Using two github accounts

I followed the very handy instructions at–net-22574 to set up different keys for my two github accounts.

My .ssh/config file looked like this:

Host github-work
    PreferredAuthentications publickey
    IdentityFile ~/.ssh/id_work

    PreferredAuthentications publickey
    IdentityFile ~/.ssh/id_rsa

I then had no problem cloning from github using `github-work` as a host

git clone git@github-work:work/work-project.git
Cloning into 'work-project'...
remote: Counting objects: 16, done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (12/12), done.
remote: Total 16 (delta 0), reused 16 (delta 0), pack-reused 0
Receiving objects: 100% (16/16), done.
Checking connectivity... done.

HOWEVER, pushing was another matter:

 git push -u origin master 
ERROR: Permission to work/work-project.git denied to mypersonalusername.
fatal: Could not read from remote repository.

Please make sure you have the correct access rights
and the repository exists.

The push was not using the right ssh key – the access denied message refers to my personal github account username.

For debugging purposes, I ran the following:

ssh -v git@github-work

Amongst the output was:

debug1: Reading configuration data /home/me/.ssh/config
debug1: /home/me/.ssh/config line 1: Applying options for github-work
debug1: Reading configuration data /etc/ssh/ssh_config
debug1: /etc/ssh/ssh_config line 19: Applying options for *
debug1: Hostname has changed; re-reading configuration
debug1: Reading configuration data /home/me/.ssh/config
debug1: /home/me/.ssh/config line 8: Applying options for

A bit of googling led to this stackoverflow post: why git push can not choose the right ssh key?.

The answer is to remove the vanilla/default entry from the .ssh/config file so it only contains the section for the non-standard host. This works!


Serving Kibana 4.6 (4.2+) from a subdirectory with nginx

This took me a little while to get right, but the final config is quite simple, so I thought it was worth sharing.

I wanted to serve kibana from a subdirectory, for example There are known issues doing this, as of Kibana 4.2:

The problem is that even if you set up an nginx proxy configuration to forward requests from /kibana to the correct place, Kibana serves the app from /app/kibana and tries to load resources via their absolute url, e.g. /bundles/kibana.bundle.js.

The answer is a combination of kibana and nginx config (which isn’t very nice as it means your kibana config is not portable).

In kibana.yml, add the following:

server.basePath: "/kibana"

This means that when kibana generates the urls to load resources, it prefixes them with /kibana. On its own this just breaks kibana! It will try to load e.g. /kibana/bundles/kibana.bundle.js and return a 404. duh.

So, you need to strip out the prefix in your nginx config. Mine looks like this (kibana is running in a docker container on the same network as the nginx container)

location /kibana {
    proxy_set_header Host $host;
    rewrite /kibana/(.*)$ /$1 break;
    proxy_pass http://kibana:9292/;

Kibana is now available at – the resulting url will look like, but you get to keep the initial directory name, meaning it won’t interfere with other things you might be serving from the same host. It would be much neater if the server.basePath setting in kibana was all that was necessary to do this, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to be changed any time soon – see discussion at #6665 server.basePath results in 404 (to be fair changing the behaviour would break every existing install using the setting)


Enabling hibernate in Ubuntu 14.04

The new laptop (Dell Inspiron 5000) has one or two teething issues. Which is disappointing as I had installed Ubuntu on the XPS I had previously (at work) with no problems at all, so thought this laptop would be a safe bet.

At present I can’t use suspend. Although the laptop sounds like it is resuming, the screen remains blank and I have to do a hard reset. It’s a pain starting everything up again whenever I shut down, so I thought I’d try hibernate instead.

For some reason this is not available on the system tray menu. To hibernate from the terminal the command is:

sudo pm-hibernate

My laptop resumes fine after this. To add the option to the system tray menu, I edited the file


I changed the setting ResultActive to yes in the two places below:

[Disable hibernate by default in upower]

[Disable hibernate by default in logind]

I also decided it would be useful for the laptop to hibernate if I shut the lid. To do this I edited the file


I replaced the line below:




Reboot required after these changed. Now it will at least hibernate. Thanks to this blog post (and the comments) for the guidance:

Next I need to get the audio working…


Super quick Sonar/Postgres setup with docker

Maybe I am easily impressed but wow! Here is how I used docker to setup sonar on my (Ubuntu) laptop superquick.


First, set up a postgres container. The command below creates and starts a container called sonar-postgres, using the official docker postgres image.

docker run --name sonar-postgres -e POSTGRES_USER=sonar -e POSTGRES_PASSWORD=secret -d postgres

The container is created containing a sonar database and user with the supplied password. There are various options to the run command, for example to restart the container automatically. See docker run for more details. -d means detach from the container and run it in the background.

