Toolbox page launched

You may have noticed there’s a new tab on the site: Toolbox. This is a simple list of various tools I use in my day-to-day work and in running the business. There’s no need to keep the fact that I use them secret, so I thought I’d start maintaining a page of said tools. It will also hopefully help me generate some affiliate income.

So check it out, and if any of the tools on it interest you, check them out!

UPDATED: Weird fix for CCK fields not appearing with Display Suite (Drupal 6)

Update: Oops, this wasn’t the problem at all. It was actually with the Content Permissions module. Forgot the site was using it! Pretty embarrassing 🙂

I just went through quite a struggle getting my CCK fields to appear on my Display Suite-managed node. I finally succeeded, though, in the end, and thought I would share the solution.

Don’t worry, there isn’t much to read: just disable and re-enable the Node Displays CCK (nd_cck) module found within in the Node Displays Contributions module.

I initially tried disabling and re-enabling all Display Suite-related modules, but that didn’t work. For some reason, however, disabling and re-enabling that specific one did.

Hope this solves someone’s problem!

(To read my full rant, check out this issue comment and the ones below.)

Last-ditch Solution to Non-Working PHP-FPM + Apache Configuration

I had a surreal experience yesterday. I was following online tutorials about setting up Apache + PHP-FPM (for example, this ServerFault question: http://serverfault.com/questions/326919/how-to-set-the-httpd-conf-when-using-php-fpm-with-php5-3-8-and-apache2). I’ll let you read that rather than re-hash it.

My goal here is only to share quickly how I actually got this working.

Alright, so you know the part where it says to add the directives:

AddHandler php5-fcgi .php
Action php5-fcgi /fcgi-bin/php5.external

This didn’t work for me no matter what I did. No errors were produced, so I knew that it simply wasn’t executing the Action directive for whatever reason. In checking the Apache 2.2 documentation for Action, I noticed that a MIME type could be given in lieu of an action-type (the php5-fcgi thing). Having exhausted all other options, and knowing that the PHP file was being sent to the browser unprocessed with the MIME type application/x-httpd-php, I decided to add:

Action application/x-httpd-php /fcgi-bin/php5.external

to my configuration. And, much to my shock, it actually worked!

So, if you find yourself as frustrated with setting up Apache + PHP-FPM as I was, I hope this tip may ease your suffering.

Multi-conference report coming

I’ve been to several camps this summer and early fall, but I haven’t really written anything about them since I mentioned sponsoring DrupalCamp LA 2011. I’ve decided that I’ll probably never document them individually but that a combined blog post would be reasonable. I’ll write this soon, probably next week (once things calm down a bit).

There will be pictures.

Linux tip – regular expression find and replace in all files in a directory

As you may have seen me tweet, I’ve been looking for a way to do this. I didn’t want to manually change my Apache configuration to reflect my new internal IP address. After some Internet searching, I stumbled across this gem: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-software-2/find-and-replace-text-in-multiple-file-203801/#post1742045

find . -name '[^.]*' | xargs perl -pi -e 's/192\.168\.1\.3/192\.168\.0\.3/g'

I adapted it to this for my task of replacing IP addresses. The first set of numbers is the old one (don’t delete the backslashes) and the second set is the new one.

This command assumes all files in the directory are configuration files and do not start with a dot.

Enjoy!

Update: According to a commenter, sed -i 's/thisip/thatip/g' * should also work. I didn’t try that since I thought it wouldn’t work with multiple input files.

Cloning Content Types in D7 – Errata

Update: You may also want to check out the Bundle Copy module. I haven’t tried it yet, so let me know in the comments if it works!

Recently, I read the Stanford Tech Commons article on Cloning a Content Type in D7 at https://techcommons.stanford.edu/topics/drupal-7x/cloning-content-type-d7. It proposes a simple but (mostly) effective way  to wind up with cloned content types in Drupal 7. Summarized:

How-to: Create Drupal development sites in Quickstart

Yesterday, I felt like reviewing some patches, so I fired up my Quickstart-based virtual machine and set about creating some Drupal development sites. I realized I first had to create Drush Make files to get the proper development versions installed. So I did that. However, I also realized that, despite cloning the code via Git and checking out a particular branch, the Git clone was not actually a Git repository. This is because Drush Make requires the –working-copy switch in order to do this. I’ve posted a workaround on the Quickstart issue queues. This post mostly serves as pointers to a couple things:

Feeds CSV Importer Sources: Caveat Amplificator

I had an interesting experience with Feeds and Feeds Tamper today. I wasn’t able to get a comma-separated set of words to turn into multiple tags no matter what I tried. I was using the Explode plugin that comes with Feeds Tamper and set the delimiter as a comma and the limit to 1. My research indicated this should work, but it didn’t.

There were two problems that were so counterintuitive, the urge to blog about them came over me. Disclaimer: I admit I’ve never properly read the Feeds documentation; I figured setting up a node importer based off a CSV parser would be pretty easy.

The solution is extremely simple:

When setting up your CSV importer and specifying Source column names, do not use spaces or uppercase letters. This means you need to avoid it in your CSV file as well.

That’s all! Instead of Body Text, call it body_text. What happens is that by the time Feeds Tamper receives your Feeds field, the data structure it uses to store them contains lowercase (and probably space-free) versions of whatever you had as the Source column names back in your updater. Using my tip ensures that these will be the same, and Feeds Tamper will be happy.

Have fun tampering.

P.S. The Latin in the title hopefully means, “Developer beware.”