How to make wordpress autoupdate work on a debian server

In case you’re seeing a call to action to enter FTP credentials when you attempt to auto-update your wordpress, you just need to log into your server, cd into the blog’s webroot directory, and do this:

sudo chown -R www-data .

(replace www-data with whomever your apache user is if it’s not www-data.)

Yeah, that’s it.

Boot Camp Woes

Apple is retarded for not putting Bootcamp files on their website downloadable by all.

A few weeks ago I installed Boot Camp on my 13″ Macbook Pro. This was mainly to enjoy Civilization 5 while on vacation.

What ensued was 10+ hours of hell. Here are the high points:

  • You need the matching Macbook Pro OS X Install DVD to the hardware version you have. This is very frustrating because I had my girlfriend’s previous-generation 13″ Macbook Pro disc, but couldn’t find my own.
  • Apple is retarded for not putting Bootcamp files on their website downloadable by all.
  • the 13″ macbook pro didnt have a working sound jack even after running bootcamp. The sound drivers are at http://www.cirrus.com/en/products/pro/detail/P1233.html

The fun part is that my next-door neighbor had borrowed my Macbook Pro’s Install Disc a day or two before (nobody informed me). He’d done it to make a master image to avoid just this sort of hell. He was very sorry when he found out my plight. ;(

Java Debian Install

All you need to do to install java on debian is “sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jdk”.

For my internet-using administrative brethren: this is all you need to do on a modern debian box for a modern java install:

sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jdk

The internet is filled with false paths involving

sudo apt-get -u install java-package

and

fakeroot

and

make-jpkg

.

None of that is necessary anymore.