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PHPNW13 Call For Papers And Blind Bird Ending Soon!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 23:15

The 5th annual PHPNW conference is set for October 5th and 6th this year and preparations for the Manchester conference are in full swing. If you want to talk at the conference then the call for papers is set to close on the 23rd June. The speaker package includes accommodation for the Friday and Saturday night as well as a speakers dinner on the Friday night.


Copying Files With Secure Copy

Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 19:52

The secure copy command (run using scp) is a Linux command that allows the transfer of files between two computers. This can be locally to a remote server, from a remote server to a local location, or even between two remote servers.

When copying to or from a remote host scp uses ssh for the data transfer. This means that authentication is required, but the files are copied in a secure fashion. When starting a scp request the command first sets up an ssh connection to the remote location, which is then used for the rest of the transfer.


Control Structures In Phing

Sunday, June 2, 2013 - 12:52

Phing has a few different tasks and elements that allow you to select paths of code execution depending on what you need to happen in a build file. These are limited to loops and if statements, but a lot of functionality can be covered with just a couple of lines of XML.


Monitoring Performance With Munin

Monday, May 20, 2013 - 20:42

I have been searching for a good server monitoring solution for a while so that I can keep an eye on some of the servers that I run. Tools like Smokeping, Cacti and Nagios seemed promising at the outset, but they are more concerned with bandwidth and server status, not how the server is running.


Source Controlled Git Hooks With Phing

Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 01:15

The other day I was experimenting with Git hooks. These are scripts that you can execute before certain actions are run in Git. For example, you might want to ensure that forced updates are not run, ensuring respository files have the correct permissions after merging, or that the files have ASCII standard names before being committed.


Detecting The Sudo User In Phing

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 21:50

I use Phing for a lot of different tasks, it helps me to automate things that I would otherwise mess up if left to my own devices. Prime candidates for Phing scripts are things that I don't do that much and forget how to do them, or that have a number of complex steps. The only problem I have found is that because many of the Phing scripts I create rely on system changes (eg, configuring an Apache server) they therefore require system changing privileges. Normally I would just prefix the Phing command with sudo, but every now and then I forget all about that step and the build fails.