Solved issue with the ultimate social media icons

In my wordpress blog, I suddenly got this error on every blog post:

Notice: Undefined index: sfsi_original_counts in /var/www/wp-content/plugins/ultimate-social-media-icons/libs/controllers/sfsiocns_OnPosts.php on line 45

This was due to the ultimaqte-social-media plugin. Hopefully, it could be solved easily by going to the “Ultimate Social Media Icons” link in the left menu. Then, in the page of the plugin, going to the section 6 (“Any other wishes for your main icons?”) and at the bootom of the page, switch the “Error reporting/suppress error message” to yet. Do not forget to presse the “save” button.

Et voilà ! done.

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Fedora 32 installation and post installation

A new laptop ! Great, let’s install a new Linux Fedora version. Insteresting to see that from 4 years ago, the version number has jumped from 23 to 32. 10 version in 4 years. Anyway. This is surely for the best !


So, first step: get a USB key with at least 1.8Gb.

Then, download the file. Here I just downloading the Fedora 32 for x86_64 computer: download . The file is now available locally.

You will need to copy it to the USB key making sure the key is bootable. This can be done with mediawriter tool from fedora. Just install it (dnf install mediawriter).

Once, ready, reboot the laptop. Right at the beginning, before linux or windws starts, just press F2 to enter into the bios. There, select the USB key at the main boot device. Save and exit.

Fedora should now start from the USB. Following the instructions, you will need to select the harddrive on which to install fedora. In my case, I completely got rid of windows. Yet, before that I could not select any disk to install fedora. So, reboot, press F2 to enter into the bios again. There, you need to change the SATA Operation in the BIOS from RAID On to AHCI. Save and exit. Now it works, the disk is detected. Fedora drive you threough the rest of the installation.

Post installation

First update the system … yes, even though you’ve just installed it. This may take a while:

dnf install update

Some packages are not available (for fedora policy reasons) and need to be added manually. Let us add the “free repository” and “non-free” repository

sudo dnf install$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm
sudo dnf install$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm

You may also want to change your /etc/dnf/dnf.conf file to speed up future updates (by just checking the difference with previous version). Just add those two lines:


For developers

On a daily basis, I use those tools and so I installed them straight away (you may skip this step):

dnf install git vim meld gvim

Concerning git, yo may want to configure it straightaway by adding your username and email:

git config --global "Your Name"
git config --global "toto@gmail"

gnome tweak

A tool to install common software and tweak the interface is available. It is called fedy. To install it, type:

sudo dnf copr enable kwizart/fedy

Then, type fedy to install fedy tool. Fedy is a front end user interface to help you tweak your fedora system. Check the apps and developments tools for programs to be installed. Personally, I installed pycharm (editor for python and more), slack and skype.

I also install the Adobe flash from the utilities tab for firefox and chrome as well as the multimedia codecs and microsoft truetype core fonts

Finally, fedy is useful to tweak gnomes.

How to minimize / maximize the windows

  • Start gnome-tweaks
  • go to the window titlebars tab
  • switch on the maximise and minimise titlebar buttons.

Other gnome tuning

  • Start tweak gnome.
  • Change the top bar>clock and set weekday and seconds
  • Change the top bar>battery Percentage on
  • In Extensions, swith on the “Applications menu”

Installing acroread for fedora 32:

You need to install some dependencies before:

sudo dnf install

sudo dnf install AdbeRdr9.5.5-1_i486linux_enu.rpm

Here you may have annoying warnings:

GTk-warning unable to locate theme engine in module_path: "adwaita", failed to load module pk-gtk-module and canberra-gtk module.

dnf install libcanberra-gtk2.i686 should solve the last warning.

This is an issue gtk2/gtk3. Both are installed under /usr/lib64/gtk-2.0 and /usr/lib64/gtk-3.0 and they both have a sub directory called modules/ check whether the pk-gtk, canberra are present.

