Why is the Chamilo package so big?

In recent years, the Chamilo LMS software we develop has grown in size, to something that many people might consider unreasonable (to some extent, we do too). This article explains why the Chamilo package for Chamilo 1.11.8 weighs 1100MB (yeah,…

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Installation guide for Chamilo 1.11.4 on Digital Ocean with PHP7

This guide will take you through the process of installing the Chamilo e-learning portal, version 1.11.4 on a fresh Digital Ocean instance,on an Ubuntu 17.04 64bit distribution (also works with minor changes with Ubuntu 18.04) To follow this guide, you…

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Remove permanent redirect (HTTP 301) cache in Firefox

As a web developer configuring SSL certificates on websites you deliver, as we do, you might be faced, one day, with a small issue about configuring a 301 redirect from HTTP to HTTPS that has to be reverted. It so…

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Chamilo 1.11 on Raspberry Pi 3 for off-the-grid situations

This article can be considered an update of our first article on installing Chamilo (on a Raspberry Pi B+). This time, we are testing it with Raspberry 3, as of the 1st of April 2017 (no joke intended). Last time,…

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How to properly rename a projet in Redmine

Redmine is a project management system and a support ticket management system. See other articles on this blog and my video on YouTube about a previous version of Redmine for more info. At some point (and this only happened to…

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Versions of PHP in Ubuntu

If you have to maintain an open source project written in PHP, like we do with Chamilo at BeezNest, you’ll have to test your software on multiple versions of PHP to make sure of how well your code is supported…

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Recover a student task in Chamilo LMS 1.9.*

In Chamilo LMS 1.9.* (meaning 1.9.0 up to 1.9.10), deleting some files from the web interface don’t always delete them on disk. While this means that, sadly, you don’t get to get space back when cleaning up your courses, you…

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Redirect mobile devices to alternate URL with Varnish 3.0 and Drupal 6

This is a short note for ourselves, but it might help others considering the (new for now) rules of Google indexing of non-mobile sites. Drupal 6 does not really provide all the stuff that would be really useful to switch…

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Awesome git tree on the command line

This command mentionned by Pete Doherty, found on in the comments of this article http://gitready.com/intermediate/2009/03/04/pick-out-individual-commits.html, is simply awesome: git log –graph –pretty=format’:%C(yellow)%h%Cblue%d%Creset %s %C(white) %an, %ar%Creset’ It will show something like this (in the terminal)

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Benchmark: dirname(__FILE__) vs __DIR__ in PHP

dirname(__FILE__) and __DIR__ give exactly the same result in PHP, although one (__DIR__) is evaluated at compile-time, while the other (dirname(__FILE__)) has at least part of it (the function) evaluated at execution time. Ever wondered what the difference is, in…

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