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[Solved] Disqus causing admin panel issues in wordpress

Disqus comment system was causing javascript errors, which in chrome console looked something like this:

Uncaught Syntax error, unrecognized expression: [href=edit-comments.php?page=disqus]

It caused unmovable widgets, screen-options didn’t open and other related javascript issues in admin panel.

After some researching it turns out, there’s a simple fix.

In /wp-content/plugins/disqus-comment-system/disqus.php, find:


and replace it with:



[SOLVED] VLC does not support the audio or video format “h.264” on Ubuntu

I got the following error in VLC today while trying to play some media file:

VLC does not support the audio or video format “h.264″. Unfortunately there is no way for you to fix this.”

All other media files game same error with different codec names. I couldn’t play anything in VLC. To fix the problem I installed package called libva1.

sudo apt-get install libva1


[SOLVED] “Ignoring file ‘.distUpgrade’ / ‘.save’ in directory ‘/etc/apt/sources.list.d/’ as it has an invalid filename extension” on Ubuntu 10.10

Recently apt-get update started throwing notices which read:

Ignoring file 'opera.list.distUpgrade' in directory '/etc/apt/sources.list.d/' as it has an invalid filename extension
Ignoring file 'opera.list.save' in directory '/etc/apt/sources.list.d/' as it has an invalid filename extension

It occured because sources.list.d directory isn’t supposed to contain files with .distupgrade and .save extensions, but since I upgraded my distribution from 10.04, backup copies of the source files were made with .distUpgrade appended to them. Similarly .save files were not supposed to be in the directory which made it throw this error. Fortunately you can suppress this error by executing the following command:

sudo sh -c "echo 'Dir::Ignore-Files-Silently:: \"(.save|.distupgrade)$\";' > /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/99ignoresave"

This will suppress the error. Next time you run sudo apt-get update you wouldn’t see those errors.

UPDATE: Apt 0.8.8 seems to have fixed the issue as mentionedby _khAttAm_ in comments. You can install it from Unstable repositories.


[Solved] vlc: missing mandatory argument `–user-agent=”VLC media player”‘

Yesterday after upgrading the packages VLC refused to start giving out following error message:

VLC media player 1.1.1 The Luggage (revision exported)
vlc: unknown option or missing mandatory argument `--user-agent="VLC media player"'
Try `vlc --help' for more information.

To solve the error, just reinstall vlc:

sudo apt-get install vlc


[SOLVED] No module named gtkhtml2

I came across this error while trying to run BloGTK.

I tried installing it from repositories but it failed:

sudo apt-get install python-gtkhtml2
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Package python-gtkhtml2 is not available, but is referred to by another package.
This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
is only available from another source
E: Package python-gtkhtml2 has no installation candidate

There’s a bug filed for this.

To solve the error, I downloaded the appropriate .deb package from here and installed it:

For maverick users, you’ll have to download and install libgtkhtml2-0 package from the following site to solve dependency issue of python-gtkhtml2 :


Solution to “MySQL Server Has Gone Away” Problem

Seriously guys, I got this error and I was laughing hard. The error is just too funny, don’t you think? Yes, it is but not for developers like me. Problem to this error is almost undetectable and there are more than a dozen reasons as to why this occurs and this often baffles developers.

This error generally comes when :

MySQL connection times out.

The MySQL server shuts down.

The connection is interrupted.

The query you are performing is too large for server to handle.

The query you are performing takes more space than allowed (default: 16MB).

While these are some common reasons, there maybe some unknown reasons to come across this error. I faced one of those unknown reasons. Read the rest of this entry »