MySQL 5.1 coming to yum repo, info & warnings within…

August 13, 2010 by · 15 Comments 

My original thoughts were to roll out packages for MySQL 5.1 and PHP 5.3 at the same time. Given the issues with Zend getting loaders for 5.3 out the door, and the complications with developers needing a newer version of Zend Guard and having to recompile everything in order for it to work with those loaders, I'm now reconsidering that plan.

The current plan is to get packages for 5.1 out the door before the end of August. That gives me a couple weeks to get them working correctly and you plenty of time to decide whether or not you want to continue using my repository.

There are some breaking changes between MySQL 5.0 and 5.1.  The link at the bottom of this post covers them all, but two critical ones are worth mentioning here:

  1. Upgrading from MySQL 4.1 to 5.1 is not possible so users on RHEL/CentOS 4 who have NOT already upgraded to 5.0.x using my repo or some other repo will NOT be able to do an in-place upgrade to 5.1.  They will need to dump their databases under 4.1, uninstall 4.1, remove the binary data files, install 5.1, and then restore their backups.
  2. When I release packages for MySQL 5.1 there will NOT be support for MySQL Cluster.  I don't use it, no one I know uses it, and now that it's a separate product, it's way too much hassle for me to keep updated.  If you use MySQL Cluster you will need to remove my packages from your system and move to the official MySQL Cluster Community Edition packages on

Info on Zend issues: Zend Optimizer for PHP 5.3
Info on MySQL 5.0 to 5.1 upgrades: Upgrading from MySQL 5.0 to 5.1

Repos updated, httpd 2.2.15, php 5.2.13, mysql 5.0.91 and more

June 2, 2010 by · 62 Comments 

Enough said.  You know what you've got to do.  Issues in the comments as usual.  If something goes wrong and you've got a large bit of data you'd like to send me, please send it via the comment form on the About page and don't break the site layout by posting it all as a comment.

Also, it might pay to check out my Twitter feed over on the right side-bar.  If you don't you might miss things like updates to this site, my neighbor's house catching on fire this past Saturday and me complaining about various things that annoy me.

Job Available: PHP Web Developer

October 5, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

I've got a permanent PHP Development position available at work.  If you (or someone you know) has the skills below and are within commuting distance to Malvern, PA 19355, or are willing to relocate at your own expense within the next month or so, please use the comment form on the About page to contact me.

Make sure you attach your resume, salary history/requirements, and cover letter (just zip them all up and use the attachment box on the form).  I'm not Meatloaf, two out of three IS bad, so please do send everything rather than just spam me with a resume.

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Mobile site now available

September 28, 2009 by · 5 Comments 

A couple days ago I noticed that this site didn't really lend itself to a mobile browser.  Not sure why WordPress doesn't include a mobile theme, but anyway, that's fixed now, thanks to a mobile-optimized theme and a plugin that automatically switches you based on your browser identification (no separate URL required).  If you should happen to stop by the mobile site and notice an issue please let me know in the comments of this post or with the comment form on the about page.

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MySQL Upgraded to 5.0.86

September 25, 2009 by · 34 Comments 

According to the MySQL web site, 5.0.86 has been available since September 9th.  I honestly have no idea why, just last week, I built packages for 5.0.84 rather than this newest version.  Anyway, the repos have been updated with packages for 5.0.86 and I made a small change so I believe these should also update correctly on systems that have a "mysql-libs" package installed without forcing you to first remove your existing install.

Update #1 (2009/09/28): It's been brought to my attention that these packages will overwrite your old my.cnf.  This will be fixed in the next release, but for now, make a backup of your config before updating.

Update #2 (2009/09/28): The reason for the config glitch is because I put it into two packages...  New RPMs coming later today; MySQL takes forever to build...

Update #3 (2009/09/28): Newer packages are up, ignore previous updates.

Just about everything updated (including the site)

September 22, 2009 by · 90 Comments 

Alright, just about every package in the repo was just updated.  Some significantly, others not so much, but the ones people are likely to care about are there.  MySQL is now up to 5.0.84, PHP is up to 5.2.11, and httpd is up to 2.2.13.

In addition to the package updates, I also included php-memcache for connecting to a memcached server and a choice of PHP accelerators as these were both things that many people were requesting.  You can now choose between php-xcache, php-apc, and php-eaccelerator (all of which conflict so don't try and force more than one to install).  I've not extensively tested the latter two as I personally use xcache, so someone will have to let me know if I should change something.

