Monday, August 21, 2017

Installing Drush on Shared Hosting (Vidahost)

I followed the guide at to install Drush on my current host of choice (Vidahost), but couldn't get Drush to work properly. Problem #1: Couldn't find CLI. Problem #2: Drush 'master' wouldn't work with my many Drupal 7.x sites.

Here's the skinny:
  • First edit your .bashrc file that Vidahost puts in the root folder and make sure the PHP alias is pointing to the CLI version of the PHP release you are using. For Drupal 7 and 8, PHP 5.6 seems to be fine:
    • Type nano .bashrc
    • Remove any aliases to PHP in the file and add the following:
      • alias php='/usr/bin/php-5.6-cli'
    • CTRL + x to save and exit the file
    • Type source .bashrc to reload your Bash file and set up the alias.
  • Install Composer in your root folder
    • curl -sS | php
    • Leave files where they are (leaves lots of files in root, but park that OCD for a change).
  • Type nano .bash_profile to add an alias:
    • alias composer="'/usr/bin/php-5.6-cli' ~/composer.phar"
    • This adds an alias to the PHP 5.6 CLI location on Vidahost - may well work for other hosts too.
  • Save your file (ctrl-X) then run your Bash file with source .bash_profile
  • Get Drush (version 8 works with Drupal 6, 7 & 8) 
    • composer global require drush/drush:8.x
  • Update your .bash_profile with another alias
    • alias drush="~/.composer/vendor/bin/drush"
  • Reload Bash file:
    • source .bash_profile
  • Type drush to see if things are working.
Fame and fortune await (etc).

Thursday, June 26, 2014

I hate VIM

Vim to me will always mean the household cleaner: but in the geek world of sysadmin... well, I'm sure it makes beginners scream too.

Like everything there are a few basics that never seem intuitive, so always have to root them out. So here's the most basic commands for server admin heaven:

i insert mode
ESC back to command mode
:q Exit
:w Write
:qa! Quit and abandon changes

h moves the cursor one character to the left.
j moves the cursor down one line.
k moves the cursor up one line.
l moves the cursor one character to the right.
0 moves the cursor to the beginning of the line.
$ moves the cursor to the end of the line.
w move forward one word.
b move backward one word.
G move to the end of the file.
gg move to the beginning of the file.
`. move to the last edit.

d starts the delete operation.
dw will delete a word.
d0 will delete to the beginning of a line.
d$ will delete to the end of a line.
dgg will delete to the beginning of the file.
dG will delete to the end of the file.
u will undo the last operation.
Ctrl-r will redo the last undo.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

OSX Terminal - Colours for Directory Listing

If you're used to seeing a multi-coloured display when looking at directory contents: on most *nix systems, these listings have a colour code for directories, system files etc. In Mac's OSX Terminal, it's all just plain text.

One solution is use another shell app (I frequently use the one built into Pathfinder).

However, you can also turn the colour on for Terminal by editing the ~/.bash_profile file and adding the following lines:

# Add colours to Terminal 
export CLICOLOR=1 
export LSCOLORS=GxFxCxDxBxegedabagaced

Restart Terminal.

You're welcome