In the gtk3 version, there is no pk-gtk file so let us look for gtk3 missing package. A dnf search showed a file called PackageKit-gtk3-module-1.1.9-3.fc28.i686

sudo dnf install PackageKit-gtk3-module-1.1.9-3.fc32.i686

Note that there are two flavor (i686 and x86_64). This solved my problem. Next the adwaita warning…

sudo dnf install gnome-themes-extra

vlc to watch videos

sudo dnf install vlc


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how to set the logging in DEBUG mode when using the python requests package

By default when using the excellent requests package, there is not much on the screen to figure out was goes wrong with a specific URL requests. In general, you do not need it but from time to time it is useful to switch the logging level to e.g. DEBUG mode.

import requests
r =

prints nothing on the screen. Now, what about some detais ? Since there is a logging system, let use get it:


This returns nothing special except a root logger. So the logging is actually happening outside of requests.
After some googling, I figured out that this is actcually happenning at a lower level (urllib).

import logging
log = logging.getLogger('urllib3')

# logging from urllib3 to console
stream = logging.StreamHandler()

This is now better since you have the url printed to the screen but this is not very helpful.
You need to set an extra debug level in the http package itself:

from http.client import HTTPConnection
HTTPConnection.debuglevel = 1

Now we get much more valuable information about the header, send and reply contents.

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sphinx raise a WARNING: Duplicate explicit target name:

Sphinx is a great tool for developers who want to write nice documentation about their software. I actually use it also to take notes or write about other stuff.

From time to time I have a warning such as :

index.rst:2 WARING: Duplicate explicit target name: "github"

This is a bit annoying since, the information is a bit parse. Here, I am told that on line 2 there is a duplicated name… Yet, on line 2 there is no mention of github or target name. The tool is great, again, but sometimes a bit cryptic and to be honest since it relies on restructured text syntax (docutils), the warning is sometimes related to the underlying syntax, not sphinx itself.

Looks like this is the case here.

Consider this code::

:Source: See  `source <>`_.
:Issues: Please fill a report on `github <>`_
To join the project, please let us know on `github <>`_.

Note the syntax first:

`github <>`_

This code (back quotes) indicates a link. The first word (github) is what will appear in the HTML content.
Then, the link follows (surrounded by less than and greater than characters). The final _ underscore character is part of the syntax.

If you compile this code with sphinx (e.g. version 3.0.1), you will get a warning

`github <>`_

but not for the first link. So, indeed the duplicated link to the same word raise the warning.

How to avoid this warning ? Very simple: duplicate the underscore at the end of the link:

:Source: See  `source <>`_.
:Issues: Please fill a report on `github <>`__
To join the project, please let us know on `github <>`__.
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bioconda (how to build recipe locally)

Bioconda is great. From their web site, “it is a channel for the conda package manager specializing in bioinformatics software”.
It provides over 7000 bioinformatics packages ready to use with conda install and over 850 contributors and 570 members who add, modify, update and maintain the recipes (Marc 2020).
4 years ago, I actively added tens of packages, including my software. What happened in those early days is that the dependencies of your software what not neccesseraly available on bioconda. Those days, with 7000 packages, most of the time everything is there. Yet, not always. This week, I needed a small dependency not on bioconda. So, I started to build the library and realised I forgot how to do that. Besides, lots of changes happened on the bioconda project. Anyway, I looked at the documentation and had to fight a little bit. At the end, this is very simple as shown here below.

Check out the bioconda website for contributors for up-to-date information.

First, create a fork in your github account following this link

git clone
cd bioconda-recipes
git remote add upstream

Time to create your own recipes and push it on the bioconda build system. To create a new recipes, look at what others have been doing. For software available on pypi, it is generally eased using e.g.

conda skeleton pypi newsoft

other recipes are explained here.

Time to check the recipes. How to test your recipes locally before hand ?

conda create --name bioconda bioconda-utils
source activate bioconda
bioconda-utils build recipes config.yml --packages newsoft

Finally, inform bioconda of the new recipes with a new commit/push

git checkout -b newsoft_recipe
git add recipes/newsoft/meta.yaml
git commit . -m "add new recipe for newsoft"
git push --set-upstream origin newsoft_recipe

Then, create the pull request and follow the instructions.

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How to Mount and Use an exFAT Drive on Fedora Linux

Yesterday, I got this hard drive from a collaborator with huge amount of sequencing data on it. Under fedora 23, I pluged in the hardrive, open the browser, click on the hard drive name and and got this error message:

Error mounting /dev/sdb1 at /media/BLABLIBLABLA: Command-line `mount
-t “exfat” -o “uhelper=udisks2,nodev,nosuid,uid=1001,gid=1001,iocharset=utf8,namecase=0,errors=remount-ro,umask=0077”
“/dev/sdb1” “/media/BLABLIBLABLA DATA”‘ exited with non-zero exit status 32: mount: unknown filesystem type ‘exfat’

damm. Okay, after a quick browsing it appears that you just need to install this package:

sudo dnf -y install exfat

but it was already installed. After some more browsing, you also need that one:

sudo dnf -y install fuse-exfat

And that’s it.

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Updated wordpress version crashed the wp-admin access

From the wordpress admin interface, I updated the plugins and the wordpress to 5.2.2 but ot this unplesant error:

Parse error: syntax error, unexpected '[' in /home/xxxx/www/blog/wp-content/plugins/googleanalytics/class/Ga_Admin.php on line 375

Consequently, I could not access to the admin site of my wordpress blog.

I decided to contact my provider (OVH) and got responsive answer. After many years using the wordpress that was the first time I had this kind of issue so getting a quick answer was a relief.

The apparent culprit was the google analytics plugin. The solution was to rename the plugin into a dumm one while fixing the main issue (see later).

Using an ftp access to the blob, once connected:

cd  wwww
cd blog
cd wp-content
cd plugins
rename googleanalytics googleanalytics.0

Then, I update the wordpress to 5.2.2 and was first planned and then I entered in many more issues. Indeed, I had to update the php version to 7.3 and then, many plugins were not compatible anymore.

In particular, the plugin crayon syntax highligher, is not compatible anymore. So I had to remove it.

Then, I moved back the google analytics plugin into its original name and everything was working again (more or less).

reference (infrench):

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git error solved: The remote end hung up unexpectedly

Sometimes, when you clone a git repository you may end up with a fatal error “The remote end hung up unexpectedly”.

For instance, typing this git command to clone a repository of mine:

git clone

led to this message ending with the fatal error :

Cloning into 'sequana-0.8.0'...
remote: Enumerating objects: 58, done.
remote: Counting objects: 100% (58/58), done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (40/40), done.
error: RPC failed; result=18, HTTP code = 200KiB | 5.00 KiB/s   
fatal: The remote end hung up unexpectedly
fatal: early EOF

One solution is to increase the buffer used by git from the unix command by exporting this environment variable:


and then it worked out of the box:

Cloning into 'sequana-0.8.0'...
remote: Enumerating objects: 58, done.
remote: Counting objects: 100% (58/58), done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (40/40), done.
remote: Total 26318 (delta 31), reused 38 (delta 18), pack-reused 26260
Receiving objects: 100% (26318/26318), 17.93 MiB | 8.00 KiB/s, done.
Resolving deltas: 100% (18760/18760), done.
Checking connectivity... done.

You may do that once for all using the git config command:

git config --global http.postBuffer 100000000
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How to find differences between two directories using diff command

When you copy a directory with many files, you may want to check whether the copied directory is indeed an exact copy of the original. You can do that by comparing all files. You can write your own script checking every single file. You can also use standard tools under linux such as the diff command:

diff -r folder folder2 | grep -v "^diff -r " | sort

Here, the diff command check for all files recursively (-r). It returns a so-called diff file format including the differences. If we are interested by which files are different only, then we can use the grep command to simply return the file names that differ.

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pypi upload failed due to non-existent authentication information

After trying to upload a package on Pypi website using

python sdist upload

I got this error message:

Submitting dist/XXX-0.7.5.tar.gz to
Upload failed (403): Invalid or non-existent authentication information.
 error: Upload failed (403): Invalid or non-existent authentication information.

Despite having registered and succesfully uploaded package before. What happened is that I updated my account on Pypi website by changing the password. So, in such case, just update your .pypirc file, which can be found in your home directory.

index-servers =
username: blabla
password: blabla
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