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Applications / Re: Through Daniel's Lens: Photography By Daniel Swan
« on: June 11, 2018, 12:12:09 pm »
Okay, your application is accepted! You should get an email shortly with login instructions, so keep an eye out for it, and make sure to follow them (especially setting your own password.)

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Applications / Re: Through Daniel's Lens: Photography By Daniel Swan
« on: June 07, 2018, 05:45:48 am »
Sorry I'm so slow to respond to this. It's been ages since someone last applied for an account, so the forum isn't nearly as active as it used to be.

Nice photos! You've clearly been at it a while!

That said, I'd like to ask what plans or needs you have that make xepher.net a better fit for your site than any of the services more directly dedicated to art/photography. E.g. what're you planning/hoping to do that you couldn't more easily do on sites like flickr, photobucket, deviantart, or even wordpress.org itself?

Secondly, the services here are pretty low level. You get file and shell access, but you'd have to install and maintain wordpress (and anything else you use) on your own. Do you feel you have the technical skill to be able to do that?

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Announcements / Re: PHP upgraded to 7.2
« on: April 04, 2018, 11:02:39 pm »
I sent you an email, and the site seems to be working, but just wanted to follow up here, see if you got it sorted.

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Announcements / PHP upgraded to 7.2
« on: February 25, 2018, 10:48:27 am »
PHP 5.6 is approaching its end of life, and is no longer receiving regular updates from upstream. That means it's time to move on to the next version, which is PHP 7 (6 was experimental and doesn't count.) I've updated the server to PHP 7.2, and if you're using older PHP software, you may notice errors appearing on your site. If you see messages about mysql (specifically mysql_connect being an "undefined function") then there's a temporary workaround you can add. In any PHP file you need to still use the old MySQL functions, you can add this line right at the start of the PHP section (just after the <?php tag ideally):

Code: [Select]
include_once("mysql-shim.php");
Ideally, if you didn't write the code, you should just update to a newer version that supports php 7 and not use this. But until this, this workaround might help. If you have other problems (or notice errors on any of the main xepher.net pages) please let me know. My own code is using this shim, as it's ANCIENT, and I don't have the patience to rewrite it quite yet.

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Announcements / Update Your WordPress Installs!
« on: January 03, 2018, 10:30:49 am »
:UPDATE:
Just as everyone seems to have finally been updated, Wordpress goes and breaks their auto-update process.

https://wordpress.org/news/2018/02/wordpress-4-9-4-maintenance-release/

Everyone (in the world) needs to update manually and then make sure auto-updates are enabled again!


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Over the New Year we had an account compromised (almost certainly through a MILDLY out of date WordPress install) and it was used to attack other servers, leading to a warning from my VM provider.

Going forward, I'm going to be requiring that all WordPress installs be maintained and kept up to date. To enforce this, I've written a scanner that will automatically find and check the version of any WP installs, and it will be emailing me any time someone is out of date. If you have WP on your site, please go update it NOW to at least version 4.9.1.

As WP is a very popular target, even an install a week out of date can be vulnerable, and so I will be disabling accounts if/when that happens. I've already disabled several, and sent emails of warning to many others. If your account was one that was disabled, email me, and I can release it and allow you to update things. Also, please make sure your offsite contact email is kept up to date so that I can contact you in cases like this. Too many times I have to resort to disabling accounts to get the owners attention, and I'd prefer to avoid that.

Sorry to have to be so strict about this, but with the potential to leverage this server to attack remote targets, the threat is serious enough that I have no choice. If you have any questions or thoughts though, feel free to ask below, or contact me directly if you prefer.

Thank you all for understanding!

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Technical Support / Re: "&skip_scriptaculous=1" No Longer Working
« on: July 13, 2017, 10:34:59 pm »
It looks like scriptaculous (or at least a compatible version of it) isn't actually being loaded by another script, so the newsbox breaks. The "skip" option was only to skip it if you already load it on your own (or through another script) elsewhere. I suspect that, if it was breaking another script, it's for some other reason than it already being loaded.

Bottom line, you can skip the newsbox if you want, as I don't have the desire to debug it right now. :-)

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Technical Support / Re: Name Change
« on: July 03, 2017, 10:39:18 am »
Okay, it's done. I had a partially written script to rename accounts, but I haven't used it in a few years, so it broke and I did the rest by hand. The good news is I fixed the script so the next person that asks this should get a much easier (and quicker) response.

That said, I did fix some stuff by hand, so double check everything. Also, you have wordpress, so I modified your basic config to point to the new database name. Note that you may need to change other settings in wordpress to make it work with the new domain name. If you have trouble, just let me know.

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Technical Support / Re: Name Change
« on: June 20, 2017, 12:10:07 am »
Apologies for not replying sooner. I've been traveling far too much for work and haven't made the time to take care of this. I'm once again in an airport waiting on a flight, so won't be able to take care of it today either. That said, I'm happy to rename things. The question is, do you want any of the old site at all? If not, it's easier to simply delete it and create a new account under the new name. Note this will remove all content AND all email (if you used the xepher.net email system.) Let me know and I'll try to get to it in a couple days when I return home.

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Applications / Re: Traitors N' Thieves
« on: January 16, 2017, 05:16:22 am »
Ugh, somehow I completely forgot about this. Sorry! If you still want a site, let me know and I'll get it set up.

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Technical Support / Re: Unity/WebGL Support?
« on: September 29, 2016, 09:31:53 pm »
Sorry for the late reply, out of town.

You should be able to add that to your own .htaccess file. Just create it in the root of your public_html directory, and it'll be automatically read by the webserver. You can configure a large amount of stuff there, including (as far as I know) mime types. If you have trouble, let me know, and give me a URL/file to check against.

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Technical Support / Re: Email Glitch thing...
« on: August 16, 2016, 01:03:51 am »
Did you just add the aliases (custom emails) and it still didn't work, or were they there a long time? I didn't see them in the actual config, but I saw them in the DB. If they were old, it's possible they were lost during the migration to the new email system a few months ago. If they're new... then maybe the web script isn't working right to set them. I triggered the "change email" action manually for your account, and it appears they're in place now. Please try again and see if it works.

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Technical Support / Re: Can't send email
« on: May 17, 2016, 08:34:28 pm »
My apologies, but the rate-policy daemon stopped running for some reason. I was out of town all weekend for a convention, or I would've gotten to this sooner. I've corrected the problem, and it's up again, so email should work as expected. Please let me know if you have any more problems.

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Announcements / Major Email Changes
« on: March 11, 2016, 05:36:52 am »
So, spam hit again, and I'm moving to a new mail server. As such, it required a lot of work to reconfigure from the old system. I think I've got most things back to working, but if you have trouble with email here, please let me know. The most likely remaining problems are related to people with custom email domains hosted here.

If you're using your own email client, you need to use SMTP authentication with STARTTLS on port 587 (the "submission" port) to send mail now.

Also note, as email is what's being weird, please feel free to post here on the forums if you're having problems.

EDIT: Your ~/.esmtprc file should look something like this now:

identity = user@xepher.net
        hostname = mail.xepher.net:587
        username = "user"
        password = "mypass"
        starttls = enabled

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Hosting Q&A / Re: Email sent
« on: January 17, 2016, 02:40:06 am »
Sorry, it seems it got caught by my spam filter. I've pulled it out and it's pending in my inbox now though. Unfortunately, I'm running out the door, but I'll give it a proper response later tonight or tomorrow.

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Announcements / Yesterday's Downtime (2015-09-21)
« on: September 22, 2015, 11:20:26 am »
Many services were offline yesterday, between about 8am and 3pm Pacific Daylight Time. Everything should be fixed now.

The cause was a filesystem glitch that caused one of the disks to behave like it was out of space, even when it should've had many gigabytes to spare. This prevented MySQL from running properly, which meant eventually DNS went down, and also caused problems for mail delivery (as new messages couldn't be created in home directories.)

It should all be fixed now, but if you encounter more problems, please let me know.

My apologies for the downtime.

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