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[ODBC Driver Manager] Data source name not found and no default driver specified

As I was working on a MS-Windows installation, I ran in this weird error: Data source not found and no default driver specified...

This was output when I was running the following in a command line prompt:

osql -E

The result should have been an MSSQL prompt instead!

The problem on the computer was that I uninstalled MSSQL 2005 that was automatically installed by Visual Studio C++ and was not compatible with our application, so I first uninstalled that but that uninstallation is really not proper. It leaves a LOT of things behind.

After that I installed MSSQL 2014 which was reported as ...

Forbidden -- client denied by server configuration

Working on a PHP application setup, I stumble upon a problem. Going to the installation page, I got the dreadful error:

Forbidden

You don't have permission to access <root-path>/admin/install on this server.

Looking at the error logs, the only thing reported was:

client denied by server configuration

The fact is that Apache does not tell you which setting actually forbids the access. I guess that's because once it gets checked by Apache, it is a blend of all the settings and not a tree being followed.

Looking a round, and since I already had that error not too long ...

1 New MS-Windows Installation Update for a whole week?

For a week now I have had a warning when shutting down saying that there was yet another update to install on shutdown...

I did not really check on it for that long, but today I decided to check the auto-update as I was running the computer. There was the installation ready to be run. So I clicked on the button to start the installation.

After a moment, the installation process stopped with a really weird error:

Error message: Code 13EC, it's an unknown error.

It's funny that any programmer would create an error that the computer cannot figure out... Way beyond me.

This being ...

Just installed a PECL extension and Apache still doesn't understand it?!

Last night as I was compiling a new PECL extension for an install, after a while it worked... I could run php -v and it would give me the version of the PHP modules without telling me that the it couldn't load the extension (i.e. we already had the extension=http; in the php.ini file.)

But when testing with php -v on the command line, it would reload the php.ini and apply the extension feature and such.

However, when testing with Apache, it was still not working. The PECL installation was all correct, so why would it not see the resulting extensions?!

Because you need to restart Apache. ...

Norton Anti-Programmers

Today I discovered why I was having a few hurdles last week.

The IT department pushed the installation of Norton Anti-virus with some Internet controls, whatever the exact name is...

The utility installs itself intrinsically in the operating system. This means it actually transforms a certain number of low level functions to manipulate your data files and check them as soon as they are created.

The potential results are that as your compile files:

  1. The file may be found to be locked (Norton locks it to verify it even if the compiler isn't finished.)
  2. The file may be removed ...

Verifying the md5sum of Installed Debian or Ubuntu packages

I always wondered why we couldn't just use dpkg to verify that the installed packages have not be tempered with. I know that the feature is hardly safe if the md5's are saved on the same computer, even the same hard drive...

Still, once in a while it's just a manual error that requires me to check that I did do something wrong on my computer.

Under Red Hat the rpm packager offers the -V option: Verify.

Under Debian and thus Ubuntu and other derivatives, the debsums tool has to be installed and used for that purpose.

  sudo apt-get install debsums
  debsums -s <package ...

Upgrade from Ubuntu 9.10 to 10.04

Today I did an upgrade of a server from 9.10 to 10.04. We were on a server version before upgrading to 9.10 but we could not directly upgrade to 10.04 (working upgrade paths are very specific; see a list here: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UpgradeNotes )

The most surprising part was the python script at the end.

  /usr/bin/python /tmp/unique-folder/lucid --mode=server --frontend=DistUpgradeViewText

The command line itself is not specifically strange. However, the behavior at the end of the script is a bit strange, mainly because I hadn't see it before. Last time the upgrade was

Clean URL not working on my Drupal site?!

Today I finally solved a problem that was bothering me for a while. A Drupal site I installed for a friend of mine would not accept the Clean URL set. This is when the URL does not need to include the rather ugly ?q=<path>.

The more I was looking into it and the more it looked like the problem was coming from the Apache installation.

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Joomla installation fun...

Today I installed a Joomla site because I have a contract to do some development in Joomla.

So... I started, looks real nice and stuff, clicked next, next and got and error. It tells me that the configuration.php file is not writable and that I'll have to copy and paste once I'm finished or make it writable. Well... I thus copy configure.php-dist as configure.php and try again.

That makes it fail a little later with the following error:

The Conduit Toolbar

Today I tried a new system. It lets you create a toolbar for your browser. One thing that impressed me was that it worked for Internet Explorer and FireFox and runs under MS-Windows and Mac OS/X, but also works beautifully under Linux!!!

Note that SeaMonkey will ask you whether you want to install that software and it will fail since it has some features like FireFox but the installation process is different.

Now, I like the bar for one reason: I can put RSS feeds in there and see it tick. Only problem there, it goes too fast.

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