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22. November 2013


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Under some condition, mysql is not able to restart after an upgrade from SLES11 SP2 to SLES11 SP3. The output messages are a bit misleading

131122 14:41:28 InnoDB: The InnoDB memory heap is disabled
131122 14:41:28 InnoDB: Mutexes and rw_locks use GCC atomic builtins
131122 14:41:28 InnoDB: Compressed tables use zlib 1.2.7
131122 14:41:28 InnoDB: Using Linux native AIO
131122 14:41:28 InnoDB: Initializing buffer pool, size = 128.0M
131122 14:41:28 InnoDB: Completed initialization of buffer pool
131122 14:41:28 InnoDB: highest supported file format is Barracuda.
131122 14:41:28 InnoDB: Waiting for the background threads to start
131122 14:41:29 InnoDB: 5.5.33 started; log sequence number 4796605421
/usr/sbin/mysqld: Out of memory (Needed 64 bytes)
131122 14:41:29 [ERROR] Plugin 'INNODB_CMP' registration as a INFORMATION SCHEMA failed.
131122 14:41:29 InnoDB: Unable to allocate memory of size 8120.
131122 14:41:29 InnoDB: Assertion failure in thread 140387876259584 in file mem0mem.c line 361
InnoDB: We intentionally generate a memory trap.
InnoDB: Submit a detailed bug report to
InnoDB: If you get repeated assertion failures or crashes, even
InnoDB: immediately after the mysqld startup, there may be
InnoDB: corruption in the InnoDB tablespace. Please refer to
InnoDB: about forcing recovery.
13:41:29 UTC - mysqld got signal 6 ;
This could be because you hit a bug. It is also possible that this binary
or one of the libraries it was linked against is corrupt, improperly built,
or misconfigured. This error can also be caused by malfunctioning hardware.
We will try our best to scrape up some info that will hopefully help
diagnose the problem, but since we have already crashed,
something is definitely wrong and this may fail.


In the end it turned out to be a permission problem with /var/run/mysql
To fix this:

chown -R mysql /var/run/mysql
rcmysql restart

This did it for me. I had this problem on several but not all instances of mysql on SLES11SP2 upgrading to SLES11SP3. My wild guess is that it is based upon if this was a fresh SP2 install or upgraded from an earlier service pack.

12. August 2013


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A colleague of mine recently faced difficulties to upload large opensource DVD images (>4G) into ownCloud during a demonstration. After some analysis, it turned out that it wasn’t ownCloud’s fault at all: PHP itself simply could not cope with large file uploads due to an overflow in some key variables. Further research showed that this had been known since 2008 under the bug number #44522. There was even a half completed patch available. I decided to pick up the existing patch and comments from developers and critics and port it to recent PHP, also making some changes to data type definitions. After a discussion on the PHP list, it turned out that this patch cannot be shipped for any upstream PHP before the next release (PHP 5.6) due to backwards compatibility. SUSE Enterprise Linux and openSUSE ship a similar patch with their PHP packages though. Finally, Michael Wallner added tests and included the patch into the PHP master branch.

There only has been very basic testing for Windows and other non-linux PHP ports yet but there is still some time to do this before PHP 5.6 gets released.

9. August 2013


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Michael Slusarz of Horde LLC started a crowdfunding experiment: He offered a 3000 $ project at to back up development of the IMP multi-account feature. Multi-Account support allows users to manage multiple mail boxes within one horde account. The feature is meant to replace Horde 3′s fetchmail feature which has not been ported for Horde 4 and 5 because technically, it’s not desirable anymore.

Michael Slusarz: The old fetchmail functionality is not coming back. It simply doesn’t work coherently/properly in a PHP environment with limited process times (and is non-threaded).
The replacement MUST be the ability to access multiple accounts within a single session. But this is not a trivial change

After Slusarz started the fundraising campaign, long-time supporters and users of horde contributed funds.

Currently, after three days, more that 80% of funding have been raised. About 500 US $ are still missing. The change is not trivial and probably going into IMP 6.2 for Horde 5.

As mentioned previously, this is a multi-week project, at least from a project planning perspective. And that doesn’t include the bug-fixing that is likely to be significant, given the fact that this is 1) an invasive UI change and 2) is involving connections to remote servers.

That being said – this is something I personally would *really* like to see in IMP also, so I am willing to provide a discount and prioritize this over some other activities I am currently involved in.
* This won’t be available for IMP 6.1. This will go into 6.2, at the earliest.

The Horde IMP Webmailer is among the most popular webmail applications in the world. It is shipped with most widespread linux distributions like openSUSE and Debian and has been used to drive webmail and groupware applications for large-scale userbases all over the world.