The command above does not publish any ports to the host, so we can’t psql to localhost port 5432 to see the database. However, the postgres container does “expose” port 5432 to linked containers. To have a quick peek inside, the following command creates a temporary container which executes the psql command. After entering the password you chose earlier, you are logged into the sonar database. When you exit, the container is gone.

docker run -it --link sonar-postgres:postgres --rm postgres sh -c 'exec psql -h "$POSTGRES_PORT_5432_TCP_ADDR" -p "$POSTGRES_PORT_5432_TCP_PORT" -U sonar'

An alternative would have been to modify the original run command to include -p 5432:5432 which would publish the ports to the host and allow direct access via psql. This was handy for me when getting started but obviously not ideal in an environment where you might have several postgres containers.


The default command to start sonar uses the built in h2 database:

docker run -d --name sonarqube -p 9000:9000 -p 9092:9092 sonarqube:5.1

It’s not good practice to use the embedded database for continued use. To set up a container which uses the postgres container created above, use the following command:

docker run -d --name sonarqube --link sonar-postgres:pgsonar -p 9000:9000 -e SONARQUBE_JDBC_USERNAME=sonar -e SONARQUBE_JDBC_PASSWORD=secret -e SONARQUBE_JDBC_URL=jdbc:postgresql://pgsonar:5432/sonar sonarqube:5.1

In the above command, the –link option links the postgres container with a hostname of “pgsonar”, which is used again in the SONARQUBE_JDBC_URL setting to tell sonar where to find the postgres database.

Tip! If the container won’t start, run the command without the -d switch, so it remains in the foreground and you can see the log output.

Once the container is started, navigate to http://localhost:9000/ and you should see the familiar sonarqube dashboard. This process felt quicker than the usual sonar install done properly, and I can definitely see myself using docker more to supercharge my dev environment!


ACPI PCC probe failed

I had one problem getting Ubuntu 14.04 to install on a Dell Inspiron 5000 series. Booting from the USB was no problem – hit F12 at startup to go to boot menu, and chose to boot from the USB drive. I didn’t have to disable Secure Boot or UEFI mode.

However, after selecting “Try Ubuntu”, all went blank. When I tried a second time in Legacy boot mode, I got a more helpful error message:

ACPI PCC probe failed

A quick google suggested this was a problem introduced Ubuntu 14.04.3. Some scary sounding fixes were suggested, but I took the easy option of downloading the 14.04.1 iso instead, which installed fine.


Updated JIRA sub-task sorting plugin

Following some user feedback, I’ve made some changes to the JIRA plugin I wrote for dragging sub-tasks, first mentioned in this post Jira web-resource plugin to drag and drop subtasks.

If you’ve used it, you may have found it annoying that it was actually too easy to drag subtasks, causing page refreshes when they weren’t wanted! Copying and pasting from the subtask list was impossible. You could also drag issues in the Issue Navigator, although it didn’t achieve anything.

Just a few teething problems then.

First I put a delay in the jQuery sortable options. I also stopped the page from submitting if the list order had not been changed. This was a definite improvement, but users still wanted to copy text from the list, which wasn’t possible. So now I’ve limited the “drag handle” to the cell in the table where the up and down arrows appear for sorting. You can only drag if you click in that area, anywhere else won’t work. It’s still not ideal, as it’s not immediately obvious how to drag. Better ideas welcomed!

You can get the updated source from github:
Or if you don’t feel like packaging it yourself, there’s a jar for download here: subtask-dragger-0.6.jar. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK!


Issue Security in Jira sub-tasks and the Script Runner plugin

I’ve been trying to do some advanced JIRA configuration recently, with mixed success.

The requirement was to have issues in a project which could be viewed only by a specific user (not necessarily the assignee).

I discovered that “Issue Security Schemes” can have levels which allow access based on a “User Custom Field Value”. Fantastic. I added a custom field, let’s call it “Employee”, and added it to an Issue Security Level. Applied to the project and bingo, users can only see issues where they have been entered into the “Employee” field.

Too easy. I added a subtask to an issue where I was the employee. No error message, but no subtask appeared either.

My understanding was that you could not set issue security on subtasks, because they inherit the issue security of the parent. I assumed the intention of this was that if you could see an issue, you should be able to see its children. But no – they specifically inherit the issue security setting from the parent, rather than its visibility – as confirmed in Atlassian Answers. So because the sub-task does not have an “Employee” field, I can’t see it. Bother.

Of course, I could use a workflow post-function so that when subtasks are created, the employee field is set to that of the parent. But what if the value is changed in the parent? It’s a nuisance to have to change all the sub-tasks too.

Time to investigate the Script Runner plugin.

