Drupal 9 install not importing modules optional configuration

I had an issue with running site-install on a Drupal 9 site where the exported views in the config/optional directory were not being imported.

After some diagnosis, the reason is that there was a change and now the optional config is imported before the install profile is activated - See change record - https://www.drupal.org/node/3118908

My problem was there were user roles in the config/install of the profile that the exported views depended on.

Get chromium back on Ubuntu without having to use the snap

With Ubuntu 19.10, they moved Chromium from a .deb to a snap install only.

This makes browser startup times much slower and causes weird effects when saving files, and basically made me stop using Chromium as a consequence :-(

Today I found this article which gave the info on how to switch back to a .deb installed chromium and get back to normal.


Speed up your development by converting your VM to an LXD container.

Are you still stuck using a VM and NFS to edit your website code?
Did you know you can run a fairly simple process inside a running VM that will convert it to an LXD container?

It took a bit of figuring out, but the reduced memory usage, increased speed and easier directory sharing make it will worth the effort.

This assumes an existing VM which you can already log into. The approximate steps required are:
1. Install lxd - I initially installed with apt, but its an older version, so probably better to install the snap instead.

Port forwarding to get around corporate firewall restrictions

Let me take you on an adventure.

Today I needed to access a service inside a corporate network, but the service is firewalled from external use, and also from access via the VPN.

The suggestion was to use a machine already internal to the network and some port forwarding to get around this restriction. Ahah, I can get around this with a small container on the OpenShift cluster I thought.

So I need a tiny container just for forwarding ports. Google turned up - https://github.com/derkork/socat-openshift.

Docker inside a proxmox lxc container

Warning - this reduces security

Find the id of the container, you can list active containers with:

pct list

Edit the container config like:

vim /etc/pve/lxc/113.conf

Add the extra lines:

lxc.apparmor.profile: unconfined
lxc.cgroup.devices.allow: a

Shutdown and restart the container.

To enable aufs/overlay in the container, it actually needs to be loaded on the proxmox host, this can be done with:

Accessing OpenShift/OKD registry directly

Sometimes you need to push images into the OpenShift registry locally for testing, the steps involved are below. Note that I start/stop local Openshift development with a command which includes:

export OPENSHIFT=$(ip addr show docker0 | grep "inet\b" | awk '{print $2}' | cut -d/ -f1)
oc cluster up --base-dir=${BASE_DIR} --public-hostname=${OPENSHIFT}

Which means it consistently listens on which is available from within and outside of the OpenShift cluster, which isn't.

Publishing some modules from a larger project - splitting out parts of a monorepo

When developing, often there are parts of the project that are worth releasing as separate independent projects. There is a tool from the Symfony authors - https://github.com/splitsh/lite - which can assist, but it took a little working out.

The script I've ended up using is below. I run it from the root of the project.

It should be usable by simply adjusting the few variables are the top and then run the script with bash.

Drupal8 Manipulating field groups on module install

While working on a timekeeping module I encountered an issue that couldn't be resolved with the config/install & config/optional combinations. This module requires other modules to be installed first, but then some field group manipulation was needed to add the timekeeping tab into the tabs on the main page, luckily, there are tests on the field group module, so with a bit of looking through tests and experimenting, it ends up like this:

hook_install() code