See You At MAX!

For anyone going to MAX, the Macromedia Conference 2003 held in Salt Lake City, Utah, I'll be manning the Product Support Lab station along with several of my other colleagues including Brandon Purcell, David O'Leary, and Stephanie Juma. We'll also be assisting many of the hands-on presentations, and we'll be at the Product Support Reception for those of you in attendance.

Bring your questions! See the schedule, but the Support Lab will be open from about 11:30 - 7:00. You can also find me in the Macromedia Max Intro application.

See you there! [photos]

John Terpstra, on Samba and FLOSS

John Terpstra of the Samba Team I had the honor and pleasure of hearing John Terpstra speak last evening at the monthly meeting of the Boston Network Users Group. John is best known as a co-founder of Samba and current member of the Samba Team along with Andrew Tridgell and many others. From the Samba website, "Samba is an Open Source/Free Software suite that provides seamless file and print services to SMB/CIFS clients. Samba is freely available under the GNU General Public License.".

John gave two talks at the meeting, the first on Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS), and the second what's new in Samba 3.0. John is a very passionate speaker and quite a good story teller, which is hard to do when it comes to such technical topics. During the FLOSS talk, he evangelized that FLOSS holds the keys to innovation.


Public Forum in Concord MA To Discuss Patriot Act

L to R: Barbara Powell, Nancy Murray, Herbert Wilkins, Eliot Lilien, Leonard Wetherbee, Kimberly West

Peabody School, 1235 Marlboro Road, Concord [map]. Wednesday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m.

The League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle presents a Citizen Forum on the USA Patriot Act: Civil Liberties and National Security. The panel of speakers includes:

  • Herbert Wilkins, retired chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court
  • Nancy Murray, director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts Bill of Rights Education Project
  • Eliot Lilien, retired history teacher, Concord-Carlisle High School
  • Barbara Powell, director of the Concord Free Public Library
  • Leonard Wetherbee, chief of the Concord Police Department and representative of the U. S, Department of Justice.

A question and answer period follows with participation by audience members and a press panel of local news media representatives

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Connector Issue on CFMX 6.1 on Red Hat Ent Linux 3

To configure the Apache connector from CFMX 6.1 on RHEL 3, you must use -DWSConfig.redhat-release=8 as an additional argument on the commandline for wsconfig.

This is logged as bug 53703, and a Technote for this is expected shortly.

The problem is because Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 is based on Red Hat 7.2 but uses a recent Apache 2 version. Wsconfig reads /etc/redhat-release to determine which version of RedHat you're running, the RHEL 3 redhat-release file confuses wsconfig as to which Apache version to expect. Wsconfig wants to put down an Apache 1.3.x connector, but that has the wrong "magic number" and won't work. The wsconfig argument DWSConfig.redhat-release=8 forces it to put down a connector for Apache 2 which is correct.

See the docs for more on commandline installation of wsconfig Apache connector.

This should not be confused with a similiar but converse problem that Brandon Purcell blogged this week for when an old Apache 1.3x is used on Red Hat 8 or 9.

Macromedia Educational Institution Solutions

New education solutions to assist educators in teaching digital skills through project-based curriculum, teaching roadmaps, professional development resources, and a developer teaching solution are now available. The Macromedia curriculum and training materials for K-12 and higher education support a variety of courses, from teaching digital skills and the web design and development process, to integrating technology into curriculum. Macromedia teaching solutions are available at

Macromedia Government Solutions

Macromedia announced the formation of a new group to provide government-specific support and solutions based on its leading portfolio of software applications. Macromedia Government will focus on delivering tools that empower federal, state, and local agencies to create exceptional web experiences and powerful web-based applications. Three new government-specific solutions illustrate the company's commitment to public sector web developers by ensuring they have everything they need to complete their agency transformation and meet their e-government initiatives. For detailed information on each solution, visit

John Terpsta, co-founder of the Samba Team, To Speak in Boston

November Meeting for Boston Network User Group

Speaker: John Terpsta, co-founder of the Samba Team

Subject: Samba 3.0

Teaser: Do you wish for network software that enables IT professionals to have it all? To work within Windows, Linux/UNIX or both? Sound too good to be true? Well, it does exist, in the form of the Samba software, maintained by a global network of volunteers known as the Samba-Team. Long trusted as stable file and print server software, Samba is now creating a groundswell, triggered by the long-awaited release of the latest version, Samba 3.0.0, which has been getting rave reviews from professionals in the field. There are currently 14-16 million servers running Samba, with an expected 3 million soon to migrate, according to Samba-Team Co-Founder John Terpstra.

Boston Network Users Group

monthly general meeting

Tuesday - November 11, 2003


New England Institute Conference Center [map]

Mount Ida College

Newton, Massachusetts

The Wrong Way To Change ColdFusion User on CF4.5 and 5

During installation of CF 4.5 or 5 on Solaris/Linux you are prompted to choose an existing user account for ColdFusion to run as. The installer writes files and directories to the new ColdFusion home and sets permissions appropriately. The ColdFusion user has permisison to all things a running CF server needs to do.

If at a later time you wish to run ColdFusion as a differenet user, then there is only one way to do that effectively. You must reinstall the server and choose the new user at the appropriate prompt. The installer will again write the files and directories to have the correct ownership and permission.

The wrong way to change the user is to edit the cf.registry file to change, for example, this:


Problematic X Configuration on Laptops?

Have you ever run the Red Hat Linux graphical installer only to find that X won't start when the install is complete? How did X run during the graphical install and fail later?

The Anaconda installer detects the hardware during the installation and writes a temporary XF86Config file which it uses to provide the install GUI. You can find this temporary file during the second stage of the install and copy it to a place that you can find it when the installer completes. Then just move that copy to the final destination and X will run with the same parameters as it did during the install process.


ColdFusion Support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux


It's official...

ColdFusion MX 6.1 also supports:
* RedHat Linux ES 2.1
* RedHat Linux AS ES 3.0 (Same caveat as RedHat Linux 7.3, 8.0, 9 - Verity does not support these OSs)


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