Here’s the code for my Scripted field, which gets the value of the Employee field in the parent issue.

import com.atlassian.jira.ComponentManager
import com.atlassian.jira.issue.CustomFieldManager
import com.atlassian.jira.issue.Issue
import com.atlassian.jira.issue.fields.CustomField

def componentManager = ComponentManager.getInstance()
def parentIssue = issue.getParentObject();
CustomFieldManager cfManager = ComponentManager.getInstance().getCustomFieldManager()

CustomField customField = cfManager.getCustomFieldObject(99999)

It is almost too easy. I think it may be the answer to some of the other requests I’ve had for custom fields in JIRA, but unfortunately it doesn’t solve this problem. The calculated value appears perfectly on the page when viewing a sub-task. But, when I go to the “Issue Security Level” and click in the “User Custom Field Value” drop down, it doesn’t appear! It’s configured with the “User Picker” Searcher and template, so I don’t think there’s much more I can do.

Back to the drawing board…


Groovy use of the Jira REST API to update a custom field

We use Jira for managing a specific type of project at work. For some time, we’ve used the description field of certain issues to hold a particular piece of information. We recently decided to make a custom field for this instead, so that we could use the description field for its intended purpose, and include our new custom field in issue lists.

The challenge was to update the new custom field with the data from the description field for all historical issues. I couldn’t see a way to do it through Jira directly, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to exercise my groovy skills, and explore the Jira REST API.

I decided to use the HTTPBuilder library. Here is the grab and the imports:

@Grab(group='org.codehaus.groovy.modules.http-builder', module='http-builder', version='0.5.2' )

import groovy.json.*

import groovy.util.slurpersupport.GPathResult

Good practice next, I don’t want to hard code my username and password in a script, so lets prompt for them:

String username = System.console().readLine("%s ", ["Jira Username:"] as String) 
String password = String.valueOf(System.console().readPassword("%s ", ["Jira Password:"] as String[]))

Next we make a client for all our rest requests:

def jiraClient = new RESTClient("https://my.jira.url");

Now I’m going to set up the authorisation header, and some settings that I’ll reuse each time I make a REST request. I spent a while working out how to do the authorisation. You can post to the /auth/1/session resource and then store a cookie, but sending an Authorisation Header seems nice and simple

def authString = "${username}:${password}".getBytes().encodeBase64().toString()
def requestSettings = [contentType: ContentType.JSON, requestContentType: ContentType.JSON, headers:['Authorization':"Basic ${authString}"]]

Here’s the first REST request, to the search resource. The clever groovy bit is adding two maps together, using the plus operator. I spent a while looking for a special function to do that. Sometimes groovy makes things too easy! The plus operator adds two maps and returns a new one. In contrast using the left shift operator would alter the map on the left.

def jqlQuery = "type = \"My Issue Type\" and cf[11720] is EMPTY and project = MYPROJ"
def issueRequest = + [path: "/rest/api/latest/search", body:  [jql: jqlQuery, maxResults: 10000]])

Next we run a REST PUT request for each issue returned. The groovy JsonBuilder makes is really easy to construct a correctly formatted JSON String to send. The syntax is a bit complicated – as well as the REST API documentation I found this example helpful: { issue ->
  def json = new groovy.json.JsonBuilder()
  def root =  json.update {  
		customfield_11720 ( [{
			set "${issue.fields.description}"
		}] )
  try {
      def result = jiraClient.put(settings + [path: "/rest/api/latest/issue/${issue.key}", body:  json.toString()] )
      println "${issue.key} | ${issue.fields.summary} | ${issue.fields.description} |  ${result.status}"
  } catch (Exception ex) {
      println "${issue.key} | ${issue.fields.summary} | ${issue.fields.description} |  FAIL"

Unfortunately some of the put requests failed, because we’ve made more fields mandatory since we started and some of the older issues were missing data for mandatory fields, but it still saved a lot of time!


Jira web-resource plugin to drag and drop subtasks

Today I’ve been making a simple plugin for Jira, to allow drag and drop reordering of subtasks. As standard, a list of subtasks comes with links to move the items one position up or down – tedious if you want to move a long way!

Getting up and running with the Atlassian plugin SDK is really straightforward.

The plugin contains only a web-resource with the JavaScript I want to run. I’m not particularly familiar with jQuery, so it may be a little hacky or non-optimal, but it works!

A couple of useful things I learnt:

Jira provides some very specific contexts to determine which pages will include the resource. In my case, the web-resource definition in my atlassian-plugin.xml contains the line:


You can see all the web-resource contexts here: Web Resource plugin module contexts.

Because the list of subtasks could contain issues hidden to the current user, I parsed the new position for the sub task from the links which already exist for moving the subtasks up and down, rather than just using the row index.

You can see the source here:

Or you can download a jar here: subtask-dragger-0.1.jar. DISCLAIMER: This is just a demo, use at your own risk!


java.lang.NoSuchMethodError: javax.servlet.ServletResponse.getContentType()

On windows XP when I start Tomcat 5.5.27 throught the eclipse plugin, and try to view a JSF app in a browser. When I start Tomcat at the command line it seems to be fine, but then I can’t use the Eclipse debugging features etc.

I guess Eclipse is including some innappropriate jar files in the classpath or something, but I’ve no idea where to look :(