Monday, March 16, 2015

Troubleshoot Networking Problems in Google Chrome Browser

* Developer Tools > Network

* chrome://net-internals/
Screenshot for the socket view: chrome://net-internals/#sockets
* wireshark (hopefully, do not need to go that far)

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Coldfusion 10 Solr Indexing Zip File that Contains PDF files

Seems like I should be surprised, if I don't find some surprises in Coldfusion every week. :) Here is another one that took me a few hours to find a solution. And hopefully will save a few hours for someone else.

Coldfusion 10 Update 15
Windows Server 2012

When indexing a bunch of files, Coldfusion stopped indexing without any exception or getting into any error state. It just stopped in the middle of indexing. If I was not looking at it closely, I would not have noticed that it has failed.

Again, Coldfusion stopped  the execution without throwing a fuss is a big surprise for me. If I run it in Brower, there is no usual 500 server error. Everything is just hunky-dory as far as Coldfusion is concerned!?

After some digging, I found out the following
  • It stopped on a zip file
  • The zip file has some PDF files in it
  • Coldfusion-error.log has the following message
Feb 25, 2015 8:30:28 AM org.apache.catalina.core.StandardWrapperValve invoke
SEVERE: Servlet.service() for servlet [CfmServlet] in context with path [/] threw exception [ROOT CAUSE: 
java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: org/apache/pdfbox/pdmodel/PDDocument
 at org.apache.tika.parser.pdf.PDFParser.parse(
 at org.apache.tika.parser.CompositeParser.parse(
 at org.apache.tika.parser.AutoDetectParser.parse(
 at org.apache.tika.parser.DelegatingParser.parse(
 at org.apache.tika.parser.pkg.PackageParser.parseArchive(
 at org.apache.tika.parser.pkg.ZipParser.parse(
 at org.apache.tika.parser.CompositeParser.parse(
 at org.apache.tika.parser.AutoDetectParser.parse(

So, obviously, our Coldfusion distribution is missing some libraries.

Short answer: find jar file for PDFBox, throw them under Coldfusion lib folder and restart Coldfusion. And I got the jar file from here: pdfbox-0.8.0-incubating.jar

Long Answer: However, as with all Open Source projects, there is not much consideration of backward compatibility or official supported bundled distribution. I tried to download latest version of PDFBox, and it just does not work. So, I will need to find the original bundled version, and here is the journey (without detours I took :( ) to the right jar file


  • Google "pdfbox 0.8.0 incubating"
  • voila

Another Challenge (unsolved)
There is still some unsolved challenge for Solr. For example, Verity can index our PDF files correctly, but Solr's PDF reader seem to be sub-par. It only got some fragmented text from our PDF file, and it's missing a lot of keywords in our PDF files.

Monday, February 23, 2015

CFScript bug?

An extra semicolon at the end of "if" block is causing a lot of head scratching for me recently. Please see the code snippet below. Expected output should be:
Figure 1. Expected Output
However, below is the actual output:
Figure 2. Actual Output
Now, please notice this extra ";" at the end of line 6. If I remove it, everything will just work as expected.
    private struct function test() {
        if(1 == 1) {
            if(1 == 0) {
            }; //<- look at here
            return {data = 1};
        return {data = 2};
Due to the lack of specifications for CFScript language, I cannot tell if this grammar is even allowed. But I can tell you this: the journey of discovering and finding the root cause of this problem is not fun at all!


CFScript fall through the "if-else" statement, and did not return to caller from the expected branch.


An extra semicolon at the end of a block is the root cause.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Node.JS Error "Cannot find module '...'"

Setting up NodeJS is generally a smooth process. There is one thing need to be taken care of manually: set up environment variable NODE_PATH. This variable must point to the npm global installation location, otherwise you NodeJS application may have problem starting with error message like this:
Error: Cannot find module 'XXX'

In Windows, the easiest way is to go Computer > Properties > Advanced System Settings > Environment Variables > User Variables > New

After the configuration, need to exit the current command line and start a new one in order to see the environment variable in effect.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

IIS Error: Cannot write configuration file


When trying to change IIS configuration, got this error message:
    Error: Cannot write configuration file

Error Message


Turns out root cause of the problem is a full C: drive.

Windows Explorer


Luckily, this is a virtual machine with some spare disk capacity. So it's just a matter of allocating more resource, then extend C: drive.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Flex TextArea problem in DataGrid


Flex 4 TextArea does not take multi-line entry when used as editor in DataGrid.


Add editorUsesEnterKey="true" attribute to the column with TextArea editor.


The solution is straightforward. But the route to finding this solution kind of proves open source or at least show your customer the source code is very important.

I first suspect the enter key is intercepted by DataGrid, but it appears that keydown event is intercepted by DataGrid before the TextArea. Some Googling with various keyword combination did not turn up anything interesting.

Not sure where to start, I added a itemEditEnd event handler to the DataGrid, and set a breakpoint there. After walking through the stack, I saw the following code segment, and thus the solution above pops out. Now I can simply go to documentation of editorUsedEnterKey and make sure this is what I want.

(Code of interest from
     *  @private
    private function editorKeyDownHandler(event:KeyboardEvent):void
        // ESC just kills the editor, no new data
        if (event.keyCode == Keyboard.ESCAPE)
        else if (event.ctrlKey && event.charCode == 46)
        {   // Check for Ctrl-.
        else if (event.charCode == Keyboard.ENTER && event.keyCode != 229)
            // multiline editors can take the enter key.
            if (!_editedItemPosition)

            if (columns[_editedItemPosition.columnIndex].editorUsesEnterKey)

            // Enter edits the item, moves down a row
            // The 229 keyCode is for IME compatability. When entering an IME expression,
            // the enter key is down, but the keyCode is 229 instead of the enter key code.
            // Thanks to Yukari for this little trick...
            if (endEdit(DataGridEventReason.NEW_ROW) && !dontEdit)
                if (focusManager)
                    focusManager.defaultButtonEnabled = false;

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ubuntu LTS 12 on VMWare Player Showing Multiple Columns of Identical Screens


After updating to Kernel and reboot, my screen is showing three columns of duplicated desktop. 


  • VMWare Player 6.0.3
  • Ubuntu: 12.04 LTS, Kernel (post upgrade version, I'm not sure what was the version before my upgrade)
  • The VM image was created way back in a very old VMWare Player, started from Ubuntu 10. It has been kept up-to-date by applying Ubuntu patches and eventually to 12.04 LTS. Turn out this probably was the root cause of all the troubles


After some Google search and reading up on posts, I was eventually lead to the following thread:
Guest display split into identical panes
Flip to page 2, on post 17 from thellstrom, there is the solution that worked for me. I used solution 1b mentioned in the post, and after reboot, everything is back to normal.


So, based on the article, root cause of the problem is due to VM created on old version of player with virtualHW version 7. I updated the config file from version 7 to 9, and everything appears to be working now.