External SFTP Access to a WordPress Jail

The good folk at Automattic, owners of WordPress, have offered to help me resolve a credentialing problem I’m experiencing. However, they require the site’s SSH/SFTP/FTP credentials to access the WordPress installation folder. Up to this point, it hadn’t occurred to me to allow external access to the WordPress jail. I wasn’t even sure if this …
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Jetpack: WordPress.com Login Issue

Reference: Jetpack forum thread Unable to login using WordPress.com Jetpack WordPress.com login setting for site www.readymcgetty.com.au. Login via WordPress.com login fails, but login using Username and Password is ok. Preference is to use the former. Refer to the embedded video, which demonstrates the issue. Clarifying video that shows login error is with the branded email …
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Pen Theme – Hamburger Menu Issue

There appears to be an issue with the WordPress Pen theme, specifically the hamburger menu, and earlier versions of iPhone/iOS. The site referred to in the browser is readymcgetty.com.au. Tested using both Google Chrome and Apple Safari browsers. The hamburger menu works fine with an iPhone 11 Pro Max running iOS 14.2. The menu flashes …
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Jail Creation Fails!

Are you seeing this error? ELF interpreter /libexec/ld-elf.so.1 not found, error 2 This can happen if during jail creation iocage create -r <release>, a FreeBSD RELEASE is being downloaded, but the operation is interrupted. The places the downloaded release in an indeterminate state, which results in the error if jail creation is reattempted. To fix …
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Upgrade from MariaDB 10.3 to 10.4 on FreeNAS

Authentication Behaviour Upgrading from MariaDB 10.3.23 to a later release Output of mysqladmin version -p Output of SELECT host, user FROM mysql.user; Output of show grants for ‘root’@’localhost’; A new installation of MariaDB 10.3.24 A new installation of MariaDB 10.5.5 The Upgrade Journey MariaDB 10.4 uses an improved authentication model. It uses operating system credentials …
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Generating Random Passwords in FreeNAS

To appreciate the limitations of using openssl rand for password generation, consider the following list of passwords generated using openssl rand -base64 16. ePBz52RSaAvrOfG2a3ATxg== Pbxb2ibu0/YgoHLa4Qisnw== e7ERZ/wQ0SdKJ68oQTR1qA== faJgjNgQLDCqCSkkoq+b/w== ZoVQ/52qWvrmt3KideUO4w== wC9wtt0hBBOOq3bOukN+nA== +YEoFC7/lmgaPSzGF2lEVA== 9skoC89aWe1/odqA/ykxuA== We see that openssl rand will generate passwords using upper and lowercase letters, numbers and some special characters. On closer inspection though, we notice …
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UpdraftPlus Plugin: Restoring a Site from Backup

In the post WordPress: A Disaster Recovery Strategy, I didn’t describe the restore phase. Well, it just so happened that I lost a development site mockup.udance.com.au while isolating an issue between the Simple Calendar plugin and the Pen theme (see post WordPress: Pen Theme 1.3.9 and Simple Calendar Plugin 3.1.33 Anomaly). When switching between themes, …
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WordPress: Pen Theme 1.3.9 and Simple Calendar Plugin 3.1.33 Anomaly

There appears to be an incompatibility between the Pen theme and the popular Simple Calendar plugin. The issue is visible on the calendar schedule on site mockup.udance.com.au using the Pen theme. Summary details are missing when hovering over a calendar entry. Google Chrome version 86.0.4240.75 on both a Windows 10 desktop and Pixel 3 XL …
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TrueNAS Core 12.0-RC1 vs FreeNAS 11.3-U5 Start-Up Performance

For the purposes of discussion, I’ll refer to TrueNAS Core 12.0-RC1 as TN, FreeNAS 11.3-U5 as FN and TrueCommand 1.3.2 as TC. The screenshots below are taken from TC. Test Server Test #1 Monitor server performance through TC. Reboot in 12.0 or 11.3 environments by accessing the server through a separate browser window, changing the …
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