Lastly, the site itself has been updated to the newest release of WordPress, I've ripped out a bunch of plugins, added a few new ones, and I've installed a new skin.  I'll be tweaking everything as time goes on so things may be moving about and features may break from time to time.  If you notice anything flaky then please use the comment form on the About page.

Not dead, just hibernating (like a bear)

September 21, 2009 by · 12 Comments 

Ok, maybe not like a bear.  Bears eat a bunch before they sleep and wake up lighter.  I, on the other hand, have put on about 10 lbs over the past year (need to spend more time at the gym and less time at the office).  Oh, and bears don't do anything while hibernating, whereas I've been running around more like a chicken with it's head cut off.  I guess not like a bear at all then...  Bad analogy, sorry.

Here's a partial list of what I've been up to:

  • Work
  • Hired two people
  • Fired two people
  • Crashed my car into the median on Rt 202 (September 6th, 2008, all-wheel drive = overconfidence, overconfidence + worn tires + hurricane = boom)
  • Got married (October 17th, 2008)
  • Went on my Honeymoon (drove around the South-West US for 2 weeks, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Sedona, Phoenix)
  • Work
  • Hired two more people
  • Work
  • Started looking for a home
  • Work
  • Bought a home in Exton (Closed June 30th, 2009)
  • Moved on the Jult 4th holiday weekend (movers were miserable, the pending insurance claim for damaged goods is higher than what they billed to move, and they seriously overbilled...)
  • Work
  • Had carpet cleaners rip a hole in the one piece of carpet in my home (mostly wood floors) and then complain about doing anything to fix it
  • Work
  • Spent time looking to hire another developer (PHP this time, more on this in a later post, the job is still available)
  • Had painters not show up as scheduled, do a lousy job when they did show, and then have to come back in the evening for three days to fix all their mistakes
  • Work
  • Started blowing tons of money trying to buy furniture for my home so it's not 90% empty.
  • Work
  • ...

You get the picture.  By the time I got home I didn't feel like doing anything.  As I write this, I should be mowing the lawn before it starts raining...

Anyway,  massive update coming tomorrow, both to the site and to the repository.  Think httpd 2.2.13, MySQL 5.0.84, PHP 5.2.11, a choice of XCache, APC, and eAccelerator, etc.

Lastly, for now, quite a few people have filled out the comment form asking about MySQL 5.1 and PHP 5.3.  Let me say now, no, I don't have any plans at current to upgrade the repo to either of those.  Those updates would likely break quite a few apps and I don't need that on my hands.  If I do decide to push out those updates it will either be with a LOT of warning or as a separate, optional packages that obsolete the older version.

MySQL 5.0.54 respin (to 5.0.54a)

February 8, 2008 by · 56 Comments 

Just a quick note, I did a respin of MySQL 5.0.54 with a patch for bug #33814. This wasn't really necessary since my binaries use OpenSSL rather than yaSSL (and the vulnerability is with the bundled yaSSL) but I know that quite a few people download my source RPMs and rebuild them, so I updated it just in case.

Since the source package used is still 5.0.54 and I am manually patching during the build process I have kept the version number at "5.0.54" and just incremented the release to "jason.2". Rest assured though, it is equivalent to 5.0.54a.

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Busy week… Got Engaged!

February 4, 2008 by · 33 Comments 

Yeah, I know, I've been a bit lax in posting over the past week. I tried to keep up with answering questions and comments but it was a low priority...

In any case, last Saturday I proposed to Dot, my girlfriend of 7 years, and she said yes! No plans for a wedding date or honeymoon destination as of yet, although since both of us want a small wedding (neither of us know/like many people) we're pretty set on deciding on a honeymoon destination first and then planning the wedding around the best time of the year for that location.

Recent repo updates: ModSecurity, XCache, httpd

January 23, 2008 by · 55 Comments 

I've been a bit lax over the past week or so, but there's been a few packages I've updated since the last post. On January 8th I updated XCache to 1.2.2. On January 15th I updated mod_security to eliminate that config bug that affected some 32-bit users. Finally, yesterday, January 22nd, I updated Apache's httpd to 2.2.8.

On that last one, there were two versions of httpd posted yesterday: "jason.2" and "jason.3". If you've got "jason.2" then I'd suggest you run another "yum update" as I decided to make a last minute change to stomp out a possible initscript issue that may have affected some users. If you get a couple warning messages during the upgrade you can ignore them; they aren't important and they won't come back once you are on "jason.3".

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