Pawel Ginalski

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15 Feb 2022

Index Drupal 9 pages with IndexNow using Simple XML sitemap

Bing 410 Gone

Microsoft recently killed their search engine's public API responsible for accepting sitemap ping requests (those where you let search engines know your XML sitemap's content has changed). They did so completely unannounced leading to logs filling up and users unsurprisingly assuming their sitemap submitting code was somehow at fault. It wasn't.

24 Nov 2021

Simple XML Sitemap 4.0.0 has been released!

After six months of work I'm delighted to tag the first stable release of the 4.x branch of the (Not-so-) Simple XML Sitemap module.

The project is in a really good place right now. At the moment of writing, drupal.org reports it being actively used on around 90k of Drupal 8/9 websites while having 0 open bug reports. This either means you people are lousy bug reporters, or we are doing a descent job at responding. :)

03 Jun 2021

Instantiate all classes within a namespace in Symfony and Drupal

Occasionally I find myself needing plugin-like functionality, where users/downstream can throw a class into a folder and expect it to work. My script is supposed to find and instantiate these plugins during runtime without keeping track of their existence.

In a regular Drupal module, one would usually use the plugin architecture, but that comes with its overhead of boilerplate code and may not be the solution for the simplest of use cases.

20 Jan 2021

Unlock and mount several ZFS datasets on boot with single passphrase

Why would anyone use a single passphrase for several datasets?

I generally do not endorse reusing passwords, but when setting up a ZFS filesystem for home use, it is not unheard of to use a single (secure) passphrase across several of those. That's because the reason behind splitting up pools into multiple datasets is the granular control over their properties and not the resulting fun of having to type in multiple passphrases.

18 Dec 2020

zfsbud: Simple ZFS snapshotting, replicating & backup rotating convenience bash script

Want to skip this post and go straight to the repository? Bye.

No filesystem for cavemen

The features of a ZFS filesystem including pooled storage, copy-on-write, snapshots, data integrity tools, compression and encryption truly elevate your backup solution of choice. Especially after years of using EXT4/NTFS/APFS like a caveman.

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