Currently, Horde 5 / IMP 6 is integrated into the cpanel administration product.

Update: After roughly a week, by 2013-08-14 the crowdfunding tilted: 3090 USD had been contributed.
I proudly get to make the announcement that the IMP Multiple Accounts
feature has been fully funded, as we reached the funding goal on
Crowdtilt this afternoon:

I wanted to take the opportunity to thank all of the contributors:

- Simon Wilson
- Luis Felipe Marzagao
- Ralf Lang
- srl
- Elbia Hosting
- Thomas Jarosch
- Andrew Dorman
- Henning Retzgen
- Michael Cramer
- Harvey Braun
- SAPO/Portugal Telecom
- Matthias Bitterlich
- Allan Girvan
- Bill Abrams
- Markus Wolff
- CAIXALMASSORA (Jose Guzman Feliu Vivas)
- Wolf Maschinenbau AG (Samuel Wolf)

It feels good to put a definite milestone into the enhancement ticket:

Should be able to start on this soon… hopefully tomorrow. Still
undecided on which branch I’m going to do development in but I will
post information to the dev@ list once I decide. Those that
contributed may get status updates.

Once again, thanks to everyone for supporting the Horde Project. Not
only was this an interesting experience from my standpoint (hopefully
others as well), but now we will soon get a feature that is obviously
desired by a large portion of the user base.


29. Januar 2013


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In a recent discussion among php core developers, Zeev Suraski of Zend Technologies offered to open source their proprietary byte cache “Zend Optimizer+”. The main objective is to get a bytecode cache into the PHP distribution and finally into the core. There is a lot of discussion if the 5.5 release should be delayed by two months to include the open-sourced Optimizer+. Some advocate that PHP 5.5 should stick to its original release schedule and Optimizer should go into the master instead, eventually becoming PHP 5.6 : While there is strong support for getting a byte code cache into PHP Core, some are questioning why the project’s native cache extensions “APC” is not the preferred option. PHP Leader Rasmus Lerdorf says ”

You also have to take into account that most sites can’t actually move
to the next release of PHP until APC is stable with it. So effectively
the PHP 5.4 release didn’t happen until APC 3.1.13 in September 2012
which was a full 6 months after PHP 5.4.0. I don’t foresee this getting
any better for PHP 5.5.

In order for PHP releases to actually mean something this is a problem
we have to fix. I honestly don’t care which opcode cache implementation
we base a core version on, what I care about is developer buy-in. Dmitry
and Stas being familiar with the code already outnumbers the number of
active core devs working on APC today.

I understand some of the skepticism and hurt feelings around this from a
few old-timers, but let’s move on and see if we can finally push out a
release with solid opcode caching right at the release date. From my
perspective anything up to a 6-month delay would beat the current situation.

The APC would then be reduced to a userspace data cache. For Optimizer+ to get into the core, some cleanup and compatibility with ZTS (Thread Safety) needs to be achieved. Traditionally, Zend products only run in PHP’s non-threadsafe mode.

14. Dezember 2012


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In a recent developer vote, the php project decided to deprecate the mysql extension in PHP 5.5 and finally remove it from the main PHP project. It may or may not be available for a longer period as a PECL extension.

The mysql extension has long been superseded by two more powerful extensions, PDO/Mysql and mysqli (improved). For years, the older extension has not received any new features and the developers kept it around just to keep compatibility with old code. Framework and application developers are now urged to update their code to use one of the alternative mysql APIs. There are a lot of old code snippets and tutorials around which describe the old API. Eventually, this code will begin to throw warnings and finally stop to work.

Developers discussed the impact of this move on end users. While it might be shocking to see hordes of old installations break just because the hoster updates his PHP version, there is no need to panic. Most hosters have not even upgraded to the recent PHP 5.4 release and it might be years to go until PHP 5.6 finally hits enterprise distributions like SLES or RHEL. Additionally, distributors and hosters might opt to provide the PECL version of the mysql extension for backward compatibility. There is enough time left for developers and end users to react on the coming change.

More on the deprecation vote

26. November 2012


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jappix is a fine piece of xmpp (jabber) based community building software.
Sadly, its installer needs php-mbstring (for SLES 11 SP2, this is php5-mbstring or php53-mbstring depending on your php choice). Sadly, it hides any error messages before requiring this crucial library. You will never know until you investigate closely.

Or as some person on the web paraphrased in German: was meinst du mit testsuite?
Software should not behave that way. Test suites and installers like jappix’ setup.php should know how to handle missing dependencies and show them to users.

Debian is not affected. By luck or purpose, debian ships mbstring with the basic php package.

