Apache+php-fpm the right way

The simplest, and probably the correct, way to configure php-fpm with apache in Centos 6/7 is by using SetHandler and ProxySet directives.

The snippet bellow show a simple Virtual Host example, just change lines 2 3 and 6 and you are good to go.


<VirtualHost *:80>
    ServerAdmin [email protected]
    Servername example.com
    Options +Indexes
    DirectoryIndex index.php                                                                                                                    
    DocumentRoot /var/www/html
    # Register php-fpm as the handler for (.*).php files.
    <FilesMatch \.php$>
         SetHandler "proxy:fcgi://localhost:9000"
    </FilesMatch>
    # Configure the proxy
    <Proxy fcgi://localhost:9000>
        ProxySet connectiontimeout=5 timeout=240
    </Proxy>

    # If the php file doesn't exist, disable the proxy handler
    # so we can gracefully fail.
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} \.php$
    RewriteCond %{DOCUMENT_ROOT}/%{REQUEST_URI} !-f
    RewriteRule (.*) - [H=text/html]
</VirtualHost>

 
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Install proxmox 5.0 on top of Debian Stretch

The default proxmox installation ISO is notably minimalist, and one way to be able to do simple customization and have a little bit more flexibility to for example choose the partition layout or use an encrypted LVM is to first make a basic Debian installation and then upgrade it to a full blown Proxmox Installation.

This process is simple, fast and is described in detail at the official proxmox wiki here

But here is the tl;dr version with a few extras and useful modifications from the original article:

Start by making a minimal installation of Debian 9,ie. at the software selection screen check only “SSH server” and “standard system utilities”.
After installation boot to your new Debian machine and be sure that you can resolve the host-name of your machine, the command bellow must return an IP address that is not ‘127.0.0.1’.
This step is important because Proxmox expect to have a “real”( non localhost) IP or else the installation of the package ‘proxmox-ve’ will fail during post-install.
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Linux Unity Spacebar Not Working Fix

If you have a game that uses Unity Engine like Immortal Redneck or Sundered, just to name 2 examples, and use multiple keyboards layouts in KDE5 ( not tested on other Desktop Environments ), you probably have noticed that the spacebar sometimes doesn’t work.
 
For mysterious reason, if you start the game with the secondary keyboard layout it doesn’t reconize some keys, so the fix is simple and somewhat effective, but you don’t find much information on the interwebs if you don’t know exactly what you are looking for, just change to the default keyboard layout before starting the game and voila.
 

Sources:

https://steamcommunity.com/app/510490/discussions/0/1694922980039139214/
https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=233050

Get Current ILo IP address without reboot

If you have ‘hponcfg’ installed and need to get the current ILo ip you can do it by running:


hponcfg -a -w /tmp/ilo.xml > /dev/null;egrep "<IP_ADDRESS VALUE=" /tmp/ilo.xml | cut -d '"' -f2;rm /tmp/ilo.xml

 
It will print a nice line with the current ILo ip of the local machine.

Sources:

https://community.hpe.com/t5/ProLiant-Servers-ML-DL-SL/how-to-obtain-iLO-IP-from-OS-without-reboot/td-p/5333543
https://community.hpe.com/hpeb/attachments/hpeb/itrc-298/3437/1/301692.pdf

Bad Idea of the day, Compiling PHP-52 for Debian 8

Sometimes you have to test a bad idea, or you just don’t want/can’t to let that 10+ years old ugly and unmaintained project die no matter what, and for that you might have to use a EOL unsupported PHP version

First install the necessary build tools, some of which you may not need:

apt-get install -y autoconf2.13 libbz2-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev libltdl-dev libmcrypt-dev libevent-dev libmhash-dev libmysqlclient-dev libpcre3-dev libpng12-dev libxml2-dev make patch xmlstarlet make patch libssl-dev libssl1.0.0

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Bad Idea of the day, Disable Secure Repository check APT

Sometimes you are trying to install stuff from a really ancient repository that sometimes don’t have the necessary security functions in place, looking at you ‘HP Software Delivery Repository for mcp’, while this is generally a bad idea you can force apt to ignore the safety checks, and what could possibly wrong by doing it :), by appending “-o Acquire::Check-Valid-Until=false -o Acquire::AllowInsecureRepositories=true -o Acquire::AllowDowngradeToInsecureRepositories=true” at the end of your apt command.
 

apt update -o Acquire::Check-Valid-Until=false -o Acquire::AllowInsecureRepositories=true -o Acquire::AllowDowngradeToInsecureRepositories=true

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Debian non-free firmware netinst ISOs

The latest images are always found at the link, it’s name should be something like “firmware-?.?.?-amd64-netinst.iso”:

http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/unofficial/non-free/cd-including-firmware/current/amd64/iso-cd/

In case you happen to need an older version of the boot image, you can search for the specific version that you need on this link:

http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/unofficial/non-free/cd-including-firmware/archive/

Install php7.2 CentOS 6.X and 7.X

As PHP versions 5.6 and 7.0 reach End Of Life you might want to update to something newer and supported, unfortunately the official CentOS repositories don’t have PHP versions 7.1 or 7.2 yet, but with a third-party repository and a bit of fiddling it’s easy to update, and more importantly keep it updated, your server PHP version.
 
Just run as root:
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Install php7.2 Debian Stretch

As PHP versions 5.6 and 7.0 reach End Of Life you might want to update to something newer and supported, unfortunately the official Debian Stretch repositories don’t have PHP versions 7.1 or 7.2 yet, but with a third-party repository and a bit of fiddling it’s easy to update, and more importantly keep it updated, your server PHP version.
 

Just run as root:
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