Feb 23

Another fancy error message that took me some time to figure out. I haven’t even found the entire reason yet, but found a workaround.
The error is thrown by accessing the repository catalog in the Contao Backend.

Ok, since i use a Gentoo Installation, that is always up2date, but sometimes runs into some dependency problems i wasn’t sure if the SOAP part of PHP has some generic error. First try was to search for the WSDL path in the files.

I found it only once, contaoroot/system/config/config.php :
$GLOBALS[‘TL_CONFIG’][‘repository_wsdl’]      = ‘http://www.contao.org/services/repository.wsdl’;
I downloaded the file, placed it locally and changed the value. Worked, so the SOAP part of PHP is working.

After some more fiddling around, checking with tcpdump, it doesn’t even try to connect to the outside world, so i’m assuming i have some other network/naming related issues since this stuff runs on a VM with a RFC1918 private IP but with access to the internet.

Anyway, the better workaround was to use my proxy by adding the following to the config:
$GLOBALS[‘TL_CONFIG’][‘useProxy’] = true;
$GLOBALS[‘TL_CONFIG’][‘proxy_url’] = ‘’;

Original Error Message:
[22-Feb-2012 21:35:50 UTC] PHP Fatal error: Uncaught exception ‘SoapFault’ with message ‘SOAP-ERROR: Parsing WSDL: Couldn’t load from ‘http://www.contao.org/services/repository.wsdl’ : Start tag expected, ‘<‘ not found
‘ thrown in /var/www/xxxxx.de/system/modules/rep_client/RepositoryBackendModule.php on line 139



Mar 23
  • Update 27 December 09 – minor changes due to new blog system
  • Update 01 May 09 Referring to the “ffmpegthumbnailer” .. it is not a script. It is a real tool which can be found in gentoo portage or here 🙂
  • Update 09 December 08 As there still people coming to this page, i posted my recent WORKING settings to allow for mkv playback as well as the missing bash script.
  • Update 15 Oktober 08 mediatomb.cc got a nice wiki which has alot more details howto setup different kinds of transcodings. Please check them out.
  • Update 28 July 08 Sony Firmware 2.35 finally fixed that problem.

It took a while, but the software (mediatomb) as well as the client (ps3) are finally able to talk to each other. It works almost out of the box with the recent 0.11.0 release for xvid and divx playback on the PS3.

Mediatomb has now the ability to transcode in realtime, allowing you to play other files like matroska .mkv files as well. Mediatomb can forward the file to play to external applications based on mimetype.

A fine howto to get this stuff going under Gentoo can be found That includes a few external scripts for this transcoding stuff. I am using the ffmpeg version (video) for matroska files.

