How to clear dashed lines from LibreOffice Calc

I don’t know how it happened but suddenly I found I had this annoying situation in LibreOffice Calc whereby there were “dashed lines” repeating regularly throughout my sheets. Turns out it was display of page breaks. Anyway I found this and the solution was:

Tools ▸ Options ▸ LibreOffice Calc ▸ View ▸ Visual Aids ▸ Page breaks

Apache2 RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f not working

I was having an issue with my Apache2 config not matching files with:

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f

I didn’t really get to the bottom of the problem, but I found that prefixing with the document root solved my issue:


I have no idea why Apache wasn’t resolving %{REQUEST_FILENAME} relative to the project root, but I have a solution, so I have moved on.

php -d xdebug.profiler_enable=1

So to enable profiling on the command line run your script in PHP like this:

php -d xdebug.profiler_enable=1 /path/to/script.php

You need to have configured xdebug in php.ini, I do it with a file in /etc/php/7.2/cli/conf.d/xdebug.ini that looks like this:

;xdebug.profiler_enable = 0
xdebug.profiler_output_dir = "/tmp/xdebug"
xdebug.profiler_output_name = "cachegrind.out.%p"

Note: you can enable profiling for all scripts with xdebug.profiler_enable = 1

How to use Keji Flat File A4 Report Covers

So I purchased a Keji Flat File A4 Assorted Colours 6 Pack from Officeworks but when they arrived I wasn’t sure how to use the fasteners.

I searched for how to use keji flat file but didn’t turn up much.

Reading about Keji Flat File Report Covers on eBay I learned that the correct term for the fasteners is “prong fastening system”.

So I searched for how to use prong fastening system and found what I was looking for!


I had a system which failed to boot. The last lines printed to the screen, which were not relevant to the problem, were:

 [19.957783] async_tx: api initialized (async)
 [20.899732] Btrfs loaded, crc32c=crc32c-intel

Then a little bit later:

 [32.469926] random: crng init done
 [32.470551] random: 7 urandom warning(s) missed due to ratelimiting

The full problem description is here. And the solution is here (careful about the typo on that page, the only relevant setting is GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT).

Basically the problem was a bogus GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT setting in /etc/default/grub applied by my salt config. I fixed the setting which fixed the issue.

ata5: SATA link down (SStatus 1 SControl 300)

So I was getting error messages like this:

Jun 15 02:56:45 trust kernel: [  127.165096] ata5: SATA link down (SStatus 1 SControl 300)
Jun 15 02:56:45 trust kernel: [  127.165105] ata5: EH complete
Jun 15 02:56:45 trust kernel: [  127.174488] ata5: exception Emask 0x10 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x4040000 action 0xe frozen
Jun 15 02:56:45 trust kernel: [  127.178637] ata5: irq_stat 0x00000040, connection status changed
Jun 15 02:56:45 trust kernel: [  127.182700] ata5: SError: { CommWake DevExch }
Jun 15 02:56:45 trust kernel: [  127.186842] ata5: hard resetting link

The ‘ata5’ indicated SATA disk 5, being /dev/sde. Depending on which disk is affected you might see ‘ata1’, ‘ata2’, ‘ata3’, ‘ata4’, etc.

The problem seemed to be a loose cable. I have removed that drive (and its cables) and the problem has gone away.