dimanche 4 août 2019

Debian 9 -> 10 Ugrade report

I upgraded my laptop and VPS to Debian 10, as usual in Debian everything worked out of the box, the necessary daemons restarted without problems.
I followed my usual upgrade approach, which involves upgrading a backup of the root FS of the server in a container, to test the upgrade path, followed by a config file merge.

I had one major problem, though, connecting to my php based Dokuwiki subsole.org website, which displayed a rather unwelcoming screen after the upgrade:

I was a bit unsure at first, as I thought I would need to fight my way through the nine different config files of the dokuwiki debian package in /etc/dokuwiki

However the issue was not so complicated: as  the apache2 php module was disabled, apache2 was outputting the source code of dokuwiki instead of executing it. As you see, I don't php that often.

A simple
a2enmod php7.3
systemctl restart apache2

fixed the issue.

I understood the problem after noticing that a simple phpinfo() would not get executed by the server.

I would have expected the upgrade to automatically enable the new php7.3 module, since the oldstable php7.0 apache module was removed as part of the upgrade, but I am not sure what the Debian policy would recommend here, or if I am missing something else.
If I can reproduce the issue in a upgrade scenario, I'll probably submit a bug to the php package maintainers.

samedi 8 juin 2019

PowerShell on Debian

I heard some time ago that Microsoft released their interactive and
scripting language PowerShell under an opensource license (MIT) but I completely missed that they were providing a repository and ready to use packages for your favorite distribution.

Anyway an apt-get away and that's it:

New-Object net.sockets.tcpclient("libera.cc", 80) opens a TCP connection to a target host, a quick way to test if a port is open ( look for Connected: True for a successful socket creation)

dimanche 17 mars 2019

Splitting a large mp3 / flac / ogg by detecting silence gaps

If you have a large audio file coming for instance from a whole music album, the excellent mp3splt can do this for you:

mp3splt -o @n-@f -s my_long_file.mp3

will autodetect the silences, and create a list of tracks based on the large file.

mp3splt is  available in the Debian / Ubuntu archive.