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Ubuntu ‘apt-get’ list of commands (cheat sheet)

I have a couple of Ubuntu Linux systems, including Raspberry Pi systems, test servers, and production servers. It seems like every time I have to use an apt-get or other apt command, I always have to search for the command I need. To put an end to that, I’m creating this “apt-get reference page.” It’s very terse, as I’ve just written it for myself, but I hope it’s also helpful for others.

Notes on how to update a Drupal 8 website with Drush and Composer

The process of updating a Drupal 8 website has changed dramatically recently (March-April, 2018), so I deleted the older content on this page and replaced it with the content below.

As of April, 2018 you now need to use Composer along with Drush to update your website. Here are my very brief notes on how to do this:

A way to migrate Drupal 6 Photo content type to Drupal 8

The main script in this project — MigrateAllD6Photos.php — now seems to be working. The code is ugly and doesn't check for SQL errors, but for my purposes it seems to be working okay. To get that script to work and migrate your Drupal 6 photo content type to a Drupal 8 photo content type, you also need to run a couple of queries shown here.

How to upgrade a Drupal 6 website to Drupal 8 (how to try)

I’m currently trying to upgrade a Drupal 6 website to Drupal 8, but the process has been slow-going so far. I’ll explain the problems and workarounds in this article as I learn them.

So far I have been able to get a Drupal 6 website with 7,000+ nodes and 18,000+ URL aliases converted to the point that I can now see all of the old blog posts on the Drupal 8 site, and I’ve also started theming the Drupal 8 website.

What is Android doing when it says “optimizing apps” after a system upgrade?

Android FAQ: What is Android doing when it says “optimizing apps” after an Android system upgrade (and reboot)?

The short story is that Android is doing what it says, creating an optimized version of each app for the new version of Android you just upgraded to. This process makes each app start as fast as possible with the new Android version.

The trouble with the iPad

As the owner of an iPad 2, I agree with this Business Insider article that shows stats where people keep their old iPads forever. As they state, iPads are “largely consumption devices designed to stream videos and browse the web and social media, and those tasks don't need the latest and fastest specs to work well.”

In fact, because there is no “stickiness” to using an iPad, I bought a Nexus 9 in January rather than buying the latest iPad.

Help, I can’t login to my Drupal website

Drupal update/upgrade FAQ: Help, I can’t login to my Drupal website after performing a Drupal upgrade!

(Okay, that’s not really a question. But it is a common Drupal problem that might make you panic.)

If you ever happen to upgrade a Drupal website, and then find that after the upgrade you can’t login to your Drupal site, don’t panic, I may have an answer for you.