Category Archives: Troubleshooting

How to fix mixed content warning if page loads insecure content in spite of #WordPressHTTPS? #W3TC

So I had been confounded. I used to have a sweet green securely loaded blog for ages and I didn’t know what I had changed to make it start throwing up mixed content warnings. I didn’t recall changing ANYTHING on the blog at all. Yet, when pages were accessed over https, they loaded assets over http – in spite of WordPress HTTPS being active.

The problem turned out to be W3TC Disk Enhanced page caching. It does not seem to distinguish between http and https versions of the page, resulting in the https version of the page serving the http page – of course, with assets loaded over http.

I used to redirect the non ssl version of the blog to the ssl version, but for some reason, I decided to only use an HSTS header. Since the blog automatically loaded over https, I did not anticipate problems. However, the site being available over http apparently caused enough traffic (that ignored HSTS or was not capable?) to create cached pages that became a nuisance.

Mixed content warnings on assets loaded by wordpress

Two ways to fix this. I chose the easy one first. Redirected my non-ssl site to ssl. Done.

All content loaded securely by WordPress

If this results in any noticeable drop of traffic or complaints from anyone who needs to use it without ssl for any believable reason, I will choose method two: relying on HSTS alone again and using either the disk basic or opcode cache for page caching instead of “page enhanced” – this ought to work.

You can check your website on to identify the exact assets loaded that are giving mixed content errors.

Ubuntu 13.10 internet very slow “nothing helps” fix

I installed Ubuntu 13.10 on my laptop and went nuts with the laggy laptop. I have 2gb memory on it, which shouldn’t be causing such a comatose experience. I installed drivers, tweaked memory, did a hundred things, nothing helped.

Digging around in the innards, I found that /etc/resolv.conf was very strange and was showing localhost as the name server. This couldn’t be right. Digging around, I found that any attempt to put working DNS servers was getting rewritten.

In the end, I found a strange fix. Network Manager configuration (sudo gedit /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf)was using dns from dnsmasq. Guessing (rightly as it turns out) that I didn’t need dns served from my computer (and i have no idea how it would sync it), I commented out that line and restarted network manager. It looks like this.


Commented it out like so


Now /etc/resolv.conf is showing the DNS servers it gets from the internet provider.

I have no idea if this is the “right answer”, but if your computer is slow and freezing on using internet, and your /etc/resolv.conf is showing or or something as your dns server instead of proper dns server IPs, it is worth a shot. You can always uncomment it if it doesn’t help.

My computer is running faster, freezing less and hasn’t yet exploded.

Ioncube with Nginx+php-fpm giving 502 gateway error SOLVED

Ubuntu 13.10 seems to be having trouble with ioncube and php-fpm. My earlier guide on loading ioncube may not work for you anymore.

This is really strange and I have no idea why no one seems to mention it, but if you are getting frustrated trying to install the ioncube loader on php-fpm, just ignore the instructions to create the 20-ioncube.ini file, and plug the line directly into the end of your php ini.

Steps to install ioncube loader with php5-fpm

cd /usr/local
sudo wget
sudo tar xzf ioncube_loaders_lin_x86-64.tar.gz
mv /usr/local/ioncube/* /usr/lib/php5/20121212/

This is the same.

Now, instead of creating a file called 20-ioncube.ini or ioncube.ini directly add it to your php.ini file (On Ubuntu with a repository installed php5-fpm package, php.ini will be found at /etc/php5/fpm/php.ini)

At the very end add:

zend_extension = /usr/lib/php5/20121212/

Then restart php-fpm

service php5-fpm restart

If it still doesn’t work, try doing the same thing as root.

If you can’t find your php.ini, create a php file on your website with some random name. Open it in an editor and add the line:

Access the file on your site with a browser. It will have all kinds of info about php, including the configuration files (php.ini and others) locations.

Meteor::Socket bind: Address already in use at Meteor/ line 115.

If, after installing meteor server, you get an error like

Meteor::Socket bind: Address already in use at Meteor/ line 115.

when trying to start it up with ./meteord -d or /etc/init.d/meteord start, it means that you likely have another instance of meteor running.

