I enjoy making software and applying technology to help myself and friends and family achieve things as well as earning a living doing it.

My creative aspirations cross over into other disciplines including radio where I make programmes myself and with others for several local and community stations, in professional capacity as well as voluntary.

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accepted How to install Klok 2 time management software on Adobe AIR with Ubuntu
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asked How do I programmatically add a field to an existing fieldset that's part of the user entity?
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comment How to copy content type in Drupal 7?
Best use the dev version (at time of writing, at least) of Bundle Copy as this provides a 'clone' menu option in 'structure' menu, out of the box, it was made for this task. I would think that given Bundle Copy offers this clone feature explictly it it surely meant for that task. Updated Oct 1 '14 comment 2 of 2. [This commented has been updated since original (Oct 1 '14 at 10:38) to mention the dev version, as clone is only present here at time of writing]
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comment How to copy content type in Drupal 7?
I think Bundle Copy is the favourite option as using Features approach would involve editing machine generated code by hand to search/replace/rename the feature-generated content type code. Unless one knows the Feature module code well as to how it generates this code, there may be unknowns/assumptions made about hand coding this way and unlucky outcomes. Updated Oct 1 '14 comment 1 of 2
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comment How to clone a content type
@monymirza this would involve editing machine generated code by hand to search/replace/rename the feature-generated content type code. Unless one knows the Feature module code well as to how it generates this code, there may be unknowns/assumptions made about hand coding this way and unlucky outcomes. Use the dev version (at time of writing, currently 7.x-2.x-dev) of Bundle Copy (corrected my original comment made on Oct 1 '14 at 10:29 to mention functionality currently in dev version) as this provides a 'clone' menu option in 'structure' menu, out of the box, it was made for this task.
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comment DVD/CD burning .zip: is it more reliable, faster, longer lasting to burn a zip of files rather than the files as a folder?
Another approach that gives similar benefits to burning a .zip file is to create a disc image of the files to be burned and then burn the image. To me this would give a steady burn of the data as it is a single file that can be streamed to the burner, rather than the burner's host machine having to seek out individual files. With this approach there is not the inconvenience as with zip where the files have to be unzipped. In fact this is the approach I now use when archiving.
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comment Are Drupal 8 configs written and read directly to/from .yaml file or still to the database?
To further support @Berdir's great answer with further thoughts: to add to the performance reasons of using a db rather than file based is that I would imagine the Yaml parser is deliberately not designed for the demands of access to the yaml files in a high traffic real time environment. In other words, MySQL (et al) databases are actually very good for this sort of thing, a mature, proven system. Yaml parser more suited to much less frequent, non-production usage of batch-like processing for deployment. Not that they couldn't be improved on for certain usage though (mongo etc).
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comment Why does Drupal say I need to upgrade to 8.0.0 beta 6 when I'm already checked out on that tag?
+1 Thanks @Berdir, accepted answer! I guess another way would be to alter the system.info.yml and change to version 8 beta 6? But then that would be classed as hacking the core, which is a no-no :)
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accepted Why does Drupal say I need to upgrade to 8.0.0 beta 6 when I'm already checked out on that tag?
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