[ZendTo] Re: php errors

Jules Jules at Zend.To
Wed Jun 13 22:31:12 BST 2012

On 13/06/2012 02:37, Bob Miller wrote:
> Hello,
> I decided to try out the zendto software specifically because I want the
> imap authentication option (and it is working nicely).  I am installing
> from the tarball on a debian sandbox,
If on a Debian box, why not use the .deb package intended for Debian/Ubuntu?
You'll find it a *whole* lot easier to get going as it sets up a load of 
stuff for you. You just need to follow the instructions at 
http://zend.to/ubuntu.php and you'll be up and running.

>   and since I do not find
> instructions for installing from source, I am following the freeBSD
> instructions at http://zend.to/freebsd.php and adapting as best I can to
> my system.  I have opted to not use the .deb as I wish to have control
> over where things get put.
It puts everything in /opt/zendto and /var/zendto.
> I have come across several errors while playing with zendto.
> Specifically:
> *Fatal error: Call-time pass-by-reference has been removed
> in /var/www/files.computerisms.info/www/NSSDropoff.php on line 1431
> The only two buttons that did not generate this error after a fresh
> install are the system log and the unlock users buttons.  The pick-up
> button reports the same problem on line 85 of the file called
> pickup.php.  All other buttons result in a blank white page displaying
> only the error.
> I did some investigating, and it looks like this is due to php5.4
> deprecating the call_time_pass_by_reference function.
I haven't tried it with PHP 5.4 yet. Sorry, but that's not supported yet.
>    I was able to
> make the errors go away by removing the leading ampersand from the
> variable names on the reported lines.  I am not clear on whether this is
> introducing another as yet unseen problem, or if that is a legitimate
> solution.
That will break it completely, as you're making it pass by value and not 
by reference.
> *Warning: strftime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone
> settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the
> date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those
> methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely
> misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for
> now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone.
> in /var/www/files.computerisms.info/lib/NSSDropbox.php on line 926
Set the timezone correctly in your PHP setup in php.ini.
> I find this error reported by a number of files/lines.  I have set the
> date.timezone in both /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini
> and /etc/php5/cli/php.ini, but it does not make this error go away.  I
> have verified that my time zone is listed at
> http://ca3.php.net/manual/en/timezones.america.php  This error comes up
> on most pages, and even occasionally shows up in the progress bar.
> My best guess is that this can be ignored since the error says the time
> is being set to UTC, but I would rather not disable the reporting of
> warnings as a way to get rid of it.
> *I am also getting a number of notices.  Based on my experiences with
> php, these are probably pretty safe to ignore, but I find several of
> them reference variables that are set in the preferences.php file  For
> example, when I click the pick-up button, I get the following messages:
> Notice: Undefined variable: filename
> in /var/www/files.computerisms.info/lib/NSSDropbox.php on line 1520
> Notice: Undefined variable: claimID
> in /var/www/files.computerisms.info/lib/NSSDropbox.php on line 1520
> Notice: Undefined index: Action
> in /var/www/files.computerisms.info/lib/NSSDropoff.php on line 345
> Notice: Undefined index: claimID
> in /var/www/files.computerisms.info/lib/NSSDropoff.php on line 828
> Notice: Undefined index: claimID
> in /var/www/files.computerisms.info/lib/NSSDropoff.php on line 828
> Notice: Undefined property: NSSDropoff::$_maxBytesForFile
> in /var/www/files.computerisms.info/lib/NSSDropoff.php on line 853
> Notice: Undefined property: NSSDropoff::$_maxBytesForDropoff
> in /var/www/files.computerisms.info/lib/NSSDropoff.php on line 854
> Notice: Undefined property: NSSDropoff::$_retainDays
> in /var/www/files.computerisms.info/lib/NSSDropoff.php on line 855
The instructions (and the Ubuntu/Debian package) set your 
error_reporting PHP variable to not report notices as these are quite 
> *When I send a request for a file by clicking the "Request a drop-off"
> button, filling the details and clicking the "Send theRequest" button,
> the "request code" is being displayed in notices as undefined indexes:
> The instructions report the request code is "aim neon dime", and I get
> the following notices:
> Notice: Undefined index: senderOrganization
> in /var/www/files.computerisms.info/lib/Req.php on line 138
> Notice: Undefined index: aim
> in /var/www/files.computerisms.info/lib/NSSDropbox.php on line 1421
> Notice: Undefined index: neon
> in /var/www/files.computerisms.info/lib/NSSDropbox.php on line 1421
> Notice: Undefined index: dime
> in /var/www/files.computerisms.info/lib/NSSDropbox.php on line 1421
> Notice: Undefined variable: senderOrg
> in /var/www/files.computerisms.info/lib/Req.php on line 198
> I have gone through all the docs I could find both on the web site and
> in the tarball.  I also tried to find some archives for this mailing
> list, but I came up empty on that.  I have installed all the packages
> listed in the ubuntu instructions, and looked through all the other
> documentation for clues.
> Might someone suggest the source of all these errors?
> I also have another question; is it possible to set Zendto up to use a
> foreign/non-local mail server?  If so, I would appreciate if someone
> could point me at the documentation for that - I don't seem to find any.
You just need to setup your Postfix configuration on your Debian box to 
send all mail to a remote SMTP server. That's all documented in the 
Ubuntu installation instructions I referenced earlier.


> Thoughts, advice, and suggestions are most welcome!


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