I’ll be performing maintenance on servers Tonight (Feb. 25) between 10pm and midnight (Mountain Time.) Many servers will require a reboot due to an OpenSSL kernel update. Other updates will be applied, but more detail on the OpenSSL vulnerability can be found here.
The maximum expected downtime for each server is only a few minutes. Please email me if you have concerns or questions.
I’ll be performing maintenance on servers this Friday night (Feb. 4) between 10pm and midnight (Mountain Time.) Many servers will require a reboot due to a kernel update. The maximum expected downtime for each server is only a few minutes. Please email me if you have concerns or questions.
Note: if you want to setup SES in a way that scales much better and functions even with non-PHP sites, please read this more recent HowTo: How to configure your Postfix server to relay email through Amazon Simple Email Service (SES)
Here’s how you can start using Amazon’s new SES
(Simple Email Service) without having to actually implement it in the php of your website:
- Extract the files and create a new one named “aws-credentials” with your key data in it; for example:
- Verify an email address to use with SES
./ses-verify-email-address.pl -k ./aws-credentials -v firstname.lastname@example.org
- Check the email account for the address you’re verifying and click on the provided link.
echo "This is only a test." | ./ses-send-email.pl -k ./aws-credentials -s "test subject for email" -f email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org(Note – Until you receive production access to Amazon SES, you can only send to addresses you have verified. You can request production access here.)
- Edit the sendmail_path config in your php.ini as follows:
sendmail_path = /path/to/ses-send-email.pl -k /path/to/aws-credentials -f email@example.com -r
- Restart/reload Apache and that’s it!
(Additional notes – The “From” address you set in your php.ini file will override any mail headers you set in php. Sending will fail if you try to set the “From” header to an unverified address or when setting the “Reply-To” header at all in php.)
It took a bit longer than I expected, but Facebook now offers the option for HTTPS all of the time. You can read the full details here:
Facebook has finally made the change, are you protecting your users?
Here is a php script you can use to update your website from your git repository. You can pass 2 parameters to it:
- “r” – revision you want checked out from git (r=head works also)
- “l” – number of log entries you want to view
For example, if I was running it on this site here is what each URL would do:
You need to make sure that the directory structure is owned by the HTTP daemon user (so that the files can be updated.) It is best to run it initially from the command line as that user on the server to make sure everything is working properly.
One word of caution; you should restrict access to who can run this script (maybe with HTTP-Auth over HTTPS) because the script isn’t perfect and you don’t want to let anyone make changes to your site. There are also certain security risks that are increased when you have your website files owned by the webserver user. It is recommended that you only use this script in a protected environment.