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PHP – Produces Horrible Problems

by on Oct.27, 2009, under Software

That IS what it stands for, right?
Or maybe the last P is for Programs….. oh no, silly me. It’s for PEOPLE. Now I get it.
Anyway, the quote of the day:

configure: error: There is something wrong. Please check config.log for more information.

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C compiler cannot create executables

by on Oct.26, 2009, under Software

Yeah, I bet you didn’t know that. You’re so stupid. (continue reading…)

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SOCKS, Opera, and brute force

by on Oct.21, 2009, under Software

Especially force, that’s what we need.
Because somehow Opera still hasn’t bothered to implement SOCKS proxy support. And if you would like to use… oh I don’t know… tor… or maybe simple ssh proxying support to test stuff from an external IP instead of from inside your local network, or for whatever your reason might be (working around your corperate firewall? ;))…. you have to use Firefox. Because they DO have SOCKS support. Strange. A case to bash Opera 🙂 (continue reading…)

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Another wordpress update

by on Oct.21, 2009, under Morons, Software

Version 2.8.5 is here! Some important security hardening going on, fixing a trackback DoS attack (or so they claim). Some more details over here. As usualy the automatic update failed for me, so once again the fix for this error:

Download failed.: Operation timed out after 60 seconds with 1538482 bytes received

Either patch it manually:

  • Edit wp-admin/includes/file.php and change line 448 to a more reasonable default.
  • The line sould become something like: $response = wp_remote_get($url, array('timeout' => 600));

Or use this patch:

--- wp-admin/includes/file.php.org 2009-10-21 17:03:47.000000000 +0200
+++ wp-admin/includes/file.php 2009-10-21 17:03:06.000000000 +0200
@@ -445,7 +445,7 @@
if ( ! $handle )
return new WP_Error('http_no_file', __('Could not create Temporary file'));

- $response = wp_remote_get($url, array('timeout' => 60));
+ $response = wp_remote_get($url, array('timeout' => 600));

if ( is_wp_error($response) ) {
fclose($handle);

wordpress-auto-update-timeout.diff (741 downloads)     

When I tried adding the above patch as a download (using the download monitor plugin) I got this failure:

File type does not meet security guidelines. Try another.

What the fuck guys, this is a TEXT file. Grepping through the sources I find the wp-admin/includes/file.php file to be the nazi. Apparently I’m not allowed (as site admin) to pass this current_user_can( 'unfiltered_upload' ). Security hardening, yeah… against idiots perhaps.
I’m expecting an update of either wordpress or the download monitor plugin soon.
Meanwhile I simply uploaded the file manually and added an existing download. Pfffrt, the hassle.

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MySQL 5.0 -> 5.1 on Slackware current

by on Oct.07, 2009, under Software

Slackware recently upgraded the MySQL version from 5.0 to 5.1, from the Changelog:

Sun Oct 4 00:17:50 CDT 2009
ap/mysql-5.1.39-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
This bumps the version of the shared libraries to .so.16.0.0.

Yeah, that’s all great, but for me this broke on several of my machines. (continue reading…)

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Slackware(64), Qmail and IPv6

by on Oct.06, 2009, under Software

Now that we have Xenbro up and running with a domain attached to it and a bunch of toy domU’s running, we soon ran into the need for a dns server and mailer.
Needless to say I don’t like the default Sendmail and Bind junk very much (wonder why Slackware still ships it…), and my experiences with Exim and Postfix aren’t all too great either.
Sure, they work, but they’re too complex for my liking. I like to know what’s going on, so I still use my trusty old Qmail and Djbdns for mail and dns.
However, since those packages haven’t been updated in years, some newer features are missing. So I patch them 4 times over and stab them a bit so they work the way I like 😉 (continue reading…)

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