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bash: cannot set terminal process group (3987): Inappropriate ioctl for device bash: no job control in this shell

On a new Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty) LTS server, I ran into the following:

$ su -c /bin/bash foo
bash: cannot set terminal process group (3987): Inappropriate ioctl for device
bash: no job control in this shell

However, the su procedure worked and I was logged in as user foo.

PHP Warning: Unknown: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings

After upgrading a Debian install to use PHP 5.4, I ran into the following error:

Drupal: PDOException: SQLSTATE[42S02]: Base table or view not found: 1146 Table 'foo.image_dimensions' doesn't exist

I ran into a WSOD on a Drupal site and checking the Drupal 7 log showed me the following:

Drupal XMLSiteMap: public://xmlsitemap/ not found or not writable

I ran into the following error (or something like it) while setting up Drupal's xmlsitemap module:

public://xmlsitemap/lOtsOfgoBBlDegOOk not found or not writable

This is as expected some kind of permissions issue. Why the module can't sort this on its own, I do not know. As with everything Drupal, clear the cache first to see if that fixes things. It sometimes does. If not, you will need to get your hands dirty on the commandline (if linux):

Drupal's Twitter module: Column 'twitter_uid' cannot be null

I tried installing the Twitter module for a client and ran into the following error during authentication (oauth):

The drush command '@hostmaster pm-enable hosting_queued' could not be found

Installing Aegir 2 on a fresh install of Ubuntu Saucy in a Virtualbox, I ran into the following message:

The drush command '@hostmaster pm-enable hosting_queued' could not be found.

To fix this run, sudo mysql_secure_installation and ensure that you remove anonymous users. This should do the trick.

this kernel requires an x86-64 CPU, but only detects an i686 CPU, unable to boot

Using Virtualbox (4.3.6) on an XP64 machine, I ran into the following error while trying to install a 64-bit version of Ubuntu:

this kernel requires an x86-64 CPU, but only detects an i686 CPU, unable to boot

This happens even if the host machine is a 64-bit machine. To fix this, reboot the box and enter the BIOS. Look around for a virtualisation setting and enable it. Save and exit the BIOS configuration screen.

What to do when 'dpkg --configure -a' does not work?

I recently had trouble with a MySQL installation in Ubuntu. For some reason or the other, during an upgrade to a newer version of mysql-server, the upgrade script had issues stopping the server and the script failed. This meant that apt could no longer function as it kept raising a red flag over the broken upgrade with the following instructions:

Updating Windows Installer on XP 64-bit

I ran into a hitch while trying to install the latest version of TortoiseSVN on my XP 64-bit Windows installation. Apparently, the entire world has forgotten about the existence of this variety of Windows. There's absolutely no mention of it anywhere on TortoiseSVN's installer page. The MSI installer failed stating that the version of Windows Installer that I was using was dated and that I needed to update my version of XP (x86) to SP3 or some other drivel like that. TortoiseSVN has no manual install option either. I did the whole Windows Update thing as well, to no avail.

Vim runs out of memory during a find and replace

Earlier today, I had to perform a substitution in Gvim within a 2GB file. Unfortunately, after a few thousand operations, Vim ran out of memory with the following error:

  Out of memory!
Out of memory!  (allocating XXX bytes)

Windows too complained about running out of virtual memory and my system slowed down to treacle-like response times.

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