Multiple OCI8 and PHP versions in parallel

You can easily switch between multiple versions of PHP with: But if you installed the Oracle oci8 extension, you will probably run into the error, that it can not be loaded when switching to the older php version: Unable to load dynamic library ‘oci8.so’ This happens, because pecl uninstalls the previous oci8 version automatically unless …

Black screen after updating nvidia driver

Updating the nvidia-driver on Linux (Mint) can lead to a black screen after boot. Here is how you can quickly revert to the previous working version: Press Ctrl + Alt + F1 and log into a the virtual console with your username and password (If that does not work, boot first into recovery mode, then …

How to use a YubiKey for two-factor autenthication on Linux Mint

This post will show you how to setup and use a YubiKey and the Yubico Authenticator application to sign in to a Microsoft Azure Cloud Account using Linux Mint 20 without the need for the Microsoft Authenticator being installed on your mobile phone: Yubico Authenticator desktop installation 1. Download and install the Yubico Authenticator AppImage:

Docker: How to install the php enchant extension

If I try to install the php enchant extension in the docker image php:8.1-fpm with RUN docker-php-ext-install enchant I get the following error: E: Unable to locate package libenchant-2 You need to install the missing enchant library in the dockerfile yourself (along with your wanted spellcheck language, in my case Swiss German): RUN apt-get install …

How to get the version of a module from its package.json

node.js < 12 VERSION=$(node -p “require(‘some-module/package.json’).version”)

How to Install the CnCNet Client on Linux

If you want to play the classic Games Red Alert 2 and Red Alert Yuri’s Revenge with multiplayer support on Linux (or other old Command and Conquer Games), you need to download and install the CnCNet Client. Here are the instructions on how to get CnCNet 5 working under Linux using Wine.

How to install SpectraView II on Linux (Mint 20)

NEC (now Sharp) provides a Linux Version of SpectraView II and a corresponding installation guide. Unfortunately, both are pretty outdated. They reference Ubuntu 14 as the latest version 🙁 . Even worse, the application depends on some Qt4 packages which are no longer available in a current Ubuntu/Mint installation. After digging around the internet I …

Using a Wacom pen tablet inside VirtualBox 6

I have the tablet wacom intuos pen & touch small CTH-480, which I wanted to use for photo editing in Adobe Lightroom. Since I work under Linux Mint 20, I have a virtual machine running Windows 10 and Lightroom Classic 10. Unfortunately, I got the pen to work as a mouse only by disabling it …

Quick Tip: Access Oracle LOB directly from PHP

Access the data from a clob/blob field without having to call OCI-Lob->load() first When you fetch (binary) data from an Oracle database field of type BLOB or CLOB with OCI8, the (binary) large object is normally returned as LOB descriptor (an instance of the OCI-Lob class). To retrieve the data, you have to call the …

PHP and SQLite FTS4: How to process the matchinfo function part II

Understanding the output from the matchinfo() function Part I: Reading the binary output from the matchinfo() function To analyze what the output of the matchinfo() function means, we’ll use a different example dataset than the one from the SQLite FTS4 documentation. Since I’m a bird photographer, let’s create a virtual FTS4 table holding information about …