Fixing Symlinks on Windows

“The symbolic link cannot be followed because it’s type is disabled.”

Quite an easy fix tbh, you can check status with this command:

mintty screen dump

fsutil behavior query SymlinkEvaluation
Local to local symbolic links are enabled.
Local to remote symbolic links are enabled.
Remote to local symbolic links are disabled.
Remote to remote symbolic links are disabled.

As you can see, network symlinks are disabled on this machine in work I’m on. To fix it, run the following:

mintty screen dump

fsutil behavior set SymlinkEvaluation R2R:1
fsutil behavior set SymlinkEvaluation R2L:1

That fixes remote to remote (R2R) and remote to local (R2L), obviously the other two types are L2R and L2L.

Fixed!

Line Endings in Git with Windows

Devving on Windows is a PITA.

Anyway, ever seen a message like this?

warning: LF will be replaced by CRLF in tests/unit/Del/Console/CommandTest.php.
The file will have its original line endings in your working directory.
warning: LF will be replaced by CRLF in tests/unit/Del/Console/CommandTest.php.
The file will have its original line endings in your working directory.

We only want LF. To squelch this crap, run the following:

git config core.autocrlf false

Yay.

Bypass corporate proxies and firewalls with an SSH Tunnel

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“Seriously, I can’t get anything done in this office thanks to their draconian proxy configuration, everything is blocked!”

Sound familiar? If you are a web developer, you need unrestricted access, right? So let’s sort that out. I’m assuming you have a linux web server that isn’t locked down outwith the network that you can putty into.

Open Putty! Choose SSH > Tunnels. Add a dynamic port 7777 (or whatever) (ignore the 10139, that’s my debugger port) and save the settings.

putty

Now go into Chrome settings, click advanced, Change Proxy Settings, LAN Settings, Advanced.
Then in Socks, enter localhost and your port (7777).

chrome

You can now browse every web site again! 😀

Need IRC too? same deal. I use Pidgin. Open Pidgin, then click the Accounts menu, Manage Accounts, click on your account, click modify, click Proxy, choose SOCKS5 as the proxy type, then enter localhost and 7777, as below:

pidgin

You are now on IRC again!

Now, Git. All that is required to get git working is to add the socks5 proxy:

git config --global http.proxy 'socks5://127.0.0.1:7777'

And now you can clone repositories with no problem!

UPDATE:
Okay, I finally got everything unrestricted in the CLI too, by using a piece of software called ProxyCap. Check it out:

proxy

proxy2

 connection works

Find and Replace a line of text automatically using sed

Now that my VM is completely configured through puPHPet’s puphpet/files/exec-once shell scripts, I had to change PHP settings for the legacy 5.3 install. At first I echoed the setting out and concatenated it onto the end of the string, however the setting was already uncommented above.

The answer is to use sed to find and replace the line of text, like this!

cat /etc/php.ini | sed -e "s/short_open_tag = Off/short_open_tag = On/" >> /etc/php.ini