Updates

  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 17 hours, 38 minutes ago

    2019 February 21

    Updated the BuddyPress plug-in to version 4.2.0.  This is a
    minor update which corrects four bugs and two security flaws in
    the 4.1.0 update which we installed on 2018-12-06.  The changes
    are so trivial I simply integrated our local code (which, with
    one exception, was all in files which were not modified by the
    update) and installed on the production site.  There was a
    modification to:
        buddypress/bp-templates/bp-legacy/js/buddypress.js
    (in which we have local code) that required re-minifying the
    file into buddypress.min.js locally.  After installing the
    update…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 6 days, 14 hours ago

    2019 February 15

    Updated the Subscribe to Comments Reloaded plug-in to version
    190214.  This is a "fixes to fixes" update which corrects flaws
    in the last attempt installed on 2019-01-19.  Verified that our
    change to the sender E-mail address on 2019-01-31 was preserved
    by the update.  We have no local code in this plug-in. 
    Committed the changes (Build 255).
    
    Updated the UpdraftPlus backup plug-in to version 1.16.6.  This
    appearance of the clown car in the main ring consists of fixes
    to bungles in the last version plus an attempt to correct failed
    backups due to PHP-FPM timeouts…

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

    2019 February 11

    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 2019-02-11  ami-0b178077188246f9e
            /           snap-02426bb69793f1bea
            /server     snap-0754ff9855fb7fecd
    
    Installed all pending update packages: 35 in total, 23 for
    security including a new kernel and PHP.
    
    Rebooted at 01:22 UTC.  The system had been up for 36 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 1 week, 4 days ago

    2019 February 10

    Added a local system status line generation function,
    rb_dashboard_system_status() to ~/theme/functions.php.  This is
    patched into the "rightnow_end" action which is invoked at the
    end of the Dashboard's "At a Glance" box, with a priority of 95,
    which puts it after all of the existing content in the box.  At
    present, it displays the "Available memory" as displayed by
    "top"'s "avail Mem" item, which indicates how much memory is
    available for allocation to processes from real/virtual/swap
    memory.  This is the number which, when it falls too low,
    indicates a PHP-FPM…

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

    2019 February 7

    Created a group in Second Life for Ratburger members:
        Group Name: Ratburger.org Members
        Group Key:  REDACTED
        Icon:       Ratburger logo
    Sent invitations to Ratburger members already on Second Life to
    join the group.  If nobody joins within 48 hours, the group will
    be deleted.  The group is presently set as invitation only: it
    is not open for anybody to join.  The group does show up in
    search so members can find it by searching for "Ratburger". 
    Groups allow notification of events and can also be used for
    text and voice chat among members.
    
  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    2019 February 6

    Published the "Welcome to Ratburger" page:
        .https://www.ratburger.org/index.php/welcome-to-ratburger/
    This is a static page, a link to which will be sent via E-mail
    to new users at the time their Probation account after
    registration is promoted to Contributor.  This message is not
    sent automatically, but will be sent manually for new approved
    members.
    
    Added and confirmed a new alternative sending address for my
    Google Mail account:
        admin@ratburger.org  (Ratburger.org Administration)
    This will be used when sending the Welcome page link to new
    members and for…

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

    2019 February 5

    OK, you actually need:
        export PS1='[u@rb W]$ '
    in ~/.bash_profile so that the "$" in the prompt changes to "#"
    when you're acting as root.  Fixed.
    
    We have been getting a lot of login storm attacks starting on
    2019-01-31.  They're coming from all over the world.  Each one
    hits us, rapidly runs up to the threshold where gardol_wp.pl
    muzzles the miscreant, who then continues to mindlessly send
    around 30 packets before giving up.  Since this wave started
    we've seen 80 of these attacks so far. It looks like there's a
    new script in town and script kiddies are…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    2019 February 3

    Updated the Classic Editor plug-in to version 1.4.  The Classic
    Editor plug-in is now the seventh most popular WordPress
    plug-in, with more than two million active installations.  Its
    sole function is to disable the idiotic and disastrous "Block
    Editor" (formerly "Gutenberg") and, like many things WordPress,
    is not what it appears to be at first glance.  In fact, the
    "Classic Editor" (which is in reality TinyMCE plus Quicktags as
    an alternative) remains tightly integrated in the WordPress core
    code and is used all over the place, including in the "Block
    Editor".  All…

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

    2019 February 2

    Indulged in some abstergification of the podcast feed list.
        Deleted the Hoover Strategika podcast which appears to be
        inactive and, although its RSS feed is still on-line, hasn't
        been updated since October 2016.
    

    Deleted the James Delingpole podcast at Breitbart which is now dead.

    Added the new James Delingpole "Delingpods" podcast at Podbean which is its replacement. If you have any favourite podcasts you'd like to add, please suggest them (ideally with a URL to the RSS feed) in the comments.

    Deleted lots of obsolete…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    2019 February 1

    The UpdraftPlus scheduled database (no files) backup ran normally
    at 06:00.
    
    Updated the Akismet anti-spam plug-in to version 4.1.1.  This is
    a trivial update consisting entirely of cosmetic changes which
    do not affect the operation of the plug-in.  I integrated our
    local code which suppresses the spam check for posts and
    comments from users whose accounts are seven or more days old.
    After installing the update kit, I checked the settings and
    everything looks OK.
    
