Ansible SSH issues under CentOS

I needed a CentOS 6.5 guest under a CentOS 6.6 host for development and to prepare for deployments.

I could not get Ansible to SSH into the box.

I took the provisioning out of the Vagrantfile and began running the playbook on the command line with:

ansible-playbook main.yml -i inventories/vagrant -u vagrant -vvvv -k


  • Offending key in /home/user - removed offending key
  • sshpass not installed - installed sshpass
  • SSHed in directly using the user (vagrant) that will be provisioning
  • Set the .gui flag to true in the Vagrantfile - This made it easier to see what was happening.

A Very Simple Node/Express JSON Form Example

Server-side (file is named server)

This code is invoked with: node server

Once it is invokec, call the page with

// Express is a framework used with node that provides many important constructs
var express = require('express');

// The application is an Express application
var app = express();

// bodyParser is used to convert the request data into JSON
var bodyParser = require('body-parser');

// Express.static is used to serve the static files

// This receives a request posted to / and processes it'/', function (req, res) {
	var data = req.body;
	if (data['first-name'].trim().length > 5 && data['last-name'].trim().length > 5) {
	} else {

// The application will listen on port 1337


The client side code is in the static directory. There is a simple form:

	<label for="first-name">First name<input type="text" id="first-name"></label>
	<label for="last-name">Last name<input type="text" id="last-name"></label>
	<button type="button" id="go">Go</button>
<div id="status">

And a little bit of JavaScript.

This code fires when a button with the id of "go" is clicked. It gets the values of the inputs, creates an object and sends it to the server.

document.getElementById("go").onclick = function() {
	var i,v,inp = ["first-name","last-name"];
	var data = {};
	for (i in inp) {
		v = inp[i];
		data[v] = document.getElementById(v).value;

	var xmlhttp;
	xmlhttp=new XMLHttpRequest();
	xmlhttp.addEventListener("load", done, false);

	function done()
		response = JSON.parse(xmlhttp.response);
		document.getElementById("status").textContent = response["status"];

Notes for those who are patient or really desperate.

  • doesn't make a post request, it accepts one with the URL in the first parameter. In this case, it will accept a post response for / on port 1337.
  • Express is a nice framework for node. Use it.
  • You need to use npm to install both Express and body-parser.
  • bodyParser parses the request body from JSON. It can handle other formats, too
  • Be sure to put the static files in the static directory, or update the express.static call accordingly.
  • Note that there is no charset on the content type header sent to node. Node is looking for "application/json"
  • The validation is really limited, the goal of this code is to show how to set up the form.
  • You may have to update your firewall settings to allow access to port 1337. If you are on an Amazon instance, use their web console.
  • When all else fails, read the documentation.

Bash Create User Script

This is a very simple script to create users and set them up in a userdir enabled Apache environ.

if [ "$#" -ne 1 ]; then
	echo "Usage: ./ <username>"
	sudo useradd -m -s '/bin/bash' $1
	sudo chmod 711 "/home/$1"
	sudo mkdir "/home/$1/public_html"
	sudo chmod 755 "/home/$1/public_html"
	sudo chown "$1.$1" /home/$1/public_html
	sudo passwd $1

Screen Resolution - Web development

I have used the statcounter for several years to help me adjust page layouts for web development.

The mistake I have been making is that the browser does not usually have the entire screen resolution available.

Today I took some time checked the window dimensions on a Windows 7 laptop with a 1366x768 screen and several browsers.


  • Full screen with menu and bookmark bar 1366x608
  • Windowed, full height x600

Internet Explorer

  • Full screen with menu, bookmark, DebugBar 1301x548
  • Windowed, full height x540


  • Full screen 1366x667
  • Windowed, full height x639

These dimensions depend on the toolbars in use, etc, but they provided a very helpful reminder that 1366x768 screen resolution is not the same as a 1366x768 browser page.

In addition, the best way to test a page under Internet Explorer is to use Internet Explorer, and if you you need to test different versions (you do!), you can use IE or IETester ( Sometimes there is simply no substitute for target machine and browser testing.

eZ Publish - Adding Bootstrap Glyphicons

If you are using Bootstrap with eZ Publish, you can add a custom tag to include glyphicons which will allow editors to add the icons into their content.

This is a simple implementation, it allows the user to enter the name of the icon they would like to use.


<?php /* ini charset="utf-8"



*/ ?>

The template HTML must match the Bootstrap version in use.


<!-- Choose the HTML for the tag based on the version of Bootstrap you are using -->
<span class="glyphicon glyphicon-{$name}"></span>

<!-- or -->

<i class="icon-{$name}"></i>