fixing php5-fpm logrotate on ubuntu 14.04

I was getting an error about the logrotate

invoke-rc.d: initscript php5-fpm, action "reopen-logs" failed.
error: error running non-shared post rotate script for /var/log/php5-fpm.log of '/var/log/php5-fpm.log '

There are two issues, the invoke.d does not seem to have a reopen-logs options, and the logrotate program does not like that systemd has some ownership over /var/log.  To fix these issues, I call the init.d script that has reopen-logs option, and I call the php5 logrotate with the su option at the end.

Here are the changes to  the file /etc/logrotate.d/php5-fpm that work.   You can test them with the command

logrotate –force php5-fpm

/var/log/php5-fpm.log {
 rotate 12
 /etc/init.d/php5-fpm reopen-logs > /dev/null
 su root root

Mandrill SPF and DKIM on DigitalOcean DNS

Here are some quick tips on setting up SPF and DKIM on digitalocean DNS  for mandrill transactional email

First, mandrill provides an excellent testing for SPF and DKIM, so use it to see if there are any problems with your current settings.

To get started go to the DNS for your domain

To setup the SPF record  choose Add Record

Next choose TXT type

for the name enter: @

for the value enter in quotes:

"v=spf1 ?all"

you can add additional includes, but do not include your own domain.  If you are using another service for your smtp and want to add it, only use the root domain e.g.  if your smtp is  only use

click the Create button and you should get a success message

Next lets add the DKIM record.  Click Add Record, choose TXT

for the name enter the value: mandrill._domainkey

do not tack on your domain to the end of this, it will not work with the DNS used by digitalocean as it is automatically added.

For the value, enter the key given by mandrill without escaped semicolons, but remember to put the who value in double quotes.

Finally, click Create.

If everything goes well, you should pass both tests on mandrill.


installing textract for python 3

I came across this library textract for extracting text from various formats.  I was interested to use this for extracting text from html files.  Here is what I did to get it to install on my machine.

The installation outlines some steps that you need to perform. These steps can be found at the following url:

I wanted to install it for python 3.4 on ubuntu 14.04, but it seemed to only support python 2.x.  Here is what I did to get it to install for python 3.4

Get your virtualenv setup first

virtualenv -p /usr/bin/python3.4 /usr/local

1. install required libraries for linux as outlined in the installation page.

2. download the source file for textract from

3. untar the downloaded file

4. cd into the directory and look for cases of :

except ShellError,  e:

and change it to

except ShellError as e:

5. edit the requirements/python file comment out


6. install the python 3 equivalent

pip install pdfminer3k

7. finally run

python3.4 install

Everything should install at this point.


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