Category Archives: Notes to myself

Raspbian Stretch, WiFi and TP-Link TL-WN725N

Few weeks ago I had to install fresh Raspbian on my old Raspberry Pi 2B. Everything was way smoother than few years ago, when I bought it. The only annoying issue I had was getting the WiFi to work properly. My TP-Link card (TL-WN725N) had it’s diode indicating that it’s operational, but Raspbian couldn’t find any networks.  I saw the OS recognizing the card, and after scanning for SSIDs, I saw my network. It was pretty weird – Raspbian still wouldn’t connect to them. After few hours of googling and trying few solutions, I found two sources with tips that helped me.  Here they are:

Plastic SCM and binlog issues

Plastic server in our company is backed up in several ways. One of them is MySQL replication, simple master -> slave setup. One day the error above (logging format issues) popped up. Thankfully, the fix was pretty simple, but it took some time to find it.

Firstly, you need to stop the MySQL slave. Execute “STOP SLAVE;” command in MySQL console to do it.

Secondly, run the commands below on the master’s MySQL console:

SET GLOBAL binlog_format = 'MIXED';

Remember to set the binlog format in the master’s config file!

The last step is to start the slave replication. That’s it!

Jenkins, SSL, and cPanel

Straight to the point. The basic idea is to hide Jenkins behind an Apache reverse proxy. I’m using cPanel on CentOS – and cPanel doesn’t like fiddling with httpd.conf. You’ll find lines like this in it:

# To customize this VirtualHost use an include file at the following location
# Include "/usr/local/apache/conf/userdata/std/2_4/user/*.conf"

I created two config files – I want to set up proxy and redirect non-HTTPS requests to HTTPS:


ProxyRequests     Off
ProxyPreserveHost On
AllowEncodedSlashes NoDecode

<Proxy *>
 Order deny,allow
 Allow from all

ProxyPass         /  http://localhost:8080/ nocanon
ProxyPassReverse  /  http://localhost:8080/

RequestHeader set X-Forwarded-Proto "https"
RequestHeader set X-Forwarded-Port "443"


RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/.well-known
RewriteRule (.*)$1 [R=301,L]

After that, run commands to refresh the configs and restart Apache:

$ /usr/local/cpanel/bin/apache_conf_distiller --update
$ /usr/local/cpanel/bin/build_apache_conf
$ service httpd restart

And we’re done!


UPDATE – iptables rule to block port 8080 traffic outside of localhost:

iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 8080 -s localhost -j ACCEPT
iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 8080 -j DROP

Laravel, laravel-mongodb, Laravel Forge, and PHP 7

Oookay, so for some reason the mix from the title was a big deal. When you try to install laravel-mongodb package on servers created by Laravel Homestead or Forge – it’s going to fail. To be specific, when you try to run:

composer require jenssegers/mongodb

composer is going to start bitching about missing mongodb php extension. And you can’t install it until you run:

sudo apt-get install libcurl4-openssl-dev

Then you’ll be good to go. Install the new mongodb extension by running:

sudo pecl install mongodb

and then add the following line to your php.ini file (probably /etc/php/7.0/cli/php.ini & /etc/php/7.0/fpm/php.ini):

That should be it. Don’t forget to restart nginx.

Importing Postgresql dump

sudo -u postgres pg_restore --verbose --clean --no-acl --no-owner -h localhost -U postgres -d dbname ./dumpfilename

Connecting to Heroku Postgre from a remote host

It was kind of tricky to figure out, but it turned out that Heroku Postgre requires some SSL tricks to connect from outside. Here are my PHPStorm connection settings, Advanced tab:


MySQL replication

This is mostly a note for myself, so I don’t have to do research again. Bunch of usefull links:

Servers for hackers – replication

Exporting / Importing data in a UTF8 safe way


Replication was easy in my case, the real issue was with handling huge backup files. Here are the commands I used for export, transfer and import of data.

Also, remember to check master status (log position) and to lock the database before you start.

mysqldump -u root -p --routines --triggers --all-databases -r database.dump

sudo rsync -vP --inplace utf8.dump

mysql -uroot -p --default-character-set=utf8
mysql> SOURCE database.dump;

In case you’re getting binary logging errors (“Statement based binlogging does not work in isolation level READ UNCOMMITTED and READ COMMITTED since the necessary locks cannot be taken.” or so), make sure this line is present in your MySQL config:


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