How to Change File Modified Date on All Files to Midnight

Bit of an obscure one, but I searched Google without finding a specific example.

After back up, I want to set all my files in a given directory to be modified at midnight of the current day. The real modified date is not very important to me, so this command suffices. I have a specific reason for this process, though it’s quite unusual.

Anyway, here goes:

As ever, use with caution / practice on a copy of your data first.

How I share files between Mac and Ubuntu

For a while now I’ve wanted to share files between my OSX / Macbook Pro laptop, and one (or ideally several) of my Ubuntu Linux PCs.


Because my laptop has 256gb of hard disk space, and that is consumed at an alarmingly fast rate when recording, and rendering videos.

I’ve tried, and failed, to set up file sharing on Ubuntu on numerous occasions. It is, of course, due to something (or several compounding somethings) I have been doing wrong, but I neither have the patience, nor desire to figure out exactly what.

Enter Docker. Saviour of hair follicles. Provider of solutions.

File Sharing Ubuntu Style, With Docker

Let’s cut right to the chase. Here is some configuration:

Essentially to make this work you need Docker, and Docker Compose installed on the PC (Ubuntu in my case) that you want to share data from.

There are some changes you will need to make.

Make sure each of the volumes match the path to a real directory on your computer.

The part before the colon is on your local PC.

The part after the colon is where that directory will be available inside the resulting running Docker container.

Customise the username and password appropriately.

You can find out what all the no;no;no bits mean in the documentation.

Then put the code from above into a file called docker-compose.yml somewhere on your computer. Once saved off to a file, run docker-compose up (or docker-compose up -d to run in the background) and away you go.

Your Ubuntu File Server For Mac

Once you have your shiny new Ubuntu Samba File Server up and running, how do you connect to it from your Mac? 

Pop in the IP address, or (perhaps more nicely) the name of your Ubuntu PC. 

The share name corresponds with whatever you called the share in the command section of your docker-compose.yml file.

Once you type in the full path to your share, click Connect.

After a second or two you should see a prompt. Enter the credentials to the share you created in your docker-compose.yml file.

Bonza. You are now connected. 

At this point you should have read / write access to the share. This is what I wanted, and allows me to copy all my video files over to the network drive, rather than store them on my over priced, under provisioned hard disk. 

Using ReactCSSTransitionGroup with TypeScript

I wanted to use ReactCSSTransitionGroup to add a little animation to a React and TypeScript project I was working on.

Following the docs:

Seems ok. But on doing this, in my .tsx  file, I ended up with a compilation error:

The fix to this came to me, as I’d read this somewhere previously a few months ago when doing my original exploration of TypeScript.

The syntax I really needed was:

I honestly can’t remember where I first read this. But hopefully I can at least pass a helpful little tip on to you.

Node JS nginx & pm2 config

This is for personal reference and I make no guarantees any of this will work for you. I no longer need it, but don’t want to lose this either. Future reference, and all that.


How I Fixed: Invalid configuration for path base_url: can be: string

Hands up if seemingly half the time you spend at the computer, you’re fighting weird errors, instead of writing code.

Yeah, me too.

Whilst updating the front end of CodeReviewVideos, a Symfony 4 website, I encountered the following issue:

Strangely, the base_url parameter is a string, afaik:

And following that back to the .env  file:

So… what gives?

Well, I found by using a raw string, e.g.:

That yeah, things worked as expected.

And I found that by checking the value of the environment variable inside the running Docker container, that also, yeah, I could see that it was seemingly set:

My Solution

My solution was to force the use of the string  environment variable processor:

And all is right once again in the world.

I wish I understood why that was happening, but I haven’t currently got the time to investigate that further. If you know the root cause, please do share. I’m very curious.