Thursday, July 14, 2016

Cygwin and ANSI terminal


I see ANSI color sequences on Cygwin.


The default Cygwin.bat runs bash in a Window terminal, which does not support ANSI sequences, so you'll see the color codes instead of actual colors:

$ codecept selfupdate

[37;41m                                                                   [39;49m
[37;41m  [Symfony\Component\Console\Exception\CommandNotFoundException]   [39;49m


Edit the Cygwin.bat and make it look like:

@echo off

chdir C:\cygwin64\bin

mintty -

Now, it will run "mintty", which is a different terminal, and it will show the colors correctly.
(Be prepared for the possible changes in copy/paste with mouse clicks).

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A curious case of "you are not allowed" in WordPress

Register a custom taxonomy. Everything looks great, except for one "tiny" problem: any attempt to Add New results in immediate "You are not allowed" message!

Blame Yoast, of course! :)
He suggested "is_admin, but not DOING_AJAX". So, the "register taxonomy" was hooked on "not AJAX". Oooooopsi!

Re-hooked. Ta-da!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

debug_backtrace and call_user_func in PHP 7

Before PHP 7, functions call_user_func() and call_user_func_array() appeared in debug_backtrace() as separate entries. Since the version 7, they do not.

Demonstration code Gist

Friday, October 16, 2015

WordPress security : disallow author query

Friday afternoon. Looking at the access log... here are some "nice" requests. Happened at the same millisecond, and look very "hack-ish" to me. - - [16/Oct/2015:18:46:25 +0000] "HEAD /?author=5 HTTP/1.1" 404 159 "-" "-" - - [16/Oct/2015:18:46:25 +0000] "HEAD /?author=1 HTTP/1.1" 404 159 "-" "-" - - [16/Oct/2015:18:46:25 +0000] "HEAD /?author=3 HTTP/1.1" 404 159 "-" "-" - - [16/Oct/2015:18:46:25 +0000] "HEAD /?author=2 HTTP/1.1" 404 159 "-" "-" - - [16/Oct/2015:18:46:25 +0000] "HEAD /?author=4 HTTP/1.1" 404 159 "-" "-"

Well, they all resulted in 404 Page not found...

...because I have this in .htaccess:

# - Do not allow author query to avoid real names exposure
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ^author=\d+
RewriteRule ^ - [R=404,L]

It's that simple. :)

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

WPGlobus multilingual plugin (Checking Facebook post embedding....)

WPGlobus will work with any WordPress theme. Some configuration is required to translate the theme options.
Posted by WPGlobus on Monday, September 28, 2015


1. Do not need this:
<div id="fb-root"></div>
Facebook perfectly works without, and having multiple DIVs with the same id is wrong. So, just remove.

2. To see what's embedded, must not be logged to FB as a page, only as a person.

3. Do not expect any links from it. It's JS, iframe, etc. Link in the post: - multilingual plugin for WordPress