Updates

  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 12 hours, 48 minutes ago

    2019 April 17

    Hey, look!  It's the tiniest little clown car spinning to a
    stop, with bulbous-nosed backup bozos FIX and TWEAK tumbling out
    to deliver another update to UpdraftPlus, this one a mere 8 days
    after the last time this crew tripped over their floppy shoes
    trying to fix another set of flaws in this contraption by
    nailing plywood patches over the leaks in their backup blimp's
    gasbag.  This time, version 1.16.12 patches a blunder which
    caused zipped backups to run at the speed of molasses on the
    surface of Pluto, and another which backed up an ephemeral log
    table which…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 1 day, 11 hours ago

    2019 April 16

    Yesterday, when tracking down the loss of paragraph breaks added
    while editing a group post or comment, I also noticed that when
    you saved a group item, all of the bare URLs which had
    previously been automatically wrapped with live links reverted
    to plain text.  Today, after some time digging through the
    customary misdirection and obfuscation in BuddyPress, I figured
    out that this only affects the text the user sees immediately
    after clicking the "Save" button.  The actual text stored in the
    database, which other users will see and the user who edited
    will see after…

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    • Thanks for this explanation. I have noticed this, and wondered what I was doing wrong, but had figured out that it seemed to be working even though it looks like it doesn’t.

      Thanks a heap for all the many hours spent bulldogging this site. And also, thanks for the commentary that goes with the super transparency.
      Ratburger.org rocks.


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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 2 days, 12 hours ago

    2019 April 15

    Another quoting Hell problem: if you enter HTML text entities in
    a BuddyPress group post or comment, they are handled properly
    and appear as the referenced character in the group.  But if you
    then edit the post or comment, what goes into the edit window is
    the expanded character: it does not apply HTML quoting to the
    meta-characters, so that when you save the edit they are now
    interpreted as metacharacters and your post is wrecked.  The
    mechanism which puts text in the edit window (probably somewhere
    in ~/plug/bp-editable-activity, which as a "premium" plug-in, is
    not…

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    • If I post a comment in a group and then decide I should have provided a link, I do not try to edit the comment. I just paste the URL into a stand-alone comment and figure that Ratburghers can interpret my intent.

    • Thanks very much for improving the environment.

  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 4 days, 13 hours ago

    2019 April 13

    Today we got some messages posted to a BuddyPress group bounced
    as spam by Akismet.  It thought I had fixed every place an
    Akismet check is made to skip (or ignore) the check if the post
    was by a user whose account was registered seven or more days
    ago but, guess what?  BuddyPress has its own separate interface
    to Akismet in:
        ~/plug/buddypress/bp-activity/classes/class-bp-akismet.php
    which bypasses the Akismet hooks, figures out on its own whether
    Akismet is active, and deals directly with Akismet, bypassing
    the services provided by the WordPress core.  I added…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 6 days, 11 hours ago

    2019 April 11

    Last night, yet another update to the Subscribe to Comments
    Reloaded plug-in showed up.  This is the plug-in which allows
    people to opt-in to be bombarded with E-mail when people comment
    on posts to which they've subscribed.  Why on Earth anybody
    would want this now that we have a proper notification system
    which handles groups as well as posts is beyond me, but every
    time I try to get rid of it somebody complains, so here it
    stays.  It was late and I decided to defer what appeared to be a
    trivial update (four "fixes" and one "tweak" to bungling in the
    last update of…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 1 week, 1 day ago

    2019 April 9

    Well what do you know?  Here comes the clown car again, packed
    with FIXes (2) and TWEAKs (6) to everybody's self-parody of a
    backup utility.  This version 1.16.11 fixes several bungles in
    March 24th's 1.16.10 attempt, none of which appear to be in
    features we use.  We have no local code in this update.  I
    applied the update kit, looked around, and everything seemed to
    be normal.  As usual, I'll wait until a couple of backups run
    before committing the changes.
    

    The scheduled full backup at 20:29 at ran successfully. Since this involved both the database and files, I…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 1 week, 4 days ago

    2019 April 6

    Starting at 20:22 UTC we came under an intense XMLRPC attack
    from 125.106.219.11, which resolves to an ISP in Zhejiang,
    China.  They were hitting us around three times a second with
    mindless password cracking attacks via this vulnerability (which
    we plugged long, long ago).  Still, this drool was cluttering up
    the error_log, so I firewalled the IP address.  Did this stop
    them?  Of course not!  They've continued to blither, with 1522
    packets dropped so far and doubtless many more to go down the
    bit bucket before they give up.
    
  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    2019 April 2

    Installed:
        yum install pigz
    This is the parallel implementation of GZIP.  It is used by the
    CycleLogs shell script used when cycling the HTTP logs for
    archiving.
    
    The HTTP server logs had not been cycled since the site was put
    into production on 2017-12-10 and the access log had grown to
    3.7 Gb.  The error_log, due to random spew events thanks to PHP
    and WordPress, was a majestic 1.5 Gb.  We hadn't run
    /server/log/httpd/CycleLogs since the migration to the Linux 2
    AMI (changes were required in the script due to systemd now
    controlling httpd)--I had…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    2019 April 1

    Updated the User Role Editor plug-in to version 4.50.2. This is
    a trivial fix a bungle in the insane "Multisite" features in
    4.50.1.  We have no local code in this plug-in.  I checked out
    the settings page and the configuration page and everything
    looks OK.
    
    Updated the WP RSS Aggregator plug-in to version 4.12.3.  Here
    we have another "fixes to fixes" update to fix a flaw in their last
    attempt at an update.  Checked the configuration page and it
    appears to be in order.
    