Unless you have changed ports around, you can kill the exising instance of meteor with pkill meteor or simply use it without starting a new one 😉

PCLZIP_ERR_BAD_FORMAT (-10) : Unable to find End of Central Dir Record signature

If you are trying to upgrade, and suddenly start getting errors like:

Incompatible Archive. PCLZIP_ERR_BAD_FORMAT (-10) : Unable to find End of Central Dir Record signature

Here are some things to check.

  • This basically means that WordPress is not able to unzip the downloaded packages to install the upgrades.
  • Check to see available space on your disk. If your disk is full you should try upgrading your hosting package or freeing up some space on the disk. One easy way might be to delete old image thumbnails in sizes you no longer use.
  • If you have enough space on your disk, it may be that specific downloaded packages may be problematic. Try to install a plugin you don’t have, and if that works, you should check to see if there is a mysterious folder called “Upgrades” [DO NOT CONFUSE WITH UPLOADS]. If this folder exists, it is worth deleting it to see ii that lets  you do the upgrade.
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Fix: Realtek SD card reader not working with Ubuntu

I have a RTS5209 Realtek SD card reader on my laptop, which was not reading any card inserted. The following instructions are likely to work for other versions like RTS5229 or RTS5289 as well.

Turns out I needed to install the driver.

Realtek offers drivers on its website for Ubuntu/Linux. Download the driver and unpack into a temporary directory.

Open a terminal and cd into the directory you unpacked the file.

Then enter one after the other:


sudo make install

sudo depmod

You will have to reboot your computer for the driver to load, or you can enter this command:
sudo modprobe rts_pstor

This is for RTS5209. I believe for RTS5229 it is (hint:read folder name):
sudo modprobe rts5229

However, this only works on older kernels and on 3.9+ you get errors like:

vidyut@vidyut-Compaq-435-Notebook-PC:~/tmp/rts_pstor$ make
sed "s/RTSX_MK_TIME/`date +%y.%m.%d.%H.%M`/" > timestamp.h
cp -f ./define.release ./define.h
make -C /lib/modules/3.8.0-26-generic/build/ SUBDIRS=/home/vidyut/tmp/rts_pstor modules
make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-3.8.0-26-generic'
CC [M] /home/vidyut/tmp/rts_pstor/rtsx.o
/home/vidyut/tmp/rts_pstor/rtsx.c:916:22: error: expected ‘=’, ‘,’, ‘;’, ‘asm’ or ‘__attribute__’ before ‘rtsx_probe’
/home/vidyut/tmp/rts_pstor/rtsx.c:1080:23: error: expected ‘=’, ‘,’, ‘;’, ‘asm’ or ‘__attribute__’ before ‘rtsx_remove’
/home/vidyut/tmp/rts_pstor/rtsx.c:1106:11: error: ‘rtsx_probe’ undeclared here (not in a function)
/home/vidyut/tmp/rts_pstor/rtsx.c:1107:2: error: implicit declaration of function ‘__devexit_p’ [-Werror=implicit-function-declaration]
/home/vidyut/tmp/rts_pstor/rtsx.c:1107:24: error: ‘rtsx_remove’ undeclared here (not in a function)
/home/vidyut/tmp/rts_pstor/rtsx.c:485:12: warning: ‘rtsx_control_thread’ defined but not used [-Wunused-function]
/home/vidyut/tmp/rts_pstor/rtsx.c:596:12: warning: ‘rtsx_polling_thread’ defined but not used [-Wunused-function]
/home/vidyut/tmp/rts_pstor/rtsx.c:745:13: warning: ‘quiesce_and_remove_host’ defined but not used [-Wunused-function]
/home/vidyut/tmp/rts_pstor/rtsx.c:780:13: warning: ‘release_everything’ defined but not used [-Wunused-function]
/home/vidyut/tmp/rts_pstor/rtsx.c:790:12: warning: ‘rtsx_scan_thread’ defined but not used [-Wunused-function]
/home/vidyut/tmp/rts_pstor/rtsx.c:816:13: warning: ‘rtsx_init_options’ defined but not used [-Wunused-function]
cc1: some warnings being treated as errors
make[2]: *** [/home/vidyut/tmp/rts_pstor/rtsx.o] Error 1
make[1]: *** [_module_/home/vidyut/tmp/rts_pstor] Error 2
make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-3.8.0-26-generic'
make: *** [default] Error 2

The fix for this is to edit the file rtsx.c (that is throwing the errors) and remove “__devinit” “__devexit” and “__devexit_p” from it, leaving the rest of the code (and the rest of the line they occur in) in tact.

