The Case of the Broken Magento 2 Breadcrumbs

Published by John on December 15, 2020

Recently, I ran into an odd issue, where in some cases, breadcrumbs were not working on product pages for a Magento 2.4 Ecommerce store. There didn’t seem to be much rhyme or reason to it, as some products would work, but others would not, so after playing with settings and disabling/enabling plugins, I dug into […]

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Using GDAL to Convert a KAP Nautical Chart to a Zoomable MBTile File

Published by John on October 11, 2020

Recently, I wanted to convert a NOAA chart to a different format, so that I could plot one of my GPS courses on top of the chart, to create a cool looking overlay. I settled on MBTiles as the format, which stores raster or vector tilesets in a SQLite database. Initially, I attempted to convert […]

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Magento 2: Fixing Mysql Triggers After Changing Database User

Published by John on October 2, 2020

While doing some testing in preparation of a Magento 2.3.2 upgrade for a client, I preformed several dry runs using their production MYSQL database on the staging site, so that I could identify and fix any bugs or issues with the upgrade process.

After doing the import, I ran into an issue saving products, because the triggers in the copied database were setup to use the production MariaDB user, but the staging site was using a different user. Next time, I will do a sed on the database prior to import, so that I can fix then, but it is also possible to dump only the triggers from the database, update the user, then re-import with the correct user.

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Magento 2: Adding a Custom PHTML Template to Core Widget

Published by John on September 24, 2020

While working on a Magento 2 website, I wanted to add a custom template to an existing Magento 2 Widget, without over-riding the existing template. This is quite easy to do, by adding an entry to your widget.xml file.

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Getting Windows Server L2TP VPN, with IPSEC behind NAT, working in Gnome Network Manager

Published by John on August 27, 2020

While trying to connect to a Windows Server VPN, which was setup using L2TP VPN w/IPSEC, using the Gnome NetworkManager plugin, I ran into a few issues. Partly this was due to both the Server and Client being behind a NAT device, which is of course the most common setup for most users. However, there were a couple other settings that needed to be fixed before I was able to connect to the VPN on Linux.

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