my config.xml looks like this:>

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?>

<config version=”1″ xmlns=”http://mediatomb.cc/config/1″ xmlns:xsi=”http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance” xsi:schemaLocation=”http://mediatomb.cc/config/1 http://mediatomb.cc/config/1.xsd”>
<ui enabled=”yes”>
<accounts enabled=”no” session-timeout=”30″>
<account user=”mediatomb” password=”mediatomb”/>
<sqlite3 enabled=”no”>
<mysql enabled=”yes”>
<protocolInfo extend=”yes”/><!– For PS3 support change to “yes” –>
Uncomment the lines below to get rid of jerky avi playback on the
DSM320 or to enable subtitles support on the DSM units
<add header=”X-User-Agent: redsonic”/>
<!– Uncomment the line below if you have a Telegent TG100 –>
<import hidden-files=”no”>
<scripting script-charset=”UTF-8″>
<virtual-layout type=”builtin”/>
<extension-mimetype ignore-unknown=”no”>
<map from=”mp3″ to=”audio/mpeg”/>
<map from=”ogg” to=”application/ogg”/>
<map from=”asf” to=”video/x-ms-asf”/>
<map from=”asx” to=”video/x-ms-asf”/>
<map from=”wma” to=”audio/x-ms-wma”/>
<map from=”wax” to=”audio/x-ms-wax”/>
<map from=”wmv” to=”video/x-ms-wmv”/>
<map from=”wvx” to=”video/x-ms-wvx”/>
<map from=”wm” to=”video/x-ms-wm”/>
<map from=”wmx” to=”video/x-ms-wmx”/>
<map from=”m3u” to=”audio/x-mpegurl”/>
<map from=”pls” to=”audio/x-scpls”/>
<map from=”flv” to=”video/x-flv”/>
<!– Uncomment the line below for PS3 divx support –>
<map from=”avi” to=”video/x-divx”/>
<map from=”divx” to=”video/x-divx”/>
<map from=”mkv” to=”video/x-matroska”/>
<map from=”mov” to=”video/quicktime”/>
<map from=”qt” to=”video/quicktime”/>
<map from=”mpg” to=”video/mpeg”/>
<map from=”mpeg” to=”video/mpeg”/>
<!– Uncomment the line below for D-Link DSM / ZyXEL DMA-1000 –>
<!– <map from=”avi” to=”video/avi”/> –>
<map from=”audio/*” to=”object.item.audioItem.musicTrack”/>
<map from=”video/*” to=”object.item.videoItem”/>
<map from=”image/*” to=”object.item.imageItem”/>
<treat mimetype=”audio/mpeg” as=”mp3″/>
<treat mimetype=”application/ogg” as=”ogg”/>
<treat mimetype=”audio/x-flac” as=”flac”/>
<treat mimetype=”image/jpeg” as=”jpg”/>
<treat mimetype=”audio/x-mpegurl” as=”playlist”/>
<treat mimetype=”audio/x-scpls” as=”playlist”/>
<treat mimetype=”audio/x-wav” as=”pcm”/>
<treat mimetype=”audio/L16″ as=”pcm”/>
<treat mimetype=”video/x-msvideo” as=”avi”/>
<treat mimetype=”video/mp4″ as=”mp4″/>
<treat mimetype=”audio/mp4″ as=”mp4″/>
<treat mimetype=”video/x-divx” as=”avi”/>
<transcoding enabled=”yes”>
<transcode mimetype=”video/x-flv” using=”vlcmpeg”/>
<transcode mimetype=”application/ogg” using=”vlcmpeg”/>
<transcode mimetype=”application/ogg” using=”oggflac2raw”/>
<transcode mimetype=”audio/x-flac” using=”audio-common”/>
<transcode mimetype=”video/x-divx” using=”video-common”/>
<transcode mimetype=”video/x-matroska” using=”video-common”/>
<transcode mimetype=”video/quicktime” using=”video-common”/>
<profile name=”oggflac2raw” enabled=”yes” type=”external”>
<agent command=”ogg123″ arguments=”-d raw -f %out %in”/>
<buffer size=”1048576″ chunk-size=”131072″ fill-size=”262144″/>
<profile name=”vlcmpeg” enabled=”yes” type=”external”>
<agent command=”vlc” arguments=”-I dummy %in –sout #transcode{venc=ffmpeg,vcodec=mp2v,vb=4096,fps=25,aenc=ffmpeg,acodec=mpga,ab=192,samplerate=44100,channels=2}:standard{access=file,mux=ps,dst=%out} vlc:quit”/>
<buffer size=”14400000″ chunk-size=”512000″ fill-size=”120000″/>
<profile name=”audio-common” enabled=”yes” type=”external”>
<agent command=”mediatomb-transcode-audio” arguments=”%in %out”/>
<buffer size=”1048576″ chunk-size=”131072″ fill-size=”262144″/>
<profile name=”video-common” enabled=”yes” type=”external”>
<agent command=”mediatomb-transcode-video-ffmpeg” arguments=”%in %out”/>
<buffer size=”14400000″ chunk-size=”512000″ fill-size=”120000″/>

# cat /usr/bin/mediatomb-transcode-video-ffmpeg
exec /usr/bin/ffmpeg -threads 2 -i "${INPUT}" -vcodec ${VIDEO_CODEC} -b ${VIDEO_BITRATE} \
-f ${FORMAT} - > "${OUTPUT}" #2>/dev/null

Hope that helps you guys out there 🙂

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Aug 13

LinuxMagic has some fine tool that helps you manage your Qmail Queue.

In my case, whenever my mailserver is reaching it’s thresholds for SPAM, i’ll clear the Queue, NOT by deleting messages, but by giving them more age. Whatever fits best for you and your customers, but in my case, i have to clear all the MAILER-DEMON messages from time to time because they stack up in the Queue because the FAKE-SENDER-HOST isn’t reachable.

#stop the qmail-send process
svc -d /service/qmail-send

#make sure no more qmail-remote are running
ps -ax|grep qmail-remote

#give all Mailer Demon Notices a high age.
#Results in a LAST delivery attempt on qmailside.
qmail-remove -i -p "MAILER-DAEMON" -X 0

#startup qmail
svc -u /service/qmail-send

#See the logfiles for the magic to happen
2007-08-13 15:55:52.069062500 delivery 911: failure: Sorry,_I_wasn't_able_to_establish_an_SMTP_connection.

cheers, good stuff!

Mar 15

Since 2 weeks i had to call my ISP like 6 or 7 times to get my DSL link fixed. As i use my gentoo box at home via VPN for all kinds of Webdav, email etc. solutions i was looking for a backup to get INTO that router once the connection fails due the DSL being broken again.

Time to bring my old AVM ISDN card into the game again. I wanted a solution that allows me to DIAL IN to my router via my PowerBook via mobile, getting a proper IP connection to it, mainly for SSH to fix the DSL or whenever necessary to SURF over this connection.

After a lot of searching (this topic seems to be outdated with all this DSL, UMTS around) i finally came up with this configuration:


plugin capiplugin.so
msn 123456 #change to local msn
protocol hdlc
cli 123456 #change to dialing number
unit 5
auth +pap

The authentication uses /etc/ppp/pap-secrets and expects something like this:

#username localhostname password ip_for_dialing_host
dude router blub


#in order to have the card LISTENING all the time.
p0:23:respawn:/usr/sbin/pppd call dialin

preload preload preload