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I'm going to Drupal Europe and so should you

Submitted by Frederic Marand on Wed, 2018-03-07 18:25

So DrupalCon Europe is out for 2018. But that does not mean a EU-level event does not exist, to bind the community beyond the specialization of DevDays, FrontEnd United, CxO, GovDays, and all the DrupalCamps. Drupal Europe is that event, and to support the community who wants to prove a large Drupal conference can reasonably happen after all the trouble the Drupal Association had with it, the best way it to register for the conference.

ASAP.

So join me there :-) Drupal Europe early supporter badge

Tip of the day: Unfuddle DMP format and lesser-known git commands Frederic Marand Sat, 2016-10-22 13:14

While exporting a project from Unfuddle in order to import its issues to Jira, I took a look at the other files beyond backup.xml and the media/ directory. Turns out that when Unfuddle provides you with a project backup, it includes the repositories in an undocumented (on their site, at least) format, under the dmp file extension. Let's find out how to actually use these.

Git tip of the day : show the hottest files in a repo Frederic Marand Fri, 2015-10-30 14:22

When auditing or reviewing an unknown code base, I often have to decide which files to examine in priority. Beyond the usual heuristics for Drupal projects (hint: look at templates in D7), how can one find the parts most likely to contain problems ? This simple command set can help pinpoint troublemaking files quickly.

Debugging spammer mechanics Frederic Marand Sun, 2014-07-20 09:40

I've long been receiving quite high volumes of comment spam on this blog, which is why comments have always been pre-moderated. And, of course, there is usually not much to think of it. Not so with one of the spam messages posted today, which unwittingly provided an unexpected insight into the current mechanisms uses by spammers.

Counting MySQL tables from the shell Frederic Marand Tue, 2011-07-05 15:12
Tiny tip for the day: a one-liner to get the number of tables on a MySQL server across all databases:
mysql -BNe 'SELECT COUNT(*) FROM TABLES' information_schema

What to do when your Varnish directory fills up

Submitted by Frederic Marand on Fri, 2011-04-08 23:02

The symptoms

While browsing my servers Munin reports, I recently noticed how used disk space was constantly increasing on a filesystem which should not have been seeing such growth. After a bit of digging, it appeared the /usr/local/var/varnish/(host) directory was filled with dozens of sparse files all named varnish.??????. What could have been happening ?

First LibreOffice build Frederic Marand Sun, 2010-10-17 00:01

LibreOffice About boxUnless you've been living under a rock these last few weeks, you are aware of the fork of OpenOffice.org created by The Document Foundation (TDF), called LibreOffice (LO), and wondering whether some code was already usable.

Well, I happened to have a mostly unencumbered Saturday, so I took it to try my hand at building the latest LO dev build from TDF...