    Everything seems to be working properly, so I committed the
    update to the User Role Editor plug-in…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 2 weeks, 3 days ago

    2019 March 31

    Performed a:
        service iptables save
        service ip6tables save
    to preserve the firewall rule changes across the next reboot.
    
    Made a mirror backup to Juno.
    
    Made a backup AMI:
        Ratburger Backup 2019-03-31  ami-011234d0409a76b8c
            /           snap-0e277a36629a022eb
            /server     snap-03936885b4038c3d7
    
    Installed all pending update packages: 14 in total, 10 for
    security including a new kernel.
    
    Rebooted at 14:17 UTC.  The system had been up for 34 days.
    
    The system came up normally after the reboot.  We are now
    running on kernel…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    2019 March 29

    Whatever was broken with the YouTube Data API as described in
    the entry for 2019-03-25 that caused it to return ancient videos
    on queries for the most recent video from a channel is now, at
    least for the moment, fixed and we're once again getting the
    most recent videos.  Absolutely nothing has changed in my query
    code, so the problem was clearly on YouTube's end.
    
  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    2019 March 26

    Updated the Subscribe to Comments Reloaded plug-in to version
    190325.  This is a minor update which fixes a few bugs and
    avoids loading its JavaScript and CSS files on pages where they
    aren't needed.  We have no local code in this plug-in. I
    reviewed the settings pages after installing the update and
    everything looks OK.
    
    Updated the WP RSS Aggregator plug-in to version 4.12.2.  This
    is a minor update which fixes a goof in the previous release
    which kept administrators from being able to update RSS source
    feeds. They also deleted nine internal files from their…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 3 weeks, 2 days ago

    2019 March 25

    We had another php-fpm low memory drama last night thanks to a
    tedious denial of service attack.  Our mitigation code kicked in
    and it auto-recovered.  Take that, Boris and Natasha!
    
    Starting recently (I just noticed it today), the Video Theatre
    page has been showing ancient videos from the YouTube channels
    it monitors, sometimes as much as eight years old.
    
    It turns out, after investigation, that YouTube's Data API is
    simply returning trash.  Even for a simple request such as the
    latest video posted for a channel, it returns a seemingly random
    item.  I checked if…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 3 weeks, 3 days ago

    2019 March 24

    Honk, honk, bang, bang, rattle, rattle, screech--here comes the
    clown car again with another update to UpdraftPlus.  This
    collection of TWEAKs and an UPDATE (caps as written by the red
    noses piling out) comes with a two number bump in the minor
    version number, from 1.16.8 to 1.16.10.  This is a collection of
    fixes to fixes to features we don't use (and no sane system
    administrator would).  We have no local code in this plug-in, so
    I simply applied the update kit.  Nothing obviously went wrong
    and the settings look OK.  As always, I'll let a couple of
    backups run before…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 4 weeks, 1 day ago

    2019 March 19

    For reference, the link to the welcome page for new members is:
        .https://www.ratburger.org/index.php/welcome-to-ratburger/
    
  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 1 month ago

    2019 March 18

    All right, 1800 pixels height appears to be the sweet spot for
    the {iframe} in the Second Life Clubhouse page to not grow its
    own scroll bar.  I'll leave it at that for now.
    
    The ~/plug/rb-second-life plug-in has not changed for three days
    and appears to be doing its modest job of showing people in the
    Second Life clubhouse as a sidebar widget.  There's no reason
    to keep it in uncommitted purgatory, so I committed the new code
    (Build 277) and committed the changes to GitHub.
    
  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 1 month ago

    2019 March 17

    Increasing the height of the {iframe} in the Second Life
    Clubhouse Page to 1500 pixels wasn't enough to keep it from
    popping up a scroll bar as it grew.  Let's try 1800.  Maybe it'll
    drive out the snakes.
    
  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 1 month ago

    2019 March 16

    Updated the User Role Editor plug-in to version 4.50.1.  This is
    a minor bug fix update which corrects two problems, one fatal,
    for anybody silly enough to use a WordPress "Multisite"
    configuration or WooCommerce plug-in.  We have no local code in
    this plug-in.  Committed the changes (Build 275).
    
    Committed yesterday's change to add a "Second Life Clubhouse"
    link to the Meta widget in ~/theme/functions.php (Build 276).
    
    Wrapped a link around the title of the Second Life sidebar
    widget in ~/plug/rb-second-life/rb-second-life.php which links
    to the "Second Life…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 1 month ago

    2019 March 15

    Discovered that, seemingly, when you add a new field to a
    PHP object's $instance for a widget you have to deconfigure
    and reconfigure the widget before it is recognised.  Once
    I did this with the ~/plug/rb-second-life, the 'camfile'
    field which specifies where the widget looks for the Second
    Life clubhouse population started to work and I was able to
    get rid of the hard-coded file name.
    
    Added a new CGI script, ~/cgi/SecurityLog.  This script
    appends whatever appears in its standard input to a
    new Second Life log file:
        /server/var/SecurityCamera/SLlog.txt
    using…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 1 month ago

    2019 March 14

    Whenever the clown car goes sputtering out of the ring, it's a
    good bet it will be back soon with more fixes to fixes to fixes
    to fixes.  So, it's no surprise that today brings us version
    1.16.8 of UpdraftPlus, just three days after 1.16.7, which
    introduced two new features for their "premium" customers, one
    of which could cause an infinite loop which hung the Web server
    process and another which denied features to those who paid for
    them.  Because nothing inspires confidence in your backup
    solution provider like ham-fisted bungling, we also note that
    this "update"…

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