Installing Imagick on Ubuntu 12

To install Imagick, you would normally do this via PECL.

sudo pecl install imagick

However, when trying this on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, you may get an error similar to the following.

checking ImageMagick MagickWand API configuration program...
configure: error: not found. Please provide a path to MagickWand-config or Wand-config program

You can resolve this by installing a few extra packages.

sudo apt-get install libmagickwand-dev libmagickcore-dev

Now try re-running the original command and it should be successful.

Restarting Apache on Gentoo

Normally, you can restart Apache using the restart command for the init.d script.

/etc/init.d/apache2 restart

However, you may encounter the following error.

chris@server /root $ sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart
 * Stopping apache2 ...[ ok ]
 * Starting apache2 ...
 * start-stop-daemon: /usr/sbin/apache2 is already running 

This is due to a bug in the init.d script. You can resolve this with a one line change.

vim /etc/init.d/apache2

Change line 105 for the one below (they should look very similar).

while ( test -f "${PIDFILE}" && pgrep -P ${PID} apache2 >/dev/null ) \

Save it and run the restart command again to check it has worked.

chris@server /root $ sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart
 * Caching service dependencies ...                                                                              [ ok ]
 * Stopping apache2 ...                                                                                          [ ok ]
 * Starting apache2 ...

If you get an output like the above, you’ll know it’s worked.

MaxClients (150) is not an integer multiple

Starting Apache on Gentoo, you may get warnings similar to the following.

chris@server ~/lime $ sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 stop
 * Stopping apache2 ...
WARNING: MaxClients (150) is not an integer multiple
 of ThreadsPerChild (35), lowering MaxClients to 140
 for a maximum of 4 child processes,
WARNING: MaxClients (25) must be at least as large
 as ThreadsPerChild (35). Automatically
 increasing MaxClients to 35.                                                                                    [ ok ]
chris@server ~/lime $ sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 start
 * Starting apache2 ...
WARNING: MaxClients (150) is not an integer multiple
 of ThreadsPerChild (35), lowering MaxClients to 140
 for a maximum of 4 child processes,
WARNING: MaxClients (25) must be at least as large
 as ThreadsPerChild (35). Automatically
 increasing MaxClients to 35.

You can resolve these warnings by editing your mpm file and changing ThreadsPerChild so that MaxClients becomes a multiple of it. In this case, setting it to 25 should do the trick.

sudo vim /etc/apache2/modules.d/00_mpm.conf

Change the values and save the file. Now restart Apache and it should stop the warnings.

You could also change MaxClients, but this would only resolve the first warning, and not the second.

Navigating VIM on Mac keyboards

If you’re trying to get around documents in VIM using a Mac keyboard, you may feel fairly stumped without a page up and page down button. But you need not be!

VIM has an extensive set of commands, including moving backwards and forwards through a document a page at a time. They are logically named too – Ctrl+F will go forward a page and Ctrl+B will go back a page.

Start services automatically on boot in Gentoo

If you want a service to start automatically when Gentoo boots up, you need to tell Gentoo to start it. Gentoo looks at /etc/runlevels/boot to see what it needs to run, so all you need to do is add a symlink in here to your init.d script. In this example, I’ll use exim.

cd /etc/runlevels/boot
ln -s /etc/init.d/exim exim

Next time Gentoo boots, it will see exim in the boot directory and run the script. This isn’t just limited to boot either – /etc/runlevels also has directories for shutdown and system initialisation.

PHP complains date.timezone is not set

Sometimes, PHP will kick up a fuss complaining about date.timezone not being set. We found this on the Symfony framework and were able to replicate it on standalone scripts.

DateTime::__construct(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings.
You are required to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set()
function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this
warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier.
We selected 'Europe/Berlin' for 'CEST/2.0/DST' instead

Normally, you would fix this by editing your php.ini file and adding a declaration there.

date.timezone = "Europe/Berlin"

But we had already done this and it still wasn’t working! After some further investigation, it seemed that PHP simply couldn’t access the value.


This doesn’t make any sense, and we never got to the bottom of what was going on, but there are two ways around the problem. Firstly, you could modify your PHP script so that it makes a call to set the system timezone.


However, this involves having to modify your code, which is bad as you don’t want to have to set the timezone manually, especially in a piece of code which could be deployed to servers in different timezones.

A better approach is to set it in the vhosts directive in Apache.

php_value "date.timezone" "Europe/Berlin"

This isn’t the cleanest solution but allowed us to solve an otherwise unexplainable error.

Missing psych (for YAML output)

If you’re using YAML in Ruby and have it installed via RVM, you might get a notice similar to the following.

It seems your ruby installation is missing psych (for YAML output).
To eliminate this warning, please install libyaml and reinstall your ruby.

You can solve this using the following commands.

rvm pkg install libyaml
rvm reinstall 1.9.3

You may (or even need) to replace 1.9.3 with your exact version number.

Install Go Server on CentOS with OpenJDK

If you’re trying to install ThoughtWorks’ Go Server on CentOS (or indeed any Linux variety), you might run into a problem where it says you need JDK installed. Indeed, even if you have OpenJDK installed it may continue to complain.

This is because they have not officially approved OpenJDK yet, so your two options are to a) installed the actual JDK or b) to install OpenJDK to at least the version required (1.6 at time of writing) and then force the installer to ignore dependences. This can be done using the following command.

rpm -i --nodeps go-server.rpm

Providing you already have OpenJDK installed, this should work fine.

FATAL: no pg_hba.conf entry for host ::1

If you’re getting an error trying to connect to Postgres on localhost, the problem is probably that your system is configured for ipv6 but your Postgres isn’t. You can change this however.

First off, you need to find the pg_hba.conf file.

locate pg_hba.conf

Edit it and find the line which defines the localhost.

hosts  all all   md5

Below it, add the following line.

host all all ::1/128 trust

Finally, restart Postgres.