    Updated the Inline Spoilers plug-in to version 1.3.7.  This is
    an utterly silly "update" which changes…

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

    2019 January 31

    It appears that after the latest clown car iteration of
    UpdraftPlus (version 1.16.5) it stopped doing full backups of
    files, and now is only backing up the database.  The settings
    have not changed: it's still set to run a full backup daily in
    the settings.  However, on the Backup/Restore page under "Next
    scheduled backups:" under "Files:" it says "Nothing currently
    scheduled" while under "Database:" it gives the proper scheduled
    time for the database backup.
    
    I changed the settings for Files backup to Manual and ran a
    manual backup which completed normally (after one…

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

    2019 January 29

    Here comes the clown car again with another "fixes to fixes"
    update to the UpdraftPlus backup plug-in, version 1.16.5. This
    minor update corrects some bungling in the last version, 1.16.4,
    which we installed on 2019-01-17.  It also includes a newer copy
    of "phpseclib", a package which implements TLS (HTTPS, SSH,
    etc.) communication in PHP.  This is probably the only place
    you'll ever hear the words "PHP" and "security" used together.
    One of the fixes contains this hilarious piece of code:
        ip_lookup = wp_remote_get('https://ipvigilante.com/json',…

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

    2019 January 25

    Updated the MathJax-LaTeX plug-in to version 1.3.11.  This
    release simply modifies the URL which is used to retrieve the
    MathJax JavaScript code from the Cloudflare content delivery
    network to fetch MathJax version 2.7.5 instead of the earlier
    2.7.2.  It also updates the compatibility claim to WordPress
    5.0.3 (which we're running).  I viewed the "Including
    Mathematics in Posts" Knowledge Base article, which includes
    some gnarly examples of MathJax and everything looks OK.
    The actual changes in MathJax 2.7.5 can be consulted on the
    package's GitHub page:…

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

    2019 January 19

    The Subscribe to Comments Reloaded plug-in version 190117 update
    ran overnight with no errors or warnings in the error_log or
    reports of problems, so I committed the changes (Build 247) and
    published on GitHub.
    
  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 1 month ago

    2019 January 18

    Installed the version 190117 update to the Subscribe to Comments
    Reloaded plug-in.  This is the plug-in which implements the
    (unnecessary, annoying, and in my opinion, obsolete now that we
    have proper notifications) facility that optionally notifies
    post authors and commenters of follow-up comments on posts on
    which they've interacted via E-mail.  (Note that this, unlike
    our notifications, handles only comments on main posts: it does
    nothing for group posts and comments, likes on main or group
    posts and comments, private messages, or mentions.)  This is why
    I am…

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

    2019 January 17

    Updated the UpdraftPlus backup plug-in to version 1.16.4.  This
    time they skipped four minor version numbers which, if you look
    at the change log, was a good thing since the intermediate
    versions were mostly "fixes to fixes" in the style to which
    we've become accustomed with this plug-in.  This version
    includes a new directory named css/tether-shepherd/ whose
    content is an empty, hidden directory named
    /css/tether-shepherd/.min/.  I don't know whether these are
    stubs intended to work with some of the optional features in the
    "premium" version or just the customary…

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

    2019 January 15

    Updated the User Role Editor plug-in to version 4.49.  This was
    a minor update which didn't affect anything we use.  We have no
    local code in this plug-in.  Committed the changes (Build 245)
    and published to GitHub.
    
  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 1 month, 1 week ago

    2019 January 12

    If you display the comments of another user and they have made
    no comments, the rb-my-comments plug-in reports "You have made
    no comments".  This should only be shown when requesting one's
    own comments, not those of another user.  To fix this, I
    modified:
        ~/plug/rb-my-comments/rb-my-comments.php
    to change messages from:
        "You must be logged in to display your comments."
        "You have made no comments."
    to:
        "You must be logged in to display comments."
        "User has made no comments."
    This was a legacy of this plug-in's having originally been
    developed to…

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    • Can non-members display any user’s comments ?

    • No. They get the message “You must be logged in to display comments.” Non-members do, however, see comments when reading posts. (Non-members do not see private posts.)


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    • MJBubba, what do you mean by “display any user’s comments”?

    • It sounded like a non-member could click on a member’s name and then display the log of their comments from there. John says no, so I am happy with that.

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

    2019 January 11

    The WordPress 5.0.3 update seems to have run overnight without
    mishap, so I committed it to the Git repository (Build 243) and
    published the changes to GitHub.
    
  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 1 month, 1 week ago

    2019 January 10

    Well, the clown car has come swerving and skidding into the main
    ring once again and disgorged the Inept Clown Posse, this time
    bearing the WordPress 5.0.3 update.  This is another of their
    "Maintenance Releases", with which they've promised/threatened
    to burden their users every two weeks following the "roll-out"
    (actually, more like the giant thuddy splat of a rotten codfish
    falling to Earth from 10 kilometres) of 5.0.  This one contains
    more than three dozen bug fixes, most of them in the "block
    editor" which, not being idiots, we don't use.  There are very
    few…

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    • Wisdom.
      “…(although it can also be backed out with Git, I’d rather rely on
      something I control entirely in such an event).”

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