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Adding new php syntax

This is a quick patch I did to php's source code to implement some special syntax. Basically I wanted to be able to define an array like this:

  1. $a=[ 1,2,3,4];

Get the patch here:  New array syntax for php-5.2.6-5.2.9 (997 bytes)
To get this behavior download php's source code, extract it put my patch in the source directory and  do this:

  1. patch -p1 < new_array_zend_syntax.patch
  2. cd Zend
  3. ./buildconf
  4. ./configure
  5. make
  6. cd ..
  7. ./configure
  8. make

( This will only compile but not install - in case you want that just type make install at the end )
And here's a test script :

  1. $a=[ 'key' => 'value',1,2,3];
  2. print_r($a);

Save this script as test.php then run sapi/cli/php test.php

This was tested on php 5.2.6 and 5.2.9. I think this is probably useless for most people but it was fun to write so why not share it 🙂

Weekend’s piece of shell magic

A few days ago I wrote a post about setting up squid as an anonymous proxy using multiple ips.

That setup would basically make squid listen for connections on certain ips and will create outgoing connections ( for fetching the requested page ) from the same ip that received the connection. The setup, as described in my previous post involves creating one acl and specifying one tcp_outgoing_address for each ip you want to use. Now that's ok if you have just a few ips or even a full class (because you can create one acl to match the whole class ) , but what do you do if you have multiple classes and in each class non consecutive ips? And I'm talking about many such ips not just 10, but 100 or more...

The shell Magic

Well if you have already defined the ips on your interface(s) and you want to use all those ips in squid then you can use this simple shell script that will parse the output of ifconfig and output the acls and tcp_outgoing_address directives for each ip.

  2. for i in $(ifconfig -a|grep "inet addr"|cut -f2 -d:|cut -f1 -d' '|grep -v ; do
  3. an=$(echo $i | tr . _) ;
  4. echo "acl in_$an myip $i" ;
  5. echo "tcp_outgoing_address $i in_$an" ;
  6. done

Run this script on the server where you want to install squid and it will output the acls and directives needed for using all the ips ( except ) . then just copy and paste them into squid.conf.

Now shell magic is nice but if you want to get your hands dirty you might want to look into patching squid to do the same thing. With the squid outoing ip patch you will not have to write any acl or tcp_ougoing_address for it, but of course you'll have to do the "get source - patch - compile" stuff .. which some may find harder and others more fun 🙂

XML Sitemaps for Pligg

Update: There is be a new version of this module. Click here to get it.

I created a module that generates XML Sitemaps for Pligg ( the well known open source cms used for creating sites similar to digg.com ).

The module generates a sitemap index and sitemaps with all the stories in the database dynamically so nothing is stored on disk and you don't have to set a cron job to generate it.

The sitemaps are updated automatically when a new story is submitted. Because of the structure of the sitemap index and because it contains "lastmod" info, the search engines should only download the latest entries in the index so you shouldn't worry about the module putting too much load on your system.

There is also a "ping" function that will announce google, yahoo and ask.com every time a new story is submitted so that they know they have to download the sitemap. The ping function required a little patching to pligg source code to add some hooks ( only if you use 9.6, 9.7 should already have those hooks ). Here is the diff file in case you use pligg 0.9.6 : pligg submit hooks diff

The module was only tested on pligg 0.9.6, I haven't upgraded to 0.9.7 yet, so if you try this on 0.9.7 let me know how it works, any feedback is appreciated.


You can download Xml_Sitemaps module from here: xml_sitemaps-0.1.tar.gz and in case you want to verify it here is the md5 sum and the sha256 sum

the code is released under the same license as pligg, so feel free to use it, modify and share.


This is pretty straight forward, you have to install this like any other pligg module, just put the .tar.gz file in the modules, un-archive it then go into pligg admin and activate it. If you use pligg 0.9.6 and you want to be able to ping the search engines don't forget to apply the submit hooks patch .


After installation you should be able to access the sitemap index like this : http://yourdomain.com/module.php?module=xml_sitemaps_show_sitemap or if you want the sitemap to look friendly ( btw ask.com will only accept a friendly sitemap ending in .xml ) , you just have to go into Admin->Configuration->XmlSitemaps and enable "Sitemap Friendly URL", and if you do that then you have to put the following lines in your .htaccess somewhere before the line "##### URL Method 2 ("Clean" URLs) Begin #####" :

  1. RewriteRule ^sitemapindex.xml module.php?module=xml_sitemaps_show_sitemap [L]
  2. RewriteRule ^sitemap-([a-zA-Z0-9]+).xml module.php?module=xml_sitemaps_show_sitemap&i=$1 [L]

Here is how the index looks on a site with sitemap friendly urls enabled: http://sapa.ro/sitemapindex.xml

There are other configuration options in there, you can set the maximum number of stories to put in a sitemap, and you can chose whether to ping any of the three search engines supported. You can also set your yahoo.com key in there if you want to ping yahoo.

That's it! Happy Sitemapping! and as always ... let me know how it works in the comments.