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I always stumble around looking for the link. So, I am saving it here for easy access.

Drupal on AWS with RDS - PDOException

I am running a Drupal 7 site on AWS with an EC2 micro instance and RDS on Ubuntu 12.04. When I navigated to the URL patterns for Pathauto admin/config/search/path/patterns I was getting a nasty white screen with an error along the lines of PDOException: SQLSTATE[HY000]: General error: 2006 MySQL server has gone away. As it turns out, this is not the fault of Pathauto. The solution to this problem was to increase the max_allowed_packet value in the mysql server configuration.

Rules is cool until it makes you a fool

From the Rules project page:

The rules module allows site administrators to define conditionally executed actions based on occurring events (known as reactive or ECA rules). It's a replacement with more features for the trigger module in core[.]

Anonymous users are no longer allowed to leave comments

I'm sorry to say that I have to admit defeat in the war against the spammers. I have been unable to take any automated measures to keep the site free from spam, and it has become too time consuming to keep deleting the spam comments.

If you wish to leave a comment on the site, you will need to request an account. Please accept my sincere apologies for this inconvenience. Rest assured that I am not trying to harvest email addresses so that I can spam people or sell those addresses to others.

Adding a pager to Views Slideshow displays

Many of you are probably already familiar with using the amazing Views Slideshow display plugin for Views. Out of the box it comes with different types of controls for the navigation. But, perhaps what you really want is to be able to add some other form of navigation, like those "dots" that you see in many slideshows. Here's how you do it:

How taxing is Taxonomy?

It took me a long time when I first started using Drupal to conquer my fear of the Taxonomy module. With its technical sounding name, I figured you had to be a really smart advanced user to take advantage of something like that. The module description says "Enables the categorization of content." How am I supposed to know how to categorize my content? What if I do it wrong?

Why doesn't (my custom) menu such-and-such appear in the menu settings dropdown

Well, I guess that (choose as many as apply): a) I'm really feeling like a fount of information today; b) I'm really inspired to share; c) I'm really trying to avoid doing any work. So, here's another quick pointer that may help somebody avoid a bit of frustration.

Using theme overrides

As long as I'm being sidetracked and/or feeling inspired to write, here's another quick entry. This one gives a brief introduction to hook_theme and theme overrides.

Triggers and Actions in action

It's been a really long time since I've posted anything and since I was just fooling around on the site to set up an action/trigger pair to notify me when somebody comments, I figured it would make a nice quick entry. Here's an easy example of how you can make use of Drupal's Triggers and Actions (which come as part of core.)

New bunk mates for Drupal 7

In the last blog I pointed out differences in the path names for administering your Drupal 7 site. There are some changes that were not easy to categorize since they involve grouping some of the administration functions differently. I will cover those changes in this post.

Credits: XWeb | Chris Herberte | Andreas Viklund