25 November 2012

When I had to switch from my usual Linux dev box to Mac 10.7 recently (because of Sandy hurricane), I noticed a problem with CURL when I was running my tests through command line.

Basically CURL was just returning output to STDOUT instead of passing it to a variable as it should because of RETURNTRANSFER option in the simpletest class.

After some debugging I figured that the problem was related to the CURLOPT_COOKIEJAR => $this->cookieFile line. I understood the idea of having clean environment for each test run, but some versions of CURL just don’t like when cookieFile is NULL.

Here is the small patch for Drupal 6:

https://gist.github.com/4145077

The problem seems to be fixed in a similar way in Drupal 7 and up according to http://drupal.org/node/1671200.

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Great book for operations people. Helped me to design and build solid deployment pipelines. Awesome advices on automated testing as well. The author advocates against feature branches, every commit goes to master! Scary? I know, but it actually makes sense once you get the idea. Read the book to find out more.

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Classics from John Allspaw who is SVP of Infrastructure and Operations at Etsy (and used to work for Flickr). The book covers very important topics like metrics collection, continuous deployment, monitoring, dealing with unexpected traffic spikes, dev and ops collaboration and much more. Def recommend if you are starting out in the operations field or been doing it for a while ( in latter case you probably read this book already :).

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