Quick note. If you’re having problems generating PDFs with wkhtmltopdf and it’s giving you an error that says it has failed without an error message, make sure you have a good copy of wkhtmltopdf on your server. In my case I had uploaded the file with FTP, and used Filezilla’s auto mode.
Every year I find myself going through my open source projects and changing the copyright notices. This year I’m doing it via the terminal, and it only takes two commands.
First, little background on why I’m writing this blog post… I have a client that has a “semi-dedicated” hosting account. In most respects, this account is just a fancy shared hosting account, but they say there are less accounts on the server. The client’s website is on that hosting account. The client also has a server at another location. I have root access to that server, and the client wants to be able to have that server do direct MySQL queries on the website’s database.
If you are using DOMPDF on a server environment that has a self-signed security certificate, or perhaps the certificate name doesn’t match what it should, DOMPDF will not load images or other assets without specifically creating a stream context that allows it to do so.
I’ve known about MariaDB for a while, but because I wanted my development machines to match my production environments, I just stayed with MySQL. Today I found out that the production environments switched to MariaDB, so I searched around the internet to find out how to do the switch on my development machines. All are running Ubuntu 14.04, so I thought that as long as I could do it on one, it would be easy to do the rest. Well, that would be the case if there were good instructions somewhere, but I had to piece together a solution that worked for me, as I was getting error messages after following the advice of others.
I resisted doing anything with CodeIgniter 3.0 for a long time, mostly due to the licensing that Ellislab had said they were going with. BCIT changed the license due to popular demand, and with an EOL notice for the 2.X branch posted about a month ago, I decided it was time to convert Community Auth over to CodeIgniter 3.0.