Ubuntu and Zimbra upgrade night session

Music: Great White, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Pink Floyd, Five Finger Deathpunch, Mötley Crüe, AC/DC, Rammstein Drink coffee, 3L Open 4-6 SSH sessions Do Ubuntu from 16 > 18 > 20 Upgrade platform apps Check logs Stop timer at 7.5h Realize there’s no whiskey available to celebrate?! “OMG!” Find Japanese cough …

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Ubuntu 20.04, Nginx, Redmine, Ruby, and Passenger-Phusion confusion

Redmine, Ruby, Passenger-Phusion, and Nginx makes for an extremely confusing situation with dependencies, installation “instructions”, and “mismatching” package versions. Redmine wants Ruby x, your Linux distribution has Ruby y, Passenger-Phusion only works with Ruby z, and you quite often end up in a loop somewhere. This article will not do …

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Where did my Emacs color-theme go in Ubuntu 20.04.LTS?!

Having recently upgraded a small VPS from Ubuntu 18.04.LTS to Ubuntu 20.04.LTS, I ran into a little snag with Emacs and its color-theme (from the emacs-goodies-el package). After some digging, it seems this is now done somewhat differently in Ubuntu 20.04.LTS. This is what my .emacs file used to contain: …

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pdftk and php-pdftk on Ubuntu 18.04 without using snap

During a product launch I recently came across an “interesting” issue involving pdftk (and php-pdftk). Some of the developers had made assumptions (ever heard that one before?) about the operating environment and how things were/are configured. These assumptions were based on a development environment that in no way reflected the …

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