10. Mai 2012


In: Allgemein, horde, OpenSUSE, Tech


Dear folks, I am very pleased to announce:
The Sesha Inventory application is ready for Horde 5 and it is in good shape. Sesha is a simple inventory keeping application which originally developed by Bo Daley and Andrew Coleman on Horde 3. The product was never officially released but it went into production at several sites. Sesha release cycle can now start together with the Horde 5 Alpha release cycle.

Sesha inventory can be configured to hold any number of stock categories with any number and type of attributes.
Like the original version, Sesha for Horde 5 can provide its stock categories as ticket queues for the horde ticketing application whups.
There are a lot of plans and ideas for upcoming versions but for this time the focus was on finishing a releasable product.There are no surprises for existing users of Horde 3 based sesha. Most work happened invisibly under the hood:

  • The Horde_Template library was exchanged by new Horde_View code
  • A migration script for database was added
  • Users can keep their original Horde 3 Sesha tables and data.
  • The sql backend driver was completely reworked into a driver based on the Horde_Rdo ORM library The new Driver Api provides enhanced search capabilities but the current frontend doesn’t make use of it. I do not plan to add any features to the classic view but start working on an Ajax view once the Horde 5 Redesign is completed. This may ship with Sesha 1.1 later on.
  • Object oriented code has replaced complicated hashes in many places

The Horde Rdo library is the new work horse inside Sesha. Rdo means Rampage Data Objects and is a lightweight ORM layer by Horde founder Chuck Hagenbuch. It maps database tables to PHP Objects. This is similar to the ActiveRecord pattern. Each database row can be turned into one Rdo item. For Sesha and another – non-public – software project, some enhancements went into the Rdo library for Horde 5:

  • Rdo now provides a caching factory or root object which speeds up creation of mapper objects
  • Methods for add, removing or checking many-to-many relations have been added
  • A number of edge case bugs have been fixed

I think the Horde 5 release cycle will start with alpha1 releases sometime in May. I know we’re a little late but it’s worth the wait.
That said, I welcome any early testing or updates of the language files. Provided everything works as expected, Sesha will be shipped with Horde 5 for OpenSUSE 12.2

27. März 2012


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Companies maintaining production servers often have a desire for stable, long-living Operating System and Software distributions. The idea is that once set up, things should not break and major upgrades should only be needed in long intervals and at points in time which best suit business operation. In the SUSE family of operating systems, openSUSE is the young and adventurous (fast-paced, community driven) branch while the SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE Server and SLE Desktop) crowd is a stable, paid-for building block you can depend your mission critical data on. Enterprise platforms have a certain drawback: To maintain stability, they don’t ship the latest-greatest software packages and they try to stick to a certain set of core options and extensions.

For PHP Software, the Open Buildservice server:php:applications repository is one of the primary sources for up to date versions of software like PHPUnit, phpmyadmin, Horde Groupware or wordpress. While it is acceptable and desirable to have a stable and well-maintained (though old) version of apache or mysql, you don’t want to sit on an aged version of web applications or libraries and frameworks for developers.

Today, this repository switched to build against the new SLE11 SP2 code base. SLE11 comes with two PHP options: The php5-* packages which ship PHP 5.2 and the php53-* packages which ship PHP 5.3
Currently, some packages will not build as they require “php-{something}” which is provided by multiple packages. We are working on resolving this.

The switch was needed because more and more packages rely on a more recent version of PEAR or PHP 5.3 features which simply cannot be provided in Service Pack 1 installations without adding extra repositories like server:php and server:php:extensions (unsupported, recent PHP 5.3 built against SLE11).

Please keep in mind that software from OBS is generally not supported by your SLE license.

15. März 2012


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SLES 11 SP2 ships php5.3 binaries but the default package php5 still installs php5.2 which already has reached upstream end of life and should be considered unsupported by any means. Recent versions of phpunit and other developer tools won’t provide all features on php5.2 any more.
You must use apache2-mod_php53, php53, php53-mysql and so on if you want to use php on SLES.

2. März 2012


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When installing horde to a custom pear location, you need to run the pear of your custom location, not the system pear with the custom location’s config.

So the steps would be:

1  mkdir /srv/horde 
2  pear config-create /srv/horde/ /srv/horde/pear.conf 
3  pear -c /srv/horde/pear.conf install PEAR 

as the install docs say but then:

4 /srv/horde/pear/pear -c /srv/horde/pear.conf channel-discover 
5 /srv/horde/pear/pear -c /srv/horde/pear.conf run-scripts horde/Horde_Role 
6 /srv/horde/pear/pear -c /srv/horde/pear.conf install --alldeps horde/groupware 

Otherwise running the Horde_Role script will fail saying

config-set (horde_dir, /srv/horde/, user) failed, channel

This was experienced on SLES11SP1, SLES11SP2 and openSUSE Factory.

I did not test this for any debian based products yet.

22. Februar 2012


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The spring 2012 release of the Horde Application Suite and Framework will probably be called Horde 5. In a recent discussion the majority of developers agreed on a new major revision for some changes that some view as minor backward compatibility break. Currently planned features include:

  • New standard UI for “traditional view”
  • Move of Ajax code from specific apps to a common framework
  • Release of a small inventory management app (sesha)
  • complete configuration via UI (likely)
  • Webmail: Write support for smartphone view
  • Calendar: Resource calendar support for ajax view

At the same time, Horde 3 will no longer receive any support. Horde 3 has been around since 2005 and really has reached its end of life.

Since the Horde 4 release, The Horde 3 family of applications has only received critical bugfixes and security updates, the last being released this february. You should really consider updating to Horde 4 – the transition from Horde 3 to Horde 4 has been tested and done by numerous people and the transition from Horde 4 to Horde 5 should run smoothly as both releases are PEAR based.

I have already removed all things horde3 from OpenSUSE-Factory. OpenSUSE 12.2 will not ship Horde 3 any longer. Depending on packaging progress, openSUSE 12.2 will very likely ship Horde 5 or the most recent Horde 4 release. Horde 4 maintainence will continue.

Horde 3 Packages in the server:php:applications repository (see here) will be available at least until openSUSE 12.1 runs out of maintainence. I won’t give these much attention though. Please also note Eleusis Password Manager will be dropped with currently no planned replacement.

22. November 2011


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Sometimes you want to debug a service with a clear text protocol, but it uses unix sockets instead of INET sockets.

Surprisingly, there is little info on this around the net.

An easy solution would be socat:

socat UNIX-CONNECT:/var/run/blabla/nameofthe.sock STDIN

EDIT: Linux consultant Stefan Seyfried pointed out, that from openSUSE 12.1 onwards you can also use netcat. The new opensuse version ships netcat-openbsd.

The syntax is:

nc -U /var/run/blabla/namedersocket.sock

3. September 2011


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OpenSUSE Ambassador Roger Luedecke has just started a petition towards the Hewlett-Packackard Company (HP) to release the WebOS source code under the GPL license. Luedecke says, “I care deeply about this very important issue”. WebOS is a mobile operating system based on Linux and was originally developed by handheld computer producer Palm, who are now a subsidy of HP. According to Luedecke, HP is know to be FOSS friendly to a remarkable degree. There are hopes that his petition might trigger some action at HP, though nothing can be forced. That’s why the openSUSE community is asked to support this petition. Luedecke writes: “Ultimately we can’t pressure them in regards to a technology they own, not so far as I know. But its worth a shot.”

Sign the petition at

1. September 2011


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Today, openSUSE Program Manager Andreas Jaeger announced that openSUSE will stop shipping Sun Java in the upcoming 12.1 release.
Distribution users will now only be offered the GPLed openJDK. In a recent announcement, Oracle declared openJDK to be the new official reference implementation for Java SE7. Along with that move, Oracle dropped the “Distributor’s License for Java (DLJ)” which was required for redistributing Sun Java. Users depending on Sun/Oracle Java are now required to download it directly from the oracle website. Since the acquisition of sun by oracle, the companny has been known for questionable moves which alienate parts of the opensource community. Among these was the OpenOffice dispute which led to the departure of many developers to form LibreOffice. The former sun-owned mysql database has also seen a fork called MariaDB. According to Jaeger, openSUSE will continue to provide the existing packages in the Java:sun:Factory project but will not update them anymore and won’t ship them with the new distribution. Users are urged to switch to either openJDK or the versions available directly from Oracle.

30. August 2011


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As you might know, the horde project does not only release a set of production quality software (and an interesting bunch more which are not yet release quality) but also provides over 80 well-designed loosely coupled libraries which help you build websites, business applications or even commandline tools. To stress that point, the Horde Project now put a link to the list of components right on their frontpage. Use Horde_Rdo, a lightweight ORM layer or use the RFC-compliant Imap_Client library which performs equally or even better compared to PHP’s interpreter extension written in c. Horde_Auth, a versatile and pluggable authentication layer, has recently been featured in a series of blog posts by lead developer Jan Schneider.
Like in Symfony or Zend Framework, Components are released along with a PHPUnit based test suite adapted in the Horde_Test class and can be obtained individually through the Horde Pear Channel.