Archive for December, 2009

Big SW upgrade on server

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

About 26 oir so hours ago I started to upgrade stuff on my server. mainly I wanted mysql which also implied php.
so, I made a maintanence page for apache to take care of all the sites and hit it on. but I just couldn’t install mysql. scripts were freezing (like mysql_install_db) and using the –skup-grant-tables was not helping either.
Took me almost 12 hours to figure out that the DNS server was still running and it used mysql. Stopping the DNS server got rid of that problem.
Then came php. I was getting:

checking for MySQL support for PDO… shared
checking for mysql_config… no
configure: error: Cannot find MySQL header files under

I just couldn’t figure out what the problem was until I digged into the configure script. on line 65536 i had

for i in /usr/local /usr ; do

which is stupid because it was not taking into account my –with-mysql selection in command line. so I modified that line to be:
for i in $PHP_MYSQL /usr/local /usr ; do

and problem solved.

I then had to modify some of the scripts as they were spitting depcrecated and erros on the screen but hey, that’s just upgrading life.

and finally, the last one was joomla.

Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_GOTO, expecting T_STRING in path_to_/components/com_resource/controller.php on line 193

I wasn’t paying attention that the error was actually in com_resource so I upgraded joomla to latest (which wasn’t a bad idea anyway). and when it didn’t go away I woke up to reality and tried to upgrade resource from mighty extensions BUT… their site is down. To be more precise, the domain does not resolv. get a load of that.
I sent them a tweet reply since I have no idea how else to contact them.

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First results of web directory “cleanup”

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

A few days ago I started on some major changes in my webdirectory as I wrote here.
So after 3 days of not being confirmed, a site will be moved to un-approved. after 14 days of not being confirmed, it will be deleted.
After the first 3 days, over 200 sites were moved to un-approved. But something tells me that the number will raise considerably as now the number of approved sites has dropped to half, from over 700 to 300 and something.
Go-go-go 🙂

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Semi-open mode in my web directory

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

I finally managed to make some time and implement step 1 in making my web directory semi-open. that is, it now sends a confirmation email to all submissions. It is programmed to send 2 emails every 5 minutes.

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Ditching opera

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

As I wrote here a while ago I become very unsatisfied with opera. Unilt recently it was “only” the huge memory consumption. But ever since version 10 (even 10.10) a lot of sites stopped loading as I wrote here
So finally I ditched opera. I migrated all my bookmarks and everything to firefox and the email and rss feeds to thunderbird. I had to install a tab manager and a speed dial plugin into FF to have my usual operation mode but now that’s done and I feel like “home”.
Sorry opera but instead of getting better you got worse.

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