Posts by: juergen

Posts: 1435
Post: 11072
Topic: Contact form Firefox issue

I'd consider it unlikely that the web browser itself is the cause.
A bowser extension as well as some internet security software could prevent the form submission – especially if the host doesn't use https, it would make sense.

In any case we need more information in order to clarify the issue.

Edited: 1 year ago
Post: 11061
Topic: Plugin auto update
To me it looks much as if the weather station in Geeveston only updates the DB once per hour.
2 years ago
Post: 11060
Topic: Plugin auto update

When I visit your site I always get the current local date/time and seemingly also new weather data every 5 mins.
So there is no caching, at least with my connection (from roughly the opposite of the world).

If  the values don't update properly on your or your visitors’ side, I believe it must be a proxy server caching in between.

2 years ago
Post: 11057
Topic: Plugin auto update

I can't see a reason why it should not work (except maybe some possible timezone/DST related mismatch)

You can easily check if it's the browser cache. Simply add a line like

echo '<p>Now = ' . date('Y-m-d H:i:s') . '</p>';

If the output changes when you refresh the page, it's not a browser cache issue.

Edited: 2 years ago
Post: 11055
Topic: Plugin auto update

Most likely not a browser cache issue but I probably don't understand the issue.
I assume your Typesetter plugin opens a connection to a local database which is fed by your weather station software (weewx) and renders the data (in a Gadget?)

If i visit your site, seems that I get new data every 5 minutes, but I need to manually refesh the page to update the values.
Do you want your plugin to update them automatically every 5 mins w/o a page refresh? Or are you seeing old values?

2 years ago
Post: 11052
Topic: Cookies

Ah, I see. Well, this info panel shows which cookies are and were set.

So, cookie_cmd was set but it's also already deleted (see it's content and invalidation date).

The Developer Tools are better suited to see which cookies actually exist.

2 years ago
Post: 11050
Topic: What does it mean to store data in flat files?

Hi Andreas and welcome to the forum.

I am not sure I understand what it means to store data into flat files.

Instead of writing (all sorts of) data to a database, Typesetter will use the file system, namely the /data directory and its subdirs.
In general, Typesetter will write php files containing arrays to store everything via some dedicated classes and methods.
But of course it's up to a plugin developer to use different file types or even a database, if it makes sense.

Does this mean that other people can access these data, …

Generally no. If you use php arrays stored via Typesetter's save methods, nobody will have direct (raw) access, not even a logged-in admin.
It's all up to the plugin/api code how your data will be used, rendered or exposed to others.
Basically, Typesetter is a single-entry-point appllication (with only one exception - but that doesn't matter here).

…and I don't have fully control of what data is public?

You have full control. Of course you can make arbitrary data public accessible, either by responding to certain requests or create raw files (json, xml, html, you name it)

But will the API secret keys that is stored in the PHP code then be able to access by other users, that don't have access to my webserver?

No they will not be able to access them.

A simple example, how Typesetter data files typically look like, e.g. a plugin config in


defined('is_running') or die('Not an entry point...');

$mydata = array(
  'apikey_1' => 'cew4hjoifjhvg934u3rethgw4',

If I understood your plan correctly, your plugin would then read the config, use the key to fetch data from a 3rd-party API, process / format / output the results (or provide them in a different way)

2 years ago
Post: 11048
Topic: Cookies

But even when calling your site ("Typesetter Addons") the cookie appears …

Funnily, I do not. At least I cannot see it in the web storage of any browser. Maybe because it gets deletetd immediately.
How do you check it?

… (even without any login)

Well, I hope so :-)

2 years ago
Post: 11046
Topic: Cookies

The 'cookie_cmd' cookie is used to remember form post data in cases where a page needs a reload/redirect (via JS).
It actually shouldn't survive but get deleted immediately upon the page reload, but there may be cases where this doesn't work (see Josh's comment here)

AFAIK it will only be set in the admin part (for logged-in users) but I'm not completely certain about it.

Although it does not store any personal data, from the GDPR ( DSGVO) perspective, that's nothing a visitor would have to check.
Since the cookie contains 'cryptic stuff' such as the post nonce – which is quite a long random hash – the visitor cannot know what this value actually stands for, what it stores and if it can be used to track him.

Therefore, if the cookie persists I'd mention it in your data privacy statement, just to be on the safe side.

But you could also check if it's actually getting set without logging in or if there are any JavaScript errors that might prevent the deletion of the cookie.

2 years ago
Post: 11043
Topic: Cannot copy or delete sections, too many sections?

Should be fixed with this commit.

Seems to work well here.

Please test and report any issues. It's only an early hotfix.

FYI: In fact we did't use GET but POST to save the section data. So it wasn't an URL string length issue but we actually exceeded max_input_vars on the server side.

Edited: 2 years ago


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