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MySQL: silent insecure password warning

I won't invent anything new here but I'll share a quick improvement on an answer I've found on Stack Overflow.

If you are doing batch actions and don't want to write in .mylogin.cnf file, there's the trick: use a process substitution!

$ mysqldump --defaults-extra-file=<(printf "[client]\nhost = host.rds.amazonaws.com\nuser = username\npassword = \$PassW0rd\$") \
    database > dump.sql

This also works for any other file input, like Docker env file run param:

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Cross-region & cross-account AWS resources Terraform planning

Hey, it's been a while, right?

Lately, I'm leading some big changes in our infrastrure since I'm wrapping a Blue/Green deployment into another one. Uh?

Long story short: our product runs on AWS ECS Docker containers, and because we have one sub-domain per app instance, we use Apache wildcard sub-domains. Meaning a single container handles traffic from many clients/instances. We already have a Blue/Green deployment process in place but at the Docker container level, not at the client level. The idea is to entirely duplicate the whole stack (with all its flaws) and a sub-domain pointing to

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CSP Header Hacking for Apache2


I write here to report my latest dirty hack. Story—

While enforcing our HTTP server configuration at work, we are slowly implementing CSP policies and one of them allow Web browsers to report violations to a given endpoint.

At this moment, we are only at the reporting step of the implementation because the first time we attempted to roll this header out, it ended up breaking our staging env.

So, it's recommended to set the Content-Security-Policy-Report-Only header.

This header takes the report-uri directive which allows the browser to push the violation findings to a given endpoint.

For this example:

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Upgrading in a few commands

It has been over a year now that I migrated my 2 blogs on full Docker-hosting and I wanted it to be as simple as possible for several reasons:

  • Docker is easy to work with and to maintain
  • Everything is Dockerizable
  • I don't want to spend more than an hour every month or so to upgrade my stacks

At work, we previously used CoreOS to deploy a fleet of Dockerized apps but it was hard to maintain but more specifically, CoreOS is designed for distributed apps, which is not the case of this blog.

So, I searched for a simpler

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MySQL: Table count for all databases

Answers I found on the internet were all based on the table information_schema.tables but truth is, this table contains table schemas of databases, not the database list.

What happens when you also need to include databases with no table?
Answer with this query:

SELECT SCHEMA_NAME AS 'Database', COUNT(information_schema.tables.TABLE_SCHEMA) AS 'Table Count'
FROM information_schema.SCHEMATA
LEFT JOIN information_schema.tables ON information_schema.tables.TABLE_SCHEMA = information_schema.SCHEMATA.SCHEMA_NAME
WHERE SCHEMA_NAME NOT IN ('mysql', 'information_schema', 'performance_schema', 'tmp')
| Database | Table Count |
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Chakram & JSON schema structuring

I know, Chakram is old (no update over a year) but I use it in one of my project because along with Mocha and Chai, it makes a pretty powerful tool for a NodeJS functional testing stack.

For the past few hours, I've been trying to reference a JSON schema from another one stored in the very same directory.

Understanding the documentation about structuring JSON schema is pretty straightforward but in real life, it gets more complicated when you don't fully understand how it really works (and I still don't, don't get me wrong).

The issue

Let's say, I have

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