Generate a self-signed certificate

By , Monday 20th May 2013 9:21 am

Quickly generate a self-signed certificate on the command line. Noting this information as the original source has disappeared and its handy to have around.

mkdir -p /etc/certs
openssl req -new \
            -x509 \
            -days 3650 \
            -nodes \
            -out    "/etc/certs/EXAMPLE.COM.pem" \
            -keyout "/etc/certs/EXAMPLE.COM.key" \
            -batch -subj "/CN=EXAMPLE.COM"

# ensure that the files are readable 
chmod o+r /etc/certs/EXAMPLE.COM.*

Locale issues with Ubuntu Server 13.04 on EC2

By , Tuesday 14th May 2013 11:38 am

If you see an error message with Ubuntu Server 13.04 on EC2 like the following when trying to run commands:

perl: warning: Setting locale failed.
perl: warning: Please check that your locale settings:
	LANGUAGE = (unset),
	LC_ALL = (unset),
	LANG = "en_GB.UTF-8"
    are supported and installed on your system.
perl: warning: Falling back to the standard locale ("C").
Error: The locale requested by the environment is invalid.

Then run the following and reboot (you might want to update the locale though):

sudo echo "" >> /etc/environment
sudo echo "LC_ALL=\"en_GB.utf8\"" >> /etc/environment

Reboot and this should fix your issues.

XMPP-FTW now supports Superfeedr

By , Sunday 12th May 2013 5:07 pm

Summary

As of version 0.9.0 xmpp-ftw now supports the Superfeedr XMPP API. If you don’t know what Superfeedr is then read this shamelessly stolen description from Crunchbase:

Superfeedr fetches and parses RSS or Atom feeds on behalf of its users and then pushes them the new entries in these feeds. Superfeedr implements most of the current Real-time technologies and guarantees an entry detection time inferior to 15 min. Superfeedr has both an XMPP and a PubSubHubbub API.Read more: http://www.crunchbase.com/company/superfeedr#ixzz2T6A0Grml

The XMPP-FTW interface to Superfeedr is built off their documentation which can be found here: http://superfeedr.com/documentation#pubsubhubbub.

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