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setting up php , xdebug and NetBeans

March 12, 2011 Leave a comment

As developers,  we often come across with code debugging.   When it comes to debugging, my preferred option is to  utilize the facilities given by the IDE (In my case its NetBeans (6.9.1)). I find it more easy, accurate and useful way of investigating the program flow rather than printing lines in the code and having looking at the server log.

Today I wanted to debug one of my php codes. As I’m fairly new to php I haven’t used any debugging mechanisms. So I had a little googling and  found out the most preferred way is to  have x-debug setup with NetBeans.

even though the setup is fairly easy, I had to make use of several resources in several different locations. So I thought of summing up everything in an one place will help someone.

For this guide, my set up is as follows

I’m on linux, with apache2, php5 and NetBeans (6.9.1) .  I assume you all have php running on your apache server

Ok lets starts.

1 - download the xdebug (  
make sure you download the correct (or most matching) source.  (I downloaded the source file)

2 - extract the source  file to any directory you want and browse to 
that directory

3 -  while you are inside that xdebug directory type 'phpize' in your console.  
you should see something like following

Configuring for:

 PHP Api Version:   20041225

 Zend Module Api No:      20060613

 Zend Extension Api No:   220060519

But if at all you get an error like 'bash: phpize: command not found' that means you are missing the '
php-devel' package. to install it run 'apt-get install php5-dev' as root

4 - Once done run ./configure 
5 - and make and make install (building the xdebug is their in the README file)
6 - after you run the above command you will get '' which is under <your xdebug folder>/modules
7 - copy that in to any place you want.
8 - then open-up your php.ini file
    if you cant locate this file, best way is to create a php file in any name (in my case index.php) and add the 
following php code to it. <?php phpinfo(); ?> , then view it using the browser. that page should display where is your
active php.ini file is located. 
9 - open that file and add the followings

zend_extension = "/home/sameera/tools/web/xdebug/"

**** zend_extension path should be same as the path you have your
Thats it. restart apache and load your php.ini file. Then you should see a separate section for ‘XDebug’. By this time you should
be able to start debug your applications with NetBeans.

  • open NetBeans
  • open your php prject
  • add a break point
  • run your project in debug mode
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Rails Best Practises

Today when I’m browsing through some rails stuff I found this very helpful resource on best practices in rails development by ihower


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undefined method `manage_gems’ for Gem:Module (NoMethodError)

March 16, 2010 5 comments

OK,  if you are looking for a solution to the above error hopefully this post might help you.  This happens normally if you upgrade your gems.

(Please note – I’m talking about ubuntu here, If you are on  windows then try Ubuntu :D)

Then ruby gems will create a new file called ‘gem1.8’ and it will conflict with your older ‘gem’ file. You can find both these files in /usr/bin

So when ever you say gem list (or something with gem) it gives the error ‘/usr/bin/gem:11: undefined method `manage_gems’ for Gem:Module (NoMethodError)’

As a workaround ,  I have done following and it worked for me. My solution was to create a symbolic between ‘gem’ file and ‘gem1.8’ file.

Here’s how I did it,

first copy your ‘gem’ file (as a backup)

cp /usr/bin/gem /<my other path>/

Now delete the ‘gem’ file

sudo rm -f /usr/bin/gem

OK, now create the symbolic link

ln -s /usr/bin/gem1.8 /usr/bin/gem

Thats it, now time something like

gem list and it should work.

Hope this quick note will help 😀

Net::SMTPSyntaxError (501 : missing or malformed local part )

December 1, 2009 Leave a comment

If you are on Rails and tried to send a mail from ActionMailer, you might have got this error, Recently I did,

With  a little bit of googling I came across the solution,  This mostly happens because of the sending recipients,

Mostly you have mistyped the e-mail address (es),  In my case, my recipients list was like this,,

and the last ‘,’ had caused the problem, So I changed it to,

and everything was back to normal

Following links are also useful to have a look










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render :action and passing parameters

November 9, 2009 Leave a comment

in rails, I think most of you have come across with render action (Ex: render :action => “index” etc..). And have you ever wanted to render an action which expect some parameters ?!. OK.. Let me be clear, I have following controller actions


def new

@project = Project.find(params[:project_id])


— here my new action is expecting a parameter called project_id to load a project. And in down deep in my controller I have a create method. There I’m going to save a user object for a given project.  I want it to save with out a problem and if so it will redirect to root url and if not it should render the new action again (with error messages).


def create


#if user object successfully saved then redirect

redirect_to root_url


#but if saving failed then redirect beck to new action.

render :action => ‘index’,  :params => { :project_id => <project id> }



But this render action fails. Problem is even though we pass the parameters rails actually dont run the action method again (, so your parameters will not be used anyware.

Is there any alternative ?

Yes, there are many, and one would be loading the required objects before render the action again. So as per my example it should adjust like,


def create


#if user object successfully saved then redirect

redirect_to root_url


#lets load the project object before rendering the action

@project = Project.find(<project id>)

render :action => ‘index’




this would do the trick ,  Hope this helps..  🙂










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recursive find and delete on linux

September 30, 2009 2 comments

Today I have come across a problem where, I have a folder (say users) and inside users i have folders for each user (Ex Jhon, Seena etc..) and inside each user folder i have a svn folder. (I’m running Ubuntu)

Users ->


-> a.svn


-> b.svn

And my requirement was to  remove all the svn folders. So heres how i did that (this code spinet was given one of my collegues). And heres how you can do it

go to the required folder (Ex: Users)

and open up a command prompt

type this command

find . -name “*.svn” -exec rm -rf ‘{}’ \;

and that should do the magic 🙂

So let me explain the command

find . -name “*.svn” -exec rm -rf ‘{}’ \;

find -> will find the files we are requesting

.      -> means the current folder (you can give any folder you want)

-name  -> what is the characteristic to find (in this case its find by name)

“<you files>”  -> name of the files (*.svn means all the files which has .svn extension)

-exec              -> this will execute the next command which we give

rm                -> remove command

-rf                -> r means recursive (since these are folders) and f means FORCE since .svn files are read only

‘{}’               -> this tells the system to get what ever the parameters which sent by our earlier find command

\                 -> do this action recursively

hope this helps 🙂

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