PHP, Zend Debugger, Eclipse

.code { border-width: thin; border-style: dotted; border-color: red; size: 12pt; background: black; color: lime; } .output { border-width: thin; border-style: solid; border-color: red; size: 12pt; background: black; color: cyan; } div.indent { margin-left: 1.5em; width: 100%; } A while ago I wrote how you can configure Eclipse, PHP on a Linux machine to debug PHP pages using phpdbg. At first this worked very well but after a while break point wouldn't work and I would have to restart the session. Another problem that I was having was that the session information was saved. I got around this by clearing out the session information in Firefox. This continued until one day when I tried to start a new debug session and all I got was this: At that point I decided to dump phpdbg and start using the Zend Debugger. Getting the extension to work properly took some time. After many hours of searching the Internet I managed to find a decent site to work off of. Unfortunately, it was aimed at the Windows platform. Getting PHP and eclipse configured was half the battle that I faced.

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Software RAID, Hardware RAID, and Woes Oh My!

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Corrupted User Profile

If you ever log into your Windows XP account and you see this error:Windows cannot load your profile because it may be corrupted. You may be logged in using a temporary User Profile. The way that Microsoft says to repair this problem is to backup the user's data and recreate the account.

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Gentoo on an HP Pavilion dv5000 (dv5139)

tr { background: black; color: lime; } table { border-width: thin; border-color: #00FF00; size: 12pt; width: 100% } div.indent { margin-left: 1.5em; width: 100%; } When my Compaq Presario X1000 (X1010US) died I was sad. It took me some time to get gentoo to work correctly with the hardware. The biggest hurdle that I faced was getting the wireless to work. At the time ndiswrapper wasn't working very well and would often either lock up my system or cause a kernel panic. The second hurdle that I faced was getting 3d acceleration to work. When I was forced to give up the ghost on my beloved Compaq Presario X1000 I ended up purcharsing a HP Pavilion dv5000 (dv5139).AMD Turion 64 ML-37 (2.0Ghz) 2x1GB DDR333 120GB 5400 RPM Seagate HD 15.4" Wide 1280x800 ATI XPRESS 200M 8x DVD-RW DL with lightscribe 54a/b/g wireless Bluetooth Windows XP MCE 2005 ( which was wiped out right after removing it from the box ) Again, I was having problems with the wireless and video. The laptop has a bcm4319 chip and from what I've read, the native Linux kernel only has drivers that support the bcm4318 and earlier. However, I was able to get the ndiswrapper to work with the Windows drivers. The video card took a lot of monkeying around with but after many many hours I was able to get it to work. Unforunately there are some strange bugs in the driver such as once X starts you can't switch back to the VT without seeing some tripy colours.

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I've acquired another 19" LCD monitor from a customer who said that he no longer needed it as the DVI IN no longer functions. Setting up Dual monitors is pretty easy. Unfortunately, there's a problem when using Linux and multiple monitors. The problem is that the window manager does not handle them correctly (or like Windows does.) If you've ever set up dual monitors on a Windows machine you can 'Attach' the second output via the Display Properties. There is also an option that allows you to extend the desktop to the second monitor. When you extend the desktop to the second monitor and you maximize a window, the window will take up both screens. If you simply 'Attach' the monitor then when you maximize the window, it will fill up the screen that it is on. There's also a bonus here, you can drag the window to the other screen with out any problems. In Linux you can do one of two things:

  1. You can extend the display to all the monitors, which will make all connected monitors one massive screen.
  2. Setup individual screens. The draw backs to this is that each screen will have a separate instance of the Windows Manager of your choice, you can not run multiple instances of some programs such as Fire Fox, and finally you can not drag windows from one screen to the other.

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Gentoo on Dallas

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I love Linux so much and my favorite distrubtion is Gentoo. I love Linux so much that I have refused to install Windows on my workstation at work because I would rather have that friendly penguin in my computer at work. Our servers unfortunately run Windows 2003 with Terminal services providing access to our POS. Initially we used CITRIX to share our POS and setting that up was fun, and I found that printing worked a lot better in Linux than it did with Windows. Just recently we implemented a VPN that uses Netextender from SonicWall. Currently I have not been able to get my Linux Box to jive with the VPN because I am not sure of how our Admin has set everything up. I assure you this, the day will be mine soon! In the mean time I figured I'd blog about how I installed Gentoo Linux on my workstation. In this fine machine I have:
  • AMD Athlon 64 3500+
  • Asus A8V Motherboard
  • 4x512 (2GB total) DDR400
  • ATI Radeon 9600XT
  • 80 GB HD, 120GB HD, 250GB HD, 320GBHD SATA Drives
Why all the hard drive you ask? I have so many for storage of CD images, Drivers, and VMs First things first, we do the basic install of Gentoo, the guide can be found here. Now that I have the base system installed it's time to install and configure the system.

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