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.