Like so:

static int __devinit rtsx_probe(struct pci_dev *pci, const struct pci_device_id *pci_id)


static int rtsx_probe(struct pci_dev *pci, const struct pci_device_id *pci_id)

static void __devexit rtsx_remove(struct pci_dev *pci)

static void rtsx_remove(struct pci_dev *pci)

.remove = __devexit_p(rtsx_remove),

.remove = rtsx_remove,

Now, when you run make, the process should complete without errors.

If your SD card *still* doesn’t mount, check your dmesg like so:

sudo dmesg

If it shows something like:
[ 694.058432] systemd-hostnamed[2516]: Warning: nss-myhostname is not installed. Changing the local hostname might make it unresolveable. Please install nss-myhostname!

Try installing the library.
apt-get install libnss-myhostname

If it still doesn’t work, I don’t know what to do. This SHOULD work.

Nginx: upstream timed out (110: Connection timed out)

Error 110: Connection timed out while reading response header from upstream

Sometimes a Nginx web server seems to load pages with php code with a lot of xml parsing really slowly. Often it doesn’t load or connection times out. This will be seen more on pages where the php code parses through large xml files and outputs data only when all the parsing is complete. The Nginx web server times out before php returns output.

We have to make the Nginx web server wait more before giving up on the upstream.

This is a typical error I get:

upstream timed out (110: Connection timed out) while reading response header from upstream


connect() to unix:/var/run/php5-fpm.sock failed (2: No such file or directory) while connecting to upstream

and such. The second one is inexplicable, since everything is working when not timing out, but I have often seen these two together.

The fix that works is increasing the timeout.

In the server configuration /etc/nginx/nginx.conf on Ubuntu/Debian, in the http {....} block, add the line (or edit the commented out line)
fastcgi_read_timeout 300s;

Restart the Nginx web server (as root or with sudo).
service nginx restart

There should be an immediate improvement when parsing large xml files. If you are still having problems, raise the number till resolved.

English: Nginx Logo Español: Logo de Nginx

English: Nginx web server Logo Español: Logo de Nginx (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Update/install fail: Server cannot access software repositories

If you are trying to install something and the server waits forever after you answer yes to the update and it accesses the software repository… something like…

apt-get update
details of packages
Need to get 83.7 MB of archives.
After this operation, 237 kB disk space will be freed.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]?
0% [Connecting to]

And then nothing. It fails.

Do you have UFW installed? UFW can block outgoing connections from your server, so it becomes unable to access the software repositories. Rather than make exceptions, it is easier to disable the firewall and enable again when update or install is done.
If you have UFW (Uncomplicated Firewall) installed, disable it and try again.

ufw disable

Now your upgrades should work. Once you are done, re-enable your firewall.

ufw enable
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Phpize: Command not found?

So you are on Debian, trying perhaps to install an opcode cache or something and you use try to do it with pecl with

pecl install apc

for example.

And you can’t, because phpize is not installed. Then you try to compile it and run into the same problem.

Then you try to find out how to get it, only to need a package “php5-devel” that doesn’t seem to exist in any repository.

Fikar not. What you want is “php5-dev” – strange that this seems to not be mentioned in most instructions.

So you go.

apt-get install php5-dev

then you have phpize for whatever you were trying to do.


WordPress: Problem happened with plugin upgrade – can’t delete old files

When you get an error like this while updating, check file ownership. Chances are that you edited something in the backend and the plugin or theme files now being owned by another user, cannot be deleted by the server.

If you have terminal access as root, type:

chown -R www-data:www-data /path/to/wordpress/*

Where www-data is the user your Apache runs as and /path/to/wordpress is of course the path to the root of your wordpress installation. the “*” is to apply to all files and folders and the “-R” earlier means the command [chown – for change owner – in this case] applies recursively to all files and folders contained in the folder named.

If you try to upgrade now, it should work.