Monthly Archives: July 2009

NWRUG 20th August – Capistrano: from noob to winner

20th August – Capistrano: from noob to winner

This month Sam Phillips and Lee Hambley of Setfire Media will be taking us through Capistrano from just starting out to advanced usage.

Sponsorship is kindly provided this month by Setfire Media, so free pizza will once again be available.

Schedule

Please note we’re back on our old start time of 6:30pm

  • 6:30pm :: Welcome & Pre-session bar visit.
  • 7:00pm :: Capistrano for Newbies by Sam Phillips
  • 7:30pm :: Break
  • 7:40pm :: Winners’ Capistrano Recipes by Lee Hambley
  • 8:10pm :: Free pizza sponsored by Setfire Media
  • 9:00pm :: Drinks at the BBC bar afterwards, then somewhere else nearby after that closes.

If you want more information email nwrug@willj.net, call Will on 07939 547 962 or tweet @will_j.

Sign Up

If you would like to attend this event please sign up here.. as the BBC need a list of attendees before the event and I really need to know the numbers so I can order the right amount of food and drink. There’s an Upcoming event page but please use the form above. This month I shall be publicly covering people with brussel sprouts who arrive without signing up. You have been warned.

Location

This meeting is being held at one of our regular venues, the BBC Manchester main building on Oxford Road in central Manchester (Directions). If you get lost call Will on 07939 547 962.

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Funpop.net launched

I am happy to announce the launch of funpop.net, my new site. Funpop.net is a place to find cool or fun stuff from around the web. A 5 minute distraction for your coffee break or a place to find something to do at lunch.

Funpop.net started as the funpop twitter stream, I created the site to provide an archive of the tweets, and other features not available on Twitter such as tags and comments.

Tech

The site is build on Ruby on Rails and uses a PostgreSQL database as the back-end. It’s integrated with Twitter and features a Twitter based publishing system allowing content to be added to the site from Twitter itself. The site has an XML API should you want to use the information for your own purposes.

There are still features that need to be added and improvements to make so suggestions are welcome!

Whiny git – getting rid of the ‘You did not specify any refspecs’ error

Newer versions of git will complain if you just do a

git push

in your current branch to push it to a remote:

pleb:funpop will$ git push
warning: You did not specify any refspecs to push, and the current remote
warning: has not configured any push refspecs. The default action in this
warning: case is to push all matching refspecs, that is, all branches
warning: that exist both locally and remotely will be updated. This may
warning: not necessarily be what you want to happen.
warning:
warning: You can specify what action you want to take in this case, and
warning: avoid seeing this message again, by configuring 'push.default' to:
warning: 'nothing' : Do not push anything
warning: 'matching' : Push all matching branches (default)
warning: 'tracking' : Push the current branch to whatever it is tracking
warning: 'current' : Push the current branch
Counting objects: 37, done.
Delta compression using up to 2 threads.
Compressing objects: 100% (20/20), done.
Writing objects: 100% (21/21), 4.58 KiB, done.
Total 21 (delta 11), reused 0 (delta 0)
To git@github.com:wjessop/Funpop.git
e9ca06a..5507c19 master -> master

You can get rid of this by just doing:

git config --add push.default current

and now git will work like it did before, without the noise.

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NWRUG 16th July – Source control Stand-off

This month Tekin Suleyman and Ashley Moran will be helping us get started with, and comparing, the Git and Darcs SCM systems.

Sponsorship is kindly provided this month by Liquidbronze, so free pizza will once again be available.

Schedule

  • 6:00pm :: Welcome & Pre-session bar visit.
  • 6:30pm :: How to do things in Git by Tekin Suleyman
  • 6:50pm :: Break
  • 7:00pm :: How to do things in Darcs by Ashley Moran
  • 7:30pm :: Free pizza sponsored by Liquidbronze
  • 8:30pm :: Drinks at the BBC bar afterwards, then somewhere else nearby after that closes at about 21:00.

If you want more information email nwrug@willj.net, call Will on 07939 547 962 or tweet @will_j.

Sign Up

If you would like to attend this event please sign up here.. as the BBC need a list of attendees before the event and I really need to know the numbers so I can order the right amount of food and drink. There’s an Upcoming event page but please use the form above. This month I shall be publicly coating people with squeezy cheesy peas who turn up without signing up. You have been warned.

Location

This meeting is being held at one of our regular venues, the BBC Manchester main building on Oxford Road in central Manchester (Directions). If you get lost call Will on 07939 547 962.

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How to stop running out of memory when working on your server

It’s a fairly simple thing to do, but I have seen a lot of people drive their servers really far into swap and kill performance due to an administrative action they are performing in the shell. Just open up another terminal on your server and run:

# watch free -m

This is pretty useful if you’ve not got much free memory to play with and you’re installing a gem, using irb or syncing portage or whatever and as long as you keep an eye on it you can terminate your process if it starts to eat too far into swap.

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