Updates

  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 2 days, 7 hours ago

    2020 March 29

    Updated the WP ULike plug-in to version 4.1.9.  I applied the
    update kit I prepared yesterday.  After installation, I checked
    the settings, statistics pages, and tried liking comments, group
    postings, and group comments and everything looked OK.  There
    were no messages in the error_log.  I will let it run for a
    while before committing the changes.
    
    Updated the WP-UserOnline plug-in to version 2.87.4.  This is a
    trivial update which adds a few more bots to the table of those
    it recognises, futzes around with its contextual help facility,
    and claims compatibility with…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 3 days, 6 hours ago

    2020 March 28

    Prepared the update of the WP ULike plug-in to version 4.1.9. 
    This is a minor update which fixes a number of small items, as
    usual mostly related to cosmetics and the "PRO" version.  Wonder
    of wonders, they actually fixed the CSS validation errors I
    reported on 2019-07-03.  Since we have other local code in that
    CSS file, assets/js/wp-ulike.js, and there were other changes in
    this update, I had to integrate them and re-minify the file. 
    There were also changes in the file with the bulk of our local
    code, inc/general-hooks.php, but none of it conflicted.  A total
    of 16…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 4 days, 6 hours ago

    2020 March 27

    Added a "COVID-19 Reports by Members" item to the sidebar below
    "Search" with a link to the Covid-19 Updates post.  This is
    purely a database change made with Dashboard/Appearance/Widgets
    adding a new Custom HTML widget to the sidebar, so there is no
    Build number or Git commit for the change.
    
  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 6 days, 6 hours ago

    2020 March 25

    Starting at 16:52:16 UTC we came under an intense attack from
    Facebook's "facebookexternalhit" bot.  Coming from its
    cutesy-pie IPv6 address, 2a03:2880:11ff:5::face:b00c, it was
    generating mindless requests for documents like:
        2a03:2880:11ff:6::face:b00c - - [25/Mar/2020:16:52:30 +0000] "GET /index.php/2020/03/23/bankrupt HTTP/1.1" 500 - "-" "facebookexternalhit/1.1 (+http://www.facebook.com/externalhit_uatext.php)"
        2a03:2880:11ff:1a::face:b00c - - [25/Mar/2020:16:52:31 +0000] "GET /index.php/2020/03/23/bank HTTP/1.1" 500 2836 "-" "facebookexternalhit/1.1"…

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

    2020 March 24

    Updated the WP Mail SMTP plug-in to version 1.9.0.  This is a
    minor update which adds some gew-gaws to the "Site Health" page
    and tweaks for administrators.  In another milestone in
    computing history, they added a bottom margin to the test E-mail
    it sends to check installation.  For this, they changed 20 files
    and added two new ones.  We have no local code in this plug-in.
    I syntax checked the changed files and applied the kit.  The
    settings looked OK; there were no error messages, and the test
    E-mail was sent and received properly.  The bottom margin looked
    just…

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

    2020 March 23

    Updated the User Role Editor plug-in to version 4.53.1.  This is
    a completely trivial and unnecessary update whose contents
    consist entirely of tweaking the "PRO" up-selling banner,
    correcting an undefined variable, and what are called "English
    grammar enhancements", by which they do not mean enhancing the
    venerable grammar of that language, but rather correcting
    semi-literate messages issued by the plug-in.  We have no local
    code in this plug-in, so I simply syntax checked the updated
    files (10 were modified, but only 6 of them are executables) and
    installed the…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 1 week, 5 days ago

    2020 March 18

    Updated the Really Simple SSL plug-in to version 3.3.  This is
    an utterly trivial update which modifies five files, all to make
    cosmetic changes.  This is just jerking administrators' chains
    to show they can.  We have no local code in this plug-in, so I
    simply syntax checked the modified files and applied the update,
    after which everything appeared to be in order.
    
    The Really Simple SSL plug-in version 3.3 update didn't seem to
    break anything so I committed the changes (Build 440) and
    published them to GitHub.
    
  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    2020 March 16

    Updated the WP RSS Aggregator plug-in to version 4.17.4.  This
    is a minor update which makes one change to the template
    feature, which we don't use, and fixes a number of minor bugs.
    A total of 18 files were modified.  We have no local code in
    this plug-in.  After syntax checking, I applied the update kit
    and everything looked OK.  As always, I will wait until the next
    scheduled update of the RSS feeds before committing the changes.
    
    The scheduled RSS feed update ran without problems, and the the
    Podcast page it produced looks fine.  Committed the WP RSS
    Aggregator…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 3 weeks, 6 days ago

    2020 March 4

    Between 19:02:54 and 19:04:03 UTC we got 178 PHP-FPM out of
    memory errors like:
        [Wed Mar 04 19:04:03.013238 2020] [proxy_fcgi:error]
            [pid 28181:tid 140115875698432]
            [client 198.144.149.253:61298] AH01071: Got error
            'PHP message: PHP Fatal error:  Out of memory
            (allocated 4456448) (tried to allocate 20480 bytes)
            in /server/pub/www.ratburger.org/web/wp-includes/wp-db.php
            on line 1995
    These errors are seen a HTTP status 500 errors on the client
    side.  By the time I noticed the errors in the log a few minutes
    later,…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 3 weeks, 6 days ago

    2020 March 3

    Updated the WP ULike plug-in to version 4.1.8.  WP-ULike is
    rapidly becoming the new clown car, replacing the now-banished
    UpdraftPlus as the plug-in incessantly bothering administrators
    with rapid-fire update of utterly trivial consequence, or to fix
    blunders in previous updates.  Here's another, which consists
    almost entirely of "fixes" to delete "PRO" files which were
    accidentally included in the 4.1.7 update.  A total of 15 files
    were modified and three directories of PRO administration files
    deleted. There were no modifications to the three files
    containing our…

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

    2020 March 1

    Updated the TinyMCE Comment Field plug-in to version 1.9.6. This
    is an essentially trivial update which changes only the version
    number and WordPress version compatibility declaration for the
    plug-in.  (I note that the developers haven't gotten around to
    changing the WordPress compatibility statement on the plug-in's
    home page, which bears the nasty [and incorrect] banner "This
    plugin hasn't been tested with the latest 3 major releases of
    WordPress.")  We have local code in this plug-in to allow users
    to select either the TinyMCE or Quicktags HTML editor, but it
    didn't…

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

    2020 February 27

    When I changed the /server/cron/backupRatburgerDB CRON job
    yesterday to perform the mysqldump and xz compression in
    separate steps, I neglected to modify the ls command used to
    show the size and creation time of the backup file. This caused
    no harm, but simply showed an error message in the job
    transcript instead of the file information.  Fixed.
    
  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 1 month ago

    2020 February 26

    Updated the WP ULike plug-in to version 4.1.7.  Remember last
    Friday, the 21st, when I installed 4.1.6 I said, look out for
    4.1.7 to drop on Saturday.  Well, it didn't: it waited until
    Sunday.  As always, I decided to wait a few days to see if
    another pops out, and after three days none has appeared, so
    here we go.  In this update, 42 files were modified and one
    added.  The addition is just an image for up-selling the "pro"
    version.  As in the last round, most of the files modified were
    just language translation files we don't use.  There were no
    modifications to…

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

    2020 February 25

    Ran a Garback to preserve firewall lists.
    
    Discovered checking the new "Reserved Instances" sidebar item on
    the EC2 console that our reserved instances for Fourmilab and
    Ratburger expired on 2019-11-13 and that we'd been paying
    on-demand prices for CPU since then!  That's why the bills have
    seemed so large recently.  AWS sends you no warning when a
    reserved instance expires: it just silently changes its status
    to "Retired" and starts billing you at the hourly rate--how nice
    (and profitable!).
    
    I ordered two new reserved t3.medium instances using the
    "Purchase More…

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

    2020 February 21

    Updated the WP ULike plug-in to version 4.1.6.  This update was
    released on 2020-03-16, just three days after 4.1.5, and was, as
    usual, mostly fixes to flaws in the previous attempt, some ratty
    "pro" features, and trivialities such as changing the version
    number (and nothing else) in comments in numerous files.  A
    total of 42 files were modified, with the majority being
    language translation files we don't use.  There were no changes
    in the three files in which we have local code, so I simply
    removed them from the update kit so our local versions will
    remain in…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    2020 February 16

    The version 2020.1.3 update to the Stop Spammers plug-in,
    installed on 2020-02-14, has a surprise Valentine's Day massacre
    for administrators.  The plug-in adds a line to the Dashboard
    page if there are Allow Requests pending, with a link that's
    supposed to take you to the Allow List management page.  The
    link is:
        https://www.ratburger.org/wp-admin/admin.php?page=ss_allowrequests
    But with the "enhancement" of the administration pages in the
    update, this is incorrect and whacks the user with a
        Sorry, you are not allowed to access this page.
    white screen of…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    2020 February 14

    Our "wp_update.pl" program, which prepares update kits for
    WordPress and plug-in update installations, did not correctly
    handle file names containing spaces.  The fine people at Stop
    Spammers saw fit to include two such files in their latest
    update, associated with the "pro" version they are launching.  I
    added appropriate quoting to commands executed by the program so
    these idiotic file names will work.  Of course, this meant I had
    to install the modified program in all of the update work
    directories.  Maybe it's time to move it to a parent directory
    and run it…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    2020 February 13

    Updated the WP ULike plug-in to version 4.1.5.  Yep, that's
    right, I didn't wait long enough for the next shoe to drop. 
    This time we have 41 files modified to add some unnecessary
    premature optimisation of MySQL requests, fixes to fixes from
    the last release, lots of files modified just to change the
    version number, and a load of changes to localisation files. 
    The two deleted files were GitHub documentation files
    accidentally included in the previous update.  There were no
    changes in the two files in which we have local code, so
    integration was straightforward.  I…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    2020 February 11

    WP ULike released the version 4.1.4 update a few days ago and
    there hasn't been the sound of another shoe dropping, so I'm
    going to go ahead and install it.  Although this plug-in has
    been extensively modified and is at the heart of our custom
    notifications system, all of the notification local code is in a
    single file, ~/plug/wp-ulike/inc/general-hooks.php.  The only
    other local code is to fix validation errors in
    ~/plug/wp-ulike/assets/css/wp-ulike.css and its minimised evil
    dwarf twin, and since there were no other changes to these files
    since the previously…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    2020 February 5

    Updated the Subscribe to Comments Reloaded plug-in to version
    200205.  This is a minor update which adds a few fixes that we
    won't be using, such as the option to send plain text rather
    than HTML mail, require users to answer a challenge question
    before subscribing, and a function to add subscribers.  However,
    there is what is called a "fix":
        It is now possible for visitors to subscribe to comments
        when the comments are only open for logged in users and the
        visitor is not logged in.
    This opens the door to the possibility for visitors to the site
    to cause…

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