Coppermine upload problems on Fedora Core

Right, finally I’ve managed to get the ability to upload images into Coppermine working again.

The problem I was having seemed to occur on upgrading to the 1.4.x stream of Coppermine, and results in errors like this…

Unable to create thumbnail or reduced size image.

File: /var/www/xxxxx/gallery/db_input.php - Line: 391

It seems there’s some issue with ImageMagick and the stock solution offered on Coppermine’s forums is to switch to GD2 instead, but it turns out that’s not configured on Fedora Core to work with PHP. I recently found a post saying how to install it, and it boils down to issuing a command like this…

# yum install php-gd

This will install the GD extensions to PHP. Then just restart your web server…

# /sbin/service httpd restart

and configure Coppermine to use GD instead of ImageMagick (it’s under Config -> Files and thumbnails advanced settings -> Method for resizing images).

Finally! It now works. It’s not a decent solution as ImageMagick still doesn’t work, but at least uploads work.

No thanks to the Coppermine forum guys though. Aside from the original bitchyness about not posting in the right way when asking questions, their help was aimed at the “user is an idiot and we don’t care” level and not once did it even touch on the solution here.

I would post the solution over there but frankly their attitude stinks so much that I just don’t feel like helping them out. They give anyone new, confused, foreign, whoever, a hell of a lot of grief with no sympathy and then they wonder why people get annoyed with them and don’t thank them for their “efforts”. Frankly I feel no compulsion to contribute to their efforts, but I’m happy to publish my help outside of their forum.

Now with that in mind, I cannot really recommend Coppermine any more. Their attitude in supporting it is one thing, but it also is getting targeted a lot more by hackers these days, and the likes of Gallery and Exhibit Engine (version 2 of the latter is looking very nice but not released yet) are better in features, design and usability (and their “customer support” is much better too).

Moby and copy protection

Moby - Hotel To quote Moby’s blog back in 2004…

“just fyi,
if i release a cd and it has copy-protection on it, it’s not by my choice.
copy-protection annoys the shit out of me, cos it prevents me from putting my own cd’s into i-tunes.
just thought i’d let you know.
moby”

http://www.moby.com/moby_archive/1/1/2004/1/5044

So, what did I get in the post from cd-wow? Moby’s Hotel album (2 cd special edition affair)… copy protected!! Sigh.

Now okay it’s unlikely he really wanted it this way and this leads to my real gripe which is the practise of far-east suppliers providing copy protected versions of CDs that are not copy protected in the UK. It appears the music industry is telling us that if we want to avoid copy protection we need to pay twice as much for rip-off high street prices in the UK.

Now here’s the real bite though…

The BPI recently said copying for personal use is okay. This is a landmark statement as the UK has no fair use clause in copyright and technically anyone could be sued for just making a copy for backup or use on another device. The BPI saying this effectively wipes out any chance of legal action and makes it effectively legal to make copies for personal use, and this is really all we want.

After all, why did I buy this CD? Because I want to be able to use it on my home network through my media system, plus transfer it to my iRiver and whatever device I want in the future, without restriction, and get the best quality. Not to download a DRM protected version that only plays on either an AAC based device (iPod) or WMA device (not iPod) and can’t be transferred and has a crappy bit-rate, all at the price of a regular CD and no physical product to show for it :(.

Now this CD, like all copy protected CDs, has no CD logo. Why? Because it breaks the red-book standard. Basically I’ve been mis-sold an item on the claim that it is a CD but it isn’t. Even more daft though is the fact the copy protection is fairly useless as it can be beaten by EAC or the use of anything other than a PC. The annoyance though is it can take hours to rip the CD that I paid for.

Rose

As we’ve recently had the last episode of the 2nd series of the new Doctor Who, what else but a Rose 😀

Rose

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flickr

flickr Well why not jump on the bandwagon. I’ll be giving flickr a run to see what it’s like. I won’t be using it as my main storage of photos, but it appears to be a good place to show off a selection of photos to a community and get feedback, so worth a try. Not that I can compete with the level of photos on there! The best thing about flickr is the community aspect. Being able to join groups, submit your photos, have people comment and make notes on your photos.

You can find my flickr photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/deadkenny/