Lists of falsehoods

This list of lists of falsehoods is a great read. The programming ones are good for for me, especially, but everyone should read the ones in their speciality. Better still, it’s on GitHub, so you can add to it!

I especially like the Big List of Naughty Strings. This is something software testers should use daily. Dates, times, timezones, names and addresses are all problematical.

Fresh Ubuntu networking and host directories


When I installed ubuntu 20.04.3, I expected the ubuntu networking to Just Work. That was wrong. And apparently, there’s a new network management subsystem to worry about. A quick Google search led me to the Ubuntu docs and thence to create the file /etc/netplan/01-netcfg.yml:

  version: 2
  renderer: networkd
      dhcp4: true

Then this line enabled the interface:

sudo netplan apply

Host directory

I put all my GitHub/GitLab checkouts in ~/workspace, a hangover from BBC days, along with using VMWare Fusion. Although I tend to use docker more these days. I tried mounting it from within VMWare but no luck. A pointer from a chap on Reddit led me to these lines:

mkdir /mnt/hgfs
sudo mount -t fuse.vmhgfs-fuse .host:/ /mnt/hgfs -o allow_other

Or alternatively, add the following to /etc/fstab:

.host:/	/mnt/hgfs    fuse.vmhgfs-fuse	auto,allow_other	0	0

And there we go. Disappointingly everything I wanted didn’t work out of the box, but I got it working in the end.

MySQL 8.0 oddity – passwords and password policy

These are all things you can find elsewhere but a couple of password issues came as a surprise to me

These are all things you can find elsewhere but a couple of password issues came as a surprise to me when a legacy system got the MySQL 5.7 upgraded to 8.0.

Firstly, password policies are much tighter. There’s a plugin that by default demands an uppercase letter, a number and a punctuation character. That foxes our legacy system whose installer just generates lowercase letters and numbers. Uninstall it.

UNINSTALL COMPONENT 'file://component_validate_password';

Another good one was the the library I was using, and didn’t want to upgrade, didn’t know the default authentication to connect to MySQL. That was easily fixed:

mysql> ALTER USER 'root'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED WITH mysql_native_password BY 'xxxxxx';
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.03 sec)

mysql> flush privileges;
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)

Having gone from a Centos 7 MySQL accidentally to MySQL 8.0 and back again, that’s a world of pain involving the recompiling of the Perl DBD::MySQL and finding the correct .so library.

Damn you linux reference counting.

GitHub logoSo this was an hilarious case of reference counting.

There I was, developing my Perl Catalyst app. I migrate to gitlab like all the other cool kids. I move the original development directory to .bak like a good boy.

But, my plackup is still running and because reference counting, the open files are all still there so I was still happily running. I check out the gitlab version, make changes and NOTHING HAPPENS. Until finally the penny drops, I quit the original, now renamed directory and re-enter the correct one.

Suddenly everything works and hilarity ensues.