Error: post-commit hook failed (exit code 255) with no output

In subversion I was getting the error “post-commit hook failed (exit code 255) with no output” after trying to configure my post-commit hook to send email notifications. At first I thought the problem must have been related to the mailer, but I ran the mail command manually and it worked fine. Eventually I figured out that the problem was that the hooks/post-commit file hadn’t been marked executable. So it was a simple chmod +x to fix the problem.

MySQL: Error in SQL: Commands out of sync; you can’t run this command now

Today I was programming MySQL via PHP and I received an error “Error in SQL: Commands out of sync; you can’t run this command now”. It turned out the problem was that a previous mulit_query had mysqli_results that hadn’t been freed. This article helped me solve the problem, and now my batch mode SQL processor looks like this:

  public function execute_batch( $sql ) {


    if ( ! $this->link->multi_query( $sql ) ) {

      $this->throw_error( $sql );


    if ( $this->link->more_results() ) {

      do {
        $result = $this->link->use_result();
        if ( $result instanceof mysqli_result ) {
      while ( $this->link->more_results() && $this->link->next_result() );


This code executes the SQL batch and then frees any mysqli_results that result from the query batch.

phpMyAdmin #1045 Cannot log in to the MySQL server

I was using phpMyAdmin and trying to login to my server with a new user that I’d created called ‘pma’ but I was getting the error “#1045 Cannot log in to the MySQL server”. The ‘pma’ user was also my phpMyAdmin control user and as its login wasn’t working advanced features of phpMyAdmin weren’t functional and I was getting an error letting me know.

I thought maybe the problem was that I’d specified the password for the ‘pma’ user incorrectly so I reset the ‘pma’ user password just to be user:

  update user set password=PASSWORD("secret") where user='pma';

But the problem persisted. I had a look in the mysql.user table to see what was in there. The results included the following:

  mysql> use mysql;
  Database changed
  mysql> select Host, User, Password from user;
  | Host      | User      | Password                                  |
  | localhost |           |                                           |
  | %         | pma       | *BD053A55278DA675E32F28360C759B3FBEE32B3E |

Note the entry on the first line with a blank username. I have no idea how that entry got into my mysql.user table but basically it seems to be interpreted as “any user” at localhost with no password. I didn’t like the look of that so I deleted that entry. After that entry had been deleted the login for my ‘pma’ user started to work.

Apache configuration error: couldn’t check user. No user file?

I was trying to configure Digest authentication in Apache and I was getting Internal Server Error 500 when trying to access my site. The Apache error log reported: “configuration error: couldn’t check user. No user file?”

Turned out the problem was that I hadn’t installed the Digest auth module. So the fix was:

 # a2enmod auth_digest
 # apache2ctl graceful

HTTPS+SSLVerifyClient require in <Directory>+big POST = Apache error

I was configuring MediaWiki to allow uploads and was getting an error in the browser about the POST data being too large (“does not allow request data with POST requests, or the amount of data provided in the request exceeds the capacity limit.”). I had a look in the Apache error log and found:

[Thu Feb 23 16:12:45 2012] [error] [client] request body exceeds m
aximum size (131072) for SSL buffer, referer:
[Thu Feb 23 16:12:45 2012] [error] [client] could not buffer messa
ge body to allow SSL renegotiation to proceed, referer:

So I did some research. I found this document, File upload size which suggested editing /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini which I did:

upload_max_filesize = 20M
post_max_size = 80M

That didn’t fix the problem though. I found Request entity too large which suggested checking my setting for LimitRequestBody, but that wasn’t the problem either.

Eventually I found Bug 491763 – HTTPS+SSLVerifyClient require in <Directory>+big POST = Apache error which suggested I needed to apply the SSLRenegBufferSize directive which I did like this:

  <Location /morpheus>
    SSLVerifyClient require
    SSLVerifyDepth 1
    SSLRenegBufferSize 20971520

And then after restarting Apache the problem was solved.

fail2ban.actions.action: ERROR

Found some discussion on dealing with “fail2ban.actions.action: ERROR” errors from fail2ban. Basically there’s a race condition and a few suggestions to deal with it. One is to modify /usr/bin/fail2ban-client like this:

def __processCmd(self, cmd, showRet = True):
	beautifier = Beautifier()
	for c in cmd:

But the other one, that I think I like better, is to edit /etc/fail2ban/actions.d/iptables-multiport.conf to include a call to sleep for a random time up to three seconds:

 actionstart =   sleep `perl -e 'print rand(3);'`
             iptables -N fail2ban-<name>
             iptables -A fail2ban-<name> -j RETURN
             iptables -I INPUT -p <protocol> -m multiport --dports <port> -j fail2ban-<name>

Fatal error LNK1120: unresolved externals, caused by C functions in C++

I was receiving link error LNK1120 in Visual Studio after adding some C code to my C++ project, and the problem was, as I discovered here (and found more info on here), that I hadn’t declared my C code as “extern C”.

So basically I added #ifdef __cplusplus macros to check if it was C or C++ code and if C++ then outputting “extern C {” with a suitable “}” at the end of the file.

Compiler Error C2662

I was forced to lookup Visual Studio’s Compiler Error C2662 because I was getting it in my code. Turns out this happens when your const’s don’t line up. In my case I had const in the client declaration but the member function I was calling didn’t have the const specification.

This little nugget of code from the referenced article shows how to fix up the problem:

// C2662.cpp
class C {
   void func1();
   void func2() const{}
} const c;

int main() {
   c.func1();   // C2662
   c.func2();   // OK

Failed To Read Auto-Increment Value From Storage Engine – MySQL

Recently after my hosting provider hard-booted one of my machines the MySQL service started to complain “Failed To Read Auto-Increment Value From Storage Engine” when an insert was issued to any table with an auto increment field. I found the solution here, and it basically requires you to reset the auto increment key on the table, like this:


I had to do that on all of my tables that had auto increment keys to resolve the issue.