restart Open Simulator the second time.

Crashes are quite frequent for me as I attempt to import large buildings from Second Life using the Meerkat Viewer.

I may buy the Second Inventory program to see if that works without crashes.

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Another view of Erlanger Acres

Posted by Ethos Erlanger on January 5, 2010

I am quite fond of the Little Sable Point Lighthouse.  It would have been a few less prims if I had built it first in OpenSim than I had used when I built it in Second Life, but the conical (tapered) tower was a good challenge to my building skills when I originally executed it in Second Life.

Enjoy Your Virtual Life©

Ethos Erlanger

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Two restarts to recover from a crash in OpenSim

Posted by Ethos Erlanger on January 3, 2010

I am using OpenSim to build off-line and when I crash the server (which is often) it takes two tries before I get to a place where the region has all the recent objects out and showing.

So, you are probably asking: “Why is he blogging about this?”  Well it is a way of letting off steam. Many people use the word RANT to describe this.  What makes this different, is what is behind the crashes.  Meerkat.  Well, not really the viewer, but something I am doing with the viewer. I am importing prims from an XML file.

Why not just write a bug report about the crashes?  Well I have read some of the bug reports about importing prims, and the authors are told that the OpenSimulator Project does not support “3rd Party Viewers.”  They go on to say that only the SL viewer is supported.  (Note: the SL viewer does not import or export prims.)  Does that make the SL viewer and Linden Lab a party of the first part?

So, here is my question. Is there any fully endorsed way to get prims into my OpenSim sandbox? I should relax and take a chill pill, but the frustration of having to restart the server twice after every attempt to import a portion of my building that I brought from Second Life is the cause for my attitude.

Also, where can this be discussed if it is not a valid OpenSim bug? Inventory transportability is one of the main reasons I began climbing the learning curve to get my own OpenSim server running on my own computer.

Enjoy Your Virtual Life©,

Ethos Erlanger

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Loading prims into Erlanger Acres using Meerkat

Posted by Ethos Erlanger on January 3, 2010

What you are seeing in this photo is a college building that I built last year, the Little Sable Point Lighthouse, and the lower 160 ft of the Washington Monument.

The viewer that I am using is Meerkat because it has the ability to save objects as XML files and then restore from those files that I keep on my computer. Some crashed and delayed rezzing of building parts has occurred as I begin to bring some of my work from Second Life into Erlanger Acres.  I am beginning to think I may want separate server hardware from the one I use for the viewer.  I am experiencing these crashes with various viewers including the current Second Life viewer by Linden Lab.

Not all textures are in my cache, so this photo shows some parts of the buildings as white, but generally, the importing of prims is accurate.  I am learning some of the inner workings of the server and viewer and now understand a bit more about textures and what it takes to get them to show up.  I will have to brings some textures from SL into my sandbox region or visitors will not be able to see the buildings as I see them.  I consider this to be fair use.  I hope the original artists understand.  I am taking time to contact many of them and ask if they will allow them to be used in the OSgrid.  Nothing is for sale at this time and for now all of this is under my complete control in my own computer.  No infringement is intended.

Enjoy Your Virtual Life©,

Ethos Erlanger

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Historic Event at Erlanger Acres

Posted by Ethos Erlanger on December 27, 2009

You might all yawn and say: “What is Ethos so excited about?”

Ethos invited his first outside visitor to join him at Erlanger Acres today.  After reading and re-reading every possible tutorial and blog post related to OpenSim configuration, Setup, and troubleshooting of OpenSim, Ethos Erlanger flipped the switch on his recently updated Diva Distibution.  He then walked into the living room of his home and using his wife’s computer, logged into OpenSim as Visitor One and arrived face-to-face with Ethos on Erlanger Acres. The 30 feet or so between the office and the livingroom computers may not seem like a long distance to travel in the virtual world of OpenSim, but it represents a milestone for Ethos.  Now his confidence is bolstered and he will be inviting friends over for some serious building and collaboration.

Erlanger acres is comprised of 4 regions put together as one mega-region.  This size allows the building of many large buildings or monuments.  A recent hardware upgrade to 4GB of RAM seems to allow endless possibilities.

I hope you all stop by to visit some time.  I will try to get some nice clothes for you to use when you arrive as a visitor to Erlanger Acres.

Enjoy Your Virtual Life©,

Ethos Erlanger

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The four Regions I call Erlanger Acres

Posted by Ethos Erlanger on December 14, 2009

A mega-region of 4 regions

See me standing on the white prim?

That’s Ethos standing at the center of the white 10M x 10M prim on the 256M x 256M prim on top of the 4 regions called Erlanger Acres.

Click the image to view the whole image.

Enjoy Your Virtual Life©

Ethos Erlanger

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