Posts Tagged ‘upgrade’

Free Upgrade for Users!

Monday, March 9th, 2009

So, how’s this for customer service? A free upgrade to all of our users!

Prior to about 4 hours ago, our great customers who have upgraded to Premium Access to our web based bingo card generator, were able to generate 200 pages of bingo cards at a time.  Now, both past and future customers can generate a thousand pages of bingo cards at once!

When our site first launched, we imagined that most users would be smaller personal parties, or classroom situations.  Surprisingly, there are a lot of people out there who need thousands of custom bingo cards… so now doing that is 5 times fewer clicks.

This is all possible due to lots of behind the scenes tweaks and upgrades that have happened over the years.

Anyways, enjoy!

A bit of downtime the over the last couple days.

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Quick note to all who use the various Perceptus web sites, particularly our bingo card site and our hosted survey site:

Our virtual private server hardware was upgraded.  A couple hours of downtime occurred.  We’re sorry for the inconvenience.  Unfortunately, our provider did not give us much of a warning. Things seem to be up and running, but a bit slow – I think that will fix itself soon.

How I had to fix PHP PEAR

Monday, March 10th, 2008

I’ve always found the code libraries of PHP PEAR to be quite useful.

But the PEAR website and individual package documentation is often baffling. I wish users could contribute comments and sample code easily, like the online documentation of PHP.

On to today’s rant. I just upgraded the Linux distribution that runs my home server to SME7, see Since it’s based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, it comes with an old version of PHP Pear. Out of the box, it does not work. This is OK. On the frontpage of homepage the reason is clearly posted:

“[January 3, 2008] As promised, XML-RPC has been disabled at”

The news post tells you how to update older installs of PEAR to work with the new system. That would be fantastic, if the instructions worked.

But they don’t. At least for older than expected versions of PEAR.

Fortunately, I have notes from earlier this year on another server upgrade I did.  I had to search high and low to get my old version of Pear working. Earlier this year, I run these commands to upgrade and fix PEAR:

pear upgrade –force

(note, that’s all one command up there)

pear upgrade –force

pear upgrade PEAR

The difference is the Console_Getopt-1.2 line. It specifies the exact version of the Console_Getopt package to install. Shrug.

Today, I had an extra step:

On the second command, the PEAR-1.4.3.tar one, I go this error:
requires package `PEAR’ >= 1.3.3

I guessed that I needed to do a half-step upgrade first… i.e.
pear upgrade –force

Then do the original line:
pear upgrade –force

Then the final upgrade:
pear upgrade PEAR

I don’t know why PEAR had to disable the XML-RPC interface.  I don’t really care.  But I do find it annoying when the instructions on the front page of a site don’t work.

This problem will affect other people besides me. This will probably hit everyone else who is installing a new RHEL4 (or derivative) server. Long life distributions with non-functional PHP PEAR software will be kicking around for a few more years.

I’d post this on the PEAR Wiki. But there is none. Fortunately, this blog gets indexed by the search engines, so maybe it will prove useful to someone other than me.