Death by PEBKAC evaded by amazing ZFS snapshot CTRL+Zery

Tonight I was doing a little development work towards a telemetry system I’m building for a thing. Along the way I managed (like a 10/10 n00b) to delete a bunch of vital configs on my reverse proxy server that handles all my traffic. Thanks to the amazing ZFS snapshot function made easily available by FreeNAS, I was able to recover from this otherwise devastating fckup, super fast and without service disruption.

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My Diary: on running PHP 5.5+ & Apache 2.4 on Ubuntu 12.04

I’ve been working on migrating a Moodle 2.4+ installation from a rickety old Ubuntu 10.04 server on Amazon EC2 to a fresh machine as I can’t seem to update the original server to 12.04, which has newer PHP packages I require to run Moodle 2.6+, which I want specifically due to a user stats plugin I want installed.. So with one thing leading to another, I ran aground recently when I upgraded Ubuntu’s 12.04 Apache2 version to Apache 2.4 (from some PPA). This resulted in my site no longer working, it pretty much just said access denied. This was due to some new Apache security setting that my migrated Virtual Host config lacked.

Should I run in to later, I’m throwing down steps I’ll follow to avoid the same ice bergs that costs me to burn a little more coffee than I’d prefer….

Step 1) Install PHP5.5/Apache2.4 via PPA:  sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php5;sudo apt-get update;apt-get -y upgrade

Step 2) Check VHost Config’s Directory sections, add  Require all granted  if not present.

Here’s the key stuff I used to find this approach in the first place: http://askubuntu.com/questions/109404/how-do-i-install-latest-php-in-supported-ubuntu-versions-like-5-4-x-in-ubuntu-1