1002Rename Branches on GitHub

Renaming a branch on Github is straight-forward:

The "Lean More" link has some instructions how to update the local environments:

Your members will have to manually update their local environments. We'll let them know when they visit the repository, or you can share the following commands.

git branch -m oldbranchname newbranchname
git fetch origin

Username for 'https://github.com': trembl
Password for 'https://trembl@github.com': 

I tried automatically to log-in with my GitHub Password.

remote: Support for password authentication was removed on 
August 13, 2021. Please use a personal access token instead.
remote: Please see https://github.blog/2020-12-15-token-
authentication-requirements-for-git-operations/ for more information.


Get a Personal Access Token

Ok, we need a Personal Access Token instead of the password!

Go to github.com > Settings > Developer Settings > Personal access tokens, and generate a new token with full repo access.

Once we use the token instead of the password, it works.

git branch -u origin/main main
# Branch 'main' set up to track remote branch 'main' from 'origin'.
git remote set-head origin -a
# origin/HEAD set to main

999Running Repetitive Jobs on OSX

Traditionally Unix systems use crontab to schedule and run repetitive jobs, OSX uses launchd, an init and operating system service management daemon.

Here is a script that call my index.php every 120 seconds. (I am download snow webcams in the index.php.)

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
  <string>Getting Snow Pictures</string>

In Xcode, the same script looks like this:


I made a couple of errors, trying to get the script to run.

  1. Permissions sudo chown <user>:staff org.trembl.snow.plist
    Incorrect permissions also cause the Load failed: 122: Path had bad ownership/permissions

  2. The name of the file and the Label need to match. org.trembl.snow and org.trembl.snow.plist

  3. The plist need to be placed into ~/Library/LaunchAgents.

  4. If your Program has arguments, they need to be specified in an array:

  5. Both strings need to be absolute. I got this error: Load failed: 122: Path had bad ownership/permissions, which was caused by only saying index.php instead of the whole absolute path.

  6. Use launchctl bootstrap and not the obsolete launchctl load.

  7. Launch with sudo launchctl bootstrap gui/`id -u` ~/Library/LaunchAgents/org.trembl.snow.plist

  8. Stop: sudo launchctl bootoutp gui/`id -u` ~/Library/LaunchAgents/org.trembl.snow.plist

997Flask – [Errno 48] Address already in use


Stopping the flask server with ⌃-Z (CRTL-Z), instead of the correct ⌃-C (CRTL-C), results in the server still bound to port 5000:

OSError: [Errno 48] Address already in use

Problem: After Flask crash, the port can still be occupied.


Check who is using port 5000

sudo lsof -i:5000
kill $PID
kill -9 $PID


[2]  + killed     flask run

996Playing/Pausing Embedded Vimeo Videos with custom JS

Embedded Vimeo in HTML Page:

<iframe id="vi" src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/123"></iframe>


var msg = JSON.stringify({method: "pause"}


var msg = JSON.stringify({method: "play"}


$("#vi")[0].contentWindow.postMessage(msg, "*")

Pure JS:

document.getElementById("vi").contentWindow.postMessage(msg, "*")

994Strategy for importing SQLite3 Database into MySQL

I am surprised that there is not a simple import function in mysql or phpMyAdmin, I did the following:

  • In SQLite3, export tables as CSV
  • In phpMyAdmin, create DB, and import table as CSV

Make sure you check the box that converst the first line into the table structure.

Table Size/Execution Time Limit

When importing a larger table (in my case ~300M), the phpMyAdmin was complaining about memory (which I fixed), but then the script time out.

Solution? Import directly from mysql

Open the XAMPP mysql binary:

cd /Applications/XAMPP/xamppfiles/bin 
./mysql -u root -p
LOAD DATA LOCAL INFILE '/path/to/table.csv' 

(Line breaks are added for legibility.)

  • mydb.mytable are mydb name and mytable table
  • IGNORE 1 LINES ignores the first line with the headers

992Returning output of print_r in PHP

Use it to capture output and print it in one go. For example when debugging server function with an ajax call.

$message = "hello!\n";

$a = array(
  'one' => 1,
  'two' => 2

$message .= print_r($a, true);



            [one] => 1
            [two] => 2

990Typing non-breaking spaces in OSX

In HTML the non-breaking space is evoked with &nbsp;

If you can not use &nbsp; and you need a nbsp type Option + Space.

Non-breaking Space as shown in Textmate

988Reset Local Git Repo

git reset --hard origin/main

main is the name your main branch.

986Displaying Text Data in a New Window

Problem: Data is stored in an array, you can not reload the page, you need to export it from the JS console.


Create a New Window

var w = window.open()

Add a basic HTML header


Add your data

Assuming your data lives in an array called data, and has a sub-array with 2 values.

data.forEach(d => { w.document.writeln(d[0] + ", " + d[1])  })

Add a CSV Header

w.document.writeln("timestamp, temp")


w.document.body.innerHTML = "";

985Customising Pagination in WordPress

Getting and Customising Pagination:

function getPagination() {
  global $wp_query;
  $a = paginate_links(array(
    'current' => max(1, get_query_var('paged')),
    'total' => $wp_query->max_num_pages,
    'type' => 'array',
    'aria_current' => false,
    'show_all' => true,
    'end_size' => 2,
    'mid_size' => 2,
    'prev_next' => true,
    'prev_text' => '<div class="pg_arrow left"></div>',
    'next_text' => '<div class="pg_arrow right"></div>',
  if (empty($a)) return false;
  foreach($a as &$l) {
    $l = str_replace('prev page-numbers', 'pg_item', $l);
    $l = str_replace('next page-numbers', 'pg_item', $l);
    $l = str_replace('page-numbers', 'pg_item pg_num', $l);
    $l = str_replace(' aria-current=""', '', $l);
    $l = str_replace('span', 'a', $l);
    $l = str_replace('current', 'active', $l);
  return $a;


if spaces are needed in front

foreach(getPagination() as $p) {
  echo "   " . $p . "\n";

no spaces

echo implode("\n", getPagination());