Archive for December, 2008

On Ubuntu 8.10, I ran into a bit of prob­lem. The Apache web server was work­ing fine, but the fol­low­ing commands:

sudo apt-get install php5 libapache-mod-php5
sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

failed to work after cre­at­ing a phpinfo.php file in the /var/www/ root folder. Fire­fox com­plained, “You have cho­sen to open phpinfo.php which is a: PHP file.” Apache was not using the PHP pre­proces­sor for some rea­son. A bunch of forum posts and blogs said to edit either /etc/apache2/httpd.conf or /etc/apache2/apache2.conf in order to asso­ciate the PHP mime type with the file exten­sion. That wouldn’t work because I had also installed php­myad­min which has an apache.conf file that already has an AddType direc­tive. So, after some dig­ging around, it turns out the mod­ule wasn’t even being loaded, even though that’s what you’d expect the pack­age man­ager to han­dle when you tell it to install the mod­ule. Any how, to fix the prob­lem, just cre­ate sym­bolic links to the php5.load and php5.conf files in the /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/ folder.

sudo ln -s /etc/apache2/mods-available/php5.load /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/php5.load
sudo ln -s /etc/apache2/mods-available/php5.conf /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/php5.conf
sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

Update: Debian-based installs of Apache2 have some handy com­mand line utils for man­ag­ing the web server. So to enable a mod, which auto­mates the above, do this instead:

sudo a2enmod php5

a2dismod is the com­mand for dis­abling a mod. For sites, there is also a2ensite and a2dissite.

As a few users of MyGoogleCal3 have already pointed out, the script no longer works prop­erly. That’s the bad news. The good news is ver­sion 4 does work. In fact, with the lat­est changes Google made to their code, ALL the fea­tures that were bro­ken in 3 appear to be work­ing now—Agenda/Week view, the cal­en­dar nav­i­ga­tion but­tons, and IE is fixed. Please down­load and test out the lat­est ver­sion, and report any bugs in the com­ments and I’ll try to